Waste Not. Want Not.

I have been enjoying time with family for the past week, and it has been a great and restful time.

Every family has those “unique” traditions that makes them special, and our family is no different.  One of the particularly unique things that my mother does is keep all of the “solo” plastic cups from holiday to holiday.  ALL of them.  There are so many of us that we have to write our name on our cup with a Sharpie.  When the holidays roll around, we just look through the cups and find one that we have already signed years ago.

All of us comment on this practice to our mother with a smirk, but she always responds with the phrase, “Waste not. Want not.”

Perhaps that is the reason my parents have enjoyed a great life raising six boys and have been able to retire when they chose to do so.

Do you have any interesting “re-use” stories in your family?

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  1. Ruth & Don Mumm on December 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Joe, We have been using your budget plan for the last 6 months and want you to know that it works! It is so liberating to know that we don’t have to worry about not being able to pay a bill because we stay within our budget every month. Thanks so much for sharing your great book and plan.

  2. Katie on December 31, 2011 at 10:40 am

    My mom loves to put bows on presents, to the point where the present will not go under the Christmas tree unless it has a bow. Thankfully, she will re-use the bows over and over until they are getting droopy. She tapes them instead of using the sticky underside. Then, when a group of bows have seen their last season, she happily goes to the store to buy more bows that are an absolute necessity for her packages! Funny enough she has no problem just tossing the wrapping paper.

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