paper http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4283/all en-US 22 Ways to Reuse Paper http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/22-ways-to-reuse-paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rabbit.jpg" alt="Rabbit with paper" title="Rabbit with paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="146" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you feel guilty tossing stacks of flyers, scrap paper, and junk mail into the recycling bin? All that perfectly good paper, hardly even used. What a waste! Recycling is good, but it still takes energy and creates waste and emissions. The good thing is, there are plenty of things you can do to reuse paper before recycling it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a>)</p> <h2>1. Printing</h2> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s obvious, but it surprises me how many people don&rsquo;t bother with printing on the back of scrap computer paper. Use scrap paper to print coupons, directions, meeting minutes, shopping lists, and other necessities. To make it easier, keep a tray of scrap paper next to the printer for easy access.</p> <h2>2. Pet Cage Liner</h2> <p>Newspaper and junk mail is perfect for lining a bird cage or shredding for hamster bedding. Just be sure that the paper you use is printed with non-toxic ink (brown paper bags and black and white newspaper is usually fine).</p> <h2>3. Woven Basket</h2> <p>Design*Sponge recently showcased an easy tutorial for reusing your brown packing paper (ubiquitous in Amazon shipments, for example) to weave this beautiful <a href="http://www.designsponge.com/2012/01/sewing-101-recycled-paper-basket.html">recycled paper basket</a>. Use the paper basket to corral your junk mail or to hold scrap paper for further reuse!</p> <h2>4. Doodle Pad</h2> <p>Tear used computer paper (printed on one side) into quarters and stack them (or clip them) neatly by the telephone for doodling while you&rsquo;re on hold, or for jotting down messages.</p> <h2>5. Origami</h2> <p>Used wrapping paper, greeting cards, the comic section of the newspaper, and even colorful junk mail can be used to fold all sorts of cute origami, from jewelry boxes to paper cranes to adorable <a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/01/make-origami-cat-bookmark.html">origami cat bookmarks</a>. Chocolate bar tablets used to be wrapped in gold or silver paper that was perfect for origami, but I've noticed that this isn't as common anymore.</p> <h2>6. Beads for Jewelry</h2> <p>Old magazines and wrapping paper can be rolled into pretty paper beads to make unique jewelry. There&rsquo;s an <a href="http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/bead5.htm">easy paper-bead tutorial</a> at HowStuffWorks. This would be a fun project for kids as well.</p> <h2>7. Light a Fire</h2> <p>We usually save brown paper bags, packing paper, and newspaper for the fireplace, but again, make sure that the paper is printed with non-toxic inks.</p> <h2>8. Wall Art</h2> <p>Frame pretty patterned wrapping paper (or greeting cards, or wallpaper) in simple frames for a boost of color in your home. Alternatively, use wrapping paper as matting for photos, create a garland or bunting to hang on the wall, or frame interesting magazine covers.</p> <h2>9. Paper-Mache Piñata</h2> <p>One of my family&rsquo;s traditions was to create a paper-mache piñata for birthday parties. Ours were usually simple paper-mache balls filled with candy, but you could fancy yours up and make them all sorts of fantastic shapes (one year, I made a roly-poly pig using a balloon and toilet paper rolls as a frame). Kids love whacking the piñata with a bat and gathering the goodies at parties. Check out this <a href="http://video.about.com/familycrafts/How-to-Make-a-Pinata.htm">easy video tutorial for making a piñata</a>.</p> <h2>10. Gift Wrap</h2> <p>Reuse comics, sheet music, or even plain brown packing paper to wrap gifts. You can pretty them up with gift tags made from scrap paper and leftover ribbons. For small gifts, a fun idea is to use business envelopes turned inside-out to wrap a gift, showing the pretty blue or gray security pattern inside.</p> <h2>11. Window Cleaning</h2> <p>Nothing beats good ol&rsquo; newspaper and vinegar for sparkling, streak-free windows.</p> <h2>12. Garden Mulch</h2> <p>Non-toxic newsprint can be an excellent mulch for your garden plants. Tear the newspaper into strips and put a layer around your plants to keep the soil moist and deter weeds. The newspaper will eventually break down and enrich the soil. If you think this looks unsightly, use it only in the backyard vegetable garden, or add a layer of bark chips over the top to make it look prettier.</p> <h2>13. Compost</h2> <p>Newspaper can be an integral part of a well-balanced compost pile and counts as a carbon-rich (or &ldquo;brown&rdquo; component). Tear the newspaper into strips or small pieces to help it break down faster. Again, use only newspaper or paper with non-toxic inks (no glossy magazines).</p> <h2>14. Drop Cloth</h2> <p>Save newspaper and junk mail to use as a drop cloth for your painting and crafting projects.</p> <h2>15. Paper Dolls</h2> <p>Stiff cardstock (such as the back of greeting cards) can be cut into simple paper dolls, and then colorful wrapping paper or leftover computer paper can be fashioned into an entire wardrobe. Draw the dolls yourself, or find an easy template online.</p> <h2>16. Paper Wreath</h2> <p>Martha Stewart has this idea for using the pages of an old book to create the leaves for this beautiful <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/271540/vintage-paper-leaf-wreath?center=859439&amp;gallery=274865&amp;slide=207848">paper wreath</a>, perfect for gracing your front door.