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Wow, it’s clear that not much gets thrown away at the homes of Savings Challenge members!
They’ve found creative ways to reuse just about everything: boxes, plastic bags, milk cartons, cans, bottles, pantyhose (thanks astridocean for adding some new ones to the list), fabric remnants, newspapers, bleach bottles, rubber bands, tissue boxes, old blankets and clothing, shower curtains, egg cartons, scrap lumber, leftover food, and even boxes from Victoria’s Secret (thanks gailcats, I’m going to encourage my wife to order some things from Victoria’s Secret… just for the nice boxes, you know).
I really liked Baloar’s idea of using the plastic bag that the newspaper arrives in every day to pick the “doggie treasures” her pet leaves during their daily walks. It’s good to have a routine like that, where every day you automatically make use of something that would otherwise just be thrown away.
I applaud roch2772 for the important work they’re doing in remodeling and furnishing apartments for homeless women using secondhand materials and would-be throw away items. Keep up the good work, and be sure to check out www.freecycle.org, as a number of people mentioned, for other usable items that people are looking to give away for free.
And kudos to ysq for the clever way she repurposed the frame from a garden swing, converting it into a bird (and squirrel!) feeding station instead. That’s a big item put to good use and kept out of the landfill.
In the end, though, I’m declaring Run42km the winner of the Week 1 “Repurposing” Savings Challenge. When his Great Dane destroyed the family’s couch, rather than throw it away, Run42km’s wife got creative and used the fabric and stuffing to make a lifetime’s supply of dog chews called “Couch Critters.” I guess if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. The toys have worked so well, the couple is now scavenging other upholstered furniture left out for the trash collectors, and making loads of “Couch Critters” to donate to local animal shelters. Talk about “creative repurposing,” and all for a good cause. Be sure to watch this video Run42km posted of the scene of the crime—priceless! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaG6o0bP8us&feature=youtu.be
Thanks to everyone who entered the Week 1 Challenge, and be sure to check out the Week 2 “Yard Sale/Thrift Store” Challenge. Try your best to add your Week 2 entries to this thread. Remember to use the green savings tracker to keep track of how much money you are saving by reusing everyday items and keep the box checked if you want to be eligible for weekly and overall prizes in the Savings Challenge.