How About a Double Play? It’s That Time Again.


It’s totally time for some new Double Play!!   If you’ve played before, you know the rules and I hope you’ll indulge me to repeat.  I do get some questions on this so I do my best to explain it up front.  Incidentally, last time we played Double Play the blog candy winner did not have the words so the bonus went out to another reader – in other words, gather up those words!!  The first word will go up on Friday (9/24) around noon and the last word will go up on Tuesday (9/28) around noon.


Why do I do this?  Many aspects of blogging are one-way.  I say what I think or what’s going on and then I’m off to the next thing.  I’ve enjoyed so much, some of the conversations that have gone back and forth through comments and quite frankly the blog candy post comments are the best.   I’ve learned from reading your thought provoking comments, how very special my readers are.   I really do appreciate your loyalty :-) 


So here we go . . .  these are hard times.  It’s almost like a modern day depression and after getting over the shock that the family and I would most definitely have to tighten our belts we put on our frugal caps.  My kids, at their age, have never lived through such an era so they think I’m a bit of a kook.  For your comment this week, finish the sentence, I’m so frugal that  . . .   Maybe you have a tip that will help the rest of us stretch our resources.  Hey, and if you’re in a position that you don’t have to be thrifty, no worries, just leave a comment.  


So if this is your first time playing double play, here’s how it works.  The above blog candy is up for grabs.  You can leave a comment on my blog, on this post, once a day until the end of the candy on Tuesday night at 11:00pm (CST), September 28th.    Once the candy ends, I’ll have pick a number that I’ll match to a comment number and that’s the winner.   The winner has 48 hours to reach out to me through my contact page which can be accessed on the top menu portion of my blog.  All I need is for the winner to tell me they want the prize and give me a mailing address to send it to.



Here is the double play item.  Some sweet Prima flowers that didn’t make the past  the "gosh that container is too cute to open" syndrome and one of my favorite Stampers Anonymous stamps that I purchased three times.  I don’t know how that happens, but I sure did it.


Here’s where the "double" part comes in.  I’ll have a "Word of the Day" that will be posted in the box below two times per day for the duration of the blog candy.  The morning word will go up right after 12 o’clock midnight (CST), then it will be erased and a new word put in its place right after 12 o’clock noon (CST).  Pop in quick to visit this main blog candy post and write the word down.  (Don’t put the words in your comment!!)  Collect the words until September 28th, there will be a total of 8 words and if your name is picked for the blog candy and you can give me the 8 words when you claim your candy – you get the Prima Flowers and the Stampers Anonymous stamp too.  If the blog candy winner doesn’t have all the words to win the bonus, the next name I draw will have a chance.   I’ll keep drawing until we have a winner.   Better grab the words and keep them to yourself just in case!!  


Last word


  • LorettaSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:29 am

    I am so frugal that…I save all of the usable scraps of paper. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • DebbySeptember 24, 2010 - 3:33 am

    Don’t think I have ever played this as long as I have been a fan of your blog.
    I am so frugal that…..I save all my small pieces of ribbon to decorate the side of a card. Just fold it over and glue in place or add a brad.
    Thanks for the chance, now I hope I remember to keep track of the words.
    angel hugs

  • Kris in AlaskaSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:50 am

    I’ve never played this before but…
    I’m so frugal that… the coffee sleeves for my to go cups are saved and used on cards because they are so darn cute and are usually already embossed!
    This is great fun!

    Kris in AlaskaReplyCancel

  • NettieSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:55 am

    I am so frugal that before tossing older garments I remove buttons from them to reuse on cards and other projects.

    Your cards are all amazing! Thanks for chance


  • SusanSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:01 am

    I’m so frugal I save all my take away containers and re-use them for freezing individual dishes,

    when the containers are no longer useable I put the lids through my cuttlebug!!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret HightonSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:05 am

    I’m so frugal…… that i cut embelishments from old cards, and members of my family now save cards that are suitable for me.
    Thanks for the chance of winning

  • AlexandraSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:06 am

    Hello Becca,

    thanks once again for doing this lovely giveaway!
    I am so frugal that… I cut up the pretty papers/covers of free magazines and catalogues that come through my door and use them for embellishments. I also use scraps of projects by punching out the largest shapes I can fit in them until I can’t punch out anymore. I now have a large stack of shapes to use!
    Love, AlexReplyCancel

  • Glenda BrooksSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:23 am

    I’m so frugal, I save all little scraps of paper and use them for making flowers to embellish my cards. Paper from anywhere, brown paper bags, newspaper or magazines as well as designer paper edges that I have left over. You just never know when you might need that little snip of paper!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:31 am

    Thank You Becca for offering such a wonderful giveaway again. You Rock!
    Shoot; I’m known as Ms. Fugal around my house.
    I’m so Fugal that I save my toilet paper tubes (empty) and paper towel tubes and I use them to wrap left over ribbon around, small sections of wrapping paper also great to store small extension cords in.
    Have even used them and stored little’ treats’ inside for the grandkids; decoate the tube up real pretty,secure one end, insert candy, treat, or whatever and then secure other end shut. Even have turned some into Christmas ornaments; after decorating of course.
    Oops, sorry. Got crarried away with fugal-ability.
    Great topic Becca.
    Thanks again Becca 4 this opportunity.

  • NancybethSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:45 am

    I’m so frugal that I save all my scraps and sort them into drawers by color! Even the smallest ones I punch into shapes and have a box of punched shapes ready at the helm for my next card!ReplyCancel

  • JayneSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:49 am

    Hi, Becca,
    I’ve never played and this is so much fun. Thanks for inviting us in. I’m so frugal that I don’t just use a paper towel once. If they’re still mostly dry, I stuff them somewhere (provided that they aren’t gross) and use them the next time I have a spill.ReplyCancel

  • SusanSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:00 am

    Thanks for another Double Play Becca. I’m so frugal that when I go out to eat, I usually look for something on the menu that will give me enough leftovers for lunch the nextday.ReplyCancel

  • LianneSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:15 am

    I’m so frugal that I save all my stabilizer after I’ve embroidered a design, and join them up to use again, especially the tacky and washaway.ReplyCancel

  • KathiSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:28 am

    Becca. Thank you for such a lovely offer. I haven’t played before. You always have such lovely cards. You are so talented. I love all you ideas. Please keep up the Becc Bits. we all enjoy them.ReplyCancel

  • Shortscrapper (Renee)September 24, 2010 - 5:29 am

    Okay – here goes. I’m so frugal that I don’t use my air conditioner in my car if I can possibly get away with it. I save gas that way and sweating cleans my pores (at least that’s what I tell myself). ;-DReplyCancel

  • SuzziSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:31 am

    I am so frugal that I will put make up on only every other day to make it stretch farther. If I am home all day I add another day.

    These tips don’t sound frugal they sound SMART and great tips (besides recycling).

    If you want a real frugal person – a guy that worked with my husband was so frugal – he made everyone use the same bath water (had a waterbill) and floss.

    This is great and can’t wait to read good tips.ReplyCancel

  • KathiSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:42 am

    I am so frugal that I reused my dryer sheets to use on my cards. They make a beautiful design on the front of the cards.ReplyCancel

  • NolaSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:58 am

    I’m so frugal that I order a glass of water with lemon, squeeze the lemon juice into the water, and then add a packet of sweetener – yummy lemonade!ReplyCancel

  • MaxineSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:01 am

    The above ladies have some wonderful tips.
    I come from a family that doesn’t throw anything away. There is always a way to reuse anything.
    Grandmother and Mother were great teachers.

    Becca, you have such a great talent! I wish I had just one 1/10 of what you have.
    Lovely selection for the person who wins.ReplyCancel

  • Kyle E.September 24, 2010 - 6:17 am

    I’m so frugal that I save paper that would normally be thrown out at work to use as note paper in the office. I also save all the small pieces of ribbon from card making to use on other cards. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win some wonderful goodies!!ReplyCancel

  • LorililacSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:22 am

    I’m so frugle that when i can my peaches I make jelly from the peelings so nothing is wasted.ReplyCancel

  • CherylSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:25 am

    Morning Becca!
    Thank you for the great fun! The candy is wonderful!

    I’m so frugal, I keep the small yogurt containers and lids. I wash them and then add paper decorations. Fill them with Halloween candy or Christmas candy for quick favors. Hugs CherylReplyCancel

  • Karen from OntarioSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:40 am

    I’m so frugal that I look at everything that was destined for the recycle bin and try to think of a way I can use it to create a craft for my daycare kids….you should just see how many paper rolls I have!! Might have to build a log cabin…..ReplyCancel

  • BonnieSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:52 am

    I’m so frugal that… as I read the above I am guilty of just about ALL of them!?!?! LOL My husband is even more frugal than I. We have pics of our 3 kids drinking out of the same cup (STRAWS) at the same time as buying a large drink is cheaper than 3 smalls. He’s also been know to use duct tape on almost anything….like wrapping his shoes to keep the sole on.!! Love your site and visit every day, sometimes several times a day!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda HSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:54 am

    I’m so Frugal that…….Three days ago I saw a backyard patio set for FREE, and asked the owner to help me get it home!!!! (I own a 3 door Saturn). I had been wanting a patio set for 3 years, but didn’t have the money!! :) YEAY us!!ReplyCancel

  • Patty WilliamsSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:06 am

    I should really be more frugal than I am ! Certain times, I do better than other times. I was on a kick for a while of saving used coffee filters..when I’d take them out of the basket, they looked like sunflowers !! So , I’ve saved a bunch of them to use for ??? I keep thinking of a poofy flower or something . They were really beautiful. The coffee leaves the center stained brown and the color lessens out toward the edge . :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly MassmanSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:14 am

    I’m so frugal that I even save the little green circles off my Rx from target to use on layouts! :-)ReplyCancel

  • christiSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:20 am

    i’m so frugal that i save thing for others too. i volunteer at our local shelter and save things the cats can play with like toilet paper and paper towel tubes and soda caps and for the local women’s club we save can tabs to recycle and donate for worthy causes. i always send out e-mails to my tennis buddies on what my latest collection is and they get stuff for me too. since i mentioned tennis next post i’ll tell you what i do with that stuff. until next post…ReplyCancel

  • Susi KSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:20 am

    Wow, what a wonderful topic! I’ve already picked up some really neat ideas from other posters. Thanks for putting this subject out there, Becca! You are one AMAZING artist – I am in awe of every one of your projects and thanks so much for giving away such lovely prizes!
    When I first read the subject, I immediately thought about how I recently asked my teenage son to cut his 1/2 hour daily showers in half to save on water/heating costs (sigh, a luxury I’m sure alot of teenagers indulge in). Since then, he’s been calling me Cheapo! LOL
    I’ll definitely check back often to pick up some other wonderful ideas – have a lovely day!ReplyCancel

  • SandraSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:21 am

    well – I participate in a lot of the above thrifty activities – I have a problem throwing away a paper towel I have used to clean up my work area that has been stained with inks or paint …. in order to be thrown away, it needs to be falling apart.
    thanks for the fun!

  • JeanielouSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:23 am

    I am so frugal that I save the paper disc, under my decaf cup at restaurants. They are great layering scalloped decorations with a beautiful flower or stampimg.
    I love your created beauties and watch many videos you have made…love the Fleur de Lis medallion the best on an empty ribbon spool. I also save the candy cups from boxed candy and cut in half for fans on my oriental creations.
    Hugs, J’luReplyCancel

  • Jessica B.September 24, 2010 - 7:24 am

    Awesome blog candy!

    I’m so frugal……..that I always look for ways of repurposing everyday objects to use in cardmaking, there are fun new crafty supplies everywere that would normally get thrown away!ReplyCancel

  • Angella CrockettSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:27 am

    I’m so frugal that I save most of my ribbons ends that I cut off in case I can use them later for butterfly antenna or something!ReplyCancel

  • JudyISeptember 24, 2010 - 7:32 am

    I’m so frugal that I look carefully at everything before I put it in the recycle bin to think how I can repurpose it for a card, craft item or storage use. I can’t throw away a sturdy box or jar.ReplyCancel

  • Delores in VASeptember 24, 2010 - 7:43 am

    I’m so frugal that I save cereal and cracker boxes to use in my Silhouette to cut patterns that can be used in the Cuttlebug.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa PSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:45 am

    I am so frugal that I can’t buy anything from michaels or hobby lobby without a coupon.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:49 am

    First of all, thanks very much for the opportunity. Your card creations are truly the BEST.
    Now to answer the question. I didn’t really think I was frugal until I started reading some of the other comments and went – okay – sure I do that too. I’ve cut other cards or saved embellishments that were given to me. In addition, another thing I’ve done is cut the sides of Kleenex boxes and use them as a layer. Recently there is a Kleenex box that has kaliedscopic properties. The one in particular that I cut out was a tree and somewhat Oriental in nature. Check them out!!!ReplyCancel

  • DarsiSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:51 am

    My kids think I am the queen of frugal. I am so frugal that one time when one of my kids was having a snack on an already cheap brand of paper plate and the next kiddo came along and wanted a snack, I reached over with a scissors and cut the plate in half so he did not have to use another plate! Great topic Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Donna G.September 24, 2010 - 7:52 am

    Our electric bill has skyrocketed this summer and I have been looking for ways to cut back on electric usage by using surge protector strips in which I can easily turn off all items attached to the strips – saves that ghost electric. I have even gone so far as to turn out 1/2 of the light bulbs at the vanity in my bathroom. Anyway, I am frugal…will save some more ideas on my next post!

    Thanks for this opportunity to win blog candy. I so much enjoy your blog and can’t say thank you enough for your inspiration and encouragement. May God bless you as you continue to walk in His ways and serve Him!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl ESeptember 24, 2010 - 7:54 am

    Im’s so frugal I take old Christmas cards and cut them to make gift tags the next year.ReplyCancel

  • Michel ESeptember 24, 2010 - 7:58 am

    I am so frugal that I save paper scraps. I have also reused the clear cover of my cricut mat as covers for shaker windows. I store paper candle wrappers that I have created for different holidays on old cricut mats. Thanks for the chance to win. It really is hard during this time as my family is down to one income and I am having trouble finding a job. Hopefully things will make a upward swing soon.ReplyCancel

  • mary puskarSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:00 am

    I am so frugal I throw my dishpan of water on my outdoor plants, both containers and in the ground. The soapy water keeps bugs away and why not water the flowers instead of flushing it down the drain? Thanks for this opportunity Becca. You’re the best!


  • DonnaSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:02 am

    I am so frugal that I also won’t buy from the craft stores without a coupon. And I am saving all my used dryer sheets to use on cards, and looking for an idea as to what to do with all the plastic fruit cups I’m saving! Love your cards, Becca! You are very blessed, gifted, and talented!! I would treasure 1/10 of what you have!!ReplyCancel

  • Clare CurcioSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:03 am

    I’m so frugal that I use the cellophane envelopes that I buy pearls or other embellies in to mail cards to people in, or like on my christmas card “Deck the Halls” at Heartfelt Creations. I used one for the “glass” in the window. I also use the cardboard backing that comes in packs of embellies or stamps – usually it has a colored background, and no wording, so makes a nice stabilizer to a card or a layer to something. On my card, “Snowy Thoughts of You”, I cut the “wings” off a pinecone and used them for shingles on the birdfeeder roof. On the birdfeeder, I used the leftover “punchings” from corner or edger punches as the “birdfeed”!

    Thanks for being so generous, Becca! Your work is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa MillerSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:04 am

    I am so frugal that I save my plastic grocery bags and reuse them for dog poop bags.ReplyCancel

  • paulaSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:14 am

    Wow Becca – I don’t always read everyone elses posts, but when you have one of these giveaways where you ask for little stories – I sit here and read them (when there aren’t 500+ to read LOL). These are not only great ‘frugal’ stories, but are really great tips for crafting and recycling too. I must say, that as crafters – I think most of us do the ‘crafty’ saves… however,

    I am so frugal, that at a recent wedding, all the wedding favours, napkins and a whole lot of other stuff on the tables had a hot pink organza ribbon wrapped round them. I got almost all of the other tables to save their ribbon if they didn’t need it and give it to me. It was a crafters dream!!! There were different lengths of ribbon in different widths, and people were bringing bags full of the stuff to me. I even got the empty wedding favours and table confetti given to me too…. saved me loads of money!!!

    Thanks for the chance to take part and read these wonderful stories and tips…

    Paula – UK! x x xReplyCancel

  • LesliSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:14 am

    I have to say first how much I love your creations! Every day is something new and often unusual. Thanks. I am so frugal, I do most of the things everyone who posted before me does. I also save the netting bags that turkeys and hams come in and use them for embellishments on cards and packages. They add great texture for the whole background or you can do strips and use it like ribbon to make bows and loose “roses”…you can also use it like a stencil and lightly sponge color over it to leave a delicate lattice design on the background. Give me a little more time, and I’ll come up with more!ReplyCancel

  • Elin K.September 24, 2010 - 8:19 am

    I’m so frugal that when I mat a 11 x 11 page on top of a 12 x 12 scrapbook page to make a pretty border, I cut the 10 x 10 square out of the back for another project. (And yes, I also cut out behind my photos and reuse that paper, too…)ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn BurnhamSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:19 am

    Wow, awesome candy. I have read all the comments and I do so many of these also. I save plastic grocery bags and reuse them in small trash containers in the bathrooms & bedrooms. I will save other tips for most posts.
    I agree with everyone on your talent. You are very blessed and I so enjoy visiting your blog each day. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • PollySeptember 24, 2010 - 8:27 am

    I’m so frugal that I hunt Home Depot in search of cheap embellishments…like that self stick silver plumbers can emboss it or cut it into cool shapes for a border…ReplyCancel

  • JessicaSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:28 am

    I am so frugal that…

    I save all my change and put it in a jar. Then once a year take it to the bank to be counted and my mom and I take a shopping trip on that money. We’ve been doing this for about 10 years now.ReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:34 am

    I’m so frugal that I DO pick up pennies I find on the ground. Thanks for your generosity, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • EileenSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:35 am

    Hi! Becky and everyone,
    I am so frugal, that instead buying an item, I try to figure out how I can make it instead. That’ s about anything except eggs, takes too much time raising chickens. Lol lol have a blessed day everyoneReplyCancel

  • EireneSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:38 am

    The candy looks awesome. :) I can’t think of anything at the moment for the frugal comment. Late night last night…. Will do later! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia MSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Thanks for your beautiful cards and inspiration Becca. And thanks for the chance to win blog candy!
    I am so frugal…..that I save the waxy inner bag from boxes of cereal – then when I want to do some sort of “shake n’ bake”, I use these. If I am tossing chicken with spices and crumbs, or coating potatoes with oils and spices or whatever, I’d rather do it in a bag that I don’t mind just “throwing away” when I am done. No guilt about not washing and re-using it since I’ve already re-used it from its original cereal usage. Who wants to ruin store-bought Ziploc bags for this one-time use?
    Have a wonderful day and a truly blessed weekend Becca.
    God Bless, <ReplyCancel

  • EliseSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:41 am

    I’m so frugal that I save the little plastic clip that the cleaners put on my husband’s shirts to hold the sleeves together – They make great clips for holding loose ribbon!ReplyCancel

  • Sue OSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Hi Becky! Thanks for this wonderful chance to win. I have never done this before, even though I check your site everyday and can only wish I was 1/4 creative as you are!
    I am so frugal, that I save anything and everything that might be able to be used for cards and pages. Leftover paper, buttons, cards that were given to me…my hubby even give me cards now that may be embossed/embellished that I can use over.
    Thanks, SueReplyCancel

  • Alyssa BSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:43 am

    hmm..i get stains off shirt collars with shampoo. just spread a bit on with your fingers. I buy the cheapest shampoo I can find, white or clear is best. Shampoo is made to break down bodily oils so it will remove the stains on collars no problems, no expensive stain removers required!ReplyCancel

  • JackieSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:45 am

    I’m so frugal that I get excited when Harris Teeter doubles coupons up to $1.98. I saved $30 just last week using coupons there. It’s the only reason I subscribe to the Sunday paper!ReplyCancel

  • Susan BSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:45 am

    I’m so frugal that … I save old greetings cards and cut out the embellishments and pictures and let me kids use them for Arts & Crafts projects.ReplyCancel

  • PeggySeptember 24, 2010 - 8:46 am

    I am so frugal I have very little trash in my craft room:)
    Thanks for this great oppertunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy LSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:49 am

    I am so frugal that I save the plastic bagging that my craft stuff comes in to store and organize my “other” craft stuff including separating my paper left overs being separated by color.

    Thanks for the opportunity yet again Becca, love to read your reader’s responses as well. Many of them sound so ver familiar ;) Have a great day/weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Deb RobinsonSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:50 am

    Becca: Thank you for being so “giving” love your blog and the beautiful cards you make. You are such an inspiration. Since my children are grown and gone I don’t have to be as frugal as I once was, but when it came to cooking, I could take left overs and make a fantastic meal. I once made a soup with left over roast, veggies, added spices and extra wide noodles. Cleaned out the fridge – nothing wasted. I also save all my scraps of paper – my husband the addiction counselor says I’m “hooked on paper” but it comes in handy for Punch Art!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki WizniukSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:51 am

    I’m so frugal that each year around Christmas time, I buy myself and my 3 kids PJs from a particular store and the jammies always come wrapped up with a large length of ribbon all tied in a pretty bow. After they open their Christmas Eve jammies, I ask them if I can have the ribbon… it goes right into my huge ribbon jar. I also keep every “extra” button that comes attached to sweaters/shirts and they go directly into my button jars.

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly SasSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:53 am

    Frugal tips are wonderful! Thanks for doing this Becca.

    Crafting frugal: I’m so frugal I cut all the buttons off shirts before I throw them out (unless I donate them because they don’t have stains) before I use them as rags. I am also so frugal that I take the vomit bags from the plane and decorated them and use them for gift bags!

