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8 More Household Items You Can Re-Use To Save Money

10 September 2009 3 Comments



Welcome to round two of our deliciously bite-sized tips on how to re use common household items found around the house to save you money. Some of these may be more extreme than others (the apple part) but there is bound to be a couple tips here for even the most squeamish frugalist.


Old Blue Jeans

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Make coin purses out of the pockets for kids. Remove two pockets from pants, sew a zipper across the top, and stitch the sides together.


Old Credit Cards

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Make several guitar picks from one card. Make softer picks from milk jug plastic or plastic lids.


Film Canisters

film-canister-salt-and-pepper-shaker

Poke holes in the bottoms to make salt and pepper shakers for lunch boxes or camping trips.




Junk Mail

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Save any large colored pieces of paper, such as the plain brochure, for future art projects.


Old Shower Curtains

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Make baby bibs. Clean and sterilize. Sew on bias tape for neck strings. Fold up bottom, sew to make a food-catcher pocket.


Worn Out Towels and Wash Cloths

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A worn out towel can be cut lengthwise into strips to make a back washer. Washcloths can be cut in quarters to make reusable “handwipes” or “baby wipes.” Store damp in a plastic bag when traveling.


Pickle Juice

  1. Use in marinade or create your own salad dressing.
  2. Sweet Pickled Chops. Arrange four chops in a shallow pan and sprinkle with salt. Place a slice on onion and a tablespoon of ketchup on the top of each. Pour 1/2 cup of sweet pickle juice around chops. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350°.

A Half-Eaten Apple

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Cut off the remaining good parts and save to make an individual apple crisp. To make crumb mixture combine 1 Teaspoon each of brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, and margarine. Add a dash of cinnamon. Top apples and microwave.


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