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Recessionista Style: Reuse, Repurpose, Save Money

6/1/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: shopping, recessionista, diy projects

When I go to dinner get-togethers with friends, I sometimes bring a bottle of wine, and I like to use some kind of gift wrap to dress it up. But I don’t want to waste resources on something that will just be thrown away. To save money, I’ve tried reusing old gift bags, but they start to show their wear quickly with odd creases and small rips. In the March/April 2009 article Find Your Repurpose, writer Misty McNally offered an idea to give a bottle of wine in a creative, unique and fun way—without sacrificing style. Creating a “wine sleeve” from an old, repurposed long-sleeve button-down shirt takes no time at all. Plus, it can be reused multiple times before showing any wear and tear. How's that for recessionista style?

Cup cozy
Find out how to make this cup cozy and other great DIY projects. 

Another clothing reuse tip Misty mentioned that I love (especially for kids) is to host a “clothing swap party.” This is the ultimate recessionista way to save money by reusing old items! This is such a fun thing to do with friends...kids or adults! Invite all your friends to bring all the clothes they’re bored of, or that the kids have outgrown, lay them out and swap! Add some snacks for a fun and productive girls’ night (sorry guys—you can have a clothes-swap party too!).

What creative reuse ideas do you have?



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