Welcome to Frugal Living Friday! Each week I will feature a tip that can help us stretch our budget and live more frugally! If you have a tip that you want shared on Frugal Living Friday, let me know and you could become a guest blogger for a day.
Using what we have and reusing anything we can is a big part of being frugal. Many of us recycle on a weekly basis, but there are also many of us that don't recycle. For some it is too time consuming. For others, it is not offered with their city's trash program. And for others it is because it just doesn't make sense to them. I don't necessarily want to make this post into a debate about recycling, but there are many points to both sides.
Whether or not you recycle on a weekly basis or not there are basic, everyday ways to recycle items that you use everyday. You don't have to go all out if you don't want to. Here are some ideas.
Freecycle: Instead of getting rid of stuff in the garbage that someone might use, try giving it away on freecycle. Even items like empty baby food jars. I love Freecycle!
Cardboard boxes: There are so many uses for empty boxes of every shape and size. Here are some ideas for using cereal boxes as file holders and many different ways to use shoe boxes.
Gifts: There are many creative ways to use handmade items to make personalized, recycled gifts. HERE is one idea. Carry it further by using notepads, pens, empty tins, and other things you are just going to throw away anyway. I read somewhere online recently about using those flat magnets you get on your new telephone books by covering them with photos of your kids. What a great idea!
This week I challenge you to look around and think before you throw things away. Maybe you can find a use for it.