Tired of mismatched tupperware lids? Wish you wouldn’t keep leaving your expensive Gladware at the office or at your friend’s house after her potluck? Buying new tupperware every two weeks is really starting to add up. It’s just one more thing to stress about.
Well, believe it or not, there is a solution! So many of the foods we buy today come in plastic containers – anything from yogurt to fruit to butter, etc. Start taking note of these containers! Maybe you got chinese takeout, and the rice came in one of those clear plastic containers? Or you stopped by the deli, and they scooped your potato salad into one? These containers are often just as good, if not better than whatever brand you buy from the store, and better yet, they’re free! Provided you plan on eating the food that comes in them, of course. The best part is, matching lids is no longer a problem because it’s pretty easy to recognize the yogurt lid versus the sour cream lid.
Another benefit to reusing containers is that you won’t feel bad about leaving them places. I, for one, used to get frustrated whenever I forgot my Gladware at a friend’s house, or left it full of food in the car overnight and had to toss it the next day. But if you’re reusing a container you got for free, it’s no longer a big deal if you forget it somewhere. Think about it, one less thing to stress over!
Now, think of the amount of money you spend on tupperware. Take that cost down to zero. Let’s say you spend $10 every month (pretty easy to do in a good-sized household). you’re saving $120 a year! It may not seem like a lot, but that’s enough money to buy a few pedicures, that’s for sure. By taking the extra effort to reuse, you’ll find that you have more to spend on things you enjoy. Remember, living green is not just about saving the environment. It’s about living a more sustainable lifestyle, which should ultimately save you money – in all those little “extra” areas you never think about.