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Make Use of Reusable Items You Already Have at Home

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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One way to save money is to reuse items that you already have at home. Doing so means you won’t have to spend money on new ones. It also is a good way to keep useful items out of landfills. There are plenty of items that you may already have at home that can be used multiple times.

Glass Jars
The empty glass jar of pasta sauce, applesauce, or pickles can be washed out and reused. Glass jars make good containers for dried goods that you buy in bulk. Fill a glass jar with pasta, beans, flour, or coffee. You can easily see how much you have left.

Bring an empty glass jar, with a lid, with you when you grocery shop. Ask the store to weigh the empty jar. Then, fill the jar with beans, rice, or anything else you buy in bulk. The cashier can subtract the weight of the empty jar from the weight of the full one and charge you the correct price.

Old Towels
Don’t throw away those old towels that are worn out and much less absorbent than they use to be. Cut them up and turn them into dust cloths. You can wash and reuse those dust cloths over and over again. Doing so can save you money because you won’t need to use paper towels when dusting.

Bread Bags
Most people throw away the bag that their sliced bread came in when the bread is gone. People who have dogs can reuse empty bread bags. The laws where you live may require you to clean up after your dog. You can save money by using empty bread bags for that purpose (instead of spending money on bags).

Food Scraps
Little scraps of fruit and vegetables can be used in compost. You can also add crushed egg shells, used coffee filters, used tea bags, and used paper towels and napkins. They can all go into your compost bin. Turn those scraps into mulch for your garden.

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