Frugal Tips-Other

Bust the tissue monster

Out of necessity, I came up with this idea. My son has been sick for the past two days and one of his ailments is a runny nose. Though prior to this, he seemed to constantly have a runny nose and was able to re-use a tissue until it’s not usable anymore, this runny nose is atrocious. Now, for some reason, he feels like he can only use a tissue one time and then have to reach for another one.

I left the room for 2 minutes and when I returned, he had 6 used tissues. Each were only used for one wipe. That drives me NUTS. Especially since I’m sick too and need tissues but also because I’m on my second to last box.

So this is what I did. I pulled out a roll of very nice toilet paper and broke off each sheet individually. I stress the nice kind because who enjoys wiping their nose with rough toilet paper.  I told him that this is now his own special pile of tissues and that he can use these from now on. He was very pleased and so far, my tissues have been spared.

This is nothing urgent or mind-blowing. I just thought I’d share in case any of you have the same struggles with your children and their excessive use of tissues.

Coffee Pot Planter

So my mom finally got a Keurig and apparently didn’t want to throw away the old coffee pot. So, she turned it into a planter. This actually goes really well in her house with all the antiques and other decor.

If you don’t want to use it as a display planter, use it to start some seedlings. You can even spray paint it a different color if you don’t want it to be clear.

Whatever you choose to do with it, it’s a great way to reuse, save money and make things just look good.

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

We just moved 2 weeks ago and wrapping Christmas presents was the last thing on my mind. Now it is December 23rd, I do not have one single present wrapped (very NOT me) and I realized that most of my wrapping paper was ruined when our basement flooded (before we moved). So, I put my kiddos to work this morning and used leftover packing paper from our move. I gave them full reign of the dining room table, some crayons and let them express themselves!  You can use any kind of bulk paper you can find. I suggest the rolls of paper you can get for easels.  I told my kids that Santa needed more wrapping paper for their presents. They bought it.