What Products to You Use Over and Over Again to Save Money?

United States
June 28, 2007 5:58pm CST
If you have toddlers, you know how expensive the little swimmers can be. I have a friend that will literally wash them in the washing machine, air dry them and use them over and over again (as long as they don't get muddy!). She says she has saved so much money doing this. It had me thinking of things I could reuse to pinch a penny or two...what do you do?
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10 responses
• United States
29 Jun 07
We have cloth diapers. I wount use them when we are going out for a while beacuse they just dont hold up like a good huggie's but I can wash them with a little bleach and they are like new again. We also bought liners so when they go #2 we can just pull it out and all the solids come out and into the trash can. We reuse what ever we can. We try to keep costs and trash down. When we get food that comes in containers I try to find ways to make something usefull out of it. Crayon holders, storage for the bathroom, just little things. I am always up for some new ideas!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Plastic containers! I know the fancy expensive ones tend to be better but now days so many things come in plastic containers with lids that when emptied can be washed and used over and over. I love the clear ones that many sliced meats come in - perfect for left-overs or snacks, already paid for them, and the clear you can easily see what's inside.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Depending upon what was stored in them, I reuse the zip-lock plastic bags. They are easily washed/wiped clean and can be resued. I don't buy trashbags. I use the plastic bags that my groceries are packed in at the store. Why buy a trashcan bag when those are the perfect size?! As others have said, I reuse the plastic containers that some lunch meats come in.
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I reuse my xip lock bags/freezer bags as well, but as you say depending on what they have been used for. If you calculate the prize of each bag, it is well worth it. We also reuse the plastic bags from the store as garbage bags, and we reuse our water bottle and fill them up at the convenience store.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
30 Jun 07
We always used cloth diapers on our children when they were small. We use so many things over and over to save money. We make our own fabric softener and cleaning supplies. We use the containters that coolwhip and butter come in to store things in the fridge in. We also use them to pack food for my husbands lunch bucket. If he ruins them, it does not matter.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
We reuse plastic containers from butter and things like that. Also I save money on toys since My daughter likes to play with cups and boxes. Also about the swimmer diapers. I know at my local target they made a bottom (for both boys and girls)that doubled as a diaper and it was only 6 bucks.
@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
30 Jun 07
To save money, I had asked my colleagues and friends for their children's used clothes. I have a girl and a boy. My girl, who is eight this year have been wearing hand me downs since she was born. The same appies to my two year old son. Most of the clothes passed down are still in very good condition and I must say I have saved a considerable amount of money from having to buy clothes for them. Children outgrow their clothes so quickly so I do not see any point in getting branded new clothes for them.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
29 Jun 07
I've never thought about reusing little swimmers. How would you know whether your child has peed in them or not since they are already wet. And do they not fall apart in the washing machine? They are expensive. I've already spent too much money on them this summer. I'll have to check into these other diapers other people have mentioned in this discussion. I wonder if they make them in toddler sizes.
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• United States
29 Jun 07
I bought on ebay rubber pants, but not your typical rubber pants, these are thick with inner lining. My daughter uses these in the pool and as soon as I can get her to do number two on the toilet these will completely replace pull ups they are asesome and you can wash and put in the dryer. I think i got 20 of them for 10 bucks give or take a few. I have a boy and a girl so we cant really recycle clothes, but some we can, toys yes. My kids are little and have no sense of designer clothes or have a care what their friends think. So I also save money by buying gently used toys on auction, as long as they arent broke and in excellent condition I will buy them. I have saved so much money this way and they get alot more of the things they want.
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• Kottayam, India
19 Nov 07
Life is full experiments, to share the ideas is another great milestone, so it will make you happy.
@smartmom (827)
• United States
6 Aug 07
The thing that we reuse over and over again are the 1 gallon water bottles that we fill up at the convenience store.