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20 Things I never throw away
Survival Mom ^ | 1/22/13 | Kris

Posted on 01/22/2013 6:54:53 PM PST by Kartographer

Everything has a purpose—sometimes two or three of them! For most seasoned Survival Moms, some of these “reuse” ideas are already habit. But for those of us fairly new to frugal motherhood or the Survival Mom lifestyle, here are 20 things I never throw away:

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1 posted on 01/22/2013 6:54:57 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 01/22/2013 6:56:14 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

We already save most of those things. Not really because of a “prepper” mindset. But because we are not rich.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 6:59:34 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Kartographer
Reclassify as: Hoarder
4 posted on 01/22/2013 7:02:31 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: Kartographer
Yup...use detergent jugs with top cut out for small 'buckets,
the small plastic screw-top countrytime lemonade powder (and gatorade ones too) containers hold exactly s 500 rnd (cheap cardboard) box of .22lr's
2 liter bottles filled with water make a great target for the kids to shoot those .22lr's at!
5 posted on 01/22/2013 7:02:51 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: Kartographer

Newspaper—So many uses!

Unfortunately I haven’t bought a newspaper in 20 years.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 7:04:19 PM PST by DManA
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To: Kartographer
Sony Beta max.

Not sure why, But I could shot at it.

7 posted on 01/22/2013 7:10:19 PM PST by jaz.357 (Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion.)
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To: Kartographer
Sony Beta max.

Not sure why, But I could shoot at it.

8 posted on 01/22/2013 7:10:52 PM PST by jaz.357 (Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion.)
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To: DManA

I pick up the urban rags three at a time to use for piddle pads for my little dogs.


9 posted on 01/22/2013 7:13:06 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Kartographer
I have dedicated 7 gal. water jugs for bulk potable water storage, but I save laundry detergent jugs, bleach bottles etc. for washing water.

Dryer lint is great stuff. It makes a very good fire starter if you save enough and blend it with melted parrafin or beeswax which you can buy in big blocks at craft stores (i.e. Hobby Lobby) then ct into roughly 1" cubes. Just pinch a corner of the cube to make a wick and it will burn hot with a good flame for up to 10 minutes...long enough to get your kindling lit.

10 posted on 01/22/2013 7:14:25 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kartographer

I love these Gracious Living posts, but I always wonder what their house must look like.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 7:24:10 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Bronzy

My wife’s aunt potty trained our dog. I wish I knew what she did but in 15 years our guy has NEVER had an “accident”.

A couple of times when we were irresponsible and left him alone too long he went down into the basement and found the darkest corner and relieved himself.


12 posted on 01/22/2013 7:24:56 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

Unless she was sick, one of our dogs was so trained to use the yard that she thought only our yard was to be used. She’d have to be coaxed when we visited relatives.


13 posted on 01/22/2013 7:35:00 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

Democrats never throw away voter registrations does that count?


14 posted on 01/22/2013 7:40:23 PM PST by Fai Mao
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To: Kartographer

I never rake leaves. I mulch them, dog poop and grass clipping and spread them on the lawn late in the winter.
I always have the first green lawn and rarely ever purchase fertilizer.

I throw out NONE of the paper, mail, boxes etc and save them (during the winter to ignite the fire in my fireplace instead of using any fluid.

Old tee shirts and pants get thrown into a special basket to wipe up spills. Pants I use to wipe up oil and sticky stuff and use that along with the paper I save up to start fires.

When Milk, cheese, bread, butter go on special reduction I purchase many times more than I would be able to use in 3 - 4 months. Milk I freeze enough to last me a month because they often have milk at well below half price at least once every month or so.

Used motor oil is saved and wood for the fireplace is soaked and saved to enhance the firing up of my wood burning fireplace.

Most everything metal gets saved over a 6 month period and take it down to the local metal recycling center and I usually get $25 or more.

Therefore there is VERY little that actually gets trashed.


