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#### wheeitsme

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« Reply #615 on: April 17, 2013, 03:56:12 PM »
...    I will stick them in my pantry and then curse them whenever I can't put something else away, so in the garbage they will
go.   ...

I'd dump the contents and save the jars!

Some of the jars are reused commercial jars, like salsa jars. I don't think those can be/should be reused.

Oh, I don't know.  I inherited a lot of ancient home-canned goods, many of them in whatever jar happened to fit a canning lid.  I buried the contents in the vegetable garden, and the jars are being reused -- after being smashed, melted and formed into new jars.   That counts as reusing, doesn't it?

Actually the old jars (including old commercial jars) can be re-used.  They need to be cleaned and sterilized (like in a dishwasher), but they can be re-used.  The lids should not.  Every time you can something you should use a new lid. If the new canning lids fit the old commercial jars, that could be very acceptable.

I don't bother with the old commercial jars because it's too much trouble.  I do, however, check to see if they have any old canning jars in any thrift store I go into (but those usually get snatched up really quick).

#### Arrynne

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« Reply #616 on: April 17, 2013, 05:08:31 PM »
Amasi, I assume it was a chest freezer?  I've seen people on my local Freecycle asking for non-working freezers to store grain in (presumably for in a barn) because it helps keep vermin out.  If you're within driving distance of a rural area, you may be able to find someone who will come pick it up!

It's a very large upright freezer. I've already tried putting it on my local free stuff page. I've also tried emailing the local scrap metal place to see if they'd pick it up, but got no reply. It may be time to try again

Check for an appliance recycler.  Last time we bought a fridge, a third party company came out to pick up the old one and recycle it.  It cost us $30, but got rid of the boat anchor. #### Wulfie • Member • Posts: 2118 • I'm so pretty! Oh so pretty! - Morgan the Cat ##### Re: Cheapskate stories « Reply #617 on: April 17, 2013, 05:10:31 PM » Or look online for a scrap metal hauler. We had one come take away our dead fridge for free. He also took a bunch of other metal stuff that had been building up in the shed. #### Elfmama • Member • Posts: 4595 • Derailing threads since 2001! ##### Re: Cheapskate stories « Reply #618 on: April 17, 2013, 05:33:32 PM » Made no sense except that the value lay not in the food consumed, but in the money saved. He couldn't get that it's not really a savings if you don't want what you're eating! Or if you don't need what is on sale. If you don't need a widget that normally costs$1000, but you buy it because it's 70% off, you haven't saved $700 -- you've spent$300 for a totally useless widget!  Couldn't get that through to my brother in any way, shape, form, or manner.  He and his wife would spend all their money on junk and then go whining to my parents that they couldn't pay their rent/car payment/electric bill.

Never figured it out. We were raised in the same house by the same parents, but I learned to budget my money, pay the bills and put some in savings FIRST, then buy the fun stuff with what was left over.  Brother never did.
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#### Luci

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« Reply #619 on: April 17, 2013, 06:01:16 PM »
I honestly think that if it weren't for recycling that I would be a hoarder about some things.

When recycling came to town, I had over 50 margarine and Cool Whip containers and about 25 gallon milk jugs and uncountable glass jars - peanut butter, Miracle Whip, dressing (those all came in glass in my early marriage.) Now I am the queen of recycling and even treated myself to food storage containers that stack and fit nicely into a  small space.  I'm very choosey about plastic bags to reuse, to.

I still have fabric scraps from the first suit I sewed (1961) and some other pieces that will never be used, but I'm working on it. I even donated my yarn stash to Good Will when I realized that my hands don't work for crochet and knitting anymore, but I was very neat about it and labeled by fiber type. I keep hoping that I read on here that 'Wow! I got the coolest bunch of yarn! Several skeins that matched and a lot of scraps in neat balls for my plastic mesh projects!'

#### Piratelvr1121

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« Reply #620 on: April 17, 2013, 06:08:54 PM »
I have to keep my middle child from turning into a hoarder.  He's an aspiring engineer and wants to hold onto just about every single piece of scrap metal or plastic he can find, or wire or tape.

It doesn't matter if toys are broken, he will insist "But I can use it to build something else!"  Now, to give him credit, he is very creative and at 10 years old, he's very good and understands the basics of circuits.  Today, with batteries and some spare bits of wire, he gave a Lego car a homemade motorized propeller.

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#### GreenEyedHawk

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« Reply #621 on: April 17, 2013, 06:24:13 PM »
Pirateluvr your son reminds me of my cousins and me when we were that age...we were all creators and builders (as adults now, among us there are a machinist, an engineer and a mechanic) and when we were about the same age as your son when we built a little boat (that floated!) and took apart a Walkman and used its cassette motor to give it a propeller.  It buzzed out into the middle of our town's man-made lake, where we'd repeatedly swim out to rescue it.
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#### Bluenomi

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« Reply #622 on: April 17, 2013, 06:54:08 PM »
Made no sense except that the value lay not in the food consumed, but in the  money saved.  He couldn't get that it's not really a savings if you don't want what you're eating!

There was one day when I took in 2 metal ironing boards, only to find a vintage wooden board at the thrift shop for $3. So I bought it and then took in my metal ironing board later that afternoon. The thrift shop ladies had a very good laugh about that! #### Piratelvr1121 • Member • Posts: 9123 ##### Re: Cheapskate stories « Reply #629 on: April 17, 2013, 10:12:02 PM » Aw! You should get him a little small parts cabinet for his bits and bobs. Then if he wants to save things for projects, there's a designated and limited size spot. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Akro-Mils-16-Drawer-Small-Parts-Storage-Cabinet-10116/203538802#.UW9fB4y9KSM Of course, he'll probably need this, too... http://www.makershed.com/Encyclopedia_of_Electronic_Components_Vol_1_p/mkbk17.htm I don't know if this is thrifty or cheapskatey, but I pick up good stuff from the curb or dumpsters and stash it in my garage for the express purpose of donating on my next thrift shop run. I usually get about$1000 in tax deductions for doing so.

There was one day when I took in 2 metal ironing boards, only to find a vintage wooden board at the thrift shop for \$3.  So I bought it and then took in my metal ironing board later that afternoon. The thrift shop ladies had a very good laugh about that!

Oooh I need to bookmark those pages, as those would make for great birthday presents for him!
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.  You have a right to be here. Be cheerful, strive to be happy. -Desiderata