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Cheap, frugal, or green?

January 14th, 2009 at 07:58 am

I washed out some quart size ziploc bags for the first time this morning, and I can't decide if that makes me cheap, frugal, or green! I don't normally buy this sized bag, and I didn't buy these either. People had given us baked goods after a luncheon and there were 4 packages in ziploc bags. They were relatively clean, so I thought "why not"? I'm re-using something, so that helps me stay GREENer. I'm not buying something I don't need, so that makes me FRUGAL. But washing and reusing a ziploc just seems like maybe I'm being CHEAP!

What do you think?

I posted this yesterday but then it disappeared. I was interested in what people thought, so I'll post it again.

11 Responses to “Cheap, frugal, or green?”

  1. thriftorama Says:

    It makes you all three at once, which isn't a bad thing.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    All of the above, but mostly GREEN! Plastic takes too long to break down and even when it does, it releases harmful stuff. So acquire as little plastic as possible, and get as much use out of it as you can.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    All three!

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I think you are smart!

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    You are not in small company either. I've noticed a lot of people will wash out and re-use those ziplock bags because they are so sturdy and easy to deal with compared to other plastic bags. People who would not think of re-using other plastic bags will re-use the ziplocks.

  6. mooshocker Says:

    ALL THREE! Great job. Now, if someone could advise me on how to get the layers of toilet paper apart. I could save MILLIONS.....not that I am too full of crap...lol.....God bless.

  7. aevans1206 Says:

    I've tried washing and reusing the ziplocks, but I just am not a fan of how they turn out washing...they never dry correctly. So instead of using ziplocks, I save the smaller plastic containers (for cream cheese, sour cream and the like) and use those instead.

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It makes you smart! Smile

  9. scfr Says:

    Green & frugal both. The only ones I don't wash & reuse are the ones that held raw meat (and I try to use used ones for that because I know they'll get tossed). As far as drying, I spread them open and put them over the knives on my knife block and they dry out quickly.

  10. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Ummmm, I've washed out the (not to messy) ziploc bags for many years.

    THis means I'm cheap, frugal, green and OLD!! Right?

    I remember at least 20 years ago my creature-of-habit, resistant-to-change grandmother saying 'These ziploc bags are a pretty neat thing, you can re-use them!'

    from the mouth of wisdom....

  11. my english castle Says:

    Yep, all of the above.

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