Everyone’s staring an economic downturn in the face, at the moment, unless they’re obscenely rich. Whether you’re a budget master who manages to pay the bills, eat, sleep and even watch a little sports or play some bingo, or you’re someone who’s often trying to figure out how to make shopping for new household items a little cheaper because you’re feeling stretched, there are many ways to keep things and turn them into something useful.
From turning old clothes into trendy tote bags to transforming a series of cardboard boxes into coasters, there are plenty of ways you can make use of what’s in your home through the process of recycling. Though you may have to purchase some supplies or tools – glue, thread, needles – the results are still far cheaper than actually going out to buy new items from a store. I have a couple of older posts on how I transformed an ill-fitting dress into something wearable and how I recycled cardboard boxes into gift bags as well as using plastic shopping bags as stuffing for an outdoor cushion and using wine bottles to create torches! I also like to use soda can tabs (with a washer and a screw) to create hangers for wall art.
If you’ve always wanted to get into arts and crafts, it’s also a great way to do so and practice what you’re learning without risking money spent on new materials! You can practice anything at all, and if something goes wrong, there’s no harm done as you were going to get rid of the item(s) in question anyway!
But one of the best ways to see your belongings recycled if you really don’t want them in the house at all is to donate them rather than throwing them in the trash. By doing so, you supply many people who are in unfortunate financial situations with clothing and other items.
Although some people tend to bargain-hunt in charity stores and other similar locales, at least some of the items you donate will go to those who would otherwise go without entirely. If anything can be counted as a good motivation to avoid throwing things away and ensure they see as much use as possible, that’s definitely at the top of the list, at least morally speaking. So whether you’re recycling to use items for new purposes yourself or donating them to those who will make use of them instead, know that you’re saving yourself and others money, and being creative and thrifty or generous by doing so.
Until next time,
This is a Partner Post. The majority of the content of the article has not been written by me.