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Thrifty-tip Thursday

A lot of people in the  blogging world use those catchy, alliterated titles; so I thought I’d try one of my own. 🙂 “Up-cycling” and “Re-purposing” seem to be the latest craze. Everyone is finding creative uses for items we already have, in the name of being “green”. I have to admit, I love looking at all the “re-purposed” items on Pinterest, but it got me thinking. This really isn’t anything new. My generation has simply given this practice a fancy new name. My mom had said to me once, “I was ‘green’ before I even knew we needed to be.” She was always “re-purposing”, “re-using”, “up-cycling”. She would re-use (still does actually) a piece of aluminum foil until it could no longer be smoothed. She re-purposed my Dad’s old shirts into clothes-pin holders and dust clothes. She up-cycled our outgrown clothing into quilts or pillow-cases or patches. She cut buttons off of everything and re-used them on other items of clothing or re-purposed them for crafty projects. I could go on and on. She and her generation simply called it living wisely and stretching their budgets.

So, in the spirit of my very clever and thrifty mother, here’s my little “re-purposing” project.

An empty tissue box “re-purposed” to hold and easily distribute all those plastic grocery bags we bring home (I “re-use” mine for trash can liners because that’s what my mom always did). Have a great upcoming weekend!


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I am wife to the world's nicest man, mother to four lively/intelligent/beautiful children, daughter to two incredible parents, sister to four amazing siblings, aunt to nine fun-loving nephews and two sweet nieces, friend, teacher turned homeschooler, runner and aspiring organizing maven. Most importantly, I am a woman of faith and unapologetically blend my faith and my God into all that I do because it is ". . . in Him we live and move and exist . . ." (Acts 17:28).

12 responses »

  1. Naughty husband but funny none-the-less!

  2. Love this!! I’ve been looking at expensive ones they sell in a store here locally, and this is SO much better and of course cheaper! 🙂

  3. oh ny goodness!! i also just started doing this about two weeks ago. i have a ton of plastic bags for my dog…and the tissue box just keeps it so organized. love this and can’t wait to read more tips!

  4. I REALLY like this idea! I always used my old boxes for a “trash-can” for used tissues, but never thought to do this. I use an empty plastic ware box right now. This idea is much, much better. LOVE it and pinning it, btw.

  5. love this tip!! I will definitely have to use it 🙂

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  7. Loved the ‘re-purposed’ empty tissue box. I have taken the liberty of posting this on Facebook – – an online community to spread eco-awareness. Trust this is fine with you. Thanks a ton!


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