Examine Your Trash: Strange Ways to Save Money

One of the most frequent pieces of advice given to those wanting to save money is to write down all of your spending. Doing this exposes all the wasteful spending that often slips by unnoticed. I have a corollary piece of advice: If you want to save money, start by examining your trash, both at home and at work. When you look at what goes into your trash, you not only see what you’re spending money on, you start to get a picture of how much money is being wasted. While you may see cleaning wipes, for example, as a necessary expense, your trash sees them as wasted money-something you used once and then threw away. Here are ten things you don’t want to find in your trash if your go


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6 Responses to Examine Your Trash: Strange Ways to Save Money

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch says:

    In our household, some of those things which you say are okay to put in the trash still do not belong there. Cotton, linen, or wool rags as well as stems, seeds, peels, and much paper go to my compost to make my garden soil rich and healthy.

  2. ss says:

    Cans and candy bar wrappers from the vending machine: Anything you buy in a vending machine is overpriced…. Not really when you consider the conveniance factor… if you have forgotten to take something from home.Vending Products are available from vending machines on the basis of a snack to stop a tummy growl or a pickme up for a sugar fix. All is to be consumed in moderation. Unfortunately everything has to be packaged. Even the plastic PET bottles nowadays and cans can be recycled in special vending machines that take store your empties and give you a credit towards another product.
    There are also vending machies that will let you dispence a drink purified water or a hot coffe…into your container.

  3. Renae says:

    Good post. I recommend composting all the vegetable scraps to decrease garbage in the landfill. More importantly, the compost pile can nearly eliminate the need to buy compost or soil for the garden each spring. I’ve been trying to get my DH to compost all the lawn waste in a different compost pile, but he just can’t do it. Afraid of weeds…

  4. Minny says:

    I bought an inner roll from a hand towel dispenser. It had been sterilised. I cut it into pieces about the size of a piece of kitchen towel, turned the edges and machined it. I made dozens of these, put them through a boil wash – just to be sure – made a cloth tube with elasic both ends to push them kin the top and pull them out of the bottom and away I went.

    I put water and cheap liquid cleaner in the sink – rinse my cloth and hey presto – I have a wipe.

    I do the same with old or thrifted towels and I have polishing, buffing and shining cloths which work a treat.

    Total cost – about $3.

  5. junebaby says:

    There are flea markets and second stores where you can get charming vintage cloth napkins and handkerchiefs. I use a vintage hankie for watery eyes OR a runny nose in the pollen season. There are very few germs involved, and the small cloths are washable. If I have a full-blown cold, I use the disposables.
    Another way to save money is to buy only the food you will eat before it goes bad. A bargain on a case of perishable food is not a bargain if it gets thrown out. To prevent waste, you can buy a large quantity of something, cook several casseroles and freeze them. Or trade with a friend.

  6. Gail says:

    We converted to hankies and cloth rags years ago. My last holdout was papertowels for soaking up bacon grease when it comes out ofthe pan, now I have a designated cloth towel for the purpose. The one thing I feel bad about is the amount of gallon jugs of water we go through. We are on a well and with my health issues feel it is better for me to be drinking certified water than possible contaiminated water. Even so, since I generally only drink water, I’m not tossing popcans or Starbucks cups etc. on a regular basis.

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