Originally Posted by yarnover
Pop cans and bottles are 0.5 cents a piece
milk jugs (4 L ) are 25 cents
If repurposing counts as well then
saving glass and plastic jars from canned fruit for left overs (I don't need to buy containers that way)
saving yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine tubs etc... (same reason. Don't need to buy gladware)
buttons, snaps, and zippers of trashed clothes saves me money on my sewing projects.
Sewing baby clothes out of the clothes that DH and I have outgrown, no longer like, etc...
making toys out of milk jug tops and baby wipes containers.
using old flannel pajamas to make reusable pads. This saves me from buying the ready made pads and also from having to buy fabric specifically to make the pads.
We don't get paid for glass, and aluminum pays by the pound, not by the can, so it takes a lot of cans to break even on the cost of gas to drive to the scrap yard. Our church collects cans and turns them in as a fundraiser, so we just bring ours there, rather than store them at the house until we have enough to make it worth a trip.
Repurposing, on the other hand, does save us money. Old clothes that are too holey to wear get cut into cleaning rags and potty wipes, so we don't buy paper towels or toilet paper. Old sheets and blankets that are too holey to use on the bed go into the dog's kennel.
Plastic food containers go through the dishwasher and get used to store leftovers. Bonus - if I send leftovers home with people, it doesn't matter if I don't get my container back.
Lemon juice bottles get repurposed into bottles for me and Himself to take tea or juice to work. We don't buy bottled water.
Big juice bottles get washed and refilled with filtered water for emergencies, cooking, and fish tank replenishment. We keep a couple of medium sized juice bottles full of water in the freezer to use in the ice chests - the food doesn't get all wet, and when they melt, we can drink the water.