I just noticed that this post never published last week. It was languishing away in my drafts folder, so I figured better late than never, eh? Fellow Frugal Blog Network member Shanti hosted the Festival of Frugality at Antishay Ventenne last week – thanks Shanti!
I love the post from My Two Dollars about borrowing or renting instead of buying. We’re all about the library for entertainment. We need an extra long ladder to finish painting our house, and we’re going to rent one this weekend (even on Craigs List, the ladders we need were at least $125 – we can rent one for a day for a lot less than that – and how often do you need a 36 foot ladder?) update – we rented a 40 foot ladder for $26. Much better than spending $100 to buy one!
Squawkfox has a great post about using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic or paper. We’ve gotten so much better about this – we keep our reusable bags in our car, so they’re there when we get to the store. I have a basket on my bike, and whenever I go to the stores near our house, I take reusable bags in my bike basket. The only problem is what to use to pick up after our dog… but my MIL brings us newspaper bags whenever she visits – those are better anyway, since they’re much smaller, so there’s less waste every time we pick up after the dog.