Great recycler or pack rat?
June 16, 2008 11:08pm CST
My mother-in-law recycles everything. Plastic sandwich bags, to cardboard wrapping paper spindles. Some of her ideas are really great, like the medicine bottles. She uses old prescription medicine bottles, to store things like straight pins. She also fills them with rock and covers them with wrapping paper to serve as helium ballon weights, which can save you $2.00 or more. She really blew me away when she used the cardboard rolls from giftwrap and duct tape to replace missing refrigerator door shelves. She even saves the plastic microwave bowls from her Healthy Choice meals. I promise you she does not need more bowls. So is she a pack rat or a really great recycler? If you have some ingenious recycling ideas please share and I will be sure to share more of her ideas with everyone. Stay tune...
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17 Jun 08
Hie 3ddatawiz, I think your mother in law is a great recycler..:) My mum is like that too. She was helping my dad in the grocery shop business and she picked up the frugal ways through the years. Everything is precious and useful to her, she would not be throw them away immediately. If she finds something that she is not sure what to do with, she would put aside and decide later after discussing with my dad. As you have mentioned things like plastic bags, cardboards, rubber bands, raffia strings, glass & plastic bottles, tin and plastic containers, microwavable tupper wares and many more. But I like the bottles that she collected, it comes in many shapes, colors and design which hardly to be found nowadays. During festive seasons, many customers will buy those tin, glass or plastic containers and tupper wares to store cookies/biscuits. She will fill up the recycle clean glass bottles with boiled drinking water for use later or in case of outings.. Soiled aluminum plastic packets of medication tablets, paper packets are collected together with cardboards, papers to be sent to the recycle center. Cardboards were cut and molded nicely to fit and were placed against the wall where the back of the settee will lean, so that the wall wouldn't get any scratch marks. There is many more and she could actually compile a book on the tips...lol...and I learn a lot from her. Cheers, Cheers