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  • safetygirl
    safetygirl Forumite Posts: 46 Forumite
    choogirl wrote: »
    I always re-use gift bags, if the tag has already been written on I just replace it with a new colour co-ordinated one.

    I never wrtie on the tags of gift bags, that way the person receiving can reuse it if they want to :j
  • elliep_2
    elliep_2 Forumite Posts: 711
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    edited 22 December 2010 at 1:19PM
    Mynxmox wrote: »
    I don't get it - why would you do that??

    insulation I presume.

    I keep my heating down and wear loads of jumpers etc. But when I have guests I put the heating up.

    I also reuse gift bags and regift unwanted items, and use last year's christmas and birthday cards as tags, cutting off anywhere there is writing on.

    I cook in bulk and freeze a lot to eat cheaper, while I'm not embarassed about doing this I do make sure I cook fresh for guests.

    I buy a lot of things second hand, including kitchen electricals. Some of my friends find that odd, so I've just learned not to say where I get things from. If I get stuck then I say it was a late birthday gift from an obscure aunt or something.

    I don't really think any of those things are odd though, It's just what I've always done. There is no point spending money when I don't have to - that way I can afford little treats more often. Life is boring if you can never have even a little treat so it makes all the little penny saving ways worthwhile.
  • Blobby8_2
    Blobby8_2 Posts: 2,009 Forumite
    Mynxmox wrote: »
    I don't get it - why would you do that??
    Bubble glazing = dubble glazing = double glazing
  • Blobby8_2
    Blobby8_2 Posts: 2,009 Forumite
    ivorysky wrote: »
    There's no need to buy sandwich bags as the supermarkets give them away for free in the fruit & veg aisles :D
    Good for freezer bags too
  • sloth_frattelli
    sloth_frattelli Forumite Posts: 24 Forumite
    I use charity clothing collection bags in my bin. I haven't got anything for collection so I'm recycling at least.

    I would split a packet of chicken breasts into separate freezer bags and defrost as needed instead of the whole box at once. Either that or do the whole packet of chicken in a sauce and freeze whatever hasn't been used up.
  • safetygirl
    safetygirl Forumite Posts: 46 Forumite
    The other thing i do is to buy rolls of Christmas paper that is glitzy, but not covered in Christmas trees etc., that way it can be used for present wrapping during the rest of the year too!

    Not a good idea to reuse food that a) you haven't cooked yourself i.e. KFC etc., or b) has been previously chewed.... due to obvious hygiene reasons.

    Batch cooking is the way to go...Cook a meal and make more than you need, cool the excess down quickly and either put it in the fridge and eat within 2 days or freeze and eat within the month - this is also good for portion control for those wanting to lose weight :)
  • Brian_Steele
    Brian_Steele Forumite Posts: 96 Forumite
    We always reuse gift tags where possible (collect them up after the big present exchange) and replenish them by cutting up cards at the end of Christmas. Reuse paper when you can too (you can always iron it), as these are both unnecessary expenses that have nothing to do with the thought behind the gift itself and everything to do with lining the shops' pockets.
  • elizabethhull
    elizabethhull Forumite Posts: 765
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    Best recycling I've come across recently - I opened a Xmas parcel from a friend, and she had used leaves from her own bay tree as packaging = very effective, free and I've already put them in a glass jar for cooking.
  • jezza2412
    jezza2412 Forumite Posts: 238 Forumite
    Have a wee in the garden, especially the compost bin. It saves 7 litres of water and is jolly good for the garden.

    Having one wee in the garden replaces 7 litres of watering!?! That's one impressively-sized bladder you have there... :cool:
  • jap200
    jap200 Forumite Posts: 2,033
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    moorhen wrote: »
    I find hardly anything here remotely embarassing!

    Me too - I do many of the things that people of mentioned here and consider them normal - not embarassing at all (apart from the KFC one perhaps - although as a vegetarian I wouldn't do it myself). I find it odd that people think of re-using a jiffy bag as embarassing for example.

    My kids do find quite a lot of my money-saving things embarassing, but then they are at that age when everything their mother does is embarassing, so it really makes no difference (although I have promised not to sing in the car when their friends are in the back - saves money on getting the car radio fixed though!).
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