Today’s tip comes from my frugal Grandma Marilyn Barz – mother of 7, grandmother of 23, and great-grandmother of 13.
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Visiting her one time in college, I realized for the first time what she used to line her cookie tins. Grandma used the empty cereal bags as waxed paper. When we were done eating a box of cereal, she shook out the crumbs and carefully pulled the bag apart at the seams where it was glued together. Now, there was a large and durable piece of waxed paper – thicker than what you can buy in the box. It is perfect to layer in between rows of cookies or use in any circumstance you needed waxed paper.
This tip (like the previous one) will save you money, but it also encourages you to reuse something you already have. It is the Great Depression mentality – that we should all learn to adopt. Use and reuse what we already have until it wears out. Then, get creative! Do you really need to buy it or can you find something to replace it? All of these questions are important ones to consider as we seek to save.
Do you have any creative savings tips you have learned from your Grandma…or Grandpa?
To read all 31 saving tips in this series, you can do so here.