    Non Crafting Frugal: I’m so frugal that I take the plastic grocery bags and use them when cleaning out the litter box.ReplyCancel

  • JudySeptember 24, 2010 - 8:58 am

    I am so frugal that I save greeting card envelopes and turn them into small gift bags. I have used the corners of the envelopes to make simple little finger puppets in my kindergarten class. Thanks for the chance to win and for continuing to share your amazing talents on your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly ASeptember 24, 2010 - 9:06 am

    I am so frugal that if I use a baby wipe while making cards, unless it is extremely dirty, I stick it in a ziploc baggie to reuse later in the day. Thus it is not all dried out when I need it again.
    Becca, thanks for sharing your talent with us and thanks too for the chance to win your Double Play.ReplyCancel

  • CharletteSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:07 am

    Hi Becca, Thanks so much for the chance to win some wonderful goodies. You are such a thoughtful person. You are sooo talented. thanks for always sharing with us all! I just love checking your blog daily to see what wonderful cards and projects you have done. I really wish I was your neighbor!
    Well to the question I don’t think of myself as frugal because I can spend with the best of them. But I always look at something and see how I can reuse it before I throw it out. Pudding cups for favors or for storing your little goodies when making alot of cards so they are not running free on your table, paper towel rolls make napkin rings cover with DP and some embellishments and there you go. Hard plastic boxes that you get when you buy some stamp sets run them through your cuttlebug woo hoo! I truly could go on and on but everyone has already given all of us wonderful ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Judy ASeptember 24, 2010 - 9:09 am

    Hi Becca,

    What a wonderful topic!
    I am so frugal, I use the packaging (that really
    hard to cut clear plastic from Spellbinders for
    example) to cut a 4 x6″ piece and attached 2 small
    strips of Velcro (6″ long) to each side and attach my Ranger Foam ink pads. I then store them in an plastic case that was formerly used to storage backup
    tapes. I can get 16 foam ink pads on one 4 x 6″
    sheet. I also used an address label in between
    the top and bottom row on each side, so I know exactly what foam ink pad goes with what distress ink pad.

    Thanks for your amazing blog!ReplyCancel

  • emilySeptember 24, 2010 - 9:12 am

    Hmmm….I never thought of myself as frugal…just cheap! :D Let’s see. I am sooo frugal, I hate the thought of throwing out old clothes…even when they get stained and worn. I wear a lot of t-shirts and they aren’t expensive but still, they are clothes. So this spring I pulled up my sleeves and did a big purge. I must have hoarded about 25 t-shirts that were just way past their ‘wear by date’. I laid them out on the back of an old piece of plywood and got out my roller blade for cutting fabric and started cutting. I took the sleeves and collars off. Then spread them out with front and back on the sides and sleeves in the middle and cut from hem to bottom of armhole. I folded sleeves into one pile and the now separate fronts and back into another stack. When I was done I had lots of rags for painting, cleaning and for DH’s garage work. Even the sleeves made great dusting cloths. My closet is cleaner, they didn’t end up in the landfill and I am saving on paper towels and purchased garage rags. If you don’t have the urge to clean and DH doesn’t have a garage, you could always donate them to a local pet shelter or your mechanic. Everyone wins!ReplyCancel

  • VivaceSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:18 am

    I love your blog! Follow everyday! But this is the first time participating and I am game! Becca, I learn so much from you! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • freidaSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:25 am

    Another fabulous giveaway! Thank you! :)

    I’m so frugal, I won’t throw away junk mail until I have a chance to go through each piece to see if anything could be used in my crafts! It’s amazing what I’ve found! :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:27 am

    Ok! Those are ALL SUPER frugal ideas!!!!! :) It was SO MUCH FUN reading these!!!! LOL I could see myself in alot of these!!!

    Becca! Thank you for providing us a chance to win some candy!!! You ALWAYS make it FUN!!! You’re THE EXPERT!!!! In fun and in card making!!! :)

    My frugal idea? Well, I changed my appearance!!!! I cut my hair off— And I’m letting the color grow out!!!! So, no more coloring my hair!!! AND it takes me LESS TIME to get ready in the morning!!!! So, I get two things frugal for one!!! Don’t have to buy hair color and have more time to craft!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:29 am

    Well I am quite frugal, but the one my family teases me about is the fact that I ask them not to put the shampoo and conditioner bottles in the recycle bin until I have had the chance to see if I can get anymore uses out of them….. and I will have to say I usually can, what they consider done with the bottle and mine are too different things :)ReplyCancel

  • DawnSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:30 am

    Oh my days!
    I just love visiting your blog for pure inspiration, gorgeousness.
    When I’m stuck on how to use a Nestie off I pop to your blog for some more ideas.

    Great candy and so genenrous Becca

    Dawn in ScotlandReplyCancel

  • Sallyann MettlerSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:32 am

    I have never done this before and I think it is a great idea.

    I’m so frugal that I save the little bamboo spears or plastic spears they put in your sandwich when I go out to eat. I have even asked the waitress if I can have a couple more for a project I am working on.
    They are good to use when making small books or as a decoration on the side of a card. Poke a piece of yarn or cord through the holes of your pages and then bring the yarn around the sandwich spear at the front of your book and tie. Nice finish with little cost.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley LeeSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:34 am

    Great giveaway! I love all the ideas listed so far and practice a lot of them. I am so frugal that I reuse my scraps and organize them according to color. I make a lot of flowers out of the scraps and keep them in a box for future use. I donate a lot of unused craft items to our local schools. Always check with the school before donating. Since times are tough right now, art supplies are not a priority for the school budget. I can’t wait to see the other comments.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CAReplyCancel

  • Sue LSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:40 am

    I am so frugal that some days I don`t get dressed so that way my clothes don`t wear out so quickly. (That`s my excuse and I`m sticking to it LOL)ReplyCancel

  • Betty GoodsonSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:43 am

    Thanks for doing this, love your Blog and all your wonderful cards and always enjoy these opportunites to win great stuff. I’m pretty frugal, don’t buy anything reatil without a sale going on, especially clothes(they are soooooo pricey). Buy only craft items on sale or with coupons and my family will tell you I seem to save everything. Paper scraps go with the original in plastic sleeves, ribbon scraps in plastic sandwich bags. I’m especailly thrifty in other things at home, never buy trash can liners in small sizes, reuse ones from the store or if I get too many take them back to the store. I cook all our meals, we rarely eat out, make bread, make two meals at once and freeze. I compost and recycle all I can. All this gives me a little more money to spend on my hobbies.ReplyCancel

  • MarcieSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:48 am

    I love these double plays! I so enjoy reading everyones comments. This one is great because it is also useful. I didn’t really think I was frugal until I started reading this. I conserve where I can, and recycle as much as possible but my husband is the one that goes around behind me constently turning off lights and such. I am not a collector or a saver per say. I hate clutter. Except when it comes to my crafts. I save tons of stuff thinking ” oh I could use this to……..” and, I usually do use it. Since I started daycare with my twin grandaughters, I started saving the gerber organic food containers. They are clear plastic little tubs (3″ X 2″ with snap on lids and are 2″ deep), perfect for storing card embelishments like brads, buttons etc. I also own a few cricut machines and many carts. I save the outer plastic container of my carts as well as my spellbinders and cuttlebug folder, cut the molded edge off saving only the flat part and run those through the cuttlebug for some great effects to add to cards a scrapbook pages.
    I love decorating my home, and thru the years I could not afford to buy designer anything so I learned to dig in and make my own. To this day, I very seldom by any window coverings or comforters. I have become quite the seamstress out of necessity and still make everything.

  • carol bSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:48 am

    I am so frugal that I save anything imaginable that I think I might “possibly” use for my crafting!
    carol bReplyCancel

  • Darlene LSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:49 am

    I’m so frugal I reuse teabags for our ice tea making. I can get a triple batch by reusing the old ones and just adding 1 new tea bag each time. Really saves for this iced tea loving family.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:52 am

    You always have the best candy and these contests are so fun!
    I save the straws from carry out drinks and wash and reuse those. Why buy straws?ReplyCancel

  • Diana BrownSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:56 am

    I also do a lot of things others are doing. I look at everything before I toss it to see if I can use it for crafts. I decorate the tall round, plastic containers that Crystal Light drink mixes come in to hold markers, pencils, etc.ReplyCancel

  • NikiSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:07 am

    Thanks for the opportunity! You are so generous, especially sharing your talent with all of us.

    I’m so frugal, I won’t buy chips or ice cream unless they’re significantly on sale, or I have a coupon. My family isn’t too thrilled, but it’s good for my waistline! And I never go into Michaels or Hobby Lobby without my coupon in hand.


  • patonslakeSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:10 am

    I’m so fugral that I won’t buy a craft item unless it is at less 30% off. But then I still wait until I can get 40% and free shipping!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna MarieSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:11 am

    I am so frugal that I wash plastic forks and spoons and reuse them.ReplyCancel

  • Laureen LSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:12 am

    Thank you for another chance at Blog candy, though these always get me in trouble because I want to set and read all the great ideas everybody has and I never get anything done!
    I am so frugal that I have my DH looking while he works for anything that is going to be thrown out that I might be able to use in my crafting.
    He has come home with some great things to make flowers out of and use for decorative paper!ReplyCancel

  • Amy HadleySeptember 24, 2010 - 10:12 am

    I’m so frugal that I save all my packaging – I use the clear acetate and chipboard to cut out shapes with my Cuttlebug!ReplyCancel

  • DaviSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Becca, Your creations are beautiful and the creative uses of the spellbinders is amazing! Frugal… well I live on a tight budget so everything counts:) I am a major recycler of everthing at home to much to write. At work our glasses come on paper backkers some printed also tons of envelopes, boxes and paper. I use the boxes and stuffing paper for fire starters in the winter, staple the paper together and use for pads to stamp, wipe and cut on, decorate the boxes for gift boxes and the inside of the envelopes have the obscurring prints so use those for flowers, tags etc on my cards. Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • LenoriaSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:19 am

    I love reading all the frugal comments! I guess I have always been “frugal” to some point but in the last couple of years I never buy clothes from a high-end retailer, instead I go to the thrift stores in our area and they sometimes have name-brand items with the tags still on them. Also, I have started making my laundry detergent and I works as well as any of the big brand ones. I save papers, bags, buttons, and anything else that I think I can use either on my crafting stuff or in my other day to day life. I raise a garden and can some items. I guess just getting more back to the basics – which can be a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi GoreSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:24 am

    I am so frugal that I have made my own laundry detergent from the recipe found on the Duggar family website. For a 5 gallon bucket it cost about 2.00. I still use my favorite fabric softener so the clothes still smell like they were washed in expensive laundry detergent. My clothes come out just as clean and fresh as ever and I get to save the difference.ReplyCancel

  • EdnaSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:36 am

    I’m so frugal that I look at everything as something that can be reused. Have a couple of boxes of things just waiting.ReplyCancel

  • LorraineSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:42 am

    I am so frugal that I keep everything including card from food packages oh dear does that sound silly lol
    wicked candy by the way xxReplyCancel

  • Mary L.September 24, 2010 - 10:49 am

    Oh My, Becca. Frugal, yes.
    I do the re-use paper towel things, save paper scraps etc.
    It almost kills me to go to a shower & see all that beautiful paper & ribbon wadded up & just thrown away. If I can I try to rescue some of it.
    Truly enjoy all your work.ReplyCancel

  • Shawn K.September 24, 2010 - 10:53 am

    I’m so frugal that I save the tiniest scraps of paper because I don’t want it to go to waste.

    Shawn K.ReplyCancel

  • TeresaSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Hi Becca,

    Thanks for another chance to win.
    I’m so frugal that we reuse water bottles…each person in the house has a bottle with their name on it!!! Works great and I am not buying case after case of water.ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:08 am

    Oh Boy, another double play blog candy! Thank you, Becca, for letting us have a chance to play.
    I’m so frugal that the cleaning staff at work bring me the empty paper towel & TP rolls for me to use at home. The paper towel rolls are nice & sturdy. I use them for ribbon & the TP tubes make great pencil holders when hot glued together. I’ve even cut the TP tubes into narrow rings & make bangle bracelets for friends. ~C8>ReplyCancel

  • Patsy BehrendtSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:13 am

    Love these Double Plays! Gets my blood moving thinking that I might win something! One of the most frugal things I do is cut the netting from the outside of the turkey and use it on cards. Really looks cute. I also buy drywall tape at the dollar store and paint it for cards. Makes custom card embellishments!ReplyCancel

  • Chris BakerSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:25 am

    I am so frugal that…when I change the oil in my deep fryer, I bottle it after putting it throught many layers of cheese cloth and use that to bake with.ReplyCancel

  • MickieSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Love love love your blog! I am so frugal I save the cereal box liners and cut into squares to place between pork chops, steaks and such to freeze so that they are easy to separate when I want only one or two. The stacks then go into one big ziplock instead of several. Saving on ziplocks and wax paper!ReplyCancel

  • Meemee48September 24, 2010 - 11:32 am

    I’m so frugal that whenever anyone in the courthouse empties a Kleenex box, I cut it up and use it for background paper. Some of the boxes are quite beautiful! Thanks for another wonderful opportunity to win some great blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • bonnie32002September 24, 2010 - 11:33 am

    I am so frugal that I’ve been saving lunch baggies that aren’t too dirty to be used again for the same type of food the next day. (ie. veggies for my lunch sack)

    Yep, frugal. I’m learning from my daughter. She has started growing her own food and going back to basics.

    Unfortunately, I’ll probably not have a wack at the double play, although I’d love too. My husband thinks I’m on the computer too much as it is and I’ll never get to check twice a day without shall we say….friction lol!

    thanks for the opportunity to play. I appreciate your generosity.


  • CathySeptember 24, 2010 - 11:39 am

    I’m so frugal that . . . I keep a container of slightly used wet wipes in my craft room. ; )ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:43 am

    I wish I was this frugal.
    My co-worker rides his bike to work. He is so frugal that he grabs the plastic bags that the neighbor’s Sunday paper comes in & using duct tape, makes himself a pair of rain pants. We live in the PNW so a rain outfit is needed.ReplyCancel

  • MarieSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:52 am

    I am so frugal I re-purpose the plastic lids from containers and use them under my plant pots as coasters and also as spoon rests when I’m baking or cooking.ReplyCancel

  • Jan LSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:54 am

    Hi Becca, love your creations!
    I am so frugal…I save the shopping bags from Archivers and a few others with similar ‘tooth’ to cut up and use in my Cuttlebug. I use a layer along with any paper or vellum I am embossing because it prevents the ‘good’ embossed paper from getting tears in the design from the pressure of the cuttlebug. I can reuse the pieces from the bag more than once, so it goes a long way!ReplyCancel

  • CandySeptember 24, 2010 - 11:54 am

    I’m so frugal that I plant as many reseeding plants outside as I can. And then I don’t cut them back until spring so the birds can eat whatever seeds remain over the winter and I can have new spouts in the spring.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey IsamanSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:03 pm

    I am so frugal that I not only save all my odds and ends of paper, but I save even the smallest pieces and then use these tiny pieces to make small gift tages. Nothing goes to waste.
    Absolutely love your site. Your work is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Diane D'AmbrosioSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    I’m so frugal that I ask friends and family for their old calendars (I start asking mid-December) so I have a stash of great calendar pictures and then punch them out.

    Love your website- you are a true inspiration.


  • Olivia M.September 24, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    I’m so frugal that when I’m assigned to “shred” items or clear out outdated print items for newer ones, I remove any usable paper or plastic cover or backing or anything else that can be used for crafing or decor projects.ReplyCancel

  • StefeniSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    Yay! I love playing double play!ReplyCancel

  • BirdSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    I’m so frugal that…I save the little scraps of ribbon when I trim my bows just in case I find a use for them in another project. ‘just in case’ is a bit of a commonly used term in my life, I save everything just in case it will come in useful another day because you never know when you’ll need it, right?
    Of course when we hear ourselves saying these things we realise that we sound just like our Mothers!ReplyCancel

  • MARY HSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    First time I have played. So glad I found your blog as you have so much talent and are such an inspiration!
    I am so frugal…that I buy all my toothpaste, toothbrushes, cleaning products, etc at the $ store. Why pay $3.49 (or so) at drug or grocery store when its the same brand at $ store.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Thanks for another chance to win some candy Becca.
    I am so frugal. I save all the box’s from cereal, crackers to use as chip board, I actually have a scrape bin and use the scrapes :).
    Growing up in poverty, all left overs become a stew, and I am known to make one chicken to last a whole week, baked chicken, chicken stew chicken soup.
    When I was growing up we ate gravy over toast, and Halloween was a real treat for that was the only time we got candy. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacki TobinSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:37 pm

    Hi Becca! Thanks for the great chance to win awesome prizes, as usual!
    I am so frugal that I wash out plastic storage bags and re-use them, usually to hold dusting rags, etc under the sink.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndee ScholetSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    I’m so frugal that…I take the pieces of paper that I cut my nestabilities with and punch every possible square inch using flower or leaf punches, depending on the paper color. Then, I sort them into little baggies (sorted by punch shape) and I store them on a key ring. Then, I have floral accents ready to make (mix and match, as desired) in a nice variety of colors.ReplyCancel

  • PatSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    When adding layers on a card or scrapbook page, I like to punch out part of the portion that will get covered up. This lets me get more use out of my cardstock and gorgeous designer papers.ReplyCancel

  • JocelanPerrySeptember 24, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    Hello Becca
    Iam so frugal that I save all my scraps of cardstock to use with my house full of punches.I also go to thrift shops for some of my clothes in order to save money.
    Thanks for the chance to win candy.

  • JessicaSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    I’m so frugal that I save all copy paper which was printed on one side to write lists or notes on. I cut it in quarters so I have 4 times the notes. I keep them next to the computer so that if I want to make a note I have a piece of paper there to use.

    These are some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • AlexandraSeptember 24, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    Hi Becca, I love your beautiful creations. Thanks for the chance of winning your lovely blog candy.

    I’m so frugal that a couple of nights ago I made an extra tidy tray from a plastic 2 litre milk carton to catch and pour my embossing powder and glitter.
    (Think of a tray shape at the base of this if you sit a milk carton on its side handle at the bottom. I’m not sure if US milk comes in this style of carton, but maybe your OJ does though?)

    I cut below the lower end of the handle side of it, cutting a tray about an inch deep from the part of the side below the handle, including cutting through the hollow handle about half inch from the bottom of it, to create a small spout to pour the powder etc. from.
    I hope you can follow this without pictures.

    Another frugal tip, look for bargains in charity shops.

    I recently bought a beautiful party dress in a charity shop for aged 18 months, it cost only £1.00.
    My sister looked at me funny at the time as I don’t have a wee girl to wear it.
    It was a bargain though as it had a full skirt – a beautiful silk rich wine coloured dress, lined with a matching full organza underskirt and the cream of the crop was the to die for 3″ wide dark wine proper old style lace trim, turned out to be about 2 meters in length approx’ when I’d unpicked it. I’d have paid probably at least three or four times more just for this lace than I paid for the whole dress. I still have the fabric from the dress too to create ribbons or flowers or whatever.
    I’ll share more frugal tips next time.ReplyCancel

  • JaneySeptember 24, 2010 - 12:53 pm

    Wonderful treat! I’m so frugal that I save my mini desk calendar pages to use the backside for messages, notes to myself, etc.

    Thank you, Becca, for your gift of sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MariaSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    This is not so much being frugal, but more recycling. I get supplies from work to stock our shelves and look at the containers/boxes they come in and instead of throwing away I re purpose the containers. I have used some to store ribbons, and certain boxes I have covered with designer paper and embellishements and made recipe boxes and boxes i can give away home baked goodies. Everyone loves them and cant believe they are the boxes from our supplies.ReplyCancel

  • doloresSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing,your talent and gifts.ReplyCancel

  • marypatSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:13 pm

    Hi Becca!
    Thanks for a chance at winning some wonderful candy!! You are so creative and generous!
    I am so frugal I snip and store all the buttons from old shirts before throwing them away. I even keep old collar stays off mens shirts, but I am not sure what to use those for!!!
    Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Mary LouSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    I wish I had 1 iota of your talent. You are a true artisan!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie JeanSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    WOW another great blog Candy!!!!!
    I am guilty of saving all old buttons, removing them from everything.
    I also , love and save every little container just in case i Need it lol.
    My husband always brings me home containers which had screws or wire tags or were to hold wire connectors. LOL I have him trained .ReplyCancel

  • CathySeptember 24, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    Yaay! Another blog candy. I love reading what everyone says.
    I’m so frugal that…I shop thrift shops and garage sales for buttons, beads, etc. to use on my cards.ReplyCancel

  • lizSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:30 pm

    Great candy Becca. I’m so frugal…..I save all my junk mail and let my kids use it for their craft projects, coloring and pretend post office.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna JohnsonSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    Hi Becca, I have to admit that I had a little trouble finding my to where to blog for this double play. I finally clicked on the right spot and yippee!!! I have to admit that I had a lot of fun while I was lost, looking at other items you have made.
    I haven’t been blogging lately but am felling better and could not resist this subject. I am so frugal… that I reuse paper towels especially in my craft room!! So often they have been used to just dry off stamps so I set them aside and grab them when I need to clean and they get used two or even three timed before I toss them. Back when I was young I was very very poor and as newlyweds we could not even consider paper towels or napkins. So even though I can afford paper towels now, I want to be frugal for the sake of the environment too! Thanks you for sharing your creativity with us. JoannaReplyCancel

  • ToniSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:39 pm

    Wonderful candy! I’m also picking up some good tips by reading through some of these comments…some very good ideas. I’m so frugal that if we go out to eat I grab as many napkins as I can and keep them in the glove box of my car b/c my kids always wait until you’re in the car to blow their nose. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • JeannieSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    I’m so frugal that I prefer to buy my clothes 2nd hand at consignment boutiques and yard sales. People get rid of new looking things everyday. I love the saying ‘buy used save the difference.’. Thanks becca for the giveaway! Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Never entered your blog candy before, thought I would try.
    I’m so frugal that when I’m card making and punch out and cut with Nestabilities I always save the cut out pieces and find other ways I can use them, also save the clear containers that salad lettuce and spinach come in for I can put craft things in, my husband says I am a junk collector. I love all your designs and your blog, you sure come up with some neat ways to use you craft things.
    Gravenhurst, Ont. CanadaReplyCancel

  • Kathy BillingsSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    I’m so frugal that I save all the bubble wrap from packages to protect my cards when mailing them and I make my daughter save hers her for me too.ReplyCancel

  • PatiSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    Wow what fun and what great ideas! I’m so frugal….I also cut out or punchout the centers of good cardstock and dp used for layering.
    Our recycling center doesn’t take all plastics nor all shapes of particular plastics (no trays) so I’m usually collecting until I can come up with a use for many items. The black plastic trays with clear lids (like from Costco/Sams meals) work great as little greenhouses for planting seeds late winter/early spring. Just poke some holes in the top and bottom for air circulation and drainage. The large yogurt & cottage cheese containers also work as great planters.
    Hubby used quite a few heavy plastic (like Gatorade) drink bottles, after cutting off the neck/top, for organizing his nuts & bolts (and other stuff) in his shop. He likes coffee cans too but sometimes they’re too big for the small stuff or just a few things.ReplyCancel

  • AnnieSeptember 24, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    I am so frugal that…I save paper scraps, sorted by color in large clear plastic envelopes, stacked in a bin beside my desk…and I just drop them in as I use/cut them. I always check that bin before cutting new cardstock.ReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    Becca, what a great comment challenge! I’m loving all the previous comments and have gained some great ideas and also found out that I practice some of the same frugal activities. I am so frugal that I after my Cricut mats lose their “stickiness” I roll on a tacky glue that after it dries performs like the adhesive on Post It notes. It really works great and extends the use of the Cricut mats long past their usual effectiveness. I also use old white athletic like socks for dust rags. Just slip them on your hand and dust. I also dry my laundry outside on a clothesline. Living in the sunny Arizona desert allows me to do this almost every day.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great blog candy! What I would really like to win is the opportunity to spend a day papercrafting with you!!ReplyCancel

  • DorothySeptember 24, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    I am so frugal that I re-use the the bows on Christmas presents again and again. I have a few that are at least 4 years old! LOL. I also buy all my gift wrap and decorations at the after Christmas sales for next year.ReplyCancel

  • Luanne FordSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    I am all about the “deal”. Free Shipping? You’ve got me. Add a sale into it? I’m all over it. Sometimes, I’m like a fish being reeled in though. I finally had to stop with the Michaels coupons, because I could ALWAYS find something, even if I didn’t need it. Recently, I’ve begun to sell some older stamp sets, that I never use anymore, because I want new stuff. That gives me a little money to use on the newest, greatest, thing since sliced bread….LOL. I wish I was as brilliant as some of these other girls….!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa N- MNSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:12 pm

    While running water waiting for it to get hot, I place my watering can under the spigot and catch all the cold water and use it to water my plants. Saves on the water bill too!ReplyCancel

  • BonnieSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:12 pm

    I’m so frugal I save the pretty bits of paper punched out by my spellbinder to use for embellishments on other projects! Some of them are really pretty shapes. I love, love your work. This is my favorite blog. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • DonnaSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    I love visiting your blog each day, your so insperational. I am so frugal whilst making cards for close family members I always make sure I attach things in a way I can snip them off and reuse them later. Thanks for the chance of winning your very generous candy xReplyCancel

  • JenSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    You are so wonderful. Thank you for this opportunity!

