Frugal Ideas – Junk Mail = Note Pads

All those letters and snail mail you keep getting in your mailbox? Get a letter opener (or use a standard blunt table knife for extra credit in Frugality), and open them by cutting off the entire front side of the envelope. Then use the backs as scratch paper. If you’ve got kids, make it a game. A staple gun, pot of glue, or (really Frugal) thick binder clip can turn your envelope back collection into a pad of scratch paper easily. This trick is so useful that I have purchased only 3 reams of paper in the last year.

Estimated savings: $3.00/month (based off of the cost of a ream of paper on sale, at about $36.00).

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