I am an extremist when it comes to not wasting things. I have recently found out that two of my sisters are this way as well. So I will venture to say that all of my siblings are like this to some degree. Our parents are not wasteful people either. They have taught us the value of things and that wastefulness is almost a sin.
I laughed at myself today in the shower. I had squirted out conditioner instead of shampoo. I hate it when I do that. I didn’t want to wash it down the drain because I hate to waste things. So I wiped it on a washcloth and set it on the ledge. I found the stupid shampoo bottle and after I washed my hair I wiped the conditioner back onto my hand so I could condition my hair. I won’t even waste an ounce of conditioner. Silly? I don’t know.
Here are a few other tactics of mine to keep from wasting:
1. When I get to the bottom of any bottle (face wash, hand sanitizer, lotion, dishwasher detergent, etc.) I will turn the bottle upside down and use whatever drips to the lid as often as I can. Then I’ll stick my finger inside of it to get as much as I can that way in order not to waste a single tiny bit. I’ve even cut bottles open in order to get every last inch of whatever is in there before throwing it away. Doing this has saved me a significant amount of money. I just know it has. I can make a $28.00 bottle of face wash last an additional 3 weeks by doing this. That’s a lot of money over time!
2. I wear gloves when I clean for a couple of reasons. One is so I clean better because I’m not worried about what I might touch. Another reason is because if I wear gloves I can make the paper towels last longer because I don’t mind flipping it over since the dirt won’t touch my skin anyway.
3. I save my kid’s baggies. I put their animal crackers, goldfish, pretzels, and other snacks in baggies. When they are done I save the baggies so I can reuse them. Why throw away a perfectly good Ziploc bag when they are going to want more [fill in the blank] anyway?
What do you refuse to waste? What are you extreme about? Please divulge so I don’t feel so weird.