Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Recycle, Re-use, Reduce

Yesterday I blogged about school supplies and how many things have changed since I was a kid. Parents today are asked to come up with all the supplies needed to get the school year started, and it can really add up fast. Here are some tips to help keep costs down.

1) Recycle - Check to see what you already have at home. If you're like us, you have assorted crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc. lying around the house. Put these together in a pencil box and that will save you a few bucks.

2) Re-use - Kids think that last year's backpack has to go, but a quick trip through the washing machine may give it new life.

3) Reduce - Does your child have a notebook from last year that has three pages of written material in it and 77 blank pages left? Did you find this notebook in the recycle bin - or worse - the trash? Now is a good time to discuss waste and keeping it to a minimum by getting the most use possible out of every item.

More tips tomorrow. In the meantime, check out Lisa Kirby's blog for more insight on kids and their need for new stuff at www.familyfunandfood.blogspot.com/.


Anonymous said...

Hi Theresa,

I don't have any kids left at home in school, so I took a box of unused school supplies and donated them to the school for those kids who don't have the funds to buy them.

That was my use to recycle so to speak.


Theresa Schultz said...

Good for you Judy! I have a bunch of craft items I may drop off at the local school or the art center. It's hard to say goodbye to these fun memories of the past, but it's nice to know someone else will benefit.