In my last blog I shared with you some information about how to go green and not only save your wallet, but save the planet by using chemical free, easy to make house cleaners. Today I share with you how you may be throwing away money and are not even aware of it. Many of the items we have deemed as trash can actually be recycled or upcycled!
For example, did you know that coffee cans can be turned into baking pans? They are the perfect size for making coffee cakes and breads. Plus you can bake several at once as they are horizontal and take up less oven surface space. The interesting shape will create a fancy feel, making the baked good even more appropriate for gift giving. Make sure to coat the can with plenty of cooking spray, and after you pour in the batter, tap it on the counter to remove air pockets. Then, bake as usual.
Margarine and butter tubs have numerous uses. Cut a slit in the top to create a bank for a child. Set them up with some construction paper, markers and stickers and you have a rainy day activity that does not require a television monitor. Another idea is to fill a clean tub with water, replace the lid and take it on your next road trip as a portable water bowl for Fido. Smaller tubs are perfect for paint touch ups. Each time you paint a room, add a bit of the leftover paint to a small tub and keep on hand for future nicks and scratches.
These helpful hints and more can be found in my book, “How to Beat a Tough Economy: A Mom’s Survival Guide to Living on a Tight Budget.” Please share with us how you recycle and upcycle common household items!