“Cheaper Than Cheap” is a recurring tip series about frugality. The idea is to provide potentially helpful frugality tips that border on fanatical or fictitious to the point of becoming humorous. Love them or hate them, let’s hear what you think. Tip #5 was on Save Gas By Being Creative.
It really is as simple as the title suggests. Just wash and rinse your plastic sandwich and storage baggies. Spend the extra money and by Ziploc or other major brand baggies, and reuse them until they wear out. Baggies can be reused for multiple uses so that one box of bags can last a year or more. As a side benefit you are also savings resources and putting less trash in landfills.
For those that need a little more encouragement or step by step instructions you can read the how to guide at eHow. There are also some more unique solution like the Bag-E-Wash which allows you to wash baggies in the dishwasher. You can even hang the baggies on the line as seen in the picture. A similar tactic I like to use is to skip baggies all together and pack stuff in reusable Pyrex or plastic containers rather than baggies.
Depending on the amount of bags that you use, you can easily save $20 a year.