1. I reused a cereal box as a shipping container.
Zoe sold another Calico Critter item on eBay, and we didn’t have a box the right size.
I had a cereal box in the cabinet, though, so I gently took it apart, turned it inside out, taped it back up, and we were in business!
I’ve done this lots of times in the past with cracker boxes, cereal boxes, and other foodstuff boxes. They’re not thick cardboard, but as long as you cushion the contents properly, the boxes work out just fine.
Of course, we used saved local newspaper pages as cushioning. Because, free.
(It’s a free local paper that appears every now and again to all the houses in our town, and I always save them for packaging.)
2. I clamped and glued my piano bench.
When my piano tuner was here, he noticed that a side piece on my bench had almost cracked completely through.
I didn’t have clamps long enough, but my brother-in-law happened to run into my mom at the gas station as she was heading to my house for something else entirely, and he sent some with her.
My piano tuner lent a hand, and together we got it glued and clamped together.
The hinges were bent too, so I hammered those out and after 24 hours were up, I unclamped the bench and put it back together.
Hopefully it’ll stay in good working order now.
3. I used my reusable bag to store a half zucchini.
I’m still working through the four that Hungry Harvest gave me (down to 1.5 now!).
I can’t eat one of these big zucchinis in a sitting, but sometimes I slice up half a zucchini, cook it in some really hot bacon grease, and top it with salt, pepper, and oregano. Plus freshly grated Parmesan.
Pretty tolerable, even for someone who’s not way in love with zucchini.
Anyway, I stored the extra half in my reusable bag from Grove. I love these things…super easy to use and clean, and I appreciate that you can easily see through the bag.
(Seeing food reminds me to use it up!)
4. I made chicken broth from my roasted chicken bones.
Kind of like making something out of nothing? YES.
It’s such a frugal standby, but I never quite get over the magic of making such a nutritious liquid out of what are essentially scraps.
made a teeny pot of rice pudding with a cup of leftover cooked rice, cut up a cucumber and left it out on the counter so it would get eaten (works every time!), put on slippers instead of turning on my office space heater, stored my one pair of black nylons in a plastic ziploc bag so they won’t get snagged, and cooked lunch and dinner yesterday instead of eating out.
(Sundays after church are tempting times to eat out!)