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Old 06-17-2008, 05:08 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by babetoo View Post
amazing! don't think i could go as far as this lady. however we all need to think of ways we can reuse, redo, fix etc.

i am a big fan of do it yourself. it saves me much money and especially for the decor of my house.

thin line between saving stuff to reuse and hoarding,though.

when my kids were young and money tight, the day old bread store was the place to go. everything from bread to cupcakes . things we wouldn't have had if reg. price.

same as milk, a neighbor and i would get discount for milk just at expire date and freeze it. you do what u have to do.

we for the most part all waste a lot of food. i am sometimes sad at how much i waste as just one person.

i only have three pieces of furniture in entire house that i got brand new.
a little paint and elbow grease can do wonders.

even when buying fabric for a do it yourself project , i try for the discount. some of this is to save and some is just the thrill of the hunt.

I bought me microwave cart brand new, and the kids bunk beds were a gift from my parents that they bought new for $115. Other than that, everything in our house is used furniture wise. Our bedroom set was from an estate sale; the dinning room table, chairs, and china cabinet from another estate sale; and the living room furniture from Coopers Used Hotel Furniture. We even got our mattress and box spring from there, but new not used.
Even with a family of five it takes a full week to fill up the garbage can, which holds about 5 tall kitchen bags. Since Waste Management breaks open all the bags and sorts for recycling, we don't have separate recycling bins. We do save all metal and take that to recycling ourself as we get money for it, but that is it. So 5 tall kitchen bags a week accounts for all waste including paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic. I would guess that after they sort it out, only about one bag worth makes it to the land fill.
Oh, and a lot of our organic waste goes into the compost bin and garden as well, including coffee grounds.
We are very careful about wasting food and hardly any is ever wasted here, not because we are that good, but just because we can't afford to waste anything!

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