    I’m so frugal… or maybe crafty… that my paper scrap folders take up more space in my craft space than my stash of fresh 8 1/2 x 11 and 12×12 pieces. My hubby calls that corner of the house a fire hazard.

    Have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FroehlichSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:19 pm

    I am so frugal……..that I take the small pieces of soap and put them in a liquid soap dispenser with some water, shake it up and it is ready to use when I need to wash my hands.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win some more goodies!!ReplyCancel

  • Vickie DoswellSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:21 pm

    I’m so frugal I refuse to throw away any ribbon piece that is 4-5 inches cause I might be able to use it on a page in a scrapbook or on a card! My husband calls me a pack rat.ReplyCancel

  • Mary LukemanSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    I am so frugal that I save all my tiny pieces of cardstock to use with punches. MaryReplyCancel

  • Olga SturovaSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    You cards are magical !!!

    I’m so frugal that my friend’s husband gave me “acrylic block” for stamping of epoxy resin, using the package of the yogurt as a form to “block”…

    Thank you for the candy and the chance to win! : )))ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    I’m really not frugal, I confess. But I do like to get the most out of things if I can think of a way to do it. (There are some great ideas on this thread!) I like to use cracker and cereal boxes for my ATC cards. ATC cards aren’t very popular anymore but I still enjoy making them – and I never run out of little base cards for them because I always have cracker or cereal boxes I can cut up for this purpose.
    Thanks for all your work on your lovely site, Becca. I am already addicted to it!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia SmithSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    Hi Becca:

    I am your fun.. love your creations..

    I am so frugal that reuse the carbord from the cereal boxes, crackers, pasta, pizza or wherever to make scrapbooking albums or to built a stronger paper project….

    Thank you for the fun blog candy…. LOLReplyCancel

  • Melissa BSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    I am so frugal that today I ripped down hall homecoming hall decorations (after school was out) so I could use the ribbons in cards, rather than the kids throwing them away!
    Your creations are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • WendySeptember 24, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    I am so frugal that I started to teach myself to propagate plants this summer. I figure if it’s an option to save a plant or get more out of a plant then I should probably try it, given the economy.

    (I love to work in the yard planting and transplanting, even weeding… Makes me feel closer to God).ReplyCancel

  • Wendy ASeptember 24, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    I am so frugal that I always check the thrift stores for kids clothes and mine before going anywhere else, got cord pants, blouse, jacket, kids jeans (all in almost new condition) and a video for $15. Best deal ever!ReplyCancel

  • sue huffmanSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    I am so frugal that after tying my ribbon on cards and trimming the little end off, I keep the little ends so I can do a bit of patch work on the back of a cut out for another card.ReplyCancel

  • AnneSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    Hi Becca

    You are so generous with your blog candy :o) And you have wonderful ideas for comments!

    I am so frugal that I steam all my vegetables in colanders over one saucepan. I only use one ring on the hob and after heating for about 5 minutes, I turn the ring off and allow everything to cook in the hot steam. If we are having fish, I place that in the pile too and it is so moist! Timings vary, but a bit of experimentation leads to perfect cooking.

    Anne (UK)ReplyCancel

  • Angie SmithSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:28 pm

    Love your blog and all the great inspiration! I am so frugal…..that I save all the packages from my scrapbooking supplies and use them to repack my garage sales items for the next upcoming sale!ReplyCancel

  • Barbie D.September 24, 2010 - 3:36 pm

    You are so incredibly talented and all of your projects are so beautiful, I wouldn’t miss of day of seeing what amazing art you have created.
    I am so frugal that I save out of date calendars and use them to make my own envelopes.
    Thank you for an opportunity at your blog candy and double play.ReplyCancel

  • Pat JandacekSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:37 pm

    Oh, yes, I save all the scraps of papers and ribbons. The best ‘story’ I’ve heard, though, is of the wife who has a box in the attic labeled “String too small to use!” Love it! Love your site and many, many talents, Becca. TFSReplyCancel

  • Kathy RSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    Hello Becca
    Thanks for a chance to win this blog candy. I am not very frugal. I don’t like to waste but I don’t have a problem being overabundant. I wish I could be more thrify.ReplyCancel

  • lisa808September 24, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    I’m so frugal I save all my paper scraps. I use the scraps mostly for punches.ReplyCancel

  • Carol BlaisdellSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    I am so frugal… that I was out Ziploc bags and use them again. My husband (a plastics engineer) even though he generously helps with the dishes, refuses to wash out baggies!!!
    Becca, I have never written to you before, but I drool over your exquisite creations, and I can’t wait to log on to the computer each day to see what you have shared with us. I LOVE your card-making style, and I copy it unashamedly!
    God bless you!

  • june lanumSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    I visit your site often but have never played the game, this is frugal but it is also a good tip because it really works. I’m so frugal that I put the orange peel in the garbage disposal to make it smell good instead of buying the regular cleaner. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice prizeReplyCancel

  • MarisaSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    Thanks for another chance to win some goodies :) I’m so frugal I save all my small pieces of paper to use them for punched out flowers, butterflies, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Betty JoSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win some great items. I am so frugal that I save the clear plastic to use for shaker cards or for alcohol ink decorations.ReplyCancel

  • CandiSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    I am so frugal that I beg, my friends to save the beautiful tissues boxes once they are empty and have been known to buy only certain boxes (only on sale) because they are so pretty. thanks Becca for another chance to win some gret blog candyReplyCancel

  • SophiaSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    I’m so frugal … that I put “frugal” in the name of my blog! :)

    Seriously, though, frugality is a way of life for us, so I had a hard time thinking of one specific thing. But I did think of one thing we do that most people think is really extreme – we buy most of our kids’ toys (and gifts) from the thrift stores. We’ve done this since they were born, so they don’t care a bit. We’ve told them many times that they wouldn’t have nearly as many toys – or as nice – if we had to buy them in the regular store. (Of course, we’re picky. We don’t buy broken toys.)ReplyCancel

  • melissaSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    Some great ideas for being more frugal and crafty.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    I am so frugal that I save all the junk mail to use as scrap paper or if it has nice pictures I use it as a background on a card. I even cut vases out of some of the paper & stamp flowers.ReplyCancel

  • AliceSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Hi Becca,

    Wow! Sure love the blog candy.
    I’m so frugal that I save the metal aluminum looking tops off of cottage cheese and yogurt containers. They go through the Cuttlebug and make great looking metal flowers.
    I also mix re-inker solution with water and Pearlx and make my own glitter spray.
    I re-use pizza delivery boxes covered with scrap paper to store kits I haven’t made yet.
    I re-use fancy jelly glass jars to make small fairy gardens so that I can use up all my scraps and images.
    I’ve also learned that almost any leftover can be made into a burrito if you add fresh grilled onions and mushrooms.

  • Olga JewellSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    I’m so frugal, I save by making my flower embellishments instead of buying them.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveySeptember 24, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    I am so frugal that I also cut buttons off from clothing before throwing them away. When doing dishes, instead of filling the sink up with hot soapy water, I wash out the biggest item that needs washing and then fill that up to use as my “dishpan”. It’s definitely a BIG water saver, and possibly liquid soap saver as well.ReplyCancel

  • Dotty ASeptember 24, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Wow!! What Great Ideas! I’m going to go back and read some more…
    I am so frugal that I stopped buying mustard and mao in squeeze containers… You really lose a lot and are paying for that cute little top that gets all yucky…. a knife works just fine.
    Thanks Becca for the chanch to win these beautiful things…!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat SSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    I have never play this candy blog before, sounds like a lot of fun. I am so frugal that I save and reuse many times over my plastic take out dishes from our chinese restaurant. These are better than tuperware! I also save all my scraps and ribbon pieces from my card designs. Becca, I love you blog!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara in SCSeptember 24, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such wonderful blog candy! After reading all the “frugal tips” I have to admit that I am more frugal than I thought I was because I do a lot of the same things that others have written about! Saving paper scraps to use for punch shapes, bits of ribbon for other projects and cereal boxes for times that call for chipboard ~ not sure if it’s frugal or just common sense!
    Barbara in SCReplyCancel

  • gltinnolaSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    Great candy Becca! As usual!!

    I’m so frugal that I never throw out small slivers of soap, I put them all into a refillable dispenser. It lasts forever if you keep adding soap. I also never throw out glass candles after they’re burned out. It takes a bit of doing, but you can get the remaining wax out and reuse the jars for storage. FInally, I work at a university so there’s never a shortage of paper and packaging for reuse in crafting if you keep your eye out for it!ReplyCancel

  • Vickie KrivacsSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    I a so frugal I reuse tissue paper by ironing it to make it look new!ReplyCancel

  • Diane S.September 24, 2010 - 5:42 pm

    I can’t bring myself to buy anything at Hobby Lobby or Michaels without a 40% off coupon.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila ASeptember 24, 2010 - 5:42 pm

    Awesome Candy Becca!!! I am so frugal, I save all of my card scraps – “just in case the little piece will come in use” LOL!ReplyCancel

  • NaomiSeptember 24, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    Great ideas for being “frugal”! I use the paper towels that I wipe my hands with to wipe off rubber stamps after using or the tips of all my glues so they don’t become clogged.
    You are soooo talented.ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    You are so generous and this is such fun!
    I am so frugal that I wear pj’s around the house and save my few clothes for wearing only if I go out. First thing back in the door my clothes come off again. When pj’s have had it they are cut up for cleaning rags and the buttons go in my button jar.ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    I am so frugal that I save every little scrap from card-making. I cut them into very small pieces, triangles, lop-sided squares and lop-sided rectanges, using scissors. I try to stick to 3 or so solid and/or patterned papers. I glue them to a cardstock background with my favorite Scotch 3-M quick-dry adhesive. Then, I run this through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. Then it’s layered with one or two layers onto a base card. Sometimes I take an ink pad and rub it across the card, and it sticks to the higher, embossed parts, to give it a really cool look. At, I think they call this the Serendipity technique. Mine always seems to look different than theirs. I don’t remember if they use the ink on top or not. No two cards end up alike, and it’s sort of a Zen thing to just sit and glue the little shapes onto a black or other background of cardstock. And you wouldn’t believe how lovely these are, and all with my “free” scraps.ReplyCancel

  • Deanna CollinsSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    I am so frugal that…I was able to take my whole family (of 8) to Disneyland on pennies we saved. Admittedly, that was about 40 years ago!!! But we enjoyed a day at Disneyland and it was because we had saved our pennies. I love all the frugal comments above. I appreciate all of your tips and hints and absolutely LOVE every one of the cards you make. They are the most beautiful, elegant and luxurious cards I have ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly GSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:30 pm

    Becca you’re the best. People have some real frugal ideas.
    I’m with Susan in that when I go out to eat I look for the leftovers part of it tooReplyCancel

  • Jessica S.September 24, 2010 - 6:36 pm

    Frugal is not usually a word used when describing me. But I do some of the same things that others have listed, so maybe I’m a little frugal afterall. I’m so frugal I save every little scrap from my card making and scrapbooking. It’s amazing how often those little scraps can be useful. Thanks for offering the blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • Diane GSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:44 pm

    I am so frugal that I save all my scrap paper and ribbons to use later on cards. I enjoy reading gyour blog. Thank you for the chance to win some blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • Marla H.September 24, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    I think I missed out on one of the words but this will be fun to play along. I am so frugal that reuse my plastic bags for garbage bags and then when I dont use them all for that I donate them to the Goodwill for them to use.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah HooperSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:03 pm

    Wow Becca! What a topic! I haven’t had time to get through them all yet, there are so many. Good thing they get archived. I think everyone can see a theme here. Crafty people are naturally frugal and try to make something out of nothing, as often as possible.

    I have a friend who takes all the ketchup packs she gets at restaurants and empties them into a bottle and adds a little water.ReplyCancel

  • chrisdSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:16 pm

    I do lots of what has already been mentioned but my favorite idea is saving our milk lids for church school and using those plastic lids to hold Elmer’s glue for craft projects. There is no waste nor glue running all over and when the glue dries in the lid, just pry it out with a scissor blade and it is ready for more use.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy WSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:22 pm

    I’m so frugal I save all the ribbon ends I’ve cut off my bows, etc. and when I have enough, I tie them into a beautiful pouffy bow.ReplyCancel

  • corriewSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the chance Becca, I am so frugal I save the buttons and ribbons from my daughters clothes to use on my crafts.ReplyCancel

  • sandyhSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:44 pm

    when i was a kid, we learned in my house that you do not throw anything away! and i’ve tried to continue that. i keep small pieces of paper, bits of ribbon, etc….you just never know when that will come in handy!

  • BarbaraSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:58 pm

    I am so frugal that I wash freezer bags for the next useReplyCancel

  • RobertaSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    I love everything you make!!!! I wish I was frugal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaReplyCancel

  • Sharon PartykaSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:05 pm

    Thanks for another wonderful blog candy opportunity, Becca. You’re so generous…not to mention marvelously talented!
    My frugal suggestion: Sometimes when I send a special card I do not sign it…rather, I stamp on a note-size paper, write a note or stamp a sentimenton it, then enclose it along with the special card with it’s envelope in a larager envelope. This way my friend can ‘keep or share’ it with someone else.



  • CharlotteSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Absolutely LOVE your website and your beautiful creations! You are truly an inspiration! Having just returned from living in Kenya for the past ten years, I am constantly looking at things in a different light — and recycling just about anything and everything. Last month at my son’s wedding, I walked around and picked up the ribbon that was tied around the handles of the fans that was discarded on the ground.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn G.September 24, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    Becca, love your blog! Trying to think of frugal, I guess I’m not, really, when it comes to stamping and paper buying. I cut back in other areas so I have more to spend on paper, stamps, and ink, etc. I am so frugal that I shop at discount food stores and Aldi’s for many of our food items. I am boycotting Walmart. Haven’t been for almost 2 months. Spending much less!ReplyCancel

  • SandiSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:22 pm

    Most of “my” frugal tips, have already been “taken”! (-though some tips make me look like a frivolous waster!) I fill up some of the little baggies that embellishments come in with punch outs & layered flowers etc. to pass on to my grandchildren for their crafting.ReplyCancel

  • amySeptember 24, 2010 - 8:23 pm

    Wow, I am so limited in attention span I can not focus on the rules for the game. LOL But am always appreciative of sites that share artwork.
    I love your clean designs and sentiments. I go for grunge, because it hides my mistakes.

    Being frugal is having water, not because it is good for you, but because it is cheaper.
    Being frugal is never throwing anything away because it could maybe be used for something or somebody other. Because you may not be able to afford it later, even if it does not fit if it is clothing, goofy hu.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne RussellSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:44 pm

    I’m so frugal I save used wrapping paper to recycle for craft uses.ReplyCancel

  • DoreenSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    I’m so frugal I check the thrift stores for embellishments, such as buttons, lace, ribbon and jewlery pieces that can be used for bling. I even check out the toy section for small embellishments like game pieces like cards and bingo boards.ReplyCancel

  • Maxine DSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the awesome candy.

    I am so frugal that I use an old part towel rather than paper towels when cleaning stamps – it can be washed and re-used. I have also saved some sponge packing squares and cut them up to sponge with, and when they get messy, I soak them in detergent and squeeze them out over several days and then dry them and they are good for another go :-)

    The family also know to save any ‘pretty’ wrapping papers and ribbons for me!!

    Some great ideas here, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • GinaSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:02 pm

    I am so frugal I go to a thrift store and buy and old large mans sweater and unravel it to reuse the yarn for my knitting.ReplyCancel

  • Becky BowmanSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    I make Christmas tags and as soon as someone has opened their gift, they give me the tag back, knowing that I will use it again the next year. It is a small item, however I have been know to add some glitter . On the back I have started putting the year, so hopefully this will be a collectors item. hohoReplyCancel

  • Lynda MSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:12 pm

    Becca, love your exquisite art work. I’m so frugal that… I also like to enclose a loose insert with greeting inside some special cards so that the recipient can regift it. It is accompanied by a new envelope too.
    Several of my friends love that.ReplyCancel

  • Lori mSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    Love your card designs!

    I’m so frugal I save the clear plastic inserts on macaroni

    boxes for my boxes.ReplyCancel

  • PhyllisSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    I am so frugal I use the pretty paper bags from my local scrapbook store to make embellishments to use on cards!ReplyCancel

  • RufusSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    I’m so frugal that I used the packing paper that some companies use to cushion things to make background paper for my cards. If it’s wrinkled you can iron it or use it with embossing folders! Thanks for another great candy.

  • Arlene SSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:44 pm

    I have to be frugal. I have been out of work over 2 years. No more unemployment left. No medical insurance. I am so fugal I am cutting back on my medication to make it last longer. I figure some is better than none.ReplyCancel

  • Jean McGeeSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Some of my ways of being frugal -I sooo like that word rather then cheap:instead of using wrapping paper I use newspaper, esp. the funnies, for gifts that “need” wrapping. I have also used shelf paper or plain kraft paper and stamped designs on them for wrapping paper. I use old calender pages for envelopes, flowers or as dp.ReplyCancel

  • Kim R.September 24, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations. I am so frugal that I use the paper dividers in a box of teabags for notes and grocery lists.

  • Karen BeanSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    I’m so frugal that . . . I save all sizes of scrap cardstock. The 1 inch or less or thin strips go into a shoebox to use either on cards or for small die cuts. The medium size goes into a larger storage box and the large pieces in a folder. Die cuts and punches that I don’t use go into another storage box. These I save for when my nieces come over. They enjoy uses them to make their own homemade cards.ReplyCancel

  • Cathie - Ontario, CanadaSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Hi Becca,

    I am so frugal that I save plastic cutlery from take out orders and use it in the kids lunch boxes. My regular cutlery sometimes would not make it home from school so I send the plastic instead, wash and reuse it again and again.


  • VioletSeptember 24, 2010 - 9:58 pm

    I am so frugal because I do almost all, and more, of all the things others have mentioned. I hate to waste anything, I only buy items when they are on sale too, and I love shopping at the thrift stores.
    Everything is sorted by colour or season/theme for easy access too.

    Love your cards. I don’t have the dies you have so I cannot make them like you do, but I sure enjoy seeing them.ReplyCancel

  • pat pSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:05 pm

    Thanks Becca for this opportunity
    I’m so frugal that I’ve gone to thrift stores for years and get great blouses, jackets, sweaters and anything that to me seems to be in great condition and almost like new…
    When I’m tired of using it..I give it to the salvation army again for more use.. Thrift stores are great places to find great buys..


  • Liz S.September 24, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    I’m so frugal that…I won’t purchase anything, and I mean anything, that isn’t on sale, and I save every piece of scrapping paper. I also donate, donate, donate.ReplyCancel

  • VivaceSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    Hi Becca I am looking forward to your next post! Love your work. It inspires me!ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.September 24, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    I am so frugal that I recycle and reuse parts from cards- purchased or homemade. Lots of nice embellies and images I may not have that way.

    Thanks for a chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Trish VernerSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    Hi Becca, I love it when you make us think and I really enjoy reading all the comments. Thank you for the chance of winning the gorgeous candy.

    I’m so frugal that I cut off all the ribbons from my clothing that is used to hang them. I then make lots of small bows and store them in a clean chinese takeaway container. There’s always a great selection of colours and all for free!!

