I got a book from PaperBack Swap not too long ago about 500 different uses for baking soda. It's a pretty good guide (though some of my experiments from it haven't worked well; some not at all) and I thought I'd share one of the things I've implemented from it.
Last week, while I was cleaning out the fridge, I noticed that the box of baking soda in my fridge was past the three-month date (I write the date when it should be changed on the box). I was going to put a note on my shopping list for to buy another box, but then I remembered the book's suggestion on how to make "baking soda sachets". Some of you dear readers may think I'm dealing with minutiae here, but I think it's kind of fun to make do with what I have. Saving a buck here and there is how I get some of my kicks. *cricket chirping* I am a fun person, really I am.
*more cricket chirping*
Ahem...on to the random reuse...
So, I got one of my washed-out containers that had a lid and filled it with about a 3/4 cup of baking soda. Then I started stabbing the lid with a sharp knife. As you can see in the picture above, I may have gotten slightly carried away. In any case, there it is: my ventilated container of baking soda to keep my fridge smelling fresh and food tasting like...well...how it's supposed to. The baking soda I used was probably only a few cents worth, and I reused something that I would have otherwise thrown away. So instead of spending that dollar on a box of baking soda, I'll spend it on something more enjoyable or put it toward something else in my grocery budget. And there's the lesson in frugality: all the little things you do add up. It may be unnoticeable at first, but they do add up, I promise!