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    • VT82
    • By VT82 15th Jan 13, 11:01 PM
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    I know someone who took home three of the used extra large 'Smooth' Nescafe jars from the work kitchen, washed them and took the labels off. Then they used them as storage jars in their own kitchen. All the jars had red lids, so it went well in their red themed kitchen.

    There's blue (Rich) and green (Decaff) versions as well.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 15th Jan 13, 11:08 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
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    Very little. Actually nothing.

    It's a kitchen, not Steptoe's yard. And the last thing anyone who grew up in a house controlled by a hoarder needs is the sight of extraneous crap being used in a 'decorative' or 'economical' manner.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
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    • GreenFairy
    • By GreenFairy 15th Jan 13, 11:26 PM
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    Quite a bit, especially things that can't be recycled or composted easily. My house doesn't look anything like Steptoe's yard though!

    I buy spices in big bags from the Asian market, so little spice rack jars were no good to me. Started saving up Bonne Maman jam jars - run through the dishwasher I have a set of good looking, stackable spice jars in my press. Other decent sized jars with pop lids get saved for homemade jam making. Those fancy swing top lemonade bottles are kept for home brewing and cordial making.

    Egg boxes get saved up and go back to the egg lady - helps her keep her prices down.

    Plastic takeaway tubs get washed and used for all sorts until they give up the ghost. Leftovers, craft supplies, sandwiches for lunch. I don't use cling wrap or foil at all. Biscuit and sweet tins are kept for a friend who collects model soldiers, or are filled with homemade goodies and given as gifts
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    • Miss Havisham
    • By Miss Havisham 16th Jan 13, 12:00 AM
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    this will sound mad, but I wash out the waxy paper linings in boxes of cereal and use to wrap left-overs in the fridge - cheaper than foil and film and just as effective.

    I've even been known to put one in my handbag as an emergency doggy-bag when I'm eating out !

    I buy those individual filter coffee pot things that you sit on the top of a mug. I tip the used grounds onto the soil and re-use the pot for starting off garden seeds. Makes me feel a bit better about being extravagant with "posh" coffee.

    Miss H
  • katholicos
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    • 16th Jan 13, 12:23 AM
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    I compost everything i can, all cardboard, paper, egg shells, peelings, used matchsticks and teabags etc.

    The postman leaves elastic bands from mail, all over our front garden, i pick them up with my grabber tool, wash them off and reuse them.

    The waxed bags from cereal boxes are used to wrap my homemade bread, cakes, biscuits or things like cheese and other stuff in the fridge.

    Our christmas tree is outside at present and when able, i will cut off the branches and use the pine needles around things in the garden like my blueberry bushes... the branches once de-needled will then be chopped up and used on the woodbark pathways around the garden, or just chopped up in small pieces and then composted.

    Tonight we made vegetarian shepherds pie, i used the water i boiled the potatoes in (for the topping), to start off a home made lentil and bean casserole in the slow cooker.

    I don't keep bits of this or that 'in case i need it someday', but if i have a practical use for something, i make sure i keep it and use it.

    Another use i have is for empty marge tubs. I have lots of lock and locks storage containers but i find that marge tubs stack on top of each other perfectly in the freezer so i put extra batches of soups, curries etc in the marge cartons and freeze them...just pop a label on if i remember or can find them.

    Marge tubs can also be cut down to make plant labels. I did that last year when i ran out of 'proper' ones.

    This might sound a bit yuck, but i have started using up the water i boil pasta in. I used to chuck it, but i have found that if i add it to a homemade fruit bread in the breadmaker, it makes the bread nice and chewy...i happen to like it like that

    I'm sure i do loads more things but that is all i can think off the top of my head.
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    • Molly41
    • By Molly41 16th Jan 13, 12:26 AM
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    I reuse packaging such as padded envelopes and boxes from Amaz0n and L@kel@nd boxes.
    Only yesterday I made 40 on Amaz0n selling unwanted books and maximised profit by reusing old packaging
    The L@kel@nd boxes are great as they open out make a high sided, sturdy home for stray or poorly hedgehogs that I seem to collect for our local Hogwatch rescue.

    I reuse teabags on our garden - i sprinkle with Olbas Oil to discourage the cats and my dogs from scratching up my plants.

    Obviously I reuse cardboard from cereal boxes for craft projects such as Christmas decorations - it is just right as not too thin or too thick.

