I used to treat myself to those fancy, flavored-coffee and instant-tea mixes — the kinds that come in cool rectangular tins with fitted plastic lids. When the tins were empty, I recited the Savage Sisters’ mantra, “What else can I do with these tins instead of throwing them out?” That’s how I discovered their value in organizing all kinds of odds and ends in the garage.
Over the years, I shifted to healthier alternatives such as tofu, and my supply of coffee tins has dwindled. No, no, I don’t mean I started drinking tofu. I scramble it with eggs for breakfast. (Diana is writing now. Jennifer steers clear of tofu. I don’t think she eats breakfast, either.) Anyway, the little plastic tofu containers are also wonderful for organizing small items, and they stack so well, several of them take up hardly any more room than just one does.
If you tend to be a saver, you’ll really have to set a limit on how many empty coffee tins and tofu containers to keep on hand at any given moment. Once you’ve reached the limit, firmly toss the excess into the recycle bin and console yourself knowing they’re not taking up valuable space in your home — or in the landfill.
Written by Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister Diana
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