Continuing with our Three R’s today, Ima talk a little bit about Reusing.
Since finding ourselves in a tight spot, financially, we’ve begun to embrace the simple art of reusing a lot more. Again, I feel like this time in our life is in some small way preparing us for missionary life one day. How? Well, for one I’m officially washing and reusing ziplock bags like my missionary mother-in-law.
I admit, I used to throw away plastic bags. Appalling, yes? But when you have plenty of money the opportunity cost of washing out the nasty ground beef bag or just buying a new box is a no-brainer. But no more. We also reuse plastic grocery bags as garbage bags so that we never have to buy the latter. (We only have small cans)
But, without a doubt, the biggest thing that we reuse now is . . . leftovers. That’s right, there’s no such thing as wasted food in our house these days. I don’t care if it’s just a cup of leftover oatmeal, it’s going to get reused in some capacity.
Interestingly, I find healthy meals are easier to make when using leftovers. If I already have a base of rice to work with in the fridge, it’s easy to whip that into soup or taco filling. Because I’m using whole foods, I’m not relying on convenience foods with low nutritional value like frozen pizzas.
So, if you haven’t already, try cutting the convenience foods from your shopping list and getting creative in the kitchen.
How are you using (or reusing?) this principle to save money?