Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Have you ever gone to the refrigerator for something and found what looks like a science experiment lurking in the back. Even in my tiny fridge I’ll find something that I can’t quite recognize what it is or remember how long its been in there. Older folks, like me, have a hard enough time remembering things so the science experiments happen more often for us. I started using a piece of tape and labeling everything. I removed the tape each time I washed the container.
Not long ago I found a tape that could be put onto a container and not need replacing. Its washable and re-writable. That, to me, is a money saver. Its chalkboard tape. I’ve known about this tape for a couple of years but I couldn’t find it anywhere locally except in the Martha Stewart stuff which is way too expensive. Its still a little expensive by the roll but way less than the Martha Stewart brand.
The chalk pencil is from my quilting supplies. I’ll need to find a regular chalk one instead. But for now I’m using the quilters chalk. I removed the paper and tape labels from these containers.
And now they look like this.
Ordinary glass jars can be used as storage containers.
Adding a label makes them look nice. And….. you will know exactly what is in the jar instead of guessing.
I didn’t think of it before writing this post but I should have dated the labels to know what day the contents were put into those jars and these plastic containers.
Ok, what I really like is the fact it not only saves me money by knowing the when and what of a container but the reusable labels save money too. The labels remain on the containers. I don’t know how the tape will work in a dishwasher because I don’t have one. I wash dishes by hand and the labels stay put. If you haven’t found chalkboard tape in your area stores yet, look in the school supplies. It might be there. I wish it came in colors too.