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My Frugal Life: Reuse Creatively

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Creativity is important to living frugally. Before you go out and buy something, ask yourself "What can I use that I already have?",My Frugal Life "What do I have that needs to be used up?", and "What can I make out of what I have?" You may find that you are very resourceful and find new uses for stuff that is just gathering dust.

For example, I used an old washtub on a tire rim for a fire-pit; a plastic bin became a cat-carrier, with air holes cut into it; a plastic dishpan or old loaf pans became pull-out cupboard and drawer organizers - I use one for spices, one for medications, one for onions, and so on; a big canning pot became a covered recycling bin for plastic bags; and a plastic clip became a way to keep reusable zip-lock bags together in a drawer.

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Once you get into this habit, you will even surprise yourself at what you can come up with instead of going out and buying something.

By kemperjl from Gilbertsville, NY

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful

Wait...aren't you the same poster who lambasted me for suggesting you reuse fabric to wrap gifts? I don't get it - didn't you tell me that reusing the material would be "unbelievably tacky" and suggest I go to the dollar store to buy new wrapping paper?

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