I’m sure a lot of you use today’s thrifty tip, but just in case . . .
The market is flooded with plastic-ware for storing left-overs like this:
The advantages are that they are transparent so you can see what is inside, and that if you like things uniform, you can stack them nicely (as long as you buy all one brand). The disadvantage is that they do cost money. The above was part of a box of “Snapware” I purchased at Costco some time ago for about $18.00. It has been nice, but, like everything else, eventually they break. My thrifty alternative is to re-use what I have in my refrigerator. I wash and re-use containers that once held Cool Whip, sour cream, margarine or butter, and yogurt. This morning the kids and I finished off this container of yogurt.
I find you can wash these in the top rack of the dishwasher (I don’t wash anything by hand unless I absolutely have to). We then use and re-use for left-overs and even freezer jams until broken, then recycle. They also work very well for bringing meals to people. I like to place food in containers that the recipient of my meal will not have to wash and return. I know some hyper-organized types may not like the lack of uniformity, but I’m “easy-going”, so as long as my plastic-ware is in one place and stacks neatly, I’m good. And it’s free (sort-of). 🙂
On another note, happy anniversary to my honey-man (if he’s reading). Today we celebrate fourteen years of Paul making me laugh!
- Staying Thrifty with Your Money after Graduation (redenvelope.com)
- Best BPA-Free Food Storage Containers For Baby Food and More (mymoneyblog.com)
- I’m About that Thrifty Life (creatividualworkshops.wordpress.com)
- One act of thriftiness (gardengirrrl.wordpress.com)
- How our thrifty, green lifestyle makes it easier to cut ourselves some slack (articles.earthlingshandbook.org)