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1st Raging Bear Ranch Tightwad Giveaway!

September 26, 2008

Raging Bear Ranch is having our first Blog Giveaway!

The theme for this giveaway is Recycle/Reuse

What do you do to save or earn extra cash by recycling or re-using?

Simply leave a comment to this post with what you do to Recycle / Reuse to either save money or earn extra money OR Blog about it and then leave a message on this post with a link to the blog specific to this giveaway. If a blog link is left that is not specific to this giveaway it will not be posted.

This Giveaway will end at 11:59PM on Friday, October 3rd, and I will announce the winner using Random.org to select a number based on the number of posts. In addition, I will also select a second winner based on my husbands favorite post. So, there will be two winners!!

What is up for grabs –
one soft sided lunch cooler that you can take to work or pack a six pack of can soda in, a mug to use for coffee. The lunch coolers (believe it or not, were being offered here at work for FREE and no one wanted them so I took them and now I am passing them on – see, another way I recycle/reuse! They had changed the design and these were the old design)

In addition to this, I am also adding a canvas type shopping bag that was also out there for free (they changed designs and these were left over with the old design) and no one wanted so I took them as well! Both of these cut down on the number of plastic containers that end up in our landfills and allow us to be better stewards of the earth.

So, tell me how you recycle / re-use and win!

Below are some of the things that Bear (My DH) and I do to recycle and reuse.

We just purchased a load of feed – the feed bags are now turned into trashbags which are better for the environment. We also use our dog food bags – I like these for heavier trash and wet trash as they have liners in them!

Our soda cans are saved for a monthly trip to the recycle center – it may not seem like alot – $10-12.00/trip but with coupons that is a bag of dog or horse food for our crew. Or a second payment on our CC debt.

We take our lunch – in our free lunch boxes – we bring our aluminum cans back to put in our recycle bin. We use some plastic bags but bring them back to re-use unless they have held meat.

I keep several of the free canvas bags that I got from work in the car to use for shopping instead of getting plastic bags.

We utilize Freecycle, and craigslist for free and barter ads – we love to barter to get what we need. I have bartered my internet abilities for cash, groceries, gift certificates. I barter horseback riding lessons for help at our barn – this helps give children opportunities to be around horses and gain responsibilities for doing chores – no chores, no riding lessons. Parents love this arrangement as they have told me it has made their kids more responsible at home. Win – Win for everyone! My husband does handyman work and will trade for board for our horses, cash, gift certificates.

I also re-use containers such as left-over food from restaurants – I take the containers and clean them well, then I make some homemade horse/dog treats (check out Equine Tightwaddery book for a ton of horse treat recipes!) and put them in the container, I take cardstock and design a label and glue it over the top of the container to conceal where it actually came from and Voila’ recycled container re-used. I give these as gifts or sell them to my horse or dog friends.

I re-use my old hose to chase down dust bunnies, spider/cobwebs, in our house and at the barn. I simply attach over my broom and chase away! When done, I simply remove the hose – yes, I have to throw them away but I’ve gotten a second use out of them before I do!

You can also re-use old panty hose to make bucket scrubbers at the barn. Save all hose with runs in a bag and while watching a telivision show I will gather them up and tie them together and I have a recycled bucket scrubber.

Bear bought me a shredder, since I e-bay, I shred all of my junk mail (to all the junk mailers – thank you for my endless supply of shredded paper) and then I use it for packaging for my ebay shipments. I put in a note that the packaging can be recycled by either putting it in their own compost pile, re-using for their own e-bay sales or bagging it and offering to a shelter for kitty litter or a birthing box for cats or dogs.

We purchased a battery charger and recharge our own batteries which has saved us a ton of money. Yes, there is some out of pocket expense but not as much as you would think.

Need a new dog bed – go to your nearest second-hand shop, garage, yard or estate sale and purchase an old blanket, towels, sheets, etc…and recycle them into a new bed.

Have your towels seen better days, well they can be re-used for either the dogs or at the barn instead of throwing them away.

Need a new collar for your dog – do you have an old leather belt that will work? Just make sure that the width is either narrow or wide enough for your dog’s size. You can find all sorts of belts at second-hand shops, garage, yard or estate sales. I have often picked several up, cut them down, added holes and taken them to the shelters along with blankets and towels.

So, as you can see, we use several areas of recycle and re-use to save money. There is more but I want to hear how you recycle and re-use.

For everyone that posts a reply you will receive one entry into a drawing OR blog about it and leave a comment with the blog link – remember it must link to the specific giveaway in your blog.
Thanks so much and I look forward to reading all the entries!!



23 Responses to 1st Raging Bear Ranch Tightwad Giveaway!

  1. Robin on September 28, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    We have been using curb recycling for our plastics, cardboard, glass, etc.

    I up-cycle all our clothes. Ugly t-shirts become rags. I cut up others and make “new” clothes for the grandkids.

    We have now converted to cloth napkins.

  2. Mercedes on September 29, 2008 at 2:00 am

    I use paper that is leftover after I clip coupons I printed off the internet for my son to draw on.

    Refill gerber puffs containers with cheerios or other snacks to carry around.