&nbsp;</p> <h2>17. Gift Basket Filling</h2> <p>Shred colorful wrapping and tissue paper and use it as filler in DIY gift baskets or Easter baskets that you make with the kids.</p> <h2>18. Seedling Pots</h2> <p>Use leftover paper egg cartons or toilet paper rolls that have been folded on the bottom to start your own seeds for the garden. They&rsquo;re perfect since they supply good drainage and aeration. Since the &ldquo;seedling pots&rdquo; are biodegradable, you can just break them up and bury them when you plant the seedlings in your garden.</p> <h2>19. Cable and Junk Organizers</h2> <p>Toilet and paper towel rolls are perfect for organizing computer cables and corralling other random stuff. Cut a slit in one side of the roll, and then slip rolled-up cables into the toilet paper &ldquo;sleeve.&rdquo; You can also use this to organize craft supplies such as ribbons and string, and keep your wrapping paper rolls from unrolling. Flattened rolls can be used to store knives.</p> <h2>20. Ripen Fruit</h2> <p>Place <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-storing-25-common-fruits-and-veggies">unripe fruit</a> in a paper bag or wrap in newspaper to help it to ripen more quickly.</p> <h2>21. Homemade Cards</h2> <p>A sweet way to reuse greeting cards is to cut out the pictures (pretty flowers, birds, and other images) and use them to create a new card. You might reuse last year's Christmas card from your grandma to make a new card to send her this year, for example.</p> <h2>22. Packing Material</h2> <p>If you can&rsquo;t find another creative use for your junk mail, just scrunch it up and use it to pack a box.&nbsp; Some thrift stores may also accept paper donations for wrapping up fragile objects when they&rsquo;re sold.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget to reduce the amount of paper that comes through your household by <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm">opting out of junk mail</a>, and going paperless for bills if your area offers it. If you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/magazines-for-free-or-cheap">subscribe to magazines</a>, offer them to a friend who might be interested in reading them before you toss them in the recycling bin. Donate or sell used books.&nbsp;</p> <p>Please, never throw perfectly good paper into the trash. We have enough paper already lining our landfills, and we already cut down enough trees to make &ldquo;virgin&rdquo; paper products.</p> <p><em>How do you reuse paper in your home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out">10 Useful Items You Should Never Throw Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ideas-for-the-chopstick">New Ideas for the Chopstick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living crafts paper recycle Mon, 06 Feb 2012 10:48:17 +0000 Camilla Cheung 886511 at http://www.wisebread.com Last minute tips for quick and easy homemade Holiday cards. . http://www.wisebread.com/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3120007195_d072196029.jpg" alt="homemade holiday cards" title="homemade holiday cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens every year to my family. We think we have all of the Holiday cards done and in the post, and then we get one out of nowhere from someone completely unexpected. If you've ran out of cards, and want a cheaper alternative to those store bought cards, here are some quick tips from the card-making experts.</p> <p>Personally, I hate paying the exorbitant price charged for Holiday cards. A quick a look around Target today revealed some nice packs of cards for 10-20 people, all with the same design, averaging between $10 and $20. Not bad. But when you only need one or two, that's a waste. And as soon as you buy individual cards for that special someone, well that's a different story. The average shoots up to $4 per card. Some were as much as $7! That's not good news for a frugal shopper. You could do the ever popular photo card, but when you want something different and unique without dipping into your pocket, it's time for a little DIY.</p> <p>Now, anyone can make a card with bits and pieces from around the house. But it takes a little more effort to turn a folded piece of card into something that looks cool and says something about you, and of course, the person you're giving it to. I've made plenty of cards over the years using Photoshop, but not everyone has the software or the training to use it. So, what other tips and tricks are out there to turn that humble piece of card into a Holiday treasure? I found a bunch. Use one, use them all, and have fun with them. It's also a great way to get the whole family involved in something that can often be arduous.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14035_rubber-stamps-bleach.htm"><strong>Use bleach for that winter effect (and a good second use for a bleach pen).</strong></a><strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><object height="360" width="425" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=31967641&amp;flv=80517_rubber-stamps-bleach" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=31967641&amp;flv=80517_rubber-stamps-bleach" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14043_rubber-stamps-glitter.htm"><strong>Glue, a rubber stamp and a little glitter, Simple but effective.</strong></a></p> <p><object height="360" width="425" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=775650656&amp;flv=80553_rubber-stamps-glitter" id="ev_player"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="movie" value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=775650656&amp;flv=80553_rubber-stamps-glitter" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/62134_holiday-spa-scented-cards.htm">Scented Holiday cards. Annoyingly easy. (Using your homemade card of course.)