15 posted on 01/22/2013 7:43:37 PM PST by jongaltsr
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To: Kartographer
Empty spice jars—Refill with your own dried spices at the end of the growing season.

I've done that.

16 posted on 01/22/2013 7:47:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kartographer
I make my own fruit-flavored vodkas with the cheapest, bottom-shelf stuff

I think Survival Mom is simply too drunk to take out the trash.
17 posted on 01/22/2013 7:49:24 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Kartographer

Bottle caps, because some day I might find a use for them.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 7:50:23 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (Common sense is the first casualty of a depraved mind.)
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To: Kartographer; JRandomFreeper; greeneyes

There you go again with another list. I hate your lists because I have to deal with them.

I keep wine corks - the real cork ones. I do it because my husband did it and it seemed we would always use one for something. Not long ago, liberal relative was here and wanted to take a half full wine bottle back with them and said he couldn’t take it because they didn’t have a cork. I said, “I have a cork.” He said, “Of course, you would have a cork.” That was a dig because I’m a prepper and he thinks I’m nuts. Opened a drawer and handed him a real cork for his bottle.

When they see me save something instead of tossing it in the trash, they roll their eyes.

About the list: I’ve thrown some large coffee containers away as I emptied them and will stop that. Don’t save peanut butter jars but will start. I have lots of laundry lint in gallon plastic bag. I don’t keep a number of things she does.

Two questions:

Has anyone here ever actually grown celery by using the bottom of the stalk and planting it? Will that work?

Does putting hair cuttings on new plants actually keep deer away? What about other varmints or bugs – would they stay away? I’ve never heard of this. Does anyone know?


19 posted on 01/22/2013 7:53:15 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: DManA

>> I haven’t bought a newspaper in 20 years.

Fishwrap purveyors are so hard up that they send them to us for free!

We dont’ read them... but, So Many Other Uses! :-)


20 posted on 01/22/2013 8:00:25 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
Make a bottle cap shooter!

Bottle cap shooter

21 posted on 01/22/2013 8:00:42 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Kartographer

She saves her bacon grease in a jar. I freeze it in ice cube trays and then put them in a ziploc and keep in the freezer. Then I can take a cube and drop it in a skillet. When cooking for 2 it doesn’t take much and adds nice flavor, especially to those freeze dried hashbrowns from Costco. I also save all my plastic grocery bags. They come in handy for so many things.


22 posted on 01/22/2013 8:01:12 PM PST by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

>> Dryer lint is great stuff. @etc

That is an interesting tip. Thx

How do you “blend” it with the paraffin?


23 posted on 01/22/2013 8:05:34 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Marcella

Get the hair of dogs from a pet groming shop and put it in mesh bags around a garden to keep deer out. My wife’s sister had her garden eaten out by urban deer every year until she did this trick. No deer from then on.


24 posted on 01/22/2013 8:06:09 PM PST by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: Marcella
Has anyone here ever actually grown celery by using the bottom of the stalk and planting it? Will that work? Does putting hair cuttings on new plants actually keep deer away? What about other varmints or bugs – would they stay away? I’ve never heard of this. Does anyone know?

I haven't grown celery by planting the bottom of the stalk, but I have grown green onions by cutting of the bottom inch or inch and a half and planting them. The deer don't stay away from my family's hair clippings. And, regarding corks, I just read that if you soak corks in rubbing alcohol for two or more weeks, and then put 2 of them in some crumpled-up newspaper, they make good fire starters. I haven't tried it yet.

25 posted on 01/22/2013 8:08:06 PM PST by Kipp
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To: Nervous Tick
Just get a pan on a hot plate or stove top and melt the wax...OVER LOW HEAT. Paraffin is somewhat harder and more brittle than bee's wax, so it's easier to work with if you just shave it with a knife into strips...melts a lot faster too.

