There were so many, we had to break it down by category:
- Taking slivers of leftover bar soap and smushing them together into a “brand new” bar of soap.
- Watering down the dish soap so that it lasted longer.
- Cutting the toothpaste tube in half to get allll of the toothpaste out.
- Washing out glass jars of say, mayo, so she could re-use them as glasses to drink out of.
- Rinse and re-use Ziploc bags.
- Re-use aluminum foil and wax paper.
- Saving unused ketchup for use at home. See also: mustard, salt, pepper and soy sauce.
- Saving unused paper napkins for use in the car. Ok, the house too. Ok we never bought napkins.
- Celebrating Christmas the week after Christmas.
- Celebrating Valentine’s day the day after Valentines. (Just kidding, nobody celebrated Valentine’s.)
- Skip celebrating all other holidays except for July 4th (free fireworks).
Our parents were green ahead of their time… true pioneers. Whenever mom comes to visit, I always find a freshly washed jar of mayo in my kitchen cabinet. Warms my heart, and spares my wallet.
How are you guys surviving the Great Recession? Anyone else have parents who were incredibly frugal?