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When your children or grandchildren receive gifts of toys which are secured to the packaging with all those nice plastic coated wires, volunteer to help them get it off by untwisting it instead of cutting it.
According to the size of the toy, you may get one or two nice pieces, or even 5 or more. They are already cut into generous lengths; and because of the smooth covering, they protect whatever it is you are using them for. They are much more durable and longer than the twist-ties from bread wrappers, etc. and are kinder to plants you may want to tie up to a stake.
Another favorable feature is they aren't going to rust and disintegrate when you used them outside. Knowing how useful these wires are keeps you from getting impatient when trying to get the toy freed from the maze of wires in the packaging; sort of like a frugal treasure hunt!
By Sandy from Elon, NC
Sometimes when buying a packaged item, especially toys, plastic cable/wire ties are used. While these can be annoying to remove, they can be reused.
When you cut them off, cut near the end where the plastic tie inserts into the "lock". Pull the small piece through to clear out the"lock" and it now ready to reuse. I like the fact there are so many different sizes that I can use for whenever they're needed. I keep them in a clear plastic bag for easy access.
By mkymlp from NE PA / USA