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Reduce, Reuse Post

 Keeping with this weeks theme of Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do with­out’. I have some ideas for reusing every day items:

  • Envelopes of all sizes can be reused by putting  a label over the top of the previous address, or used as a file folder
  • Plastic bags from the store have endless possibilities, such as:  garbage can liners, wrap around cords or other loose things to secure and hold them in place, use to discard pet waste from litter box or when walking a pet, and my favorite is to put a treat in it for someone and hang it on their door handle with a second wrap to secure it
  • Empty glass bottles can be cleaned and used for vases, jars for treats and homemade goodies, painted or decorated (click HERE for an idea) for your home or to gift, even great to store odds and ends
  • Empty plastic containers such as yogurt and sour cream cartons are terrific to store leftovers, to send home food, or to pack lunch in particularly if the container doesn’t always come home, lol
  • The shower caps you get at hotels are perfect bowl and food covers
  • Purchase the ‘reusable’ bags at the store to give gifts in. Now they have two gifts!
  • Old clothing can be used as rags and for cleaning
  • Used gift wrap can be shredded for stuffing in packages and gift bags
  • Gift bags and tissue paper can be neatly folded up and used again. Make a new tag out of an old card
  • Paper ran through your printer that is not what you wanted give to the kids to draw on or use as scratch paper
  • Dryer Sheets:  Use them to remove static cling from pants legs, shirts, skirts and even your hair by running a used fabric softener sheet over the area, also pet hair by rubbing it on your clothes
  • Clothing:  There are endless possibilities here, but to start, sell kids outgrown clothing, give to shelter or homeless agency, take to thrift store to support employment of less fortunate, sell at consignment shop
  • Old Blankets and sleeping bags:  Keep extras in the car for warmth and to wrap fragile items. To sit on at parades, concerts, games and outdoor activities.
  • Many items can be sold, traded or donated to give them a second life – be creative and try to think outside of the box to save money and waste.


Here are THREE basics that will save you trouble and frustration.

Cleaning with vinegar will save you $ on cleaners. Mending will save you money as you will be able to fix you own minor repairs. Knowing how to manage your money and to teach it to your children, will serve you well for the rest of your life – and that of your family too.

Vinegar is a WONDERFUL cleaner and saves you $$$ as it can be used for so many purposes, click HERE

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Mending 101 –

How to Thread a Needle, click HERE

How to Sew on a Button, click HERE  (I learned a trick or two about tying off the back and how to be sure the fabric won’t pucker or be too tight.)

Need a quick hem, or to keep your blouse in place? Click HERE

      money in trap Teaching Money, Part 1, click HERE

Teaching Money, Part 2, click HERE

Teaching Money, Part 3, click HERE

Teaching Money, Part 4, click HERE  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today    

For More On This Topic:

A Mother’s Shadow’ a novel by Carrie Groneman (available on Amazon), click HERE

Does the Brand Define YOU, click HERE


  • I totally am into reusing and recycling things, such as gift bags again. Thank you so much for the added suggestions 😉

  • Diane Roark says:


    I just reread your Vinegar post. I have been wanting to try some of these things I have never tried.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark

  • Jenny.U says:

    Great tips, thanks for the ideas!

  • Jess says:

    These are some great tips! I still consider myself a newbie, so I’m definitely taking notes! 🙂

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Nina says:

    Love this post! I grew up with a mother (who grew up during the Great Depression) who lived by the motto: “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.” Very similar to your saying, and I actually like the part about “Fix it up” because that’s really what we do around here. Trying to teach our younger kids the same idea in life, and not be wasteful. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week at the hop! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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