1. I never buy elastics. I get more than i need from things like broccoli or inside
packaging from things I buy. That goes for twist ties too. I simply save them all and store them in small storage containers in my utensil drawer. I use them for things like bundling small skewers or keeping plastic on opened cans of dog food in the fridge.
2. I recycle used jars like from Classico. They are basically just mason jars, so they are
perfect for when I can pickles or beets! Canning jars can really up the cost of canning at home so it's a great money saver and good for the environment. I can see my footprint shrinking as we speak.
3. I recycle used liquor bottles. I really love the ones that come with the cork tops like
Cabo Wabo and Patron tequila. And with my love of a good margarita I have a few of those usually. I use them for things like my homemade Limoncello or my vanilla extract (which I make super fast in the Instant Pot). You can dip the tops in melted wax for longer shelf like or to give as gifts.
4. I recycle oil jars like the ones from President's Choice. They are small and have this
cool little built in pop up spout. Can you believe I was throwing them out! I had no idea that I could remove the pour spout to clean it :/ I love to make my own flavoured olive oils in small batches like Spicy Pepper and Lime flavours. They work like a charm and look super cute on a little tray on the table.
5. I make my own specialty flours. Ha ha, you probably thought it was going to be
about jars again! Seriously though, have you SEEN the price of the specialty flours in the stores? It's crazy! I buy large bags of white quinoa at Costco or cheaper bags of no name unsweetened coconut and just pulverize it myself. I use them in breads, as breadings and a whack of other things. Way cheaper and leaves you more cash for things like good wine or tequila :) Because hey, life is about the important things.