Category: Reuse & Conservation
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.
We live abroad in France and have lots of friends and acquaintances who have moved here for a year or two and then move back to their homes. When they’re leaving, they often have left-over basic supplies (trash bags, flour, boullion cubes, olive oil…) plus dishes and tupperware. Instead of them throwing it away, we collect it all and either use it ourselves or give the supplies to others. We save the dishes and etc. and give them to the next group of teachers to come over! IAMCHEAP!
I make my plant markers from old mini blinds. I cut a deep V at one end that goes in the ground and mark the top part with the name of the plant or row of seeds I’m planting. I also use anything I think would look neat as a plant pot outside: old wheel barrow, a picker’s basket, coal scuttles, even a toilet tank. A leather strap then hangs the basket on the tree on an old hook I found. It grows great shade plants like Begonias and Impatience plants. One year, I even planted a boot that had been thrown in the ditch by our place! IYAMCHEAP
My family is notorious for using a lot of tomato sauce for pasta and parmesans, etc. After pouring the sauce out of the container, there’s always some left behind. In order not to waste it, we put some water inside the jar, put the lid on tightly and shake it until there is nothing left on the sides. When we pour it out into the sauce we have warming up, we get a little extra. An added bonus is that we don’t have to rinse out the jar before recycling it. IYAMCHEAP/WE ARE CHEAP
I use sites like Bookmooch and Readitswapit to exchange old books that I’ve read for other second-hand ones. I also buy second-hand CDs from a store which provides paper bags. By re-using jiffy bags which people send me books in and cutting up the paper bags for brown parcel paper, I save extra money by recycling the packaging while also helping the environment. I am eco-friendly and IYAMCHEAP.