Category: Reuse & Conservation
I am under Dr.’s orders to use a specialty brand of soap for a medical condition. In order to not have any more of my medication than needed go down the drain I keep it on the outside the shower. I lather up and rinse off as quick as I can in the shower then stop and put the soap dish back outside the shower stall. This way none of the soap is being washed away while I wash my hair or shave. I find the soap lasts at least twice as long this way and at $4 a bar it’s worth it because IYAMCHEAP.
Rather than spend $100+ on a new cat tree, my husband and I took an old vanity someone had thrown out, disassembled it, and reassembled it to make a sturdy tower. A quick trip to a carpet remnant store later, and we had a 5′ tall, sturdy, completely carpeted cat tree for $20. The cats don’t care that IYAMCHEAP.
I convert really tiny miniskirts that I find at the thrift store into fashionable shorts.
Live alone,so this works.I bathe,not shower,but stress about the amt of H20($$) wasted. I keep a plastic bucket with handle and a ‘jug of beer’ sized jug in the bathroom.I follow flushing rules for cheapos(flush only when solid)and use retained bathwater. The full bucket, poured 1/2 and then 1/2 again in quick succession is perfect to flush down everything and more. The jug serves to refill the bowl with standing H20.I don’t drain & wash tub ’til next bathtime so I can keep dipping.IYAMCHEAP
I wanted to add to my previous story. I usually have some sort of ‘smell pretty’ bath salts or additive in the bathwater, which is an added bonus for keeping the toilet smelling sweet!IYAMCHEAP
My husband likes to rebuild old computers. I’m crafty. He gives me the hard drive rings and magnets. I use the rings to make jewelry (they’re made out of aluminum, just like a lot of the jewelry rings you find in craft stores) and use the magnets to find pins and needles I have dropped on the floor. Saves money and our feet. IYAMCHEAP.
When making tea for more than one person, you can reuse teabags as follows:
If there are two cups: Make one tea first, then use the same teabag in the next cup, but leave to brew twice as long.
If making three cups: Make two cups with new teabags, and make the third using both of the other two.
I drive around town and look in dumpsters.. not for trash, for cardboard boxes not too far in, that don’t have trash or foodstuff on them, take them home, re-assemble them into box-shape with some tape, and use them to ship the things I sell on ebay. Free publications around town of various types (GreenSheet is one locally, another is a spanish one) can be balled up into small balls. Fill the empty spaces in the boxes with balled up paper. Keeps costs down for selling online. IYAMCHEAP.
In order to save money on water (and help the environment), I take Rationing Era Baths instead of showers. I fill the tub with five to six inches of water. While it’s filling, I fill a pitcher of water and set it aside. I dunk my hair, shampoo, scrub my body, and drain the tub. I use the pitcher to rinse everything off with clean water so I don’t end up with itchy soap scum stuck to me. Then I spray a (homemade) leave-in conditioner onto my hair. IYAMCHEAP.