Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday

We are in our 7th year of home schooling and can you believe that we've never purchased a single ream of copy paper for school worksheets or assignments? Recycling the back side of paper is the key to this environmentally friendly money saver. It's simple, if the back side of an 81/2 x 11 sheet of paper is unused, instead of throwing it away, I draw an "X" across the printed side and place it in our "school paper" drawer for use in our printer/copier.
I "recycle" almost every piece of 81/2 x 11 sheet of paper that comes through our home. I not only use recycled paper for school work; I also use it when printing off Map Quest directions, misc. copies that I need to keep on file, non-business correspondence, shopping lists, etc. Most of our recycled paper arrives via junk mail but I've also had friends donate scrap paper from their offices or home businesses. Basically, I reuse anything that doesn't need to be kept on file.
So, if you are looking for another way to pinch a penny or two, consider recycling the unused side of copy paper. Do you have a Waste Not Want Not tip you'd like to share?
NOTE: NEVER use documents / papers that contain social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or other information that could possibly aid someone with identity theft - identifying documents / papers should ALWAYS be cross-shredded and securely disposed of.


  1. I had never thought to use the paper from the junk mail items that make it to our house. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Shelly,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. If you try it, I hope the recycled paper idea works out for you and your family.

  3. Well, well, well. I guess I need to start saving my office paper for you. LORD KNOWS we go through enough of it.

    Not only are you pinchin' pennies, but you are also saving TREES!!! Goooo Mrs. B, Goooo!

    Love ya!
    Mrs. A

  4. Thanks Mrs.A ... I'd love to have your old "throw away" paper ...


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