    Trish xReplyCancel

  • Pat FaulhaberSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    Thanks, Becca, for the chance to win this great blog candy.You’re so talented and your cards are just GORGEOUS! I enjoy your blog so much.
    I’m so frugal I save the plastic that holds the dry cereal in the box. It’s clean and makes great storage bags for different things. I also shop at thrift stores for things to use on my cards. Sure hope I win.
    God bless. PatReplyCancel

  • AndreaASeptember 24, 2010 - 10:54 pm

    I am so frugal…That I don’t buy ANY craft items unless they are at least 40% of or have a coupon for.ReplyCancel

  • Tanja SSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:00 pm

    I am so frugal I use the foil seals of Milo (malted milk powder not sure if it is sold in countries other than Aus) and instant coffee tins for embossing for cards and scrapping. It is nice and thick. A good alternative to embossing foil which is rare and expensive.ReplyCancel

  • Paper DollSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:04 pm

    I am enJOYing reading all of the responses. I didn’t get through all of them tonight so I don’t know if mine is a repeat or not. I am so frugal that I wash out all of my ziplock bags and reuse them until they develop a hole. I am glad I got into the habit of doing this because when we lived in Africa, ziplocks were hard to come by or extremely expensive when I could find them and it was just natural for me to reuse reuse reuse! Thanks for a chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:09 pm

    I have never done this before but it sounds like a lot of fun!!! I’d also like to thank you for the chance to win this blog candy. I love your cards!!
    I am so frugal that I reuse zip loc bags over and over again until they can’t be used again!! They are great for so many things!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara AKA GardenladySeptember 24, 2010 - 11:13 pm

    Oh thanks so much for giving us another opportunity to win such wonderful little goodies.

    Reading a lot of the posts I fit in with all these ladies in being frugal. Have you ever printed something and find you made a mistake? Well I put those sheets aside and the next time I need to check placement on a page to print or just testing something I will grab those sheets. Doesn’t matter that something is printed on the backside as there is still one side that is able to be used. All scraps leftover from my papercrafting is set aside by size and color. Next time I need some scraps they are there and ready to be used.ReplyCancel

  • Beth AnnSeptember 24, 2010 - 11:18 pm

    I learned how to be frugal with the double sided tape from my BFF. She got me started cutting each strip down the middle. Long scissors are the best and patience is also needed if you are using a long piece. I love visiting your blog daily. I look forward to the emails that let me know you have posted a new card.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie ChancellorSeptember 25, 2010 - 12:05 am

    I’m so frugal that I share my rented videos and netflix with my daughter’s family before I need to return them.ReplyCancel

  • Janet CastleSeptember 25, 2010 - 12:11 am

    I’m so frugal that I cut up my old Christmas cards and use them to “faux quilt” cards…won a first at the Oregon State Fair for a set of 2 faux quilted and then die cut cards in the ‘recycle category’…really cool!
    Jan Castle
    P.S. Follow your blog with great anticipation!ReplyCancel

  • Angella CrockettSeptember 25, 2010 - 12:16 am

    I’m so frugal that each time I buy broccoli at the store, I save the large rubber bands to use as jar openers!ReplyCancel

  • Billie ASeptember 25, 2010 - 12:28 am

    I’m so frugal….that I wash out my plastic baggies and reuse, also save my scraps of paper from making my cards into different size piles then use them once a month and cut out embellishments from those scraps for my cards.
    Thanks for the awesome chance to win. You are so thoughtful and love your site. You are such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • BettySeptember 25, 2010 - 12:59 am

    I’m so frugal that I usually have water when I eat out. Not sure if it is really being frugal as I don’t particularly like soda pop; and I don’t drink liquor much.

    Thank you for the chance to win some fabulous blog candy!ReplyCancel

  • Judith -Overland Park, KSSeptember 25, 2010 - 1:27 am

    I’m so frugal … I have brought a wrapper home from Captain D’s to use in a stamp project. My husband couldn’t believe I did that. ha. ha.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley LeeSeptember 25, 2010 - 1:30 am

    Great idea for comments. I’m so frugal that I ask for the ribbons on birthday gifts when people are going to throw them away. I stick them in my ribbon jar.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CAReplyCancel

  • Karen LinarezSeptember 25, 2010 - 1:41 am

    I’m so frugal that my family has nixed eating out to put money in our savings.ReplyCancel

  • Jan LSeptember 25, 2010 - 2:04 am

    I used to shop in thrift stores often, but once I started my family, I found that hand-me-downs were a great way to get a bunch of clothes for the kids-for free! In fact, by the time my daughter was born (27 years ago), I had been given enough clothes for her first three years!! OK, OK. Yes, they were BOYS clothes, but once I knew she was a girl (sonograms-are you kidding me?) I did manage to collect some girl stuff.

    It worked out great until my second child was a boy, and my second husband was HUGELY offended when he saw his son in a pink sleeper! That’s when I started shopping the clearance racks, and boy when I found bargains, I bought lots of clothes in several sizes larger than the kids wore.

    My kids are grown now so they are on their own in the clothing department, but God has blessed me with a granddaughter, and once I knew what she would be ;) I started hitting the clearance racks for her. A couple years ago I hit a big bargain at Penneys and found separates for .87 each. Needless to say, I bought enough in various sizes so that she is set until size 6. Her mom is very happy, because she knows she won’t have to spend much money on kids clothes! I must admit that recently I bought a couple of clearance coats for her-in the boys section!ReplyCancel

  • June MetcalfeSeptember 25, 2010 - 2:44 am

    I am so frugal that I collect the wooden coffee stirrers from MacDonalds to make piano hinge booksReplyCancel

  • AlexandraSeptember 25, 2010 - 2:53 am

    More reasons I am so frugal…
    I made my own hand made paper a few weeks ago, but I didn’t have the paper making frame so I improvised, I used a pizza baking tray with the holes in the bottom, this was bought especially for this, but it only cost around £1, I used an old wire splash guard the kind you use for over pots to keep the back of the cooker clean, inside the pizza tray to drain away the water from the paper pulp, the scrap paper I used to make the pulp was waste paper from paper punching, I added into this a few bits or snippets of herbs, leaves and petals from my garden and pulverised with my hand blender in an old jug. The paper turned out to be a huge round sheet when it dried, but it turned out so pretty I’m definitely going to do it again.
    I used this to make 3D roses and backing paper over 2 bases for a wall-hanging using 2 layers of cereal box card, all cut with one of my Nesties frames, glued together then added a printed paper from my computer, on the back. I added a bit of Distress Ink to the edges of the hand made paper after the shapes were cut out, I stamped onto the hand made paper, it turned out not too bad considering it was textured but it added to the look… very arty, I thought. I added a small bit of stamped and cut out grunge paper and a small piece of jute to join the two base shapes together at the back, creating a pretty wall-hanging for my friends birthday. It cost next to nothing and I got a lovely feeling of achievement, so it made me smile too when I was posting this to her.ReplyCancel

  • BernieSeptember 25, 2010 - 3:32 am

    I’m so fugal… I do nearly everything already mentioned. My DH says I am shameless as I will ask people for what he calls their trash. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I ask and almost always the answer is yes. I got lumber that was being tossed out and put up all the shelve in my craft room. I built myself a 6′ X 10′ greenhouse completely out of other people’s trash. Yes I did it myself at the age of 60. It’s not perfect but it functions perfectly. I am to frugal or some say cheap to pay someone to do something I could do myself so over the years I’ve learned a little bit about construction, a little about plumbing, etc. When I get stuck I ask how to do it or look it up.
    Becca you are so wonderfully generous. Thank you for the opportunity to win and once again for making it so much fun too.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • Angela KiddSeptember 25, 2010 - 4:41 am

    Thanks for this blog candy opportunity Becca.
    Your blog is inspirational – ALWAYS.
    I’m so frugal – I try to print most of my stuff at work :)
    Happy Days, ~Angela (UK)~ :)ReplyCancel

  • GinaSeptember 25, 2010 - 4:49 am

    new day new thoughts. I have been wanting to do cards for a long time now and a friend gave me you blog site. so glad she did, you do beautiful work. Hope to do my own Christmas cards this year. Fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

  • AnneSeptember 25, 2010 - 4:50 am

    Thanks again, Becca!

    How’s this for frugal…??? If you boil too much water in your kettle, put it in a thermos flask. It will keep pretty hot and can be used for other hot drinks, washing up or for cooking your vegetables. Even if it needs bringing back to boiling point, it won’t take much electricity or gas to do so. Of course, the really frugal thing is only to boil the amount of water you need in the first place, but……

    Anne (UK)ReplyCancel

  • ColleenSeptember 25, 2010 - 5:02 am

    jMorning Becca and everyone else.
    2nd fugal tip:
    I clip and use the grocery coupons that come in Sunday paper and watch for the grocery sales.
    Only takes a few moments to clip them out but I really do save when it comes to buying groceries.
    Getting almost $100.00 in groceriesthe other day and by me using my coupons and watching what’s on sale,etc. it cost me just alittle over $10.00. I just love saving money like that when I can.

  • LoriSeptember 25, 2010 - 5:23 am

    Love this post! And thanks so much for the opportunity to win blog candy!

    I am so frugal (cheap) that I cut coupons every week. I will often purchase coupons in bulk on Ebay for items I use regularly and can store (ex. toilet paper). Last year I bought 10 $1 coupons for $2 and then caught my brand on sale at Kmart. I purchased them there and better yet… the store was given a 25 gift card back for a $30 purchase of that particular brand. I haven’t had to buy toilet paper for a year plus what would have cost a great deal more! It only cost me $17 for a years supply!

    I also go to our local grocery on Monday when the perishables are marked down. I can get a gallon of milk for 50 cents and a loaf of bread for a quarter. The expiration date is usually in about 5 days so they have to mark it down! We use those items up quickly so it isn’t a problem.

    My grocery monitors my savings on the receipt. It is nothing for me to save 60% on my groceries!

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • LianneSeptember 25, 2010 - 6:03 am

    Not sure if it’s exactly frugal – but I have great difficulty ever throwing anything away unless it really is trash. I am trying – the thrift shop has benefited a little recently :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiSeptember 25, 2010 - 6:10 am

    I’m getting some great ideas here!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtSeptember 25, 2010 - 6:52 am

    Becky, Love your blog & your give aways. I have copy many of your ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Delores in VASeptember 25, 2010 - 7:05 am

    Whenever I’m printing my own paper for a card (say for a coordinating border), I make sure I make a white rectangle in the middle so not to print where it will be covered up by another paper…don’t waste ink!

    Thanks Becci.ReplyCancel

  • CherylSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:13 am

    Thank you Becca for the wonderful chance to read all these frugal ideas. I never thought of it that way. I never buy anything at Michaels or JoAnns unless I have a 40% or 50% coupon in my hand. I also use the Duggars recipe and make my own laundry soap. I recycle any usable clear plastic containers into gifts. Save any baskets and fill them with dollar items at Michaels for gifts. I buy used lamps at the local thrift store. I use left over cookie tins to hold my stamps and stamp pads. I go to the library and get the free magazines for crafting ideas.
    Hugs CherylReplyCancel

  • CharlotteSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:13 am

    Love all the ideas. I love yard sales and thrift stores. The best bargain this summer was a George Foreman grill (one of the large ones with removeable trays) — which my husband had been wanting but didn’t want to buy brand new — in mint condition for $2 (can you believe it) at a yard sale.ReplyCancel

  • marypatSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:20 am

    Thanks again for sharing your talents! And a chance to play. I reuse all those small mustard and pickle jars to hold buttons and beads and any other embellishments. I nail the tops to the bottom of a shelf in my closet and then can easily screw and unscrew the bottoms when I need a something to use!ReplyCancel

  • Magi DuncanSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:23 am

    Becca, When my children were home (we have 6) I was very frugal, but not as much now days! I do, however, recycle/repurpose things! My favorite is – when my change purse zipper broke, I began using the tube from M&M Minis for my change! It is just the right size for quarters, on down! Best of all, when the lid finally breaks I recycle the plastic and have to buy more M&M’s! (What a hardship – LOL)! Thanks for the opportunity to play again – it’s been awhile! Hugs, MagiReplyCancel

  • PollySeptember 25, 2010 - 7:25 am

    I’m so frugal that I’ll use a tea bag twice!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie GSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:35 am

    I’m so frugal I never buy anything at a craft store without at least a 40% or 50% off coupon. Which means I can only buy one item per visit :)ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:49 am

    I am so frugal that I save the clear plastic or acetate from packaging. This makes great “windows” in stamped images of vehicles or windows in houses, etc. Adds realizm to the stamped image. I just use my trusty Scotch 3M quick-dry adhesive, which works on paper, plastic and metal, to glue it behind the windows that I have cut out with small scissors or X-acto knife. These also make great invisible spirals for the spiral cards, with butterflies popping out. I’ve also used long rectangles, about 1/2 in. wide, to glue flowers or butterflies onto them, and they pop out of an explosion box. Bend about 1/2 in. down on each end, one for attaching the item, and one for attaching to the inside of the box.I don’t buy those acetate sheets anymore!ReplyCancel

  • Luanne FordSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:05 am

    After reading all the posts, I realize I’m a little more frugal than I thought! I do save my scraps into color coded plasic tubs that I got from lunchment. And, I try to cut out a shape from a bottom layer (when I remember!) I also try to keep my stamping area picked up, so I remember what I have. I too, am guilty of buying more of something I already have. When you get older, you forget! I also like to save commercial cards I receive, and use the sentiments I like. I may computer generate, or use my JustRite fonts to create.ReplyCancel

  • AnnieSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:07 am

    I don’t know if I am frugal; or, just ribbon-addicted. I save all the little pieces left from card and other projects in a little snap tote, labeled ‘Snippets’, for those times when you just need a ‘snippet’ of ribbon to finish a project.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:17 am

    I am so frugal that I save plastic bags from the grocery stores to recycle when we walk our dog, an 8# lhasa apso.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndee ScholetSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:41 am

    I’m so frugal that… I recycle aluminum dishes (pie plates and especially those large serving dishes that they might have at an event or that you might take to an event so you don’t have to worry about geting your dish back) and use them to make embellishments. I have an old Spellbinders buckle die and they make the perfect addition with ribbon for a card. You can color them with alcohol ink. There were some that had a nice embossed design on the outside and they look so adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:52 am

    Becca!!! Thank you having these fun games!!!! And Thank you for showing us your BEAUTIFUL work!!!! You are SO INSPIRING!!!!!!! As for my frugalness—-well, after seeing someones card in a challenge I was in only recently, I started saving the little square bread tags to use on my cards!!!! You can write a little message right on them!!! It adds a nice little touch and is so uncommon!!!ReplyCancel

  • LenoriaSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:54 am

    I’m so frugal that I save all the little bitty scraps of paper and put them in a baggy and when I get a bunch of them I cut them up into even smaller pieces and use as confetti to decorate the front of a card! They make a really colorful background. Thank you again for a chance to win blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • GaleSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:57 am

    Thank you for this opportunity. Learning from everyone’s frugalness is great. I love love love your cards and look forward to it each day.
    I think I have saved anything that comes my way for crafting. I have several boxes of plastic containers for just in case. I also save the plastic bags for garbage bags.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog.

  • Lisa N - MNSeptember 25, 2010 - 8:59 am

    I save pretty greeting cards then use portions on cards.ReplyCancel

  • christiSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:03 am

    i’m back again. i promised i would tell you what i do with my tennis balls. for those that don’t know much about tennis you open a new can every time you play. well, you see that is soooooooooooo wasteful. after a match i try to collect the balls back and put them in my hopper. that’s the container that holds a bunch of balls for practice. after we hit with them awhile when they are truly no good for tennis i send them on to one of a few places. most of them go to schools for the bottom of the chairs. sometimes they go to nursing or senior facilities for the bottom of walkers. since i volunteer at animal control, of couse some go to the dogs there. sometimes when a ball gets hit over the fence when we’re playing a child will get it for us and we reward them with balls, never to young to enjoy the game. since i play at the park, sometimes a passing dog needs a new ball. and of course my dogs get some balls. so there is never an end to their recycling. hey, you can also recycle the can or use it to store your sunglasses when you go to the beach and don’t want to get sand in them. we are even thinking maybe we should just exchange christmas presents the go in a can. the tabs can be pulled off and sent in to places that collect tabs. personally our group saves them for ronald mcdonald house that will soon be built in our city. ok, so i’m not quite bubba gump but i think he was in my blood line. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanya PhillipsSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:07 am

    I’m so frugal that I started using coupons again. Plus it helps that my newspaper guy has a crush and gives me 2 or 3 Sunday papers for the price of one :)ReplyCancel

  • Darlene LSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:21 am

    Sat’s entry: I am so frugal that I recyle our dog food bags into garbage bags. The large dogfood bags that hold 30 lbs are wonderful for all the garbage we collect in the laundry room and our garage.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:27 am

    I used to subscribe to multiple magazines for stamping, quilting, cooking, gardening etc. I’ve realized that everything I need is already online so I’ve cancelled those subscriptions. Now I can buy more crafting toys to play with!ReplyCancel

  • Pat JacksonSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:27 am

    I’m just plain frugal!
    I only pay cash – so I only buy when I really need something and I re-use / re-purpose everything I can. I also re-use (store bought) card parts when I get them from family & friends.
    Scrap of paper, yarn and fabrics are always saved and used creatively.

    Becca – thanks for a WONDERFUL blog – read it everydayReplyCancel

  • EliseSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:28 am

    I’m so frugal that I saved the wide grosgrain ribbon that was wrapped around the blanket I bought for my daughter yesterday.ReplyCancel

  • LorettaSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:37 am

    Hi I just wanted to say that I just love your site and spent most of yesterday on it…just couldn’t stop looking. I’am new. LOve all of your beautiful cards and thank you sooo much for sharing all your tips on how to use punches and spellbinder die cuts and more!!! Thank-you thank-you.ReplyCancel

  • JudySeptember 25, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Before putting tissue boxes in the recycle bin, I cut out the flowers, butterflies, etc., and place them in a collage box in my kindergarten classroom. I also punch or cut various shapes from the solid color areas of the boxes. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Pat JandacekSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:51 am

    I’m so frugal I clean out peanut butter jars, toothpaste tubes, etc. after my husband claims they are empty. I usually get more than another week’s use of the product!ReplyCancel

  • PatSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:56 am

    I love to make faux brads on my scrapbook pages by punching a circle from a scrap of paper and adding Crystal Effects to make it slightly raised and shiny :-)!ReplyCancel

  • ann i.September 25, 2010 - 10:04 am

    Thanks for the chance to win such great blog candy! I’m so frugal I use the bags from the throwaway newspapers as trash bags.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia MSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:05 am

    I’m so frugal – that I use the clear plastic tubs that lettuce comes in – as “Acetate” windows for my cards :)
    Thanks Becca for a chance to win a wonderful set of stuff! And thanks for your godly inspiration and creative blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Barbie D.September 25, 2010 - 10:08 am

    I am so frugal I save all my scraps to be used for my punches. I have so many punches, I am a punchaholic – love my punches. Speaking of punches, thank you so much for your tutorials on the right angle punching I love that technique.ReplyCancel

  • EarlineSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:13 am

    I am so frugal that I reuse flour that I use to fry chicken with to make gravey with to eat with my dinner some people use fresh flour not me waste not want not.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara D. RamseySeptember 25, 2010 - 10:14 am


    Frugal tip: Use the free hotel shower caps as covers for dishes/bowls to store in the fridge. Saves on plastic wrap and they are reusable.

    Wishing you a good day!

    Barbara DianeReplyCancel

  • Sally J.September 25, 2010 - 10:14 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! I am so frugal that I save even the smallest pieces of scrapbook paper to use on other projects.ReplyCancel

  • Mary L.September 25, 2010 - 10:15 am

    Having lived through The great depression, I have practiced frugality over eighty years. It bothers me to see how wasteful so many are now.ReplyCancel

  • VivaceSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:21 am

    For those of you who love to coupon, I would like to recommend you check out the Grocery Game. The program makes using coupons very profitable (you save lots, lots of money) and very organized.ReplyCancel

  • LorraineSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:24 am

    hi i just wanted to say that your tips are awesome i have posted a comment already yesterday but last night i was looking on you tube and watched all of your videos and i loved them keep them coming lol your amazing xxReplyCancel

  • Anna MarieSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:27 am

    I am so frugal that I use the the empty Chrystal Light tubes as holders for pens, tools, etc. I cut off the label and recover with pretty paper. One way to try to keep work area organized and pretty.ReplyCancel

  • nancy wolffSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:35 am

    I’m so frugal that…IReplyCancel

  • Becky BowmanSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:37 am

    Ribbons and bows – I have tons in the closet, but I reuse the ones that I receive on my packages and even keep the small scraps for just that right project.. I keep these in a shoebox and that is the box that I always bring out when wrapping a package.. Only once in awhile do I dip into my new stuff, which I don’t buy anymore! Even when it’s on sale!ReplyCancel

  • Diana BrownSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:37 am

    I like to cut up and reuse old cards, which people save for me.ReplyCancel

  • nancy wolffSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:41 am

    Sorry hit the wrong key!

    I’m so frugal that…I quit being frugal. I would save all my scraps, but I always goofed up when I tried to use them. I would try to squeeze things together then not be able to cut them out, or use colors I wouldn’t be happy with. Now I use the papers I like and only save the large scraps.ReplyCancel

  • corriewSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:41 am

    Becca, thanks for the chance, I am so frugal that I save my scrap paper at work for DD to color on and for printing at homeReplyCancel

  • sandyhSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:02 am

    oh shoot….i already forgot the first word! oh!
    my girlfriend calls me stingy because i am so frugal with paper products, especially paper towels. i buy the “select-a-size” kind and pull off one small sheet, then tear that in half. and if it isn’t dirty, i will keep it for the next meal too! save a tree, you know!

  • Kay LongSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:05 am

    I’m so frugal…..???? I can’t think of anything out of the ordinary that I would consider extreme to mention. One of the things I have noticed about frugality is it becomes a burden sometimes to others and then moves into hoarding. I have had to cleanup after extreme frugal people who came out of the great depression and it required many hours of labor and expense. So I look at the balance needed to be frugal and yet not be excessive in the frugality. For me it becomes troubling when I open drawers and closets and wonder why on earth I’m saving some things that just requires managing and reorganizing.

    I love your work Becca and always look forward to see what your doing next. Thank you for your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • EileenSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Ty have blessed day everyone. Becca God bless yourgiftsReplyCancel

  • LizetteSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:27 am

    I am so frugal that I not only save my own tiny pieces of paper, because I might be able to punch something out of it, I take all the pieces of paper that my friends throw in the paper bin at our meetings, because I can use it!
    Thank you for a chance to win blog candy.

