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Topic: Frugal Living Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 2/6/2010)  (Read 93253 times)
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« Reply #1250 on: January 18, 2010 09:29:19 PM »

Came along this saying today and thought it would make a great cross-stitch sign:

"Recycle, re-use, make do, or do without!"

Don't think I have enough time to make this idea for my partner (I'm a very slow cross stitcher) but perhaps someone else would like to steal the idea Smiley

I am currently reclaiming fabric for my projects from a bag of clothing we had set aside to go to goodwill...problem with going through it all again is I get the urge to keep things that I don't need!

My Grandma always said "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do or Do without." I hear her telling me that in my head a lot, especially when I have a bad case of the "I want" -s!


speaking of using things up... people for some reason tend to give me a lot of body wash as presents (maybe I smell and don't notice?) and I usually don't use it (dont like the smell...dries out my skin...etc etc.) so it sits in my bathroom cupboard taking up space....until now! I started refilling my hand soap dispenser with body wash. smells good, works the same, and I don't have to go buy hand soap till its all gone. (which will take quite some time).
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« Reply #1251 on: January 18, 2010 10:28:07 PM »

Hey, I have the same problem!  A few years back, I started following www.flylady.net for keeping my house clean.  I fell off the bandwagon when I got pregnant with my third baby, but one thing I always remember is that she recommended using unused body wash or soaps from hotels to clean your sink and toilet with!  They smell so nice compared to cleaners and it's not really much different than using them to wash your hands or body.  I do use vinegar a lot and microfibre without any cleaning agent, but if I want something sudsy and yummy smelling I'll use some of the huge number of body washes and soaps I have collected over the years.

And I love that saying you mentioned, cjclark...enough to possibly cross stitch it. Smiley
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« Reply #1252 on: January 19, 2010 03:25:41 AM »

yipeeeeeee..... I sent........
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« Reply #1253 on: January 19, 2010 04:22:25 AM »

my med has now been finished and washed, 1 more small to get done and a few more items to package up and then I will be ready to send.
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« Reply #1254 on: January 19, 2010 05:00:53 AM »

We've had a sender!!!

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« Reply #1255 on: January 19, 2010 05:02:45 AM »


speaking of using things up... people for some reason tend to give me a lot of body wash as presents (maybe I smell and don't notice?) and I usually don't use it (dont like the smell...dries out my skin...etc etc.) so it sits in my bathroom cupboard taking up space....until now! I started refilling my hand soap dispenser with body wash. smells good, works the same, and I don't have to go buy hand soap till its all gone. (which will take quite some time).

OMG ... how have I not thought of this before?  Seriously?  I'm a teacher and often get body wash as a gift ... THANK YOU, pantsafari!  Woot!
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« Reply #1256 on: January 19, 2010 06:30:21 AM »

I can't believe there are people already sending!!  I haven't started on the first thing for this swap yet   Shocked   BUT I've sent the angel package I was working on and am sending my bookmarks out today.  I've got all my supplies (yes I was a bad girl and bought a little bit of fabric since I try to only buy what I need at the time... unless it's on sale!) and I am taking off Thursday and Friday for a little me time!  I should have a lot more done by this time next week!!

I've also got a mean wish list of books saved on Amazon......
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« Reply #1257 on: January 19, 2010 08:38:16 AM »

I used to have a ton of body wash, half empty shampoo bottles and a general mess of stuff. I would get something new and in my desire to try it, I would put the half used bottle away "for later" and never get to them. But yet, I felt bad throwing any of it away. I finally lined all those bits and bottles up in the cabinet and made a commitment to use them up. I'm about halfway through and I don't think I've purchased shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap or lotion for a year or more. It was stunning how much I had here and there stored away! It feels good to see the amounts in the cabinet going down too.

My box is packed and ready. I'm trying to finish up a few other things that need to  be mailed too (books for half.com, a DVD for SwapaDVD, etc.) so I can make one trip to the post office with all of it. I definitely could've made more, but the box is pretty full, so I'm not sure where I could have stuffed it!
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« Reply #1258 on: January 19, 2010 08:52:54 AM »

I used to have a ton of body wash, half empty shampoo bottles and a general mess of stuff. I would get something new and in my desire to try it, I would put the half used bottle away "for later" and never get to them. But yet, I felt bad throwing any of it away. I finally lined all those bits and bottles up in the cabinet and made a commitment to use them up.

I do the same thing. I started using up all of the half empty bottles back in Oct./Nov. It feels so good everytime one gets used up!  I also want to see if any of the local women's shelters will take new unused bottles, because I have a ton of those as well.  I really want to declutter my house and get rid of things and would feel much better if I could donate them.
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« Reply #1259 on: January 19, 2010 09:37:30 AM »

When my brother moved out a few years ago I re-decorated my bathroom since I finally had it to myself (yay!) In the process I decided to declutter the bath/shower and I put up these awesome soap bar holders, they stick to the wall and are kind of v-shaped with a hole in the bottom so that the water doesn't collect and the soap bar stays dry. Makes homemade soap last literally months longer. And I put up shampoo and conditioner dispensers, like the kind they have at the gym. It's so nice to be able to pour my shampoo in there, and I don't care if I mix the end of bottles together and stuff, now I have hardly anything around the edges of the tub!
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