Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Try it Tuesday: Wrapping Paper to Pack Up Breakables

The packing process can get very expensive, very quickly. From boxes to bubble wrap (and the Uhaul/movers), it adds up fast. When I lived in the Boston area, I would simply save my Metro newspapers and use them to wrap up any breakables (knowing full well that everything would have to be washed of ink/dirt before being used again).

Our tubes of wrapping paper have been moved around a lot in the past few months. From the closet they originally rested in, to the dining room, to the office, to another spot in the office. Since they weren't secured down, a lot of these tubes have started unraveling, turning the wrapping paper into a wrinkly mess.

I decided to kill two birds with one stone: I took that wrinkled, torn wrapping paper, and I used it to wrap up the breakables. This wouldn't work for big things, like glass baking pans, but it was perfect for all the knick-knacks and casual dishes. I would place a small layer of bubble wrap on the bottom of the box for that extra insurance. It saved us a good amount of money on bubble wrap. And after watching our savings dwindle down to barely 5% of what it once was (a down payment, ridiculous closing costs, and the basic essentials to keep a house from falling into disrepair will do that to you), saving money any way we can is greatly appreciated!

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