Once it's all liquid just mix the lint in and it will soak it up. Let it cool and cut it into little cubes. A utility knife (boxcutter) works best.

26 posted on 01/22/2013 8:15:47 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Marcella
How to Regrow Celery
27 posted on 01/22/2013 8:21:49 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Marcella

I tried the celery thing. It grew a few thin green stalks over several weeks and then it all rotted and died.


28 posted on 01/22/2013 8:22:38 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Thrownatbirth

Not fair. You are so wrong. She is a respected member of FReeRepublic.


29 posted on 01/22/2013 8:28:26 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: Kartographer

Some peanut butter jars have lids with rubber gaskets. Those and the plastic jars that Dole fruit comes in are great for storing that last little bit of paint out of a gallon can for touch ups later.

Just be sure to label the brand, color, and what room it was for.

I save the blank, tear off portions of some bills like credit card bills, for scrap paper and shopping lists. Just make sure they don’t contain any sensitive information.

I also use reject printouts from the computer printer and if I want to test how the printer is going to print something out, I put it in blank side up and run it through instead of wasting a whole new sheet.


30 posted on 01/22/2013 8:30:31 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: skr

HA....our dog will NEVER go in OUR yard....only on empty lots, or in medians....that’s how she was trained. You don’t potty where you play! And, she’s never had an accident in the house (except one time when she was sick and then she went on an old blanket I’d put out for her).


31 posted on 01/22/2013 8:35:41 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: TaMoDee
having been a hairdresser for many years I always save clippings..still do and use my soft coated wheaten's dog hair after a H/C and use around the garden and secure with rocks and it has keep deer and other critters out of our garden...
folks can laugh and make fun of me...but I've had many take up my same habit after seeing our gardens...

girl friend who is also a hairdresser has farmers requesting her to save hair, they claim the human scent on the hair, keeps deer away......she has done it for years...more years than either one of us admit too....

32 posted on 01/22/2013 8:47:59 PM PST by haircutter
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To: Marcella

I never ever throw a wine cork away, especially the real corks. The have so many uses.

My wife is amazed and confused about my collection of old worn blue jeans. I don’t know why I have saved them. I told her that one day China would pay big bucks for them and then sell them back to us.

You can use old socks for beer coolers. If you have an obnoxious guest use an old smelly one.

I keep all kinds of kitchen gadgets that never worked or were only used once in a drawer - heck you just never know!

Short pieces of rope with knots so tight you can’t ever expect to untie them - again you never know.

Chargers for electronics you no longer have. Boxes could be filled with them. This is my wife’s fetish and matches my jean collection! Another China connection?

Another of my wife’s collections is those pesky storage containers that have no tops!

Volumes and volumes of books that instruct you how to use computer applications for computer programs you no longer have and have not used in years, why do we keep them? Toilet paper? Hmmmm not friendly at all! My wife keeps trying to sell them in yard sales. Even at $0.25 they never sell. So we pack them up for the next yard sale. - Crazy!


33 posted on 01/22/2013 8:58:47 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Make a bottle cap shooter!

Actually I can snap them between my thumb and finger to send them at pretty good speed, and accuracy comes with practice. To tell the truth, I was a little tongue-in-cheek with my post, but I did have a bottle cap collection as a kid. I collected them at ball parks when drinking beer was still allowed. I'd make castles out of them and then snap bottle caps to destroy them again.
34 posted on 01/22/2013 9:07:15 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (Common sense is the first casualty of a depraved mind.)
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To: Marcella

I haven’t grown celery, but it works pretty easily with garlic. Pretty much anything with a bulb at the bottom can be replanted as long as there are a few of the root-looking feelers still attached to the bottom.


35 posted on 01/22/2013 9:07:33 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( Leftists: Stupid or Evil. Sometimes both. ))))
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To: Joe 6-pack

save the paper egg cartons. stuff with lint, drizzle wax over lint, and break off cubes as needed. (Did you just say that??) Throw a couple into any fire-starting pile.


