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
© 2009, The Savage Sisters
You’re a real hoot. My Mom would adore your reuse philosophy. She never would let us throw out even the smallest things as it could always be used for something else and dad was a master of making things out of scraps–still remember the hula hoops he made out of a stiff hose for us. Anyway, your site is fun and I enjoyed visiting.
Thanks for stopping by, Pola, and leaving a comment. Hula hoops from a stiff hose? I never would have thought of that. Even though it’s been many years since we were in school together, I guess we can still share ideas on important things. And saving money is important! Thank you. ~ Diana