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    • shazzprozz
    • By shazzprozz 21st Dec 10, 7:53 PM
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    i keep the gift bows from the presents.i stick them back on with tape the following year.i have also in the past kept the tags and reused them.no one will notice,they never read the tags anyway.if it is a card type tag,cut of the bit used to write on and then write on the other side.people may think this is stingey but i think throwing these out is wasteful.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 23-12-2010 at 11:50 AM.
    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 21st Dec 10, 7:57 PM
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    A friend of mine re-gifted presents and even ones received that year... Got a boxed bottle of booze, unwrapped it, re-wrapped it, gave it to his Father in Law, and there was a 'funny but exceptionally rude' note tucked inside the box that he didn't know was there
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    • 21st Dec 10, 8:51 PM
    A friend of mine re-gifted presents and even ones received that year... Got a boxed bottle of booze, unwrapped it, re-wrapped it, gave it to his Father in Law, and there was a 'funny but exceptionally rude' note tucked inside the box that he didn't know was there
    Originally posted by Frugal
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    Baby Bump born 4th March 2010!

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    • 21st Dec 10, 8:52 PM
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    • 21st Dec 10, 8:52 PM
    A friend of mine re-gifted presents and even ones received that year... Got a boxed bottle of booze, unwrapped it, re-wrapped it, gave it to his Father in Law, and there was a 'funny but exceptionally rude' note tucked inside the box that he didn't know was there
    Originally posted by Frugal
    : rotfl:
    Baby Bump born 4th March 2010!

    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 21st Dec 10, 8:56 PM
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    Not only did he have the shame of the note, but also that he had re-gifted booze to his FIL, in front of the WHOLE family too.
    Doubley shameful
    • babyshoes
    • By babyshoes 21st Dec 10, 9:27 PM
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    I regularly re-gift pressies, but you have to remember who gave it to you so you don't accidentally give it back to the same person!

    I have also previously bought a gift set of nice smellies when it was on special in the January sales, removed the perfume for myself and used the other smellies in a home made gift basket the following Christmas. Well, why not? The whole gift set on sale was cheaper than the perfume on its own!

    Also, when making home made jams & chutneys (which get given away as gifts) we just use the top half of a 2l milk bottle as a funnel - it is free and works just as well as a real jam funnel and can be washed in a dishwasher. Plus, when it gets a bit tatty, you can just chuck it out and cut a new one!
    Trust me - I'm NOT a doctor!
    • Ladyhawk
    • By Ladyhawk 21st Dec 10, 9:30 PM
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    My colleagues all think that I am completely batty because I have bubble wrapped my bathroom windows.
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    • Lexxi
    • By Lexxi 21st Dec 10, 9:37 PM
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    My christmas list this year included red lentils, everyone raves about them on here for making meals go further I wasn't sure where to get them from and don't want to spend my money if I don't like them
  • Kamen Rider W
    Well this year I received a Christmas card from a friend who had clearly re-used them. She simply crossed out the names of the recipient and sender and wrote in new ones, then added a personal message for me at the bottom

    I know several people who re-use teabags ...
    • choogirl
    • By choogirl 21st Dec 10, 9:53 PM
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    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.
    • choogirl
    • By choogirl 21st Dec 10, 9:58 PM
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    Just thought of another - when I receive anything in a padded envelope I keep it and then when OH has ebayed something that needs a padded envelope we will just put a new label on it and seal the package with tape. I have even been known to retrieve padded envelopes from the office bins
  • seasalt
    Oh dear, is that embarrassing - I always re-use padded envelopes - and ordinary ones - I thought it was just good practice! Also remake christmas and birthday cards and tags out of old ones.

    One thing I do keep quietish about (apart from announcing it on public forums!) is that I use recycled tea as a compost activator. Not really embarrassed about it but I know it's a step too far for some, probably including my children and OH who eat the vegetables, but they haven't caught me sidling out of the bathroom with my jug yet.
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    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 21st Dec 10, 10:22 PM
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    Oh dear, is that embarrassing - I always re-use padded envelopes - and ordinary ones - I thought it was just good practice! Also remake christmas and birthday cards and tags out of old ones.

