Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pesky Junk Mail

We all have that never ending mailbox full of junk mail that will never stop so here is some thrifty ideas that you can do with this junk mail.

1. Envelopes - Payment envelopes are inserted in almost every bill or account statement. While this used to be a necessary item, online payments and automatic bank drafts are quickly doing away with the need for payment envelopes.
However, don't be too quick to deem these envelopes useless. Save yourself some money and add these envelopes to your stash of store-bought envelopes. After all, an envelope is an envelope. Occasionally a company will place its return address or logo on the outside of the payment envelope, thus foiling your efforts, but with a little creativity, even these envelopes can be put to good use. How about using them to organize your grocery coupons or the seeds you gather from your garden at the end of the growing season? Nobody said envelopes used for these purposes had to be pretty. One cautionary note: be sure to black out any barcodes on the envelope. They could cause mail sorting equipment to ignore the address you've written on it.

2.CD Tins/DVD Cases - How many times have you received a CD in the mail encouraging you to sign-up for the latest version of an Internet service?
While the CD inside may be of little interest to you, the case it came in is often worth a second look, especially if you have a teenager in your life. With a little craftiness, you can turn that case into the perfect place for his or her latest burned CD.
For CD tins, simply rough up the existing paint with a piece of sandpaper, and apply a new color with a can of spray paint. Then, once it's dry, the tin can be decorated with stickers or other decorations. DVD cases are even easier to transform. Simply remove the paper liner from inside the case and replace it with one of your own design.

3.Flyers - All of the flyers and other non-glossy, one-sided advertisements that come in the mail can be put to a variety of uses. If you have kids in the house, the backsides make excellent coloring paper, or they can even be transformed into high-flying paper airplanes.
Another great use is to cut up advertisements into small pieces that can be used for scratch paper to jot down phone numbers and other important notes.
Or, if you always find yourself running out of computer paper, you may find this use is better suited to your needs. Save all 8.5 by 11-inch pages that come in the mail for use in the printer. Many printing tasks, such as printing a recipe off of the Internet, do not require a fresh sheet of paper. Reserve new paper for the tasks that require it and you'll cut down your spending on office supplies.

4.Glossy Advertisements - While it may not seem like it at first, glossy or two-sided advertisements can also be repurposed with great effect. Simply run them through the paper shredder, and you have instant packing material. After you try this solution, you'll forget all about those messy packing peanuts.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

These are wonderful ideas. I always hate making so much trash and even feel guilty about it!

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