Thinking outside the box

Since me and leopard print tissue box have spent so much time together over the past week, I realized I had a blog post staring me straight in the face. First, I must credit this trick to my mom.

This is a simple trick that can be applied to many things around your home. It’ll save you money, while giving the illusion you can fritter your money away on fancy things; reusing a fancy tissue box by refilling it with a cheaper brand of tissue. Because you’re fabulously frugal.

What you’ll need:
– fancy tissue box
– cheap tissues for when  fancy tissues run out
– 2 paperclips

Step 1: go through fancy tissues as you normally would. Step 2: when fancy tissue box is empty, don’t throw it out! Heavens, no. Carefully open the side of your tissue box {or bottom, depending on the box}. Step 3: fill with cheaper and otherwise blasé brand of tissues, then close your tissue box with the help of two cleverly disguised paper clips. I use paperclips in stead of tape, since tape may peel the fancy pattern off your tissue box.

It doesn’t sound like much, but this reduce, reuse, recycle trick can be used with loads of stuff around your house on many levels. You just gotta think outside the box.

Do any of you have your own sneaky and deceptive tricks that you use around your home? I bet you do.

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  1. July 8, 2012 / 11:50

    My grandma uses several hundred trees worth of tissues a year so for Christmas once we bought her a rather swish velvet tissue box cover. I'm sure one could make a similar one very easily. It just sits over the top of the normal box & makes it look nicer. Of course it only works for a certain size and shape of box, but it's nicer than ratty cardboard any day.

  2. July 8, 2012 / 12:07

    Good idea! I wonder why most companies insist on the most unappealing designs for their tissue boxes. Ha! Maybe there should be a rule – if you don't have something nice to design then don't design anything at all. (Jokes, I swear I'm not a 100% ass hole.)

    • July 9, 2012 / 14:34

      Ha, I agree with you wholeheartedly Chantilly. Sometimes the things I see are so badly designed that it hurts my eye balls. Why, cruel world?

  3. July 10, 2012 / 05:06

    Clever idea, except I will confess the boxes you get over here aren't even considered fancy. But I love the idea.

  4. June 3, 2015 / 06:17

    After reading this I thought it was very informative. Thank you for taking the time and effort to put this article together. I find myself once again spending way to much time to both read and comment. But so what it was still worth it!