    One thing I do keep quietish about (apart from announcing it on public forums!) is that I use recycled tea as a compost activator. Not really embarrassed about it but I know it's a step too far for some, probably including my children and OH who eat the vegetables, but they haven't caught me sidling out of the bathroom with my jug yet.
    Originally posted by seasalt
    Me too - doesn't everyone?

    Anyway, lets hope you haven't just jinxed yourself... Do let us know if they catch you with your jug tomorrow

    Actually, I now use 'recycled tea' for keeping the local cats out of my garden. IT WORKS!!!!! A 'wee' sprinkle all about keeps them away
    • dawnteabag
    • By dawnteabag 21st Dec 10, 10:31 PM
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    I save all the pre-paid envelopes that come with bills - I pay online - and use them to send my son's school dinner money in to school.
    • loocyloo
    • By loocyloo 21st Dec 10, 10:48 PM
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    i re-gift unwanted presents, both mine and my childrens.

    my childrens presents usually sit in a pile in their bedrooms for a few months, and then when those still sitting there are patently untouched, i 'suggest' i look after them ! they are quite happy for them to be passed on!

    i use last years christmas cards as gift tags, and save gift bags to re-use. ( also save birthday cards to use as gift tags )

    i save and re-use the padded envelopes and those really thick plastic bags some parcels come in. i also save all the 'pre-paid' envelopes that come with bills etc. i use all the blank sides of school letters, addresses in catalogues etc as shopping or 'to do lists'

    thing is, i don't actually think of any of this as embarassing, just what i've always done!
  • adelight
    Reuse jiffy bags and packaging all the time, and occasionally put cheap food into old packaging (ie, no brand weetabix in a weetabix box and putting cheap frozen mince in a not-so cheap frozen mince bag) mainly to get OH to eat cheap stuff He has some issue with cheap mince where he just decides it smells bad and is making him feel sick when eating it... idiot!
    I always put my cheap stuff in the less-cheap shop's carrier bag when I'm shopping Topshop might give me a massive bag, so in go all the peacocks/primark/oxfam goodies!

    Can't believe people reusing xmas cards! You could just turn the cover into gift tags.
    Living cheap in central London
  • crazyolday
    Clothes Shopping EVERY WEEK???????? HUH!
    Shock, horror I hear you screech!

    However stop right there with your mouth open and read on!

    I dropped by our local recycling centre who have their own resale shop area inc a clothes section.

    I got my whole christmas party outfit from there for 3! Brand new pair of smart trousers (with price label attached marked at 12) for 1, a lovely blouse 1 and a great brand new glittery scarf 1.

    Lots of people commented on my new outfit and asked where they could get the same! Took alot of thinking to come up with a good answer to that one!

    I washed it well as I would items from the charity shop in a bio powder with a splash of disinfectant, then gave a final rinse in some lovely smelling fabric conditioner! The most expensive finish to the outfit I was wearing was the tinsel round my wrist at 1.15 a strip!

    Now that was the best bit of savvy shopping I've done all year!
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 21st Dec 10, 11:13 PM
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    My DD had to buy a school blazer for my DGSs school play a couple of weeks ago.It cost her a quid and was a brand new one that had been gifted to the charity shop.She is keeping it for him as he will start senior school next September and it will fir him properly by then as it was only a tiny bit too long in the sleeves at the moment .
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    • polkadot
    • By polkadot 21st Dec 10, 11:32 PM
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    Me too - doesn't everyone?

    Anyway, lets hope you haven't just jinxed yourself... Do let us know if they catch you with your jug tomorrow

    Actually, I now use 'recycled tea' for keeping the local cats out of my garden. IT WORKS!!!!! A 'wee' sprinkle all about keeps them away
    Originally posted by Frugal
    Another thing for the tea bags.Once you've wiped down your mirrors and other shiny surfaces,give them a wipe over with a used tea bag and they stay shiny for longer.I dont know how or why it works-but it does.
    When I first moved in with my DH, I didnt have a dressing table (still dont come to think of it).The only mirror in our studio was attatched to the wall in the bathroom. I would plug my hairdryer in in the kitchen and use the microwave door as a mirror as it had one of those silver finishes.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 23-12-2010 at 12:04 PM.
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