  • Patty WilliamsSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:29 am

    I’ve also been known to melt down every last bit of was in a candle jar so that I can repurpose..often times for scrappy supplies !ReplyCancel

  • alexSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:44 am

    hi becca,

    I’m so frugal that… I just can’t stand cutting my beautiful ds paper. Instead I use wrapping paper to do my cards and my scrapbook and it’s the same for the embellishments, I buy them but I refuse touse them, instead I recycle from old cards I receive.ReplyCancel

  • Kim C.September 25, 2010 - 12:05 pm

    I am so frugal that you would laugh at the smallest pieces of card stock that I save. I also save parts of embellishment packaging to use in my card making.ReplyCancel

  • Judy ASeptember 25, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    I am so frugal, I save the tiniest scraps of paper and use a paper punch to use as much of the scrap as
    possible. Then when I visit my great niece, she
    has so much fun working with the different designs,
    colors and shapes..she is five and loves to do projects.

    Thanks Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy ASeptember 25, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    I have started coupon clipping again. I am amazed at some of the $ that can be saved. I have found lots of print your own coupon sites and check them regularly. With the economy today I think being frugal has come back in style. Thanks for all your great ideas Becca.ReplyCancel

  • BirdSeptember 25, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    I’m so frugal that . . . I cut off all of the buttons from old clothes before I throw them away, hmmm come to think of it I’m too frugal to even throw the old clothes out as I never throw anything away that might have a further use, so what actually happens is the old clothes get cut up and used as rags for cleaning etc.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveySeptember 25, 2010 - 12:21 pm

    I’m so frugal, like the person before me stated, I save all my husband’s worn t-shirts and cut them up for dusting rags. Thanks Becca for another great opportunity to win some fabulous blog candy. LOVE your blog and all your fantastic creations.ReplyCancel

  • MarisaSeptember 25, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    I’m so frugal I use a coupon whenever I can – a great way to save money :)ReplyCancel

  • Betty MooreSeptember 25, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    I reuse the plastic blister pack that the red sticky tape comes in and use it to make snow globes on my cardsReplyCancel

  • Mary LukemanSeptember 25, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win such generous blog candy. The topic is great too. I am so frugal that I buy all my supplies when they go on sale.

  • NaomiSeptember 25, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    This is such wonderful blog candy. Thanks for doing this. One of the things I do is to recycle wrapping paper from gifts received. I use it to re-wrap or in my cards.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkSeptember 25, 2010 - 1:20 pm

    I am so frugal that I save the pull tabs on sodas to thread my ribbon on cards. If you drink Amp..their tabs are different colors!ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 25, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    I am so frugal that I saved all the gold wedding bell confetti from the tables at my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary. I use it on my cards.ReplyCancel

  • Arlene SSeptember 25, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    I am so frugle that I try and eat only 2 meals a day. You would be supprised how fast the food stamps go.ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseSeptember 25, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    I’m so frugal that I have my team mates bring me the company produced booklets so I can scavange them for great scraps of colored paper. These are then used to make team mates birthday, wedding, holiday & baby cards. I even made the site manager’s promotion card from recycled parts. He loved that I was so green. ~C8>ReplyCancel

  • Sue WorthSeptember 25, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Hi Becca,

    Well, I’ll give it a whirl. Hmmm … I’m so frugal that I punch little dots from every inch of leftover paper and card.

    I have a box full of little dots, every type and colour and use them for adding eyes and noses to faces; creating a dotted line and other places where dots are appropriate.

    Yes, it’s fiddley and, at time, I end up with dots stuck on my fingers but, hey, it’s using the paper and card to the utmost.

    Anyway, here’s to a chance to win your lovely prize. However, even if I don’t, you might just get a giggle over this frugal idea.

    Does anyone out there want to join in my count the dots??? ha ha


  • Carol B.September 25, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    I’m so frugal that I saved the 12″ piece of navy satin ribbon that was tied onto a (sale) bag of 12-bean mix for bean soup. When I realized it was on sale, I reached for another!
    I’ll say it again and again and again…. You are amazing, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • EvaSeptember 25, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    I’m so frugal….I only shop when absolutely necessary & stick to my list like glue! That way I don’t spend money.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueSeptember 25, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the Chance to win Becca… I’m so Frugal I make my kids have a job so they can help me pay for their extra curricular activities.. I also believe this is a good way to show responsibility and not take money for grantedReplyCancel

  • Amy HadleySeptember 25, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    I’m so frugal that I go to Goodwill once a week to scour the craft bins!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly GSeptember 25, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    I also save all my cereal and cracker boxes for using for crafts.ReplyCancel

  • Claudia SmithSeptember 25, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Hi there

    Good tips everybody.. Thank you for the blog candy.
    I do not like to waste specially food, then I we have leftovers I make a new dish to eat the next day or for lunch to take to work.

    Great projects and ideas Becca.. simply the best….ReplyCancel

  • JeannieSeptember 25, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    Eggs are not too expensive, but I’m so frugal, that whenever they are close to expiration date, i try to make egg salad, or tuna salad, or deviled eggs, or even a cake mix to be sure to not waste any of them. Same goes for milk. Make milkshakes with it! I try not to waste food if i can help it. Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FroehlichSeptember 25, 2010 - 5:27 pm

    I am my dad’s caretaker, so when people bring in treats at work (cakes, cookies, etc)… I am so frugal that instead of me eating them, I bring them home for my dad. Saves me the calories and my dad gets a goodie!!

    Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy and for your beautiful inspirations.ReplyCancel

  • KimSeptember 25, 2010 - 6:14 pm

    I am so frugal…..I have my daughter and her girlfriends save the formula containers so I can make goodie cans for the grandsons birthday parties with them.

    This is so much fun. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • MickieSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:22 pm

    I am so frugal instead of buying toys for the dogs to tear up I give them an empty milk jug to roll around. They love it because it makes noise.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna JohnsonSeptember 25, 2010 - 7:25 pm

    Hi Becca, what I’d like to know is this: Does your family give you hard time when you save “junk” that they would throw away, like wrapping paper and used ribbons and ….. all those things that we frugal people do. But then when they need something, do they come to you to see if you have it??!!
    I save plastic shopping bags so I can make scrap paper from them by ironing napkins to it. I tried my plastic wrap and it would not melt! Then I tried my plastic bags and it worked; and the bags are free! I have also saved plastic baby food containers and foil and ….. for crafts. I used to have to rely on found things for crafts because we were so poor. ha ha Now I can’t believe how much I have spent on scrap-booking. But I am at my happiest when I think of something to make form the extra of life!!! And I’ve learned some great things from this blog!!! thanks, joannaReplyCancel

  • Jessica S.September 25, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    Thanks for offering the blog candy. I always enjoy this game. Sorry, can’t think of anything frugal right now.ReplyCancel

  • DebraKSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    …rarely pay full price for anything, especially craft things; use digi stamps instead of rubber stamps and ink. Pay credit cards off every month so I don’t have to pay interest (one of my pet peeves); watch credit card cut off dates when purchasing something pricey and try to buy it the day after the cut off date to extend time for paying it off.
    thanks for another op to win sweets, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • LorettaSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Becca…love your projects…and thanks you for the blog candy.

    I am so frugal that I use up all the lotion in the bottle by cutting the bottle off close to the bottom and use the lotion that doesn’t come up with the pump. I put it in a zip-lock to keep it fresh.ReplyCancel

  • JocelanPerrySeptember 25, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    Becca I’m so frugal I go to garage sales and I hardly evere pay the price they are asking.
    Thanks for a chance to win double play.

  • Maureen K RussellSeptember 25, 2010 - 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the oportunity to win this lovely Blog Candy. I forgot to leave a comment on the blog yesterday, but did get the work for yesterday & today for the chance to win the double play, YAY!!!!
    Your Blog is awsome!

  • NancySeptember 25, 2010 - 10:15 pm

    I am so frugal – I save even the smallest paper pieces – you just never know.
    thanks for a chance to winReplyCancel

  • Kim R.September 25, 2010 - 10:29 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I am so frugal I buy food service sizes of things such as applesauce and yogurt and package it into small reuseable containers for lunches. I find this not only saves money but also less plastic has to be recycled or ends up in the landfill.

  • BonnieSeptember 25, 2010 - 10:36 pm

    Thanks for again a chance to win. I am so frugal that …….
    I save all my packaging for templates, or wrapping my ribbon around. I save the acetate for making cards with, and save all my cards to cut up for new cards.

    I love your cards….they are so elegant. Thanks again for a chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara AKA GardenladySeptember 25, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    My family has been recycling for years and the local community has a recycling center where you can drop off newspapers, plastics #1 & #2, used motor oil, aluminum cans, cardboard and glass. People sometimes throw things in the trash that can be re-used and I have seen furniture sitting by the side waiting for someone to come along and claim them for their own. We have no curbside pickup so we take everything to the center ourselves. Just doing our part to help the planet we live on.

    I also wanted to remark how wonderful all of your cards are and I so envy your talent. Today I made a paper pumpkin with my nestabilities and it took me hours and hours. I see where you have put things together so quickly and hope one day I might get to that point but not there yet. :)ReplyCancel

  • Laureen LSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:10 pm

    I’m so frugal I go out first thing in the morning of our recycle pickup and check some of my neighbors bins to see what the have thrown out that I can use. I have found some great things! My neighbors know I am a crazy crafter.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra ltbSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:36 pm

    WOW! I always thought I was frugal …. but many of you have me beat by a long shot! I save all scraps of paper only the tiniest, bittiest pieces of paper get thrown away …. my friends I scrap with save their throw out papers and ask if I want them!
    Thanks for the fun!

  • PatiSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:50 pm

    I’m so frugal….I save envelopes that come in the mail that have the security designs inside. They’re good for backgrounds or punching flowers or what not out of. I also use double-sided tape for most of my card making and cut it the width into 3rds, or only in half if I only need 2 pieces or its really small.
    Thanks for the blog candy and this way of sharing tips!! : )ReplyCancel

  • Tanja SSeptember 25, 2010 - 11:52 pm

    I am so frugal I save plastic bags (sleeves) from embellishments etc and use them for packaging my cards that go on sale at the market.My mum also saves them for me. Thanks for a chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • BonnieSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:08 am

    Thank you for all the inspirations and a chance to win too!ReplyCancel

  • Debby WaltersSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:14 am

    Thank you Becca for another opportunity for a little blog candy. You are always so generous with your candy as well as your talent.

    I am so frugal that I rinse out my water bottles and refill them over and over again from my filtered water out of my refrigerator.ReplyCancel

  • KathySeptember 26, 2010 - 12:22 am

    I’m so frugal I always clip and keep coupons.ReplyCancel

  • Jan LSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:31 am

    I’m so frugal that…tonight we had a Yabba Dabba Doo dinner! Oh, you hadn’t heard of that? Well, I grew up a block away from my Grandmother’s house, so us kids were there a LOT. Occasionally she would announce that we were going to have a Yabba Dabba Doo dinner. Being a kid all I could imagine was The Flintstones, and watching them eat dinosaurs. Well, THAT was never on our table!! Only years later did she explain to me that a Yabba Dabba Doo dinner was, well, a Dab ‘ll do ya! So in honor of my wonderful, frugal Grandmother, we occasionally have them too. Tonight we opened six containers of leftovers from the past several days, and ate up four of them. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:34 am

    I am like so many others I am frugal enough to save my scraps to make flowers with.

  • MariaSeptember 26, 2010 - 1:33 am

    Love all your creative work and inspirations. Have been learning a lot from you.
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Nancy WSeptember 26, 2010 - 3:31 am

    I’m so frugal I always use both sides of a sheet of paper. I try to print on both sides or if I will save single-sided paper for computer printing or making notepads. I also save pieces of paper to make pretty scratchpads.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica S.September 26, 2010 - 4:13 am

    Thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy.
    I’m so frugal that I cut the buttons off of old worn out shirts and put them in my paper crafting stash. The shirt may be worn out but the buttons can still be used.ReplyCancel

  • ColleenSeptember 26, 2010 - 4:54 am

    I must say, I really enjoy reading everyone’s fugal tips, etc.
    I save and have other family members, save all their old worn out blue jeans; some of which I buy at garage sales for little of nothing and also resale shops and I make purses out of them, book covers, quilts, use them for patching up other jeans and of course I make aprons. Oh, yes, have even turned a pair of jeans into a planter; was rather pretty, flowers growing out of the jeans.
    Becca, thanks again.

  • CandiSeptember 26, 2010 - 5:46 am

    I am so frugal that if I make something with ground beef and DH does not like it I will rinse it off and reuse it on the same day of course rather than throw it away. Thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy!ReplyCancel

  • Mary LukemanSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:05 am

    Thanks for the chance to win blog candy. There is such great stuff in it. I am so frugal that I often shop at second hand stores. MaryReplyCancel

  • BirdSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:05 am

    I’m so frugal that . . . I cut out the ribbon loops inside of new clothes. I’m talking about the ribbons that the store uses for keeping the garments on hangers, well if they don’t need to be hung up at home, I cut them out to use on my projects, sometimes the labels are held on with mini safety pins and/or ribbons too which are great to use, it’s like getting crafting freebies :)ReplyCancel

  • Chris BakerSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:15 am

    I am so frugal that…I cut tubs of hand cream or zit creams in half when the kids think they are empty. You get nearly another week worth to cream by reaching in with your fingers.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia MSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:34 am

    I am so frugal …. when I bake any dessert squares and then remove them from the pan and there are all those scrumptious leftover crumbs left in the pan…I save these in a plastic tub and put them into the freezer. Then when I purchase an inexpensive vanilla ice cream sometime we can use these crumbs as a special topping to make the ice cream seem like a gourmet one!
    I keep adding to the tub whenever there are dessert crumbs, and all different kinds often get lumped into the same tub. No matter. The mixture is always delicious and a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:36 am

    I am so frugal that I save my onion bags to use on my cards.ReplyCancel

  • JeannieSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:41 am

    For today, my comment would be that i’m so frugal, i tend to want to keep every scrap of paper that I have left over from a scrapbooking page or card. No matter how small, you never know when you might need that exact size. Also, with my scrap cardstock I try to think of ways to repurpose them and use them up. So for example, I have a tag punch that I use to cut out tags so I have a assorted color stock of tags to use for my scrapbooking pages.ReplyCancel

  • AlexandraSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:43 am

    I’m so frugal that I still use the 25 year old muslin nappies I used for my son. They were washed daily when he was a baby, but when I no longer needed them for him, they made superb window cloths, they washed like a ribbon, had great absorbency and the dry ones buffed the windows beautifully, when they started looking a bit grubby after a number of years of window cleaning, I used them for rags in my craft room. I still use them for cleaning paint or ink off my craft mat or for drying my rinsed paint brush on. I wash them by hand in the sink so I don’t stain anything else when they look like they have a lot of heavy ink on them, and although they now are very stained with multiple ink colours, they still work so I don’t use so many paper towels or wet wipes.
    I also keep buttons and ribbons from old clothes, ribbons from chocolate boxes etc.
    I use crafty CD-ROM’s to print pretty papers or I design my own with stamps inks and paint. I scan them if I particularly like how they turned out, so I can print them again when I want, or I alter them in a graphics program to change the colours, size or maybe add words if I don’t have a stamp that says what I want.ReplyCancel

  • Angella CrockettSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:55 am

    (Bec, this is too fun!) I thought I was frugal until I read some of the comments! lol!!
    I am so frugal that I saved the yarn from a baby shower game last week….no idea when I will need baby blue yarn, but oh well!!! lol!!ReplyCancel

  • EarlineSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:03 am

    I am so frugal I stitch the hole in my socks. Thanks fo a chance to winReplyCancel

  • GinaSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:11 am

    I reuse my plastic grocery bags for cleaning my kitty litter. And boy can my kitty fill those bags.ReplyCancel

  • AnneSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:13 am

    Thanks again Becca. And what a great idea. It’s such fun reading all the tips and finding that so many of us think along the same lines. We live in such a throw away society and my parents and grandparents always used to say, ‘Look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves.’ My grandmother had a walk in cupboard which was an absolute goldmine of salvaged items. She always seemed to have exactly the thing you needed. The knitting needles may not be a pair, but would always make a pair lol. I get from her my habit of saving rubber bands, safety pins, pieces of cord and other things that drive the family mad at times :o)

    I’m so frugal that I cut my own hair most of the time and rope my dear husband in to even up the back lol! Not sure whether it’s straighter before or after he takes the scissors ;o)

    Anne (UK)ReplyCancel

  • PollySeptember 26, 2010 - 7:29 am

    I save even the tiniest bit of ribbon from a gift I’ve received and use it on one of my cards. I’ve been known to snag some of that ribbon even from others gift packages as well.. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally J.September 26, 2010 - 7:54 am

    I am so frugal I save empty tissue boxes to use for cutting out letters for scrapbook pages.ReplyCancel

  • KellyGSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:58 am

    I too save the ribbons from packages I buy to reuse.ReplyCancel

  • PatSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:04 am

    I love to add DP and handcrafted embellishments to shipping bags with handles to make beautiful one of a kind gift bags!ReplyCancel

  • Diana BrownSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:06 am

    I came across some instructions that showed you how to crochet a tote purse from plastic Wal-mart bags. It turned out very cute.ReplyCancel

  • Delores in VASeptember 26, 2010 - 8:15 am

    Thank you again for this great contest! I have so enjoyed reading all the great posts…

    I make my own cuttlebug folders by cutting out a design on the Silhouette and then running the negative though the Cuttlebug. It works!ReplyCancel

  • mom2hSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:18 am

    Would love to win…can’t do the double play, though…not home every day in a row to check your blog! Boo…
    Rhonda HReplyCancel

  • Darlene LSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:34 am

    Sunday entry: I’m so frugal I only do laundry when I have a full load. I wear my jeans more than one time before they are washed unless I have been working outside etc. I also still use the clothesline during good weather. Thanks again for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • AnnieSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:40 am

    I save my used dryer sheets to use when embossing. When rubbed over the cards first, it helps keep the embossing powder from sticking in areas you do not wish to have it on the final card.ReplyCancel

  • marypatSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:53 am

    Morning Becca!
    I also save the fronts and backs of old childrens books for crafting. Once the pages are beyond repair I tear the covers off and mostly use them for crafting homemade boxes and albums

  • Debby WaltersSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:53 am

    Another day another chance…thank you once again Becca….

    I am so frugal that I will drink my diet coke flat and at room temperature rather than throw it away.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie GSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:55 am

    I’m so frugal that I put all my favorite stores out of business… Just kidding. That’s actually a joke I always make about my mother. She never buys anything until it’s marked way down and I mean WAY down. So whenever a store she shops at goes out of business, I always say it’s her fault! :)ReplyCancel

  • JenSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:03 am

    Oh! Another Frugal moment… i re-use the acetate that comes in packaging. I put in inside lids of boxes I make to create windows. I layer it on my cards. It’s always to small to run through my printer but if I can alter it with color or add beading or glitter I’ll do it. Great stuff!!ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:18 am

    I am so frugal that when I’m using my expensive tube watercolors, I keep a large sheet of white tissue paper nearby. When I change paint colors, before rinsing my brush in water, I brush lines and marks on the tissue paper. Eventually, I have a plaid of otherwise decorated piece of tissue paper that I use for collage or gift wrap. I usually rubber stamp some flowers, words or other images onto the tissue paper between the marks, and make a matching card by using some of the tissue paper.ReplyCancel

  • EileenSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:22 am

    Hello everyone. I am so frugal , I save the safety plastic of the juice cartons. I may need them some day. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy HadleySeptember 26, 2010 - 9:27 am

    I’m so frugal that when I empty a pickle jar, I gain a new piece of home decor! I just made a fun centerpiece last night with a large glass jar, a scarecrow and some wrinkle ribbon :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa N - MNSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:29 am

    I save used paper then use that paper to place my projects on when applying glue, glitter, etc. The paper is “recycled” by using it again and my work area doesn’t get all sticky and messy. After gluing, I simply toss that piece of paper and my work area is glue free.ReplyCancel

  • CJSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:38 am

    This is a great opportunity to become even more frugal…looking a what other do! Thanks!

    I’m so frugal that I NEVER buy anything for my crafting if it is not on sale!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara in SCSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:49 am

    Another chance for blog candy! That’s being frugal ~ hoping to win something for free!
    Have a great Sunday everyone!
    Barbara in SCReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:52 am

    This is lots of fun and somewhat challenging trying to get all the words. Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Mary R.September 26, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Good Morning, Becca, and thank you for another giveaway. I am so frugal my family laughs at me when I tell them I use scraps/leftovers to make something else. I, too, have enjoyed reading others’ comments.ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseSeptember 26, 2010 - 10:09 am

    I’m so frugal that I keep all the foil tops from my youghert & sour cream containers, clean them well & use them in my Big Shot for that missing metallic element on a card. Any scraps left over are sent to the recycler. ~C8>ReplyCancel

  • Barb PSeptember 26, 2010 - 10:47 am

    Im so frugal that I save all my christmas cards. I use portions of the cards to use with my die cuts and punches. I recently purcahses the SpellBinders ornament dies. I found a lot of my saved cards can be used in the dies.ReplyCancel

  • Linda B (NY Card Lady)September 26, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Wow..some great ideas here. I have to admit that I see myself in many of these comments. I am so frugal that I never use my dryer..hang things outside all summer and inside during the winter ( I live in the NE and we get snow and cold,have a wood fire going so lots of heat in the house to dry with!) Can’t stand the thought of spending all that money just to dry clothes when I can spend it on other things!
    Have to admit though that when it comes to card crafting….sometimes I am not so frugal!!!…Priorities!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol B.September 26, 2010 - 11:22 am

    I learned how to be frugal from my extraordinary mom. She grew up during the Depression and knew how to “make do”. She would buy wool coats at the end of the church rummage sale, when items would be $.25. Then she would take all the seams apart, turn the wool over so she could use the “new” side, and make one-piece snowsuits for all of her children and anyone else in the church who needed one. When her children and grandchildren grew too big for snowsuits, she made the coats into teddy bears. She is one special lady!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenSeptember 26, 2010 - 11:30 am

    My mother made me an apron once—knowing that I like chickens, the material had chickens all over it. BUT, the apron looked like something Nellie Olsen would wear on Little House on the Prairie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I think if I wore it in the kitchen, it might catch fire with all the ruffles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, I took it apart and used the material to make old fashioned pot holders!!!!!! (Of course, I didn’t tell her!!!!) That’s how frugal I am!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary L.September 26, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Re- use bread wrappers for garbage.