  3. DianeScraps on September 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    We use freecycle alot. We have given and recieved kids clothes, toys, household items, books, games, etc

    I get wallpaper books that are out of date from the local wallpaper store and use them for crafts.

    Old shower curtain make great floor protection when painting or doing other household work.

  4. Tonya on September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    We keep our cans and recycle about every other month.We also reuse our ziploc bags,and all my kids get hand me down clothes.(lol)

  5. Kelly on September 29, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Two contributions – one to reduce and one to recycle. 1) I keep the paper towel roll in an overhead cabinet so it is always more convenient to grab a dishcloth or sponge. Our house uses (and trashes) FAR fewer paper towels than anyone I have observed. 2) Like other readers of this blog, I use freecycle and the free category of craigslist to pass items on. But I am a little proud of one item – my husband likes to deep-fry a turkey so last year we gave away the scorched (oops) oil for use as biodiesel or greasel fuel.

  6. Silli Jilli's Life on September 29, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    We recycle our cans and newspapers. Clothes are kept for a younger family member. Or Good will/Salvation Army.
    I use washcloth’s for spills. Don’t buy paper towels.
    I think that is it. Could be more I just don’t realize it’s considered recycling.

  7. bryan on September 29, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I live in Apt and the complex does not have a recycling prograam so i collect some of my neiborahs newspapers and take them at the same time i do mine.

  8. Denise S. on September 29, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I save all my copy paper rejects for my grandsons to use to write and draw on when they are here at my place.Funny now that I remember they play with games and toys that were their Dads,uncles,and aunts. So I guess that could be considered recycling. Use the cloth bags for groceries and the drugstore. I also save newspapers and catalogs,and magazines and take them to our recycle center. Give items away regularly on freecycle.

  9. Carolyn on September 30, 2008 at 1:49 am

    We recycle our kitchen scraps in our composter to get the most luscious compost!

  10. Danielle on September 30, 2008 at 3:25 am

    We return our cans and bottles to the store for the deposit AND collect any we find elsewhere as well. We also re-use almost everything.

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  11. Cristiane on September 30, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Since mulch is basically composed of tiny bits of trees, our recycle no longer takes the same toll on the environment. Here are some of the guidelines we follows to account for junk mail’s ink and varied material:

    “I only shred the non-glossy stuff, and try to avoid colored ink as much as possible. Since I’m shredding to avoid identity theft in the first place, and credit applications these days contain colored ink, I can’t stay 100% black and white, but I can accept that.”
    “I shred plastic items like credit cards and CDs separately and discard.”
    “I only use the shreds where food is not grown, just to be safe. You can also use it in the bottom of flower pots inside the house to save potting soil.”

  12. debbielynne on September 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I’ve used Freecycle quite a bit. I’ve got a big stack of magazines right now waiting for a new home.

    I’m trying to use tote bags rather than the plastic ones from the store.

    I rarely buy new clothes, I shop second hand.

  13. Barbi on September 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I re-use my milk jugs and plastic 2 liter bottles as mini greenhouses for seed starting. they work great. check out wintersown.org for more info.

  14. Mrs. (not) the Jet Set on September 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Great ideas! On our blog (Not the Jet Set) we have lots of reuse it ideas. There is a whole series called ReUse It! and lots of other great posts that talk about reusing items like our post about making your own rain barrels.


  15. Rebecca on September 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    We are can savers as well, only we keep them for 6 months (we have a shed that doesn’t have much in it) then we turn them in and use the money for a guilt free and “free” fun day!


  16. Mollie on September 30, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    We just started recylcing cans:)


  17. Dena on October 2, 2008 at 2:09 am

    I reuse my Arizona Green Tree Bottles by filling with water during hurricane season and downsizing to smaller bottles to carry to work. It works great. I then recycle any excess.

  18. GritsGirl on October 2, 2008 at 6:32 am

    I live in a complex and we dont have recyclye bins. I do however recycle cans. I fill my outside closet with them then trun them into cash!

  19. Jen on October 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

    We just began curbside recycling, and use printer scraps for scratch paper. I make my own cleaners, and love it! We use rags for cleaning and spills, and re-useable containers instead of baggies. We compost everything we can, and have a thriving landscape for our efforts. We use cloth diapers for our son, and 99% of his things are passed down from his older cousins.

  20. Jen on October 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    we recyle cans, even brought a bin to the synagogue to collect those, we use canvas bags for groceries, bury the dog poo in the yard for fertilizer (kids hate that, but the green spots show that it works, we use nalgene water bottles and a filter instead of buying water bottles, and old clothes get turned into rags. I know there is more I’m forgetting, we have a daughter who is as green as they get lol.

  21. Alaina on October 2, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    We bought recycling bins and do newspapers, plastic, cans, glass and cardboard.

    I also have a giveaway on my blog. Come over and check it out!

  22. Stephanie on October 2, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    What a great earth-friendly giveaway! Thanks for entering mine!

    We recycle plastic shopping bags by using them as trash bags.

  23. Anonymous on October 3, 2008 at 8:51 am

    We brought bins to the lunch room at work. We collect the cans there from other’s lunches and recycle them earning a dollar or two weekly extra.


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