36 posted on 01/22/2013 9:19:17 PM PST by redhead (PRAY DAILY for a Restoration of the Righteous Intent of America)
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To: Marcella

“I keep wine corks - the real cork ones.”

Oh, so you’re one of those uppity FReepers I keep hearing about, huh?

If wine doesn’t have a screw-off cap then I won’t drink it! :-)


37 posted on 01/22/2013 9:25:00 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Kartographer
If I kept all of these containers we would need to live outside and use the house just for storage. I would say everything within reason.

The best comment on the site! lol I concur, I don't have room for all that crap although I do save SOME containers.

38 posted on 01/22/2013 9:34:41 PM PST by ASouthernGrl (BHO sucks)
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To: Kartographer

If I need something that I have thrown away, I just walk downstairs to where the pews used to be, and root through the garbage.


39 posted on 01/22/2013 9:35:39 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: Joe 6-pack

thanks!


40 posted on 01/22/2013 9:40:29 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Kartographer

Save the plastic containers that motor oil comes in...especially the ones for synthetic oil such as Mobil 1. Drain the empties, but do not clean them out, and fill them with your ammunition. Any residual oil will protect the ammo from corrosion, especially if the shell casings are steel. The oil is good for you magazine and good for your gun.

Note...if your oil containers are not from synthetic oil, drain them and then slosh synthetic oil in them, drain them and fill with your ammo.

Best of all, it provides a means of ‘hiding in plain sight’.


41 posted on 01/22/2013 9:50:53 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Marcella
Has anyone here ever actually grown celery by using the bottom of the stalk and planting it? Will that work?

Yes, it works like a charm, big and beautiful plants result, best of all, unlike grocery store celery, you get all the very flavorful leaves for soup, too. I start it in a shallow bowl of moist soil and then transplant to a bigger pot [we grow most everything in pots in Florida.] Fill the pot half full of soil until it gets growing then add compost as it grows bigger; it likes cool temps so the pot is easy to move out of too much sun when it gets too hot.

42 posted on 01/22/2013 9:55:17 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

“If wine doesn’t have a screw-off cap then I won’t drink it!”

I am not into 20/20, Mogan David, Thunderbird, Wine Coolers. Wino[vile under the tracks is where you will find all the screw off lids, though my friend. These guys lost their cork screw, or it rusted and is no longer any use to them.


43 posted on 01/22/2013 9:56:45 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

“If wine doesn’t have a screw-off cap then I won’t drink it!”

I am not into 20/20, Mogan David, Thunderbird, Wine Coolers. Wino[vile under the tracks is where you will find all the screw off lids, though my friend. These guys lost their cork screw, or it rusted and is no longer any use to them.


44 posted on 01/22/2013 9:56:54 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Marcella

About the cork, you should have said, Oh, I just remembered the kids want to use it for holloween next fall. Sorry. Then rolled your eyes. LOL


45 posted on 01/22/2013 9:59:49 PM PST by healy61
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To: Marcella

i thought you saved corks in case someone told you to put a cork in it.


46 posted on 01/22/2013 10:01:33 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ASouthernGrl

“I don’t have room for all that crap although I do save SOME containers.”

I can’t/don’t keep all the stuff on that list because I don’t have the space, either, but a few of them I need to keep and don’t, so I will.


47 posted on 01/22/2013 10:06:50 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Girlene

I read the celery thing - thanks.


48 posted on 01/22/2013 10:07:57 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella
Has anyone here ever actually grown celery by using the bottom of the stalk and planting it? Will that work?

Yes it does . I usually trim a little tiny bit of the hard bottom part before dipping it in rooting hormone.

Works with collard greens too

49 posted on 01/22/2013 10:09:05 PM PST by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Kipp

There is a re-grow onion thingy where the celery regrow thingy is. Both are worth trying.


50 posted on 01/22/2013 10:10:00 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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