Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

December 26, 2008 at 8:01 am (The Domestic Economy) (, , , , , )


Folks always make fun of Abigail and Nathaniel’s Mom for her frugality.

What they don’t realize is that Marcia is a master at penny pinching–and it’s paid off. With two children in tow, her husband, Lane went back to college–and Marcia stayed home and ran a tight ship. Even with the surprise birth of a third child, Lane graduated with $1000. in the bank. Every year at Christmas, Marcia sits by, snagging wrapping remnants to reduce, reuse and recycle. She’s not just thrifty, she’s super creative and folks always compliment her package-wrapping!

Try salvaging used:

  • Bags
  • Ribbon
  • Bows
  • Paper (if it’s not torn)

The next year you can wrap your packages with gently used wrapping paper (that stuff’s super expensive), add a roll of tape to stick on bows and ribbon and even recycle the fronts of your favorite Christmas cards to dress up the fronts of presents and add “To/From” labels with a perfect message!


  1. Corinne said,

    These are great ideas, I actually was surprised that every doesn’t do that, we has always have done that every year. 😀

  2. Anna Lofgren said,

    My grandparents have always done this, as have my parents. We sometimes get tired at how long it takes my dad to carefully unwrap a present, slitting each piece of tape! But, it has paid off. We rarely have to buy wrapping paper. We just use bags and paper we got presents it!

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