    I like what Barb P. just said about using old Christmas cards in the Nesties. I must try that. Thanks Barb.


  • Becky BowmanSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    I use the liners of the ceral boxes as sandwich wraps, I feel that they are heavier than wax paper or parchment paper, they feel so expensive like you would get at a deli…. a simple pleasure..ReplyCancel

  • Cathy GreenSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    I’m so frugal that I bring home printed on paper from work and use it as the ‘underneath my project’ stamping paper.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Oh my Gosh… I missed yesterday’s word! I went to check it out and it wasn’t up yet, then I wasn’t able to get back to the computer to check again until today. I thought I’d be able to find it, but I can’t. I was dealing with my mother who is not the easiest person to live with. She’s had us up in the middle of the night for the last week. So needless to say we’re a bit frazzled. Is there any way you could give it to me? If not it’s ok, it won’t be the first time I missed a win.
    I stil love your blog and I’ll be back to enjoy your wonderful talent!ReplyCancel

  • NancykSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    I’m so frugal that I re-use zip lock bags. As long as there was not any meat or “messy” food in there, I will wash them out and use them a second time. Generally this is done with veggies. I’ve also been known to put a little water in the shampoo and conditioner bottles to get as much as I can left from the bottle.ReplyCancel

  • corriewSeptember 26, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    I am so frugal that I save gift bags and reuse them.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveySeptember 26, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    I am so frugal that I use my “removable” double sided tape multiple times, until it loses it’s stickiness, before throwing it away.ReplyCancel

  • GaleSeptember 26, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    I am so frugal I use both sides of the sticky notes as there is always room for more information.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueSeptember 26, 2010 - 1:02 pm

    Happy Sunday Becca and Friends…I am so frugal I use the dishwasher but never heat dry always air dry…easier on the power bill :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon PartykaSeptember 26, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    Happy Sunday…

    I’m so frugal that: i give my extra coupons to other shoppers in the craft stores as we’re waiting in line. I usually have duplicates from each of the 3 craft stores in my town. This puts a smile on their face as well as on my own.

    Have a blessed day…ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtSeptember 26, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    I am so frugal that I save scraps of paper & ribbon thinking I may need that for anotheer project. I love your card Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GSeptember 26, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    I cook a whole package of bacon and sausage at a time and then freeze it for later use. When the ziplock is empty, I return it to the freezer and reuse it for the next batch I cook.ReplyCancel

  • Judy ASeptember 26, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    I am so frugal I always try and use a coupon
    when purchasing any craft items. There are,
    of course. exceptions to this “rule” LOL.

    Have a Great Day Becca!
    Love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • NaomiSeptember 26, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    This has been such a wonderful topic. I’ve learned so much. Can’t think of anything that hasn’t been mentioned. But am going to do some new things.
    Thanks to all for sharing ideas and thanks to you Becca for offering the topic ,and blog candy and your wonderful creative ideas.ReplyCancel

  • VivaceSeptember 26, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Hello everyone.ReplyCancel

  • JocelanPerrySeptember 26, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    I’m so frugal that I bought plastic containers(not disposable) to store extra food in so I don’t use anything that is disposable.
    Thanks again for a chance are double play.

  • Candy MillsSeptember 26, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Lots of great ideas here and many that I do.
    I always save all wrapping paper, tissue and ribbons for reuse and crafting. Wash all plastic bread bags for reuse.
    Never throw anything away but always give it to Salvation Army or other store, when it is in good condition.ReplyCancel

  • MarisaSeptember 26, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    I am so frugal I save the lovely turquoise tissue with sparkles in it from my Verve orders and use it to make tissue flowers for my cards :)ReplyCancel

  • JudySeptember 26, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Ooh la la like it all. Wanna win.

    Happy SundayReplyCancel

  • Lynda MSeptember 26, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Still playing along. Frugally try to buy at Michaels with a coupon or at sales.ReplyCancel

  • Kathi HallSeptember 26, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    I am so frugal – that I see every opportunity to reuse anything – my son and his friends collect bottle caps – I search garage sales and thrift stores for items to make over (frames for ATCs – makes great Secret Sister gifts) – chopsticks become bookmarks and string sticks for the cats – I even reuse the blotter sheet on my craft desk when I create and stamp – makes great backgrounds for grunge techniques. Reuse old clothes patterns in altered art – it has become a challenge and fun to see the possibilities. Left over tiles from Habitat for Humanity store become coasters… the list goes on – it is fun and a labor of love.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen K RussellSeptember 26, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    I’m so frugal I wash and dry my freezer bags and reuse them.

  • Martha NicholsonSeptember 26, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    Even though it would be very nice to win this. I have to say I missed a few days of words. I went to the stamp convention and didn’t have a computer avaiable to use. But let me put it this way. Youa nd your team of designers were the talk of the convention. Everyone knows who the famous Becca is. ANd I spent way to much money at the Our Daily Bread booth. I got lots I was missing out on. The people were very nice and helpful. It was a wonderful time had by all. My friend Mary and I loved being able to see the stamps up close to know their true size and see all the possibilites of using them. Maybe I will catch the next give away. Will be watching.ReplyCancel

  • Dotty ASeptember 26, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    I am so frugal that I resues the bags that bread and rolls come in to use as shaker bags for flower or defrost something in so there’s no mess in the freg. There’s lots of things once you start thinking about it…ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 26, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    I’m so frugal I save gold foil wrappers from candy to incorporated into my cards & collages.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    I have been out of town so I miss the first 2 words. Hope I still can win.

    Your Sister in Christ


  • LillianSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:25 pm

    I am so frugal that I save the last corner of anything in a container to add to the new one.ReplyCancel

  • Jo4HimSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:57 pm

    I am so frugal…I save all the scraps of paper/ribbon to use on other projects. (The unfrugal part of that is I don’t always look in my “scrap” pile when I need a small piece of paper/ribbon.) I’ll try to do better! Love your blog, Becca. Thanks for offering candy.ReplyCancel

  • meemee48September 26, 2010 - 7:04 pm

    I have used old Christmas card fronts to decorate packages you send in the mail. Like when I send my daughter and her family their packages, I tape the card front on the top of the package and frame it with ribbon, since bows would get crushed in shipping.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some of your wonderful blog candy.
    Even if you didn’t have blog candy, I would still stop by often to see your wonderful creations.ReplyCancel

  • Pat SSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:15 pm

    I am so frugal, I generally don’t buy craft items unless I use a coupon or there is a discount offered. These days everyone has to be frugal. Love your designs.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny BatchelorSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:19 pm

    Hi Becca – I don’t think I’m as frugal as I could be. I never buy any clothing unless it is on sale. If it’s not, it will be in a couple of weeks and if I really need it, I can get it then. Socks and jocks and never purchased unless they are on sale. That’s a definite! Once old Towels/tea towels are old and worn out, they are then cut up to use for dusters and rags. I’m sure there are many more things that I do – I’ll have to stop and think about it some more and add to the list later on. Thanks for the opportunity to play for the blog candy yet again. Maybe this time, it’ll have a different outcome for me!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna MarieSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:21 pm

    I am so frugal that I save tubs from margarine, Cool Whip, etc. That way when my kids come for dinner and take leftovers home I can givem them the re-used containers rather than my good Tupperware, which I seem to never get back.ReplyCancel

  • KimSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:24 pm

    I am so frugal, I reuse the chocolate boxes we get to decorate and use as birthday and Christmas boxes. Yes, I agree, everyone needs to be frugal nowadays. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Patty WilliamsSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:30 pm

    We try to repurpose alot of things. We used empty laundry soap jugs to put the oil in to recycle when hubster does the oil changes in the vehicles!ReplyCancel

  • PatiSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:44 pm

    I’m so frugal….I bring home used paper from work to use as my scratch paper and as my stamping mat. I also save many things tho I’ve forgotten why. It’s been fun to read the tips here, reminds me of uses for those many things I was saving, like used dryer sheets! : )ReplyCancel

  • Val WSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win your generous blog candy. I have been enjoying reading everyone’s frugal tips. Many of them I do myself.
    I am so frugal, that I am still using the bath towels that I started my marriage with 30 years ago. First, we used them until they were looking a bit shabby. When I “retired” them from the bathroom, and replaced them with new, they were delegated to be used for showering when we’d go camping. They still worked, but were ragged along the edges. If they accidentally were left behind in the shower building, no great loss. At least I wasn’t losing my “good” towels. As they’ve gotten even more worn, and to the point of being a little embarrassing to use even as camping towels, they’ve gone into a box to use as rags for so many different purposes. Right now, I’m using some while training our puppy. They wipe up “accidents”, dry wet paws, and dry him after his bath. These well-worn towels also make great car-washing rags. I just launder them again, and put them back in the box for the next time I need a rag.ReplyCancel

  • MickieSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    I am so frugal that I check everything before it goes into the trash to see if it can be reused. I cringe when I have to toss something that I know is going to go into our landfills and contaminate the earth.ReplyCancel

  • Cathie - Ontario, CanadaSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:12 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I am so frugal that I save the scraps of white bar soap from the bathroom and use them to mark my lines for sewing projects, especially hemming my pants as I am only 5 feet tall and nothing fits!
    I also save the heavy brown paper insert inside some wrapping paper. I like to cut strips in long lengths that are about 4-5 inches wide and border punch both sides to wrap around a freshly baked loaf of banana bread that has been previously wrapped in wax paper. Finish that with a beautiful ribbon, which of course has been saved from something else.
    It’s fabulous to be frugal!

  • Carol FroehlichSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:15 pm

    I am so frugal………… I take candles when the wick burns out, cut it in pieces and use them in a new candle.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win some goodies and for your beautiful ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Betty MooreSeptember 26, 2010 - 8:26 pm

    I save all of my scrap paper and reuse on other projectsReplyCancel

  • Nancy WSeptember 26, 2010 - 9:38 pm

    I am so frugal I wash and save all my holey socks and use them as cleaning mitts especially when I need to clean blinds and other detail areas like banisters.ReplyCancel

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    […] Don’t forget, I currently have a Double Play blog candy going on the post located HERE. […]ReplyCancel

  • Cindy EatonSeptember 26, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    I save all my scraps of paper and ribbon to use on cards. I cut up old Christmas cards and reuse the beautiful pictures on my cards. They are too pretty not to put to good use again and again.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndee ScholetSeptember 26, 2010 - 10:36 pm

    I’m so frugal that we keep our A/C close to 80 degrees (hottest sumemr on record here in Florida) and I don’t think I turned on the heat once last winter (coldest winter on record). We just were hot and sweaty…or bundled up and freezing our butts off.ReplyCancel

  • Maxine DSeptember 26, 2010 - 10:39 pm

    I am so frugal that when I have a tiny scrap of card I punch holes in it, and use the punch scraps as brads – I glue them to my project and then top with dimensional glue to give some sheen. That means I always have ‘brads’ to match :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim R.September 26, 2010 - 10:42 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I am so frugal that empty coffee containers are reused as food scoops for chicken feed and dog food. Since they are easy to grasp they make great scoops.

  • Billie ASeptember 26, 2010 - 10:53 pm

    Beautiful card and words. Always such a pleasure seeing your work.
    Im so frugal that I will reuse gift bags and if I’m at a party and they are throwing the bags away I will ask for them. They are still in such good shape why waste them let me reuse them. I can always put another tag on it if the one on the gift bag is written on. Its good to be green ;) thats the way I look at it.ReplyCancel

  • Patty W.September 26, 2010 - 11:08 pm

    Frugal is fabulous, saves money and helps keep our earth clean. I enjoy using something that most would throw away, and making a “new ” thing out of it. Thanks for a chance to win. I love your blog! Blessings. PattyReplyCancel

  • Pat SSeptember 26, 2010 - 11:18 pm

    All these frugal ideas are wonderful! I am enjoying the read.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie GSeptember 26, 2010 - 11:19 pm

    Becca, I check your site everyday when I get online. You have a talent for creating the most beautiful cards and projects. I have learned so much from reading how you make your cards. Thank you for sharing your work and tecniques with us all!ReplyCancel

  • Jean McGeeSeptember 26, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    I use my Spellbinders to cut my Kleenex boxes and any other boxes into some great shapes. I use the pretty bags from gift shops for designer papers on my cards, I also cut them and use them for wrapping paper. Printed paper on one side is used for copying the weekly Sudoku games on the back side.
    It has been fun, interesting and informative reading all of the comments. Thank you everyone for all of the ideas and thank you Becca for providing the opportunity.
    Jean McGeeReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanSeptember 26, 2010 - 11:29 pm

    Well I miss the other words…..but still would love to play….
    I so frugal that I keep all size boxes……so I have many sizes and shapes….so I cal used them as my template…..thank for sharing….love love love!!! your workReplyCancel

  • ShawnaSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:01 am

    I’m so frugal that I make my own laundry detergent and use vinegar in my dish washer’s rinse dispenser instead of the store bought stuff. Love your blog, love the becca bits. You rock girl!ReplyCancel

  • Dianna N.September 27, 2010 - 12:02 am

    I’m so frugal I use gluesticks more than tape runners. I also punch out as many ovals, squares, circles and other shapes that I can from the middle of the pieces of paper I use to mat with.

    Thanks for all the wonderful card ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Karen LinarezSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:48 am

    I’m so frugal that..I wait for a very long time (sometimes years) to find expensive items I want at a drastically reduced price. And, I’ll always check the auctions, garage sales or classifieds first.ReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:51 am

    I am so frugal that I use dust bunnies for stuffing a pincushion — JUST KIDDING! Thought you could use a laugh.ReplyCancel

  • DebbiSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:06 am

    I sure have learned a lot about being frugal from reading through all these posts! I do some of the things, like saving scraps of paper and ribbon. But I have a lot to learn about recycling various items. Love being frugal!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja SSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:08 am

    Hi Becca, hope it is ok to enter once a day as it usually is…
    I’m so frugal I caould never bear to part with $15 or so for an embossing buddy (antistatic thingy). I finally realised they just have cornstartch in them so yesterday I made an embossing buddy from a 6 inch circle of old fabric, filled it with talcum powder (cornstarch based) and tied it up with a rubber band. It works! It is especially good for white embossing powder on a dark background, I often was unhappy with the results I was getting previously.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke GuadagnoSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:18 am

    Becca, I’m so frugal, I cut all 9 grandchildrens hair to save money.


  • Jan LSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:19 am

    I’m so frugal that..I buy Christmas wrapping paper on clearance after Christmas. I refuse to buy special birthday paper, just ask my kids because in their lifetime they have never received a gift from me that WASN’T wrapped in Christmas paper.

    To take it a step further, I buy their next-years Birthday and Christmas presents at the After-Christmas clearance sales because their birthdays are within a few months after Christmas. I do the same for gifts for other friends and relatives as well- every holiday is followed by a clearance sale, and that is my time to shop for the future.

    I’m not sure they will continue this tradition, but once I’m gone they are going to have to figure out what to do with all that Christmas paper, right after they discover a hidden stash of neatly-wrapped gifts from their dearly departed mom in the back of a deep closet!ReplyCancel

  • LizetteSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:49 am

    I am so frugal that it boarders on hoarding! Thank you for sharing all your lovely cards with us and for a chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny BatchelorSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:00 am

    Hi Becca – over here in Australia we have a type of dishwashing cloth called a “chux”. Not sure if you have them in Amercia as well. Well, when they got a bit yukky, I used to throw them out and pull a new one out of the multipack. Now, I’m so frugal, I put them in the washing machine to freshen them and re-use them until they are full of holes and absolutely useless.
    Thanks again for the opportunity to win the Blog Candy. You are always so very generous with your goodies!ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:02 am

    I use old and foreign books I find at second hand stores for my cards. I mostly copy the page onto card stock so that I will always have it to use another time. I also use medical books and old dictionaries and maps and do the same. Saves me buying paper all the time. Some times I make my own paper on my computer in Word by writing a saying over and over in different size fonts and just repeat until the paper is full. That’s how fugal I am……ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S.September 27, 2010 - 2:16 am

    I’m so frugal that I use the “rubbish” part of the pop dots. I even dug into the trash once when one of my students threw it away!ReplyCancel

  • pat pSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:16 am

    I’m so frugal that I save scraps of everything…I always have the feeling that one day I may need it…and the old thought of Waste not Want Not…


  • Judith -Overland Park, KSSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:23 am

    I’m so frugal I save toilet and paper towel holders to craft with.ReplyCancel

  • ColleenSeptember 27, 2010 - 3:38 am

    Time 4 another fugal tip:
    Each week I sit down and plan what meals I want to makefor the following week; then checking my pantry to see what items I need and don’t need, I make out my grocery list; (no need buying unnecessary items if you don’t have to.) I then go through to see what coupons I need. Never, never go grocery shopping on an empty tummy, or with kids along or husbands. You are more apt to do inpulse buying; buying things that really aren’t needed, and go as early in the mornings as possible…….less crowded.
    I always make extra; 1 to eat now and the other gets put in the freezer for another time. I also buy in bulk which also saves many trips to the store. It’s all in the planning.
    If you don’t have the room to store bulk items, talk to a couple neighbors to see if they are willing to go in with and divide it up among you.
    Thanks again Becca.

  • BirdSeptember 27, 2010 - 3:50 am

    I’m so frugal that . . . when ever I am lucky enough to receive a bunch of flowers I save all of the packaging for using on my projects, flowers can be wrapped in all kinds of pretty papers and acetates and sometimes even gauze type paper which is really unusual. All manner of packaging is pretty and useful and rarely makes it to my rubbish bin.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:15 am

    I am so frugal that I save my paper grocery sacks to put our newspapers in before they go into the recycle container.ReplyCancel

  • CherylSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:21 am

    Morning Becca! What a beautiful card!!
    I’m so frugal, after burning my favorite candles many times, I use a candle warmer to continue enjoying them.
    I wait until the seasonal stock at Michaels is marked down to half price or less and buy for the next year.
    I buy dollar items at Michaels and add my own embellishments for gift giving.
    I buy old calendars when they are reduced to $1.00 and cut them up for scrapbooking and cards.
    I also buy new calendars (50 cents at Michaels this week) and cut them up. The small calendars on them are great for cards, too.
    I collect old postcards from yard sales and use them on cards.
    Hugs CherylReplyCancel

  • Angella CrockettSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:51 am

    Hi! I am so frugal that I save nearly all of my paper scraps….if they are big enough for a punch, they go in my color-coded bin!ReplyCancel

  • Laureen LSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:09 am

    Becca I think this is the best Blog candy que. you have done. I love all the ideas! I am so frugal that I use the bag inside of cereal boxes to make leaves, flowers, and so on. Use alcohol inks put two pieces of bag together and you are all set to use your dies.ReplyCancel

  • MickieSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:39 am

    I’s so frugal I save the stretchy tomato sacks for my DH to use for his food for the perch traps, they work great. He made fun of me at first but now says they work better than the commercial fish bait traps.ReplyCancel

  • EileenSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:52 am

    Hi becca, thank you for sharing your beautiful card. Godbless you.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne RussellSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:54 am

    I’m so frugal I reuse brown paper packaging for craft.ReplyCancel

  • JeannieSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:10 am

    I’m so frugal that when I decided quite some months ago to get back into scrapbooking, I knew I needed to catch up with bringing my supplies up to date (i had alot of paper and sticker kits left from the late nineties when I last stopped) so to build up my stash of supplies I found online some excellent 75% sales and michaels and bought only items that were on clearance or at least 50% off. So far I don’t believe I’ve purchased anything full price yet. I continue to compare online vs. store, and the store with lowest price wins my business. Good luck to everyone!ReplyCancel

  • PatSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:12 am

    I cut my old bath towels up when they get too frayed. They make great cleaning rags!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle E.September 27, 2010 - 6:15 am

    I save empty glass jars of all shapes and sizes to use as flower vases for little surprise vignettes all over the house. Thanks for the opportunity to win some wonderful blog candy!!ReplyCancel

  • JudySeptember 27, 2010 - 6:21 am

    After reading some of the comments, I realize that I am not as frugal as I thought! Thanks for the opportunity to learn from others while playing this fun game!ReplyCancel

  • Mary LukemanSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:22 am

    Thanks for the chance to win yummy blog candy. I am so frugal that I save the acetate on packaging for card making.

  • GinaSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:39 am

    I can’t think of much else I do to recycle but I am thrilled to have the chance to win some wonderful gifts. Thank you BeccaReplyCancel

  • christiSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:41 am

    i am so frugal i saved my bowling balls to give to people. just yesterday i gave away a ball i used in college …that’s 30 years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica B.September 27, 2010 - 6:45 am

    thanks for the chance to win!! have a great day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa N - MNSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:49 am

    Sharing. My friends and I share packets of rhinestones, pearls, paper packets, stamps and other crafting tools. If we don’t need a lot or if we need something once for a specific project, we share.ReplyCancel

  • marypatSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:56 am

    I am so frugal that I use leftover cotton batting pieces in my swifter for polishing my hardwood floors. Works great! Thanks fo a chance to win some candy!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah HooperSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:14 am

    I recently discovered an online recycle site for our city. Anything used does not have to be thrown out (even half bottles of shampoo, etc.). You can post it and be guaranteed that someone will want it.

