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Re-Purpose, Don’t Re-Purchase!

Posted on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 8:12 am
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Re-purposing is not only a great way to save money, but it can be a lot of fun. Whether you are aware of it or not, there are most likely hundreds of re-purposing possibilities that pass you by every single day. The re-purposing possibilities out there are endless!

Re-Purposing Ideas

Since I’ve had to tighten up my budget lately, I’ve started to become more aware of ways in which I can re-purpose things I don’t use, for things I need. Here are just a few seemingly disposable items you might find a new purpose for around your house:

  • Wine corks. If you’re a wine drinker, then it’s time to stop throwing your corks away! Wine corks are great for so many re-purposing projects. You can make cork boards, bath mats, wreaths, or even just save them in a vase for a fun decoration.
  • CD spindle. I saw this re-purposing online, and just had to share it. You can use an old CD spindle as a bagel sandwich container. No more disposable plastic baggies or over sized Tupperware! Your bagel will fit perfectly in an old CD spindle. Note: run it through the dishwasher a couple times first.
  • Old magazines. Magazines, believe it or not, are full of creativity and art. Save you favorite pages to make a framed collage. You can also  make a decorative bowl or table coasters by gluing rolled paper strips together in a circular pattern.
  • Records. Do you have a bunch of old records, but no record player? Hang them from fishing wire for a fun decoration, cut them down to table coaster size, or heat them and fold them in half to create fun, funky wall-mounted mail sorters.
  • Glass jars. Glass jars can be used for ton of re-purposes. They can make plant pots, candle holders, decorative pasta containers, and more. You can also hang them upside down to create fun patio lanterns.
  • Burnt out light bulbs. Attach a wire stand to a burnt our light bulb and turn it into a plant holder or vase. Or, paint it and create a hanging decoration.
  • Broken ladder. An old ladder can still serve many purposes. You can turn it into a bookshelf, a jewelry rack, a towel rack, a plant holder, or even just a fun shabby chic household decoration!

Why Re-Purpose?

I love re-purposing because it saves me so much money. It also keeps things you might otherwise throw away out of the landfill, thus doing a part in keeping our environment clean. Not to mention the sense of accomplishment I get when I get a creative new re-purposing idea! I hope you have as much fun looking for re-purposing opportunities as I do! If you have any of your own re-purposing ideas, we’d love to hear them. Please feel free to share in the comment section 🙂

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.