    I reuse plastic carrier bags for disposal of rubbish - controversial but I am very adverse to paying for black rubbish sacks.

    I reuse old towels for my dogs and they currently have old baby fleeces in their beds to keep them warm

    I have a button box and take off all buttons from worn out garments.

    I cut up suitable worn garments for dusters. I like dusting with my DD's old PJ bottoms from when she was a baby. I wash all my dusters at a very high temperature.

    I will add to my list......
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me. When it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    When the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
  • FrugalFranny
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    • 16th Jan 13, 2:34 AM
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    Plastic bread bags
    They make good storage bags for fridge, freezer or store cupboard.

    Plastic Shopping bags
    Mini 'bin' that I hang off the lower cupboard door handle near my sink, they degrade now over time so not going to cause long term problems in landfill.
    Get enough of these and re-use/recycle as much household waste as you can and you won't really need bin bags.

    Good quality glass jars
    Some are good for jam making (others not so), odds and ends holders and even can be gifted to friends if filled with some nice homemade sweeties and tied with a bit of ribbon ribbon.

    Cereal Boxes
    I 'harvest' these for the cardboard, many many uses including making my own "Do Not Disturb" sign for the bedroom door , a shopping list is easier to find when it's written bit of cardboard in a pocket full of receipts, tissues and so on. And the inner bag in the box is good for storing pasta, lentils, rice and other dry goods and doesn't take up as much room as big jars or containers.

    Soap Hand-pump bottles
    Can be reused many times to store washing-up liquid (help reduce the amount used a great deal) and for you're own home mixed hand soap experiments.

    Branded cleaning fluid bottles
    I use an old febree*e spray bottle to clean up my side boards (hot water and bleach, or white vinegar mix) as the fine spray it produces is wonderful.

    Take away containers
    When the OH manages to sneak some take-away past the guards I re-used the plastic boxes to 'shape' food in the freezer,then turn it out and store it in a bread bag to save space. Some can even be microwaved.
    Spare I stick in the gaps in my fridge to save electricity.

    newspaper/packing paper
    Crunched into a ball to fill out any gaps in the freezer (saves electricity), best to replace them now and then if they get soggy and/or smelly.

    That's all I can think of for now. It's important to know when to say when though or you'll end up with hundreds of jars and boxes littering the place.
    ~"I don't cook so much since we moved out of reality...."~
    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 16th Jan 13, 7:20 AM
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    Buttons! I cut them off anything that isn't getting passed on to a charity shop. I got the idea of using them to create designer looks on cheap clothes when I bought a designer cardigan (massively reduced in a sale!) with an assorted button decoration on it. Just a bit of imagination turns up all sorts of ideas! I actually bought a scruffy kids cardi for a pittance in a cs just for the buttons! Cute ladybird ones which look really sweet "walking" along the front of one of DGD's jumpers!
  • blossomhill
    My late mum had some nice green curtains - they became a maternity skirt for her, worn for two pregnancies
    Then she made it into two little girls' dresses
    They were made into skirts when we outgrew the dresses
    Then we made them into dolls' house curtains and dolls' dresses and skirts
    Full circle!
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    • Behemoth
    • By Behemoth 16th Jan 13, 8:47 AM
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    Not sure whether this counts but twice a year I replace the duvets in the house with the cheapo ones from Asda and then use the old ones to insulate the loft.

    They are much easier to handle than fibreglass and you can drape them over stuff. After a few years you can cover the whole loft several deep and it's very effective.

    Also saves laundering your duvets!
    • Nancy888
    • By Nancy888 16th Jan 13, 9:21 AM
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    newspaper/packing paper
    Crunched into a ball to fill out any gaps in the freezer (saves electricity), best to replace them now and then if they get soggy and/or smelly.
    Originally posted by FrugalFranny
    What a great idea for the gaps - although I struggle to have space in mine and end up playing tetris whenever I need to put something else in
    Anywhere is within walking distance - if you have the time!!

