Do you ever save old jars to put things in?

United States
October 1, 2008 9:23am CST
I save a few old jars or even an empty tube of Pringles to put loose change in. I love saving the jars to put small loose miscellaneous items in it, such as paper clips, pens(depending on the size of the jar) and other items in it. It makes my place look a little more organized without spending money on traditional organizers. I wash out the jars first, dry them well and sometimes decorate them to make them look better.
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@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I use washed out baby food jars to organize my paperclips, rubberbands and stuff like that. My daughter is 8 and she loves to save jars. She puts her small bouncy balls in one, her mcdonalds toys in the bigger ones. I agree that sometimes they come in handy. One year I took pringles cans and had the kids I babysit paint them white. Then we took a marker and drew a snowman face on them. I then took old socks and made a hat and scarf for them. They loved them and gave them to mom and dad for a christmas gift.
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@capirani (1841)
• United States
1 Oct 08
Remember when Pringles first came out and they had those rippled liners? People were always using those to make candles out of. Too bad they don't have the liners anymore. I liked those candles.
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@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
2 Oct 08
You are right! I forgot about them. They were cute too.
@dookie03 (578)
• United States
1 Oct 08
Ha that's funny because i save baby jars now. I have a 11 month old son and me and my wife save all these baby jars for things for X-MAS and stuff. She always has some crazy idea for those little jars. So far i've only put change and old earrings in. I guess i'll find some crazy use for them someday. LOL.
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• United States
1 Oct 08
I haven't done that yet. My husband had these long wafer sticks that come in these cans, and I think I want to save them. I was thinking that maybe I could decorate it with some fabric or something, and make pencil holders out of them. I already threw one away, I think I'll try and save the rest.
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@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I do that too. I will save things other than jars, such as containers that my face clothes come in (you know that disposible kind with soap in them). They are made of hard plastic with a snap lid, very convient for lots of things. I like to decorate my reused boxes and cans too.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
1 Oct 08
Hi there. I save some jars for later use - especially Nutella jars that can be used for many things - keeping powder cocoa, coffee and other "dust" substances
• United States
1 Oct 08
I feel like I save everything. Sometimes I need to step back and figure out if I really need the containers and things I am freezing. I dont have a lot of storage in my home so I have to be selective about what I keep. I do decorate containers instead of buying containers to store things in.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
i love to collect old jars and old tins so, yes, i save them and use them for a lot of things. especially old cookie tins - they are great for keeping small stuff together in one area, epecially for me as i am a scrapbooker and have a lot of little bits and pieces of stuff laying around.
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@Lindery (854)
• Latvia
22 Jan 09
We used to safe jars earlier but those days we made all kind of fruit jams and pickles so we needed jars to keep the food in. Now, these days I have maybe 2 or 3 jars at home because sometimes I need to give some over left food away.
@3cardmonte (5098)
22 Nov 08
I do, I make jewellery for a living and I can put beads pens,paint and all sorts in them.
• United States
4 Oct 08
i save those maxwell house blue plastic coffee containers. they don't rot,and the lid is screw top.my dad used to use the metal coffee cans for screws and nails,and after awhile the bottoms will fall out of them.
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Yes I do! I use a very large pickle jar as my sugar canister.. and I also use jars (whatever ones are widemouth especially) for putting leftovers in.. and we also use them for change.. or screws and nails, etc.. And I like itty bitty jars and will save them for lotion or something..
@taface412 (3176)
• United States
2 Oct 08
I do save my jars. This year I began making sauces out of my tons of tomatoes...and I used the empty jars for this. One is they were much cheaper than buying the Mason jars and also the Mason jars were sold out in my area. And as long as I closed them tightly and stored them in the fridge they were fine to use. I also like using them for the things you mentioned. I only save glass jars though.
@mymelodake (1339)
• Philippines
2 Oct 08
We do the same, except for the decorating part LOL. We usually put in stuff like sugar, salt and other spices that come in bags instead of bottles. I also collect some nice ones for the odds and ends that I gather up on my desk and just can't throw away.
@3cardmonte (5098)
2 Oct 08
i do, I make jewellery so they come in really handy for putting beads in. I also save the moisturiser tubs and use those.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
2 Oct 08
I save all my glass jars and use them to store dry goods in the kitchen. I'm such a mooch, I get some nice instant coffee ones from friends. I also save all my plastic food containers for storage. Why should I buy them at the store when I get so many for free? Even the cheaper, thinner ones from the deli counter can be used a few times.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 08
Yup, I also collect glass and plastic containers; those that are colorful and have cute designs either for keeping things in, or display. I would keep use them to keep coins, buttons, pins. Some food jars/containers I would use to keep sweets, nuts and cookies.
@xParanoiax (6998)
• United States
2 Oct 08
I save laundry detergent containers to use as watering cans =) Peanut-butter jars are saved, containers from store bought food when we do buy them, applesauce jars... Because I can use them for growing things, storing food later, etc.
@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 08
I will keep only some of the old jars to put things like salt,sugar,or some snacks and tidbits. I don't keep all the jars because I am running out of space to put my things. I only keep some old jars with suitable sizes and more convenient to keep things. Lol.
@sweetyethot (1738)
• China
2 Oct 08
i think saving old jars is very environment friendly.the cycle use of old jars also saves money.i love saving all kinds of different jars,even bottles or containers ,anything that can be used to store things.so glad that so many people do the same thing.it should become a trend in our daily life.
@kaybelle (127)
• Trinidad And Tobago
2 Oct 08
Lol yes I save jars for coins, pepper source and misc. lol