Save Money by Reusing Everyday Objects
Most households of 4 spend around 13 dollars a month to restock on freezer bags, sandwich bags, cling wrap, and aluminum foil alone. All of these items can be washed and reused at least twice! This means, that if you reused these items the least amount of times possible, you would save $78 a year. Reuse these items three or four times, and that amount can quickly double. I reuse sandwich and freezer bags at least seven or eight times and have never had a problem with freezer burn or even holes (I know many people who can make these bags last for months). Using old bread bags to store food such as fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, or cheese can save at least $30 a year by eliminating the need for cling wrap. Who likes fighting with that stuff, anyway?
Another example is Tupperware. A set of 4 small Tupperware containers costs $15 or more. Why spend that when you can reuse butter, whip cream, sour cream, cream cheese or other containers to store leftovers or anything else many times by simply washing them? This is instant savings which can build up very quickly in a family of four, and you won’t freak out when you or someone else leaves it in the break room and it disappears!
Reusing things that you might not have thought of can save money throughout the year too. Instead of throwing away the empty containers of shampoo, conditioner, and hand soap, you could actually save them. Then the next time you go shopping, buy a bulk container of each product (which saves money per oz), and use it to refill those containers over and over.
I make liquid soap, shampoo, and conditioner from home, and love to get empty containers from friends and neighbors who were just going to throw them away. Finally ,I sat down and figured out just how much money this was saving me per year and was excited to see it was $98 dollars! This method could save those who don’t make their own beauty products the same or even more money.