    I got so busy reading these yesterday, I forgot to post.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveySeptember 27, 2010 - 7:15 am

    I am so frugal that I picked up a couple of wall paper books (the BIG ones) and often times use the sample papers to either embellish my cards or to make envelopes with. Thanks Becca for another great opportunity to win some great prizes.ReplyCancel

  • Anne ElsonSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:37 am

    Hello! I am so frugal that I raid the wastebasket at the scrapbooking store for usable scraps. They can be used for embellishments for cards.ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:38 am

    I am so frugal that sometimes I use my “trash” paper that I put my cardstock on top (to protect the table). Sometimes I use cardstock under as a catch sheet, and sometimes tissue paper. Often the trash paper looks prettier than the “real” sheet I’m working on. Then I use the CS as background paper, or use the tissue paper in collages. I love the way the tissue paper wrinkles when glued down with gel medium or something like Modge Podge or watered-down Elmer’s glue.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa PSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:40 am

    I am so frugal before I throw anything away, I make sure I can’t use it in a craft. I have my saved recycle pile, that I use. Every now and then I have to throw away items from my saved pile. ThanksReplyCancel

  • BettyeSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:52 am

    I’m so frugal that I want pay full price for anything, if it’s not on sale or I don’t have a coupon, I want purchase it, I use the heavy acetate that my Cricut cartridges come in to cut out Sizzix embelishments, I use the Spellbinders packaging to put embelishments in when I am putting cards/layouts together, I love using binder clips to hold my sponges to ink with, why buy dabbers? Thanks for the chance to win the blog candy, so glad you share your work with us all!!! God BlessReplyCancel

  • Judy ASeptember 27, 2010 - 7:52 am

    I am so frugal, I made my own ink blending tools.
    I purchased 13 – 1 inch wooden cubes ($2.99) from
    Micheal’s. Then purchased the cut & dry foam
    and some Ranger glossy Accent glue. I cut the
    foam, added a small amount of glue to attach
    the foam to be cube. I have plenty of foam left
    over to make another set all for less than $12.00.

    Thanks Becca for the wonderful blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • AnneSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:53 am

    This has been such fun, Becca!

    I am so frugal that I use white vinegar for most cleaning jobs. It is a great de-scaler if your tap water is hard and removes the limescale deposits it leaves on your sinks, taps and kettle etc. I decant it into a bottle with a screw on spray top, dilute it 50% with water and hey presto – a great window cleaner, tile cleaner and shower cubicle cleaner (but rinse off).

    If I have a cold and catarrh, whilst I’m working with it, the mist seems to help clear head and sinuses, and if you forget to use rubber gloves, the vinegar restores the acid mantle to your skin.

    In the UK it is really cheap to buy in 5 litre containers (just a few dollars) which last ages :o)

    Anne (UK)ReplyCancel

  • Donna RSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:08 am

    I’m so frugal that I use tissue boxes and interesting paper shopping bags for backgrounds on cards. Somehow your messages haven’t come through so I didn’t know about your give away. I’m bummed but thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Pat JandacekSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:09 am

    I get so engrossed in reading the remarks, run out of time, and then forget to enter my own! My DH and I both enjoy working the puzzles in the newspapers but appreciate larger type. I’m so frugal we use the reverse sides of used letter sized bond paper to enlarge and copy these puzzles every morning…jumbles, sudokus, crosswords… so each of us have our own copy to work with. When we clean out files, the ‘throw-aways’ are stacked in front of the copier for ready use. We always check the reverse side when finished and shred anything of a sensitive nature after use. The stack never gets close to being used up!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:24 am

    I’m so frugal that…..When I buy bath salts, I layer it in a pretty jar with baking soda!!!! It saves having to buy bath salts more often, it looks pretty and the baking soda is nice in the bath also!!!! And I still feel I’m pampering myself just a little!!! :)

    Thanks Becca, for the chance to win some wonderful goodies!!! Keep up the SUPER JOB you’re doing in Inspiration!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:28 am

    Thanks for the fabulous opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • mom2hSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:29 am

    I’m still looking at that blog candy! I don’t own a single one of the items shown (as far as I know LOL!) Please, pick me…ReplyCancel

  • PollySeptember 27, 2010 - 8:34 am

    I don’t consider this frugal but it saves money..I use the library for virtually all my books, movies, and music…it saves space in one’s home as you aren’t storing all those extra items and it’s a good way to support the community (I also contribute $ to the library).ReplyCancel

  • Meemee48September 27, 2010 - 8:35 am

    I use coffee cans for a variety of different things. I bake banana bread and pumpkin bread in them and also put different goodies in them and cover them with wrapping paper or dsp to give as gifts.

    I appreciate your generosity and creativity.ReplyCancel

  • KimSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:36 am

    Becca, your site is amazing. I love everything you share with us. I am so frugal, I cut the hand and body lotion bottles in half when they are empty so I can get all the lotion out. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • CharlotteSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:52 am

    Love all the comments! Not having access to stamps while in Kenya, I always used the computer to type all my sentiments — and, with limited finances now, I continue to do the same.ReplyCancel

  • LorettaSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Love these tips everyone is sharing. I am so frugal that I keep the foam pump and refill it with water and non-scented dish soap. Many perfumes and detergents, cleaning products, etc trigger asthma for me. So I am always on the lookout for things I can use and reuse.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie DeeringSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Hi I am so frugal I take the empty laundry soap bottles and fill with water and then mix together to make at least a half a bottle of soap it works!
    Thank you for your blog I love the stamps you use very uplighting especially after a hard day it is so good to always be reminded that God loves us and is here always! Your candy looks wonderful how generous this is fun!
    Your craft is beautiful I love it! Leslie DeeringReplyCancel

  • MarcieSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Hi Becca,
    I am not sure this qualifies as frugal ladies but here is a tip for reuse that my family has always enjoyed.

    I know that your audience here is mostly card crafters, but if there are others out there that also love to sew as well as paper craft I have a little project for all of those jeans that your family has been wearing.
    Instead of throwing them out I save them and when I get a stack I cut them up making as many 6″ squares as possible out of each one. I especially like the back pocket area. I make sure I cut the whole pocket out using my rotary cutter. I save these squares and sew them together quilt style. Through the years, my kids have loved keeping these throws rolled and stowed in the trunks of their cars for trips to the beach, or for a picnick. These last forever, can be thrown in the wash, are sturdy and one of the handiest items to keep in your car for those occasions. The pockets when placed randomly on your quilted throw are handy for stowing such items as plastic utencils and such. Even thou my kids are grown and on their own, they still save their Levis so I can make them another throw.

  • Debby WaltersSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:21 am

    Happy Monday morning to everyone.

    I am so frugal that I take the little bars of soap that I dont use during my hotel stays and bring them home. I then use them in our RV rather than buy big bars of soap or bottles of body wash.ReplyCancel

  • Marla H.September 27, 2010 - 9:25 am

    I am so frugal that I save all scraps and scrapbook packages to use for something. Last year for Xmas time I used my recycle scrapbooking packaging to hold small candy bars for my children’s teachers.ReplyCancel

  • Amy HadleySeptember 27, 2010 - 9:36 am

    I’m so frugal that I never buy anything scrappy without a coupoon.ReplyCancel

  • MariaSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:37 am

    I am getting some great tips here. I really liked the recylcled jeans sent in by Marcie. Would sure love to see one of her finished quilts. Missed one of your words on the first or second day. Thought that it was word of the day not two words for the day. That’s OK, cause I love looking at all the posts.ReplyCancel

  • JeanSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:38 am

    I have missed out on the words but I still have enjoyed reading about all the frugalness!

    I don’t use plastic containers because it is unhealthy to store left overs etc in them because of plastic leaching out into the food. I use glass containers that can be washed and used for years. Rarely use paper towels. I use cloth towels for clean up. It’s green!

    Reseal chips etc with a vaccum sealer so they stay fresh longer!ReplyCancel

  • Mary L.September 27, 2010 - 10:05 am

    I’m so frugal, I keep trying to think of some way to re-use dust. ;^)

    Seriously, I have to make myself get rid of margarine plastic tubs.
    No, I don’t throw them away, I DO put them in the re-cycle bin.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica S.September 27, 2010 - 10:23 am

    I should be more frugal then I am. There are some great tips here from your readers. I’ll have to use some of these ideas. Thanks Becca for sharing your wonderful talent with us.ReplyCancel

  • Chris BakerSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:25 am

    I am so frugal that…I stew up the turkey bones to make “chicken broth” for thoses receipes I have that require a can. I know it’s really turkey broth but you don’t notice it in the receipes. I get about 8 cans worth and freeze them in 1 lb. margerine tubs for when I need them. You would fill them about 3/4 full. Here in Canada, this would be about an $9 value from a turkey I would get on sale for $10-12. I also make homemade turkey soup.ReplyCancel

  • Becky BowmanSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:28 am

    I’m one that gardens and when I get a colorful glass wine/water it goes in my garden as garden art, saving the landfill and adds a sparkle to my garden. (I also compost, I’m known to go through the garbage after my husband has cooked)

    Thanks Becca for such beautiful cards…ReplyCancel

  • Betty GoodsonSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:28 am

    I’m so frugal that I wear my good church clothes for years & years. I try to buy only on sale and since I get out of these clothes right away, they never seem to wear out. (I do get tired of them though, so I donate). We are change savers here also, always empty change into a big container and only take to the bank about once a year. Surprise how it adds up.
    Love this latest card, but then love all your creations.ReplyCancel

  • Barbie D.September 27, 2010 - 10:44 am

    I’m so frugal that I use pages from old phone books to use when using glue on a project and then it can just be thrown into the recycle bin.ReplyCancel

  • Diana BrownSeptember 27, 2010 - 11:19 am

    I always print out extra Michael’s and Hobby Lobby coupons and give them to the people in line around me at the checkout. They are always happy to get one.ReplyCancel

  • MarisaSeptember 27, 2010 - 11:23 am

    I rinse out my zip lock bags and reuse them (unless they have had raw meat in them).ReplyCancel

  • Linda B (NY Card Lady)September 27, 2010 - 11:58 am

    I am so frugal when my kids were very young I shopped for toys and clothes at garage sales and then many of those items ended up being ” from Santa”! The kids never knew and I saved a great deal of money. It must have worked as now my boys are vigilant thrift shop/ garage sale shoppers too! I am still a garage sale shopper. It is amazing what you can find…even stamping supplies sometimes!!ReplyCancel

  • KellyGSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    I love some of the great ideas people have. One of my fugalities I got from my husband….he’s forever bringing home stuff that he finds, computers, tvs…you name it, he finds it. Well, we needed a piece for a sink and I wasn’t about to pay for it and didn’t really want to trouble the landlord for it, so I just happened to find a sink in the alley and what do you know? It had the piece I needed!!Sometimes the stuff you find lying by the side of the road comes in useful.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara in SCSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    Becca, I think this is absolutely the best question you’ve posed on your blog! What fun it is to read all the frugal hints and ideas. I have learned so much from everyone and I’ll be using a lot of these ideas from now on. I’m sure someone already mentioned it but one thing I always do is about halfway through a bottle of shampoo or conditioner I add some water and shake well. That bottle seems to last forever because I do that at least once or twice more as it empties out. It works just as well as when it’s undiluted.
    Thanks again for sharing your talents and providing us with a great blog to share on!
    Hugs, Barbara in SCReplyCancel

  • alsmouseSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    I’m so frugal that when a family member brought me an old poster catalog, I cut out all the mini prints & made card sets with them, to give as gifts.They were loved by all who received them. ~C8>ReplyCancel

  • NaomiSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    I’m so frugal that I don’t use the dishwasher to dry but not because I’m frugal but because after a while I find it makes hairline cracks in my plates. So now I have a “frugal” reason for not doing it.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:34 pm

    Good afternoon Becca and friends.. I’m so frugal I re-used containers, always have left overs and my youngest daughter has a closet full of Hand me downs!!! (I have 3 girls) lol..ReplyCancel

  • Claudia SmithSeptember 27, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Wow, I am having fun reading all the coments.

    I am so frugal that, when I open a can of tomatoe paste i rinse the can to clean and get all of it…

    Have a good day…ReplyCancel

  • Joyce HSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    Hi Becca, I’m always amazed and inspired by your wonderful card designs. One of the things that I’ve done in the past is to use window film on our windows which helped with the electricity bill. I also save the plastic packaging and cut it down to use for help with stamp placement when using a stamp-a-ma-jig. I’ve used plastic mayonaise jars to hold buttons, and wide mouth canning jars to hold embellishment. I’ve cut up old fabric into strips to crochet into a rag rug. And of course, like most, use the coupons at the craft stores, and
    occasionally go to garage sales. Thanks so much for offering the Double Play.ReplyCancel

  • MarieSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    Love all the comments…ReplyCancel

  • Joanna JohnsonSeptember 27, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    Hi Becca, I am a compulsive bowl and can scrapper. I get every gram of food! It drives my kids nuts. It makes me nuts when they through a sloppy can or bowl into the sink to be washed!! YUK It is easier to recycle a scrapped out can rather than a sloppy one. So I scrape away!!!ReplyCancel

  • BettySeptember 27, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    I’m so frugal that I usually tear my paper towel in half or quarters, depending on what I need it for. Why use a whole sheet when less will do?

    Thanks again for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara AKA GardenladySeptember 27, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    I keep thinking about ways that I am frugal and it all seems so natural for me. When I was growing up in a family of 12 children my Mom always saved the wrappings from gifts. We would iron the wrinkles out of it then reuse for the next birthday. We saved the ribbon and bows too.

    A trick that I learned from my sister that I thought was genius. When you buy table linens or sheets etc. they come in these nice heavy plastic bags with zippers. She would put things in them for storage such as rick rack, also sewing patterns fit in them nicely and you can group them together in the bags. I always saved them but didn’t know what to do with them but now I use them for all storage items.

    Have a great day!


  • Delores in VASeptember 27, 2010 - 2:19 pm

    Lovely card, Becci.

    I’m so frugal…I save cards…not only for the outer card but also for the verse. Sometimes you just can find the right verse…but by changing the words some from an old card you can create you own!ReplyCancel

  • AnnieSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    In trying to be healthier and more frugal combined, we are doing a meatless day each week. Protien is obtained from beans/lentils incorporated into the meal.

    Using coupons allows us to try new brands of items that we like, while ensuring we get the best pricing available for the week.

    I am trying to use more stamps and inks, and less printing from the computer…saving on ink and paper and using some of the scrapbooking paper I have stocked over the last couple of years.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    I save the tissue paper from gifts, press it with a dry iron if too wrinkled, and then reuse it. Seems like such a waste to throw it away.ReplyCancel

  • Pat SSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    So fun reading all these frugal tips. Here is another one of mine. My paper dolls group shares all our dies, stamps, etc, to expanded our options without having to invest more dollars in our own inventory.ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 27, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    I am so frugal that I no longer use dryer sheets. I bought some dryer balls (not the Mr. Steamy). I’ve had the dryer balls for years. They get rid of static, and also help speed up the drying time. I like it better, because with allergies, I don’t like the scent of fabric softener or fabric softener sheets.
    I also don’t want the chemicals, including petrochemicals that are in them, on my skin. Sometimes they even left greasy spots on some clothing, so I stopped using them years ago. I used a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond to buy the dryer balls, so saved money again.ReplyCancel

  • Carol B.September 27, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    I’m so frugal that I cut the toothpaste tube open so I can get the very last bit.
    Becca, that blog candy is enticing!ReplyCancel

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    […] one more day for Double Play Blog Candy which is located HERE.  Leave your tip on how frugal you are and pick up a few tips while you are there […]ReplyCancel

  • Darlene LSeptember 27, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    This is something we have done since I was a tot and I still do today–save and reuse wrapping paper and bows over and over. There are certain papers our family just loves and want our gifts to be wrapped in. Over the years the paper has become too worn to reuse, but we have saved the small scraps as part of our favorite memory books.ReplyCancel

  • corriewSeptember 27, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win, another frugal tip I have is switching to a laser printer, we spent $100 on ours and the cartridge lasted over 3yrs (DH is a student and DD prints thousands of coloring sheets). We also print most everything in economode (default setting)ReplyCancel

  • Lynda MSeptember 27, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    Did you know that Michaels has a 10% discount on Tuesdays on your entire purchase for seniors. Yup. Not sure if it’s for 55 and better or 60 and over. Check it out. I’m in Canada, hope they have it in the US too.ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    I am so frugal that I save all but the tiniest of my scraps, reuse acetate from PTI sets to protect items during mailing, I signed up for a discount postage card that saves me 5%, especially helpful for swaps, and I recently reused Melissa Frances pearl backing board as a matchbook accent.ReplyCancel

  • inga klausSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    I save boxes, mail envelopes, pop wrap, I use coffee filters to mist on and i save those filters.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    I am so frugal I save calendars because of the pictures and recycle in my cards, give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:17 pm

    Another frugal thing I do is save the rubber scraps from my stamps and use them as “bump stops” such as on my kitchen cabinet doors so they dont mark each otherReplyCancel

  • BernieSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    I’m so frugal that when I use my nestibilities I always center it on my paper or card stock so I have a frame for another card often on the inside.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • Linda HSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    I’m so frugal that… I save the waxy bag liners from cereal boxes and use those like I would the Tim Holtz mats. The packaging, of course, is not heat resistant, but it does great with techniques for paints, Distress Inks, etc. I use them over and over as they just wipe clean with a rag or rinse off in the sink. They also work great as paste papers for journals, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsSeptember 27, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    I’m so frugal that I use toothpaste and an old tooth brush to remove stains off our clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Su C.September 27, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    I’m so frugal that I tie knots in rags and holey socks for my dogs to play with! I do many of the frugal thinds listed. I enjoy visiting your blog each day. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • pat pSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:43 pm

    We learned to be frugal from our parents who went through the great depression and they passed this stuff down to we always turn off lights when not in a room..don’t flush more that you have too and on and on..You all know the ways we try to economise..we have too these are hard times..
    I save rubber bands..any thing that can still be of use..what I can’t use I pass on to the Salvation Army..when we first got married we bought a lot of our furniture from there and we still have one chair that we bought there for $50 that was a lot back then but it was a brand new chair and very well this day it’s still holding up and better made than the rest of our furniture..

    It was a great buy..

  • Brenda WhiteSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:49 pm

    I too am so frugal that I save endless paper scraps, large, medium, and small. even the little ones can be used to cut or punch out small flowers for embellishments.

    Brenda WhiteReplyCancel

  • Stephanie WSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    I’m so frugal that I save our grandson’s baby food containers (when he eats at our house) for altering, embellishment storage, etc. I just finished altering too for a “NoBlock” holder. I filled it with M&M’s and told our dd that it was for the prevention & treatment of Writer’s Block (she’s a Writing Assistant at a publishing company). Mint containers also make good embellishment storage.ReplyCancel

  • MicheyMooSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    I’m so frugal…..that I keep anything that can be recycled for use in crafting. I have my family (& some friends) trained so well now that they also keep me bits n bobs (esp buttons & ribbon from gifts). Thanks for the chance to win this amazing candy Becca. Bless. xxxReplyCancel

  • Jocelan PerrySeptember 27, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    I am so frugal that I put on a sweater rather than turning up the heat.
    I love your blog

  • Nancy BSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    I’m so frugal that I reuse slightly used paper towels. I use them for those really dirty pick ups like when the cats leave me presents. Thanks for giving us a chance to win your generous blog candy!ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaSeptember 27, 2010 - 6:54 pm

    Becca, haven’t blogged in awhile. I am always on your site; you and your cards are always an inspiration to me.

    I am so frugel that I’ve done most of the tips here. One thing I loved doing was saving really good bathroom tissue rolls. As well as a card maker, I also love to do machine embroidery. I use scrap fabric to embroider coffepots, blenders, toaster, mixers etc. This is then wrapped around the cardboard tube, the ends are glued to the inside and I slide the folded electrical cord into the tube that matches the appliance. No more messy, tangled, and unsightly cords.

    Becca, thank you for the “Candy” you are so sweet to share.
    God Bless.

  • Jo4HimSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    I save all my margarine, etc. containers to use for leftovers. Thanks for the blog candy.
    YOU ROCK!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon PartykaSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:31 pm

    My frugal tip today: Because i usually take my own unscented bar of soap on vacation I do not use the small bars provided in hotels BUT I do take them to pass along with other items that I donate to women’s shelters.

    Thanks again, Becca, for sharing your wonderful talent with us!


  • Peggy AllenSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:32 pm

    I am so frugal that…I find it hard to shop without coupons. Thanks for the chance to play. God bless!ReplyCancel

  • PatiSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    I’m so frugal….I rarely buy a box of tissues/klennex, I use toilet paper instead, plenty of it and always on hand. I also rarely buy wrapping paper, unless I can see using it for cards and other things. Since I don’t use it, if I don’t look at it in the store I’m not attracted to a roll/pkg or enticed to purchase it. I mail most gifts, so I just use tissue paper with recycled gift ribbons, no boxes. There are some nice patterned tissue papers for variety or I could stamp on them if I wanted to. More economical and easier to cram into a mailer box. Kids (and spouse) don’t care about fancy packaging anyway : )ReplyCancel

  • yvonneSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:51 pm

    Lots of frugal ways. Love to redo greeting cards we receive. Also find good buys on card sets and just embellish. have seen your examples of this.ReplyCancel

  • MickieSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    I’m so frugal that I save the wrapper around the toilet tissue that I buy in bulk. Instead of ripping the plastic off I cut around one end and I have a bag that fits in my scrap room trash can just perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • RufusSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:12 pm

    Here’s a frugal and crafty tip ~ use a piece of scrap paper under your project when brayering or inking edges when it’s totally covered with ink you can use it as a background to stamp on or cut with your Nesties!
    Thanks for the chance at your blog candy.

  • melissaSeptember 27, 2010 - 8:15 pm

    I’m so frugal that save on scrap note paper by cutting my kids school papers in quarter sheets, provided that the sheets are blank on one side.
    Good Luck Peeps!ReplyCancel

  • Val WSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    I am so frugal, that I save the silk flowers from flower arrangements for use in my crafting. When our daughter was born, we received a silk flower arrangement as a gift. After enjoying the flowers, I dismantled it, and put the components in my craft stash. Last year I used some of the pink daisies from that baby arrangement, for the card for my daughter’s 29th birthday! I’ve noticed when looking at silk flower stems at the craft store, that some would work well for cardmaking, at less cost than many of the flowers marketed specifically for cardmaking and scrapping.ReplyCancel

  • Billie ASeptember 27, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    Wonderful card love the detail. You always have such great dies and stamps. Very nice.
    I am so frugal that as I am losing weight I keep taking my cloths in vs going out to buy new ones I know I will be loosing more and figured I can get through the months with taking them till next year when I hope to get new cloths, and value village is always good or a good after season sale at the local stores.ReplyCancel

  • VanessaSeptember 27, 2010 - 9:43 pm

    I never thought of it as frugal, more creative….I try to use up every bit of scrap when I finish up my pages, you’d be surprised how hamy tags, cards and little embellishments you can get out of scraps.ReplyCancel

  • Pat JandacekSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Becca, you come up with such wonderful ideas for your challenges, and then some lucky soul gets terrific blog candy for their efforts. TFSReplyCancel

  • Cyndee ScholetSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    I’m so frugal that…most of my clothes are from the thrift shop, consignment store or posh sales. I have a lot of AMAZING clothes for a great price!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke GuadagnoSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    Becca, I’m so frugal that my whole family knows that when they are done unwrapping presents, they give the bows to me to reuse.

