Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TMR Frugal Living Tip #62

Today's thrifty living tip is reuse your newspapers before throwing into a recycling bin. There are many ways to reuse your daily newspaper, but I'll highlight a few of the more popular ideas. None of these ideas are meant for the colorful glossy ads.

Make packaging material by shredding them. This is easier if you already have a paper shredder.

Use it in the garden as a way to stop weeds. Again only use the black and white sections. Open the papers and lay them flat on the row or area you want to use them and wet them down with the garden hose.

Use shredded paper in the compost pile. You don't need a lot but it makes a great addition.

Use sections of the paper to wipe glass or windows. It doesn't leave any streaks but you will have to wash your hands afterwards.

You can use the Sunday comics as gift wrapping paper.

Of course old paper can make great hats for kids. There are several great sites that will show you how to do this on the internet.

We use old paper when we have crawfish or any kind of seafood boil. My inlaws just chunk the paper along with the peelings into a hole. It breaks down so it doesn't go in the trash. Of course he does this in the cane fields that he owns. This idea might not be viable for just anyone.

5 comments:

Native American Momma said...

When I forget my reusable grocery bags and end up with paper ones at home I use them to make biscuits on.

Jennifer @ Money Saver 101 said...

You can also line the bottom of a litter box with them. I think a lot of people do that.

I like the idea of cleaning the windows with it. I never knew that. Great idea.

Bonnie said...

That's another great idea. I don't have any pets, but great tip. Thanks.

Toni S. said...

Great suggestions for paper shreds. I posted a blog a few weeks ago about what stuff you can do with your paper shreds. From the paper shredder to compost to paper dolls to stuffing to packing material to "Easter" Basket grass, recycle those papers.

blueyes said...

I actually used mine as a bedding mixed in with wood chips for my hamsters and guinea pigs cages.