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11 Useful Things Our Grandmas Taught Us To Never Throw Away

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

Every time my mom tells me stories about my grandparents, it never ceases to amaze me how resilient and clever they were while living throughout the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.

Though my mom wasn’t born yet, her older siblings knew just how tight things got when my grandpa, who was a strawberry farmer, had to find a new way to put food on the table when the land began to dry up. My grandma also learned the value of stretching not only what was on their plates, but tons of everyday items most folks today would just toss in the trash once they served their original use.

I can still remember going to her home and drinking Kool-Aid from a jelly jar, using newspaper to keep the wood-burning oven going in the winter, and plenty of the other examples found below.

Did we miss anything your grandma knew to never throw away? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE with your loved ones!

[H/T: Dusty Old Thing, Pioneer Settler]

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1. Butter Tubs

1. Butter Tubs

These containers can be used to store dinner leftovers or to keep clutter organized on your desk.

2. Newspapers

2. Newspapers

Not only are they great for starting fires in the winter, but also as gift wrapping, craft supplies, and window cleaning wipes, and you never know when you might need to pack something up securely — just to name a few options for this useful material.

3. Scraps And Bones

3. Scraps And Bones

Whether it’s remnants of your chicken, pork, or beef, you can create a scrumptious stock out of the scraps and bones leftover from your meal. That, or you can put a huge smile on your dog’s face by sharing the bones that aren’t too small.

4. Bacon Grease

4. Bacon Grease

I can’t remember a time my family’s stove didn’t have a coffee can filled with bacon grease sitting on the side. We used to add an extra dash of flavor to practically all of our meals.

5. Rinds And Peels

5. Rinds And Peels

Vegetable scraps can be used for a rich stock of their own, and some can even be re-planted to supply you with fresh, free food. Fruit peels can also be used to make yummy candy, or warm them up in the stove for a sweet aroma that will fill your whole home.

6. Jelly Jars

6. Jelly Jars

Back in the day, you could even count on these having adorable designs on them that the kids would love, but today’s options work just as well as cheap drinking glasses.

7. Aluminum Foil

7. Aluminum Foil

Super frugal folks can rinse off lightly used aluminum and reuse it to cover new leftovers. You can also wad it up into a ball for an excellent dish scrubber!

8. Slivers Of Soap

8. Slivers Of Soap

Those little bits of soap can be difficult to manage when trying to scrub clean, but instead of fighting against them, set them aside to collect several of those bits to create a whole new bar. You can also crumble them into a powder to be used on your laundry!

9. Worn Out Clothes

9. Worn Out Clothes

The fabric can be used to create quilts, pillows, patches for other clothes, or even some cute stuffed animals and toys for your kids.

10. Buttons And Zippers

10. Buttons And Zippers

They might not all match, but having these handy can make coats last longer, or help you sew a whole new outfit without having to run to the craft store for pricey options.

11. Toothbrushes

11. Toothbrushes

You should definitely switch these out for your teeth as often as your dentist recommends. But once they’re done keeping your pearly whites sparkling, they can help scrub away at the small spaces in your home that need a good cleaning.

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