I have two quick tips today for Frugal Friday. First, I use reusable items instead of disposable items whenever I can. For example, I always store leftover food in glass containers with lids (I try not to use plastic though it's impossible to avoid completely). I try not to use ziploc bags and if I do, I wash and reuse them. I try to use kitchen towels and cloth napkins instead of paper towels and paper napkins. This little effort saves our family quite a bit of our grocery budget! It is also a more healthy option since paper products, unless organic which is very expensive, contain chemicals that you do not want! It's not an 'all or nothing' effort. There are times when I use paper towels, plastic tupperware and ziploc bags. But, as a general rule, I avoid them saving money and adding health benefits!
My second quick tip is one my husband uses all the time. He builds sets for churches and television stations as a little side business and so spends a great deal of time painting. As a frugal champion, he often finds things he can reuse, reinvent or make work for a project which saves his ultimate profit for the family. One thing he does regularly is to use torn or worn out vinyl tablecloths and/or torn or worn out shower curtains as his drop cloths. He can make these last as drop cloths for years!! Anytime we replace something plastic or vinyl, we put it in "Daddy's Stash". He can make something out of anything!! It's like our own material 'compost pile'... if you leave it in the stash long enough, something very useful and usable will eventually emerge!! He's a genius at saving money and thinking outside the box!!