    Sealed Pot Challenge - clunkin' away nicely
    • lushlifesaver
    • By lushlifesaver 16th Jan 13, 9:32 AM
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    Buttons - I keep them all in a tin in case I want/need them. Use them for all sorts of things, repairs, decorations, random projects

    take away containers - use them to defrost meat in each day for dinner, to freeze leftovers, for lunches...

    freezer bags - we freeze all our bread and defrost as needed. I reuse the bags as they've only had bread in

    We don't really have much else that can be reused. Tins, jars, bottles (plastic and glass) all go in the recycling as does all card and paper.
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    • onesixfive
    • By onesixfive 16th Jan 13, 10:05 AM
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    Soap pump bottles - liquid paint for kids
    Douwe Egberts Coffee Jars - Sugar/Tea Bag storage & decant coffee from large bags.
    Large Sweets Tins (ie: Roses/Quality Street) for Sewing Kit / Miscell Shelf Storage.
    Old Plastic lidded Bin (ie: Nappy/Waste bin) - Outdoor Salt/Grit Storage
    Plastic Carriers - Ideal containers to wrap around the wrist when picking up odd items of Garden Rubbish
    Washing up liquid bottles - refill from giant 5 litre container
    Plastic Drinks fridge door storage containers with spouts (from poundland) - ideal storage containers for tesco's giant daisy dishwasher powder - can then be poured easily from the spout.
    Large shoe containers, & covered boxes, extend up on top of my kitchen cupboards to provide mega amount of extra "unused " space for lesser used items.
    etc etc etc
    • MeanJean
    • By MeanJean 16th Jan 13, 10:18 AM
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    I wash and keep the clear plastic yogurt pots ready for spring when I puncture holes in the bottom with my old school compass (kept for 50 years!) and plant seeds in them. Have started off hundreds of seedlings this way. I also use them for growing young salad plants taken from supermarket bought punnets of growing mixed salad leaves. These plants later go into my garden and I have fresh lettuces all summer and I save a small fortune on bagged mixed salad. I also use empty mushroom and veg punnets to grow plants. They also make good drawer dividers - just arrange them tightly together inside a drawer to separate eg paperclips from stamps ,sellotape, string, rubber bands etc.
  • effiemum
    Inners of toilet rolls are good for bringing on seedlings. Plant straight into the ground when ready, and containers decompose
  • Mrs Simpkin
    Re-use 'posh' hand wash, shower gel and shampoo bottles - re-fill with own brand bulk buys.
    Buttons for craft. Old clothes, bedding - good for craft work such as patchwork, worn for dusters. Ferr** Roch** boxes are great for storing sewing and embroidery threads
    Screws, hinges, etc for DIY projects, kept in those useful jam jars.
    A friend takes my broken crockery for her mosaic projects. Cups that are just chipped make good pen tubs.
    Old nappy bucket has been my kitchen compost bin for 40 years. Egg cartons and plastic cups for sowing seeds. Shredded paper the recyclers won't take goes in compost bin.
    Old flattened pillows now under the bath stopping draughts.
    Bargain toys and puzzles from Charity shops 're-used' for fun presents for Grandchildren.
    Old towels taken to Vets - they never have enough.
    • good advice
    • By good advice 16th Jan 13, 10:47 AM
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    good advice
    Love these posts.

    I reuse paper to make notes @ the computer
    reuse envelopes to take my vouchers/coupons to the shops in
    food boxes like cereal/pizza, I cut up to make lists = whats in the freezer, menu planning and shopping list.
    Plastic food boxes to grow seeds.
    large marge. tubs to give takeaways in - occasionally
    The bags in cereal boxes are great for carrying a large cake and card box to protect it - do this also for sc holidays.
    carrier bags in bins
    Left over knitting wool to tie plants up
    save small plastic bottles to refill for holidays, shampoo and bubble bath.
    saving old cotton clothes to make a patchwork one day
    wood - even neighbours give us offcuts to burn on our coal/wood fire.
    Free newspapers also get used to start fire
    • WhiteSalmon
    • By WhiteSalmon 16th Jan 13, 10:56 AM
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    Bubble Wrap - eBay Sellers etc.
    Do not buy bubble wrap! Go into most supermarkets and hunt through the fruit and veg you will usually see sheets of bubble wrap (especially in the apples or any fruit that can bruise easily). They are usually very clean and do not pong - I have got loads and loads this way and nobody objects.
    • MadMom
    • By MadMom 16th Jan 13, 10:59 AM
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    Not sure whether this counts but twice a year I replace the duvets in the house with the cheapo ones from Asda and then use the old ones to insulate the loft.

    They are much easier to handle than fibreglass and you can drape them over stuff. After a few years you can cover the whole loft several deep and it's very effective.

    Also saves laundering your duvets!
    Originally posted by Behemoth
    Surely it costs more in the long run? Twice a year? Seriously? I've had the same duvet for nearly 8 years now - perfect condition
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