</a><br /> </strong></p> <p><object height="360" width="425" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=776061031&amp;flv=4022_holiday-spa-scented-cards" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=776061031&amp;flv=4022_holiday-spa-scented-cards" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/143524_make-christmas-tree-pop-up-card.htm" target="_blank"><strong>How to Make a Christmas Tree Pop-Up Card</strong></a>&nbsp;</p> <div><object height="350" width="425" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=771947172&amp;flv=143524_make-christmas-tree-pop-up-card" id="ev_player"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="movie" value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=771947172&amp;flv=143524_make-christmas-tree-pop-up-card" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /></object></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-g1_JFV91bRU/origami_wow_christmas_tree_cards/"><strong>A more complex, but way more impressive, origami pop-out card.</strong></a></p> <p><embed height="360" width="425" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/yt-g1_JFV91bRU/origami_wow_christmas_tree_cards.swf" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf1l995NeV4">Another fun pop-out card. Get some plates.</a><br /> </strong></p> <p><object height="344" width="425"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/nf1l995NeV4&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/nf1l995NeV4&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzfQ2TMDOp8"><strong>A quick way to turn a regular photo into a Holiday card.</strong></a></p> <p><object height="344" width="425"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/JzfQ2TMDOp8&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JzfQ2TMDOp8&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYTCUI9-t4c"><strong>A simple and unusual closure for this country Christmas card</strong></a></p> <p><object height="344" width="425"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LYTCUI9-t4c&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="344" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LYTCUI9-t4c&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>Of course, you'll have to hand-deliver these cards now. But if you do have to make a last-minute card in a hurry, hopefully these tips will help. I love the bleach tip, I'll be using that one. Happy Holidays to all.</p><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-refill-an-ink-cartridge-with-a-small-piece-of-tape">How to refill an ink cartridge with a small piece of tape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/revive-old-toys-for-extra-christmas-savings-and-sanity">Revive Old Toys for Extra Christmas Savings (and Sanity)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks Consumer Affairs DIY Art and Leisure bleach cards Christmas holiday paper techniques Mon, 22 Dec 2008 19:18:17 +0000 Paul Michael 2646 at http://www.wisebread.com Mind Control Guru Can Pay With Blank Sheets of Paper http://www.wisebread.com/mind-control-guru-can-pay-with-blank-sheets-of-paper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mind-control-guru-can-pay-with-blank-sheets-of-paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6401589133_7b4e52593d_z.jpg" alt="mind control" title="mind control" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="183" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My wife told me recently about a guy from my homeland, England, who has such powers of mind control that he can pay for almost any item with blank sheets of paper. I laughed it off. Then I saw the video and was quite amazed by the power of the human mind. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-psychology-of-free-and-its-power-over-you" title="The Psychology of Free, and Its Power Over You ">The Psychology of Free, and Its Power Over You</a>)</p> <p>The video shows you how he does it, but it basically revolves around the idea that the mind sees what it expects to see. No one would dare pay for an item with blank paper, and because Mr. Brown keeps your mind busy your primal brain kicks in and concentrates on <a title="25 Ways to Communicate Better Today" href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-communicate-better-today">language</a> rather than something more obvious. The result is that Mr. Brown can pay for almost anything with nothing. Quite a trick.</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3Vz_YTNLn6w" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /><embed width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/3Vz_YTNLn6w"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He gives everyone their money back. But other folks may not be so nice and could certainly use this against you if you work in a store or buy something from a market vendor and expect change.</p> <p>Derren Brown also uses a similar technique at the dog track, handing over worthless tickets for large piles of cash. It's quite amazing. When interviewed afterwards most people swore blind (no pun intended) that they saw the money, or the winning ticket.</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/II_-QcW4Q4I" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /><embed width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/II_-QcW4Q4I"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As someone who loves learning about the latest and greatest scams and cons, I think this one tops them all. Using the power of your own mind against you is quite a scam and requires little to no set up, no partners, and no real props. If you're interested in seeing just how he does a lot of his mind control experiments, check out his show on the <a href="http://www.scifi.com/sfw/interviews/sfw16497.html">sci-fi channel</a> . Amazon.com also has some Derren Brown goods. But please, don't go using you new found powers for evil, ok?