Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SAVING MONEY-Clever uses for simple things

"Poor: When you have too much month at the end of your money."

Simple everyday items can have multiple uses. It is just a case of thinking "outside the box"
I save HEAPS of money holding on to things that most people would throw out.
Waste not want not. 

 Cardboard boxes
  • Temporary roof tile (wrap a plastic bag around it and slide under other tiles)
  • Protect fingers while hammering
  • Garage floor drip pan
  • Carry boxes for items sold in yard sale
  • Load shopping into. (Way easier to unpack and great for cans)
  • A no spill tray for breakfast in bed
  • Product deliveries.Show products to customer without unpacking them and show you're environmentally friendly
  • Storage of bathroom items in cupboards so you can fit more in. And pull them out like drawers.
 
Baby Formula tins
  • Cash tins
  • Seedling plant pots ( you can decorate)
  • Door stop (just fill with sand )
  • Desk caddy for pens pencils
  • Store dead batteries for proper disposal
  • Shed storage for nails, screws etc
  • Drop sheet holder (fill with sand and place on corners of painting drop sheets)
  • Craft
  • Drums for children
 Plastic Bottles
  • Wasp trap
  • Drip irrigator for plants
  • Freeze water inside and use as esky cooler
  • Watering can for small or delicate plants ( poke holes in lid and fill with water) 
  • Scoop/Dustpan. Cut bottom off at an angle and leave lid on. 

 Baby clothes
  • Swap them at swap shop for bigger sizes
  • Sell them for cash
  • Keep to give to a friend having a baby (you won't need to buy a present)

Brown Paper Bags
  • Camping fire starter
  • Keep bread fresh
  • Car sickness ( add a couple of drops of peppermint oil inside and get sick person to inhale)
  • School lunches
 Old  Nail polish
  • Tighten loose screws
  • Get rid of a wart
  • Mend small holes in window flyscreens
  • Stop a ladder getting worse in stockings
  • Car scratches

Stockings/Pantihose
  • Clean a fish tank
  • Strain paint
  • TV duster cloth
  • Clean pool
  • Stop a rolling pin from sticking
 
 Old Towels
  • Cleaning rags
  • Wash cloths (cut into smaller pieces)
  • Mop cover
  • Oven mitt
  • Chair pad cover
  • Dog toy (tie fat knots in it)
  • Dry washed floors
  • Draw string beach bag
  • Washable dog blankets 

Samples
  • Cosmetics/personal hygiene are perfect for short trips
  •  Baby goods ( can never have enough for yourself or pop with gifts for a baby shower)
  • Foodstuff eg coffee/snacks good for travel, in your handbag while at work
  • Pet supplies because pets cost enough as it is
 Aluminium foil trays
  • Grease splatter protection. Poke a few holes in it and put over frypan
  • Colander. Again a few holes and voila
  • School projects/craft
  • Re heating meals
  •  Bird scarers. Just attach some string and hang in fruit trees
  • Pet food bowl
  • Drip catcher under paint can 
  • Moat for pet food. Place petbowl in tray and fill tray halfway with water to prevent insects/ant getting into the food
 Mouse pads
  • Knee pads for gardening
  • Table protector mats for hot pots/serving crockery
  •  Floor protector. Pads to go under furniture to protect floors
  • Drink coasters

What clever uses do you get out of  simple items? I'd love to hear your ideas!