  • Carol FroehlichSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    I am so frugal…… that I add water to my hair conditioner when the bottle is almost completely used. I also roll my toothpaste tube as tight as I can to use as much as I can.

    Thanks for offering the blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • Kim R.September 27, 2010 - 10:37 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Another beautiful card! I love all that you do with the spellbinders sets. I am so frugal that sharing garden seeds with friends is my favorite way of enjoying a variety of flowers and vegetables and not being wasteful.

  • bluemoonSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:59 pm

    I’m so frugal that
    … I wash out my margarine containers (& others), use the inside clean lid to use as a paint palet for my markers or paints & containers for storing bottles of stickles, glitter or misc. adornments.
    … I take Greeting & Christmas cards, cut and fold into sweet little cute gift boxes for gifts or jewellry.
    Happy Day!ReplyCancel

  • EileenSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:12 am

    So many great ideas. Thanks. Have a blessed dayReplyCancel

  • KelleySeptember 28, 2010 - 12:13 am

    Well, I’ve read through 150 posts and I do a lot of the things mentioned. I save envelopes and use them for scrap paper. Many a list has been put on the back of one! I also started saving the return envelopes to make pockets. I didn’t realize how many of those things come until I started saving them.
    Thanks for the chance for some blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie GSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:26 am

    One of my favorite frugal tips: when I have facial cleansers or moisturizers in tubes and they seem to be all gone I cut them open and am able to use them longer. The product that does not come out will sometimes last 3 more days! Love your blog and gorgeous work.ReplyCancel

  • Pam HSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:37 am

    I am so frugal……I use old prom dresses from the Goodwill to make my silk flowers. There are so many techniques that use fabric now the variety is endless.
    I love the kraft paper that comes in my boxes from venders and can use that for numerous things… wrapping packages, protecting table tops. and creating embellishments.
    I work at a drug store and when cosmetics come in, they are usually packaged in a kraft paper package. Love it for creating decorative boxes for small gifts.
    Whenever I go to a conference or convention, my eyes are always on the lookout for discarded materials. I have found some great folders that can be repurposed as well as papers thatcan be reused for punching.
    Thanks Becca for all your creative adventures. You are truly an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny BatchelorSeptember 28, 2010 - 2:24 am

    I like to think I’m frugal – but I have certainly gained some great ideas from the replies listed above! I re-use the lovely paper handled brown paper bags various gift stores use to put your purchase into. Sometimes a store will use white but most often it is the brown color. If you are careful travelling home with your purchase, you can re-use the bag by decorating it with scraps of lovely scrapbooking papers and make a nice gift tag to match and ……. then you have a lovely gift bag to use for your next gift!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some lovely goodies.ReplyCancel

  • BirdSeptember 28, 2010 - 2:51 am

    I’m so frugal that . . . I hardly ever buy anything at full price, I know this is a bit of a non-specific answer but it is true to almost everything I purchase. When I go clothes shopping I only really look at the sale rails, I hunt through bargain bins where ever I see them especially for off-cuts at the ribbon market stall and love a good rummage through car boot sales. Also household auctions are a great way to find furniture on a budget and once when I moved I managed to kit out an entire flat for next to nothing.

    Thanks for all that you do Becca and your endless amounts of inspiration, I honestly don’t know where you come up with some of your ideas, you’re amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • GinaSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:04 am

    This is it, the last word and my fingers are crossed. I really love looking at all your cards, you do beautiful work Becca. Here’s wishing me luck. You too Jeannie.ReplyCancel

  • Mary LukemanSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:08 am

    What a great topic. I learned so much. Thanks for the chance to win such generous blog candy. I am so frugal that I recycle display boxes from stores. I got three from our local dollar store that they used for displaying Kleenex in small packages. The boxes are all white and the size of a bookcase and they are divided into 24 cubed spaces. I buy plastic baskets (also dollar store) ( 3 for $1.00). They fit perfectly in the cubes. I store all my embellishments etc. They are the envy of my crafting friends since they so neatly store so many things. The baskets are so easy to remove and bring to your work table.

  • Angella CrockettSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:10 am

    Hi Bec! This has been really fun! God bless you for always sharing your stamping secrets and for making this a fun blog to visit each day!

    I am so frugal that all of my family and friends think of me before they dispose of recyclable items….like my stash isn’t big enough?!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:38 am

    This has been a lot of fun. I am so frugal that I use the back of junk mail for my grocery list. I just love your workReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:40 am

    I’m so frugal….that I save the little boxes my makeup comes in for templates!!! And I save the little compacts the makeup comes in too, to decorate and turn into special containers!

    Thanks Becca, for the fun these last few days with this question!!!! And for the chance to win some fun “candy!” God Bless!!! You’re such a SUPER INSPIRATION!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dotty ASeptember 28, 2010 - 6:05 am

    The last day….
    I am so frugal that…… I will use a sheet of paper till it’s compleatly full. You know the pad you keep by the phone or by the computer to jot something down. Will I used the same sheet of paper till the whole front & back is compleatly full. I just cross off the notes I’m finished with or draw a line to make my next note and keep going.
    I’ve enjoyed reading many of the these Great frugal ideas… and will go back later to continue reading more.ReplyCancel

  • Betty MooreSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:05 am

    I’m so frugal that I don’t even throw away the foil liners that come on the new containers of coffee. I run them through my cuttle bug and use them on my cardsReplyCancel

  • JeannieSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:12 am

    I’m so frugal that I try to seek out contests (aka Becca’s blog candy giveaways!) to have a chance to add to my supplies! Good luck to everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:21 am

    Thanks for the fantastic opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne RussellSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:24 am

    I’m so frugal that I save ribbons and tags from gifts I receive for crafty projects.ReplyCancel

  • SandraSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:28 am

    okay – I fold …. can not compete with you guys ! thanks for all the tips …. and laughs!
    Sandra ltbReplyCancel

  • Kyle E.September 28, 2010 - 6:37 am

    I make home made nut brittle and sugared nuts to give as gifts at Christmas. I save the containers the nuts come in, decorate them with card stock/designer paper and use them to package the nut brittle and sugared nuts. Thanks again for the opportunity to win some wonderful goodies!ReplyCancel

  • CharlotteSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:39 am

    I’m so frugal that I wash and re-use plastic utensils/cups from parties. Same w/ ziplock baggies. And, my kids now save me gifts bags/tissue they receive gifts in — b/c I nearly had heart failure when I learned they threw them away!ReplyCancel

  • Delores in VASeptember 28, 2010 - 6:41 am

    Thanks again for your wonderful blog…you truly are an inspiration! I am a coupon clipper. I only buy what’s on sale and if I need it but it has become a contest with me to see just how much I can save.ReplyCancel

  • Diana BrownSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:50 am

    At one time I was able to get a lot of nice envelopes from Publix. A lady was there taking out the old holiday cards to make room for new ones and she was going to throw away the envelopes. (They return the cards, but the manufacturer doesn’t want the envelopes.) I asked if I could have them and she said yes. I had also gotten a bunch from Wal-mart once, so I haven’t had to make or buy envelopes for years. You just have to happen to be there at the right time.ReplyCancel

  • PatSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:59 am

    I try to always use coupons when shopping either online or in the local stores.ReplyCancel

  • Amy HadleySeptember 28, 2010 - 7:19 am

    I’m so frugal, I get 90% of our family’s clothes 2nd hand.ReplyCancel

  • Judy ASeptember 28, 2010 - 7:43 am


    Thanks for the wonderful blog candy. It is always
    a treat to visit your blog.

    I am so frugal that look for companies that offer
    free shipping.

    Beautiful cards!ReplyCancel

  • ChaunSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:04 am

    I am so frugal that I wash and re-use those blue “shop” paper towels I get in a huge package of about 16 rolls at Sam’s Club . I found out from a fellow crafter that they wash and dry just fine! It works well to put them in a mesh bag to wash them.ReplyCancel

  • PollySeptember 28, 2010 - 8:05 am

    Right now when the weather is not that cold enough to justify turning on my furnace I use a space heater in the mornings to take the chill off….I guess that could be considered frugal..I think it’s just practical. Thanks for the chance to win. I love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • marypatSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:07 am

    I am so frugal I always use cloth napkins now! I am a quilting also and save all those scraps and make plenty of napkins!
    Thanks for sharing all your creativity Becca!ReplyCancel

  • mom2hSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:17 am

    I save the giant pieces of packing paper that come in my crafty deliveries. My son loves to draw LARGE, so it is perfect for his art time.

    Also, did you know you can iron decorative gift tissue paper and re-use it? I worked as a photography stylist for years, and if we needed a certain color of tissue for a shot, we just looked through our box of it instead of buying more.

    I am so frugal, I have really tried to comment on your blog every day for a chance to win candy!!! LOL! (Actually, I check you blog almost daily, anyway!) Love ya, Becca! You add beauty and inspiration to my day!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara in SCSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:24 am

    Last chance for blog candy! I can’t think of another frugal idea that hasn’t been shared already, but I have to say that I have picked up more than a few great tips that I will be using now. I didn’t know that you could iron gift tissue paper and it would be as good as new ~ that’s a GREAT tip!
    Thanks again for giving us all this chance to play Becca ~ you are the best!
    Hugs, Barbara in SCReplyCancel

  • Chris BakerSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:35 am

    I am so frugal that…this time of year as you take the last items from your vegetable garden (or becuase they are cheaper to buy in the stores), I cut up my green and red peppers, onions and celery and store them in the freezer in margine tubs to use in casseroles throughout the winter. Celery has a shorter life spam in the freezer so use it quickly. With onions, I do it all year long. I hate cutting onions. Since my husband loves onions in his meals, I get him to cut a bunch at a time and put in a freezer bag. Then I can grab some frozen onion quickly whenever I need them. As spring approaches, I make sure the last of the onions are diced and put in the freezer before I lose them.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndee ScholetSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:38 am

    I’m so frugal that…I have cut my husband’s own hair since 1993. I also cut my son’s hair for many years and trimmed my own and my daughter’s bangs and bottom of hair for many years. So, we had very little in the cost of salon services. I have worn my hair long for about 17 years now.ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:42 am

    our family is so frugal that I am currently using the towels that my parents got when they married 50+ years ago. They are a bit thinner now & the color is gastly but the washcloths are perfect to wipe up spills around the house & the bath towels are now pet towels.
    We also save holiday papers & reuse them by cutting them down & ironing them out for the next gift, until they are no longer able to even wrap the stocking stuffers. This last Christmas we finally used up a paper I know was purchased in the early 70s. It was so tiny that it was used to cover a peppermint. 40 years for one roll of gift wrap is really frugal. LOL ~C8>ReplyCancel

  • Anna MarieSeptember 28, 2010 - 9:02 am

    I am so frugal that when a bottle of laundry or dish soap seems empty, I add a llittle water, shake the bottle around, and use the soap for another one or two small uses.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa N - MNSeptember 28, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Coupons, saving scraps, and saving the beautiful ribbons from flower arrangements. Thanks Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Meemee48September 28, 2010 - 9:14 am

    Sometimes I get wallpaper books (usually for free) and use them for background paper. They sometimes have fabric swatches in them, too, which I also use on my cards.

    Today’s the day. Can’t wait to see who wins. Can’t wait til tomorrow to see what else you’ve made!ReplyCancel

  • Debby WaltersSeptember 28, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Well drats….somehow I managed to miss one of the words. Sighhh…

    I am so frugal that I turn my underwear inside out and wear it again before I wash them….NOT….just kidding. Now that I have shocked everyone…..

    I am so frugal though that I clip my little yorkies myself, well, their bodies anyway. I am afraid to do their faces so they wind up going to the groomer anyway but it isnt nearly as expensive.

    Thank you once again Becca. It has been fun reading everyones comments. Good luck to everyone ..ReplyCancel

  • AnnieSeptember 28, 2010 - 9:48 am

    It’s been fun reading everyone’s frugal ideas. Thanks for the game.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueSeptember 28, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Hi Becca and friends.. Well I’m so frugal that I try and use all my scraps of paper and take the ribbon off of flowers and baskets that my family receives..Recycle Recycle Recycle!! Have a great day :)ReplyCancel

  • MarcieSeptember 28, 2010 - 10:01 am

    It’s been a blast reading everyones comments. Again, thanks for all you do and for this great blog. Best of luck to everyone.

  • Jessica S.September 28, 2010 - 10:04 am

    Hi Becca, thanks for offering the blog candy. I’m so frugal that I save the bows and gift bags that I receive and reuse them. My sister and I just seem to trade gift bags when we give each other gifts. We both save them and reuse them.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki TobinSeptember 28, 2010 - 10:11 am

    Hi Becca! I’m so happy- I got all the words for the first time! I am so frugal that…..I leave the plastic on the windows in our home that we don’t open in the summertime – my grandmother always said: “what keeps out the cold keeps out the heat”! Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • AnneSeptember 28, 2010 - 10:14 am

    This has been so much fun! Thanks Becca for putting a smile on so many faces :o)

    I am so frugal that I bought a pair of old fashioned wooden clothes tongs like my mother and grandmothers used to have (a few dollars) and when the white towel load is about to empty the hot water down the drain, I stop the cycle and take out the towels with the tongs, turn the cycle back to the beginning, and put the next load of dirty clothes in. When that load has run through, I put the towels back in, spin them, then rinse them. Only works with a top loading machine, but it saves several gallons of hot soapy water.

    If it is raining and I can’t hang my washing outside on the line, I use those ‘nippy’ coat hangers that hold skirts and trousers, and hang my towels and bedding in doorways to dry. I clip pegs to wire coat hangers and can dry socks and underwear hanging from these. Must be the Girl Guide training for our Thrift badge lol

    Thanks again Becca for your wonderful blog :o)

    Anne (UK)ReplyCancel

  • EstelleSeptember 28, 2010 - 10:21 am

    Becca, your talent blows me away….. I’m so frugal that I will save any thing that I thinkI can reuse for another purpose, shich upset my SIL to no end! (I live with a DD and SIL) I have saved used coffee filters to stamp on for example and they are great for punching out flowers to stack with a brad….
    I would love to have the blog candy………ReplyCancel

  • JaneySeptember 28, 2010 - 10:21 am

    I am so frugal that I try to get as much out of an ’emtpy’ container as I can to make sure it’s really and truly empty. Others are doing this as well, so I’m sure we all have a lotion container upside down on the counter. Sometimes, I even cut open my plastic tube of eye cream to make sure I get it all!ReplyCancel

  • corriewSeptember 28, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Thanks for the opportunity Becca,
    Another frugal tip I have is print your pictures when they are on sale (Costco does it all the time) and I put two on a 4×6 since I like the smaller size anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Mary L.September 28, 2010 - 10:59 am

    This has been another fun one Becca. Thanks.

    Another frugal thing I do. When the pickle jar is empty, I put Arm & Hammers soda in the kitchen drain, & strain the pickle juice ,which is really vinegar, down the drain. Hurray, a freeier flowing drain.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie GSeptember 28, 2010 - 11:01 am

    I’m so frugal that I’m going to be using a lot of the ideas that people have shared on here if I’m not using them already!ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsSeptember 28, 2010 - 11:36 am

    Hi Becca,
    I am so frugal that at my house we save envelopes that come in the mail turn them over, staple them together and use them as note pads.
    I save all Christmas bows and tissue as gifts are opened to use next year. It has been many years since I have had to buy new bows.
    I also save the Christmas Cards I receive and cut out the pretty parts to make gift tags for next Christmas.
    For many years I have wrapped gifts with brown wrapping paper that I stamp on and colour. People expect it now and would be disappointed if they didn’t get hand made wrapping :o)
    Thank you for the fun I have had playing your game and for YOU and all of your inspiration and beautiful eye candy each day.ReplyCancel

  • melissaSeptember 28, 2010 - 11:51 am

    i’M SO FRUGAL THAT… I save gift bags that were given at birthdays or Christmas and reuse them for another gift. I also will reuse the ribbon handles for craft projects.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    I cut off all the unused paper on junk mail and printer papers and use it for notes and grocery lists. Another use for my guillotine cutter for crafting! Can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is. You have the best and most fun blog candy!ReplyCancel

  • EliseSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    I’m so frugal that I use the water in the dehumidifer to water my plants.ReplyCancel

  • Jan LSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Hi Becca, I have seen some great frugal tips here, thanks everyone. I’m going to punch up all my scraps now, and what I don’t use I’ll let my nieces and granddaughter use them!

    I’m so frugal that…when I make apple pies to freeze for use all year, I add a little bit of baking soda to the filling, and can reduce the amount of sugar by half. The baking soda reduces the acidity of the apples, making them sweeter!!ReplyCancel

  • MarisaSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous cards the past few days. Oh to have a few of your creative genes!! I’m so frugal I recycle the school newsletters by tearing them into four pieces and using them for phone message paper.ReplyCancel

  • christiSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    hi becca and all. i’m so frugal that i go to the back of the stores or the places where each store puts their discounted items before i shop for what i came in for. some great deals are hiding out there.ReplyCancel

  • Diane D'AmbrosioSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Love all your postings. You are an inspiration.
    I’m even frugal at work and us the page separator from the public printer that comes out between jobs.


  • Patty WilliamsSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    I also save and use all the little containers embellies come in..ya know the clear plastic ones. sometimes to make “shakers” with..sometimes to cut a shape out of to make a “ghost” type embellie. Run them through the cuttlebug dies and it cuts fine. Most punches won’t cut the plastic but the dies will.ReplyCancel

  • Janet CastleSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    Thanks Becca….love your Becca Bits! Guess this is considered ‘Bits’ too…when I use pump hand soap I split it in 3 containers and add water…that way there is plenty of soap to clean my hands, but I don’t waste water trying to get excess soap off my hands. I use these pump bottles at my sink kitchen….also great of a squirt to pre wash my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
    Jan CastleReplyCancel

  • Cindy H.September 28, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Thanks so much once again!
    I’m so frugal that I reuse my plastic freezer bags, just wash them and dry and they are ready to go again. (Depending of course on what was in them!)ReplyCancel

  • Marla H.September 28, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    I am so frugal that I recycle cards that are given to me and I will even save the back to punch out white pieces with my squeeze punches and then I can stamp on them.!!ReplyCancel

  • june lanumSeptember 28, 2010 - 3:55 pm

    I am getting so excited it is about time for the double play to end, and I’m really hoping I might win but will be happy for whoever does. Thanks so much for being so generousReplyCancel

  • Val WSeptember 28, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    I am so frugal, that when you can’t get any more of a condiment out of it’s bottle, and you think it’s empty, I’ll add a little bit of water, shake it up, and be able to get one more serving out of it. This works for ketchup, mustard, most salad dressings,etc.ReplyCancel

  • DebbieKSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:01 pm

    I’m so frugal I use postage stamps (that come on our canceled mail) and use them in my artwork. I also reuse the return envelopes that come with our bills, (especially if we pay them in person). They are great for holding coupons or notes I don’t want to misplace.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda WhiteSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:31 pm

    I’m so frugal that I save the scraps of ribbon scavenged from cards and packages for use on cards. One, a really pretty, swirly sheer green and yellow combination, I’ve used on 2 cards, and I still have a morsel left.

    Brenda WhiteReplyCancel

  • Cathie - Ontario, CanadaSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I’m so frugal that I reuse aluminum foil loaf baking pans for my Christmas cakes. I only use them for this purpose. I can make as many as 14 cakes at Christmas so it only makes sense to reuse them until they can no longer hold their shape.

  • KellyGSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:25 pm

    I have gotten my husband hooked on frugalness too. I know what costs what where. I won’t run all over the place to get something, but if I know I can get it for $1 or $2 someplace else and I’m going near there anyway, I’ll wait. Now my husband is conscious of what he’s spending where too (and if we can afford it or not! Gotta love that)ReplyCancel

  • Tanja S.September 28, 2010 - 6:36 pm

    I like to really research big purchases before I buy them. I do my homework searching the net for reviews, speaking to others who have purchased something similar etc. Large purchases on a whim have once or twice caused regret in the past (like our first digital camera which had terrible shutter lag) so I try to wait and spend time on a decision.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveySeptember 28, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    I’m so frugal that when we get done reading our newspapers that we subscribe to, I bring them over to my neighbor across the street that doesn’t subscribe to any of them, and when she gets done with it she uses it for her bird cages.

    You are the best and my all time favorite blog (and not just for the awesome blog candy that you so frequently gift out). I look forward every day to checking out your newest creation(s). Thanks for another awesome opportunity to win some great blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • BernieSeptember 28, 2010 - 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win your generous blog candy. I have been enjoying reading everyone’s frugal tips.
    I re-used containers and bags of all sizes.
    Empty laundry soap jugs are filled with fertilizer for the garden. Bags the fertilizer comes in are used for trash. I also compost. Tops of milk jugs are cut off and used when I share plants from my garden.
    I have my family & neighbors trained to save all their flower pots for me in the spring. What I can’t use I donate to the high school FFA.
    Always reuse gift bags.
    I can’t seem to remember my cloth grocery bags SO.. Paper grocery sacks are used for cooling cookies when I bake, draining food when I fry. I cut them up and have a nice stack to be used on cards. I also stamp on them and used as gift wrap. Also made great table cover when the grandkids came over to craft.
    Plastic grocery bags are used when I share veggies from my garden and to line trash cans. The ones I can’t use I take to be recycled.
    Heavy plastic bags with zippers that sheets etc. come in are used for storage. Fabric, bedding, etc are kept dust free.
    I reuse glass jars of all sizes. They come in handy when I make pickles, jelly’s and jams. Also use them as flower vases. I make my own sandwich spreads in small batches and put it in large baby food jars. The smaller jars are in my craft room. My grandson is 15 yrs old so I know that’s how old the jars are.
    Margarine, cool whip type plastic containers are used for leftovers so I don’t need to worry when they go in the microwave. When my son comes for dinner I always send him off with a lunch in those containers. They go in the recycle bin when he is done with them.
    My family can’t stand to see me dig things out of the trash but they sure know where to come when they need something.

    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • EileenSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    So many great ideas.ReplyCancel