</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006RIRF2?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0006RIRF2">Pure effect: Direct mind reading and magical artistry</a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B0006RIRF2" alt="" /></p> <p>Lucky for all of us the Derren Brown is merely filming TV. And by the way, I have checked, several times, to see if this is all done with plants or actors. It is not, I assure you. Certainly makes you think, doesn't it?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mind-control-guru-can-pay-with-blank-sheets-of-paper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune">Last minute tips for quick and easy homemade Holiday cards. .</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-2000-uses-for-a-can-of-wd-40-1">Almost 2000 uses for a can of WD-40</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks awareness con Derren Brown Mind Control paper senses swindle Sun, 12 Aug 2007 19:26:35 +0000 Paul Michael 984 at http://www.wisebread.com Keep These Things in Your Car; Save Money http://www.wisebread.com/keep-these-3-things-in-your-car-save-money <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/nuts.jpg" alt=" " width="256" height="171" /></p> <p>As I fall deeper and deeper into veggie-eating, plastic-eschewing hippiedom, I thought I&#39;d share some of my ideas for reducing, reusing, or recycling. There&#39;s nothing here you haven&#39;t heard before, but that doesn&#39;t mean it isn&#39;t valuable information!</p> <p>Here are things that I&#39;ve started keeping in my car to keep me from overspending or wasting.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Pack a lunch that packs a punch</strong></p> <p>Not only is packing your own lunch a very frugal option, but it can be fun, sassy, and will cause you to waste less. Think about how much you throw away if you get a sandwich, chips, and drink at Subway. Even the cafeteria where I grab work puts half a sandwich in a big styrofoam container, rather than on a paper plate or even a reusable plate. Even if you decide to eat lunch out on the town, having your own containers on hand can help you avoid bringing home paltry leftovers on a stryofoam shell. Keep some reusable plastic containers in your car or at your desk, and use them for leftovers or take-out as necessary.</p> <p>Lots of people brown-bag it, but if you want a stylish lunch box in which to transport your Spamwich, there are <a href="http://lunchboxes.com/">lots</a> and <a href="http://www.laptoplunches.com/products.html">lots</a> and <a href="http://www.lunchboxcollector.com/">lots</a> to chose from. The Bruce Less lunchbox pictured above can be purchased at <a href="http://toys.wowshopper.com/toys-bruce-lee.htm">Wow Shopper</a>.</p> <p>Just for kicks, you can use <a href="http://www.hughchou.org/calc/lunch.cgi">this web page</a> to calculate how much money you can spend or save between dining out and brown-baggin&#39;.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Get a hold of your hunger</strong></p> <p>Very often, I will find myself driving home, stuck on the freeway, and my blood sugar drops. Or I&#39;m so hungry that I get incredibly cranky. The traffic is bad enough as it is - I don&#39;t really need to be hungry on top of it all.</p> <p>So, I&#39;ll pull into the nearest fast food chain and get some fries. Great. That&#39;s not a lot of money, but I just <a href="http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutrition.index1.html">spent my calories</a> for the evening. </p> <p>How to keep from losing your cool to a growling stomach?</p> <p>Make, bake, and bring. Here are some recipes that I really like to use to create Road Food. They&#39;ll hold me over until I get home, satiate my noisy gut, and help me keep from gorging on a fries-and-blizzard combo at Wendy&#39;s.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1610,158182-245196,00.html">Peanut Butter Granola Bars</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.chex.com/Recipes/RecipeView.aspx?RecipeId=6709&amp;CategoryId=343&amp;t=1">Chex Mix Recipes</a></li> <li><a href="http://walking.about.com/cs/snacks/a/recipetrailmix.htm">Trail Mix (Gorp) Recipes</a></li> </ul> <p>Also consider keeping something really simple in your glove compartment, like dried fruit or nuts, or both. Change them out every week (either eat them, compost them, or let the dog have them).</p> <p>There is an intial expenditure with these items, and the swankier you get with them, the more the upfront cost. But the cost is usually balanced out very quickly in the savings.</p> <p>(<em>Photo by <a href="http://www.muratbayral.com/">MURAT BAYRAL</a>)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/keep-these-3-things-in-your-car-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ideas-for-the-chopstick">New Ideas for the Chopstick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper">22 Ways to Reuse Paper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/baby-carrots-the-frugal-idea-that-isnt">Baby Carrots: The Frugal Idea That Isn&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-1">Bottled Water, Bottled Hype Part 1</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink frugal lunch box paper plastic recycle shopping bags waste Thu, 19 Apr 2007 23:04:08 +0000 Andrea Karim 534 at http://www.wisebread.com