If you are like my family, you are always searching for a bag clip to close something up, but it seems you can never find one. I’m not really sure what “eats” those bag clips, but they seem to disappear for a while only to reappear later.
Instead of buying bag clips at the store, that most of the time end up breaking because they are made of cheap plastic, why not use some items you already have around your home?
5 Frugal Bag Clips that may be hanging around your home.
Don’t go running out to buy rubber bands for this reason, but instead look around your home. Many people get rubber bands on their newspapers, bulk green onions, broccoli bunches and many other things that come into your home. Start collecting them in a place you will remember in your kitchen, like that ever so popular junk drawer.
Use those clothes pins you thought you would use for hanging out laundry for something else like keeping bags closed. At least they will be serving a purpose or two (if you sometimes do manage to hang out clothes).
We all have paper clips hanging around the house in the office, desk or even that popular junk drawer. Paperclips work well to hold many bags closed. If you can’t find any, just wait a little while and you will notice some start coming into your home on important papers and such. Keep them in that junk drawer and you will have them to help keep your bags closed.
You can also use a small piece of tape to hold down many bags when rolled or folded. The great thing is that if you use them on coated bags and boxes, it becomes just like peal and stick, allowing you to use it over and over a few times.
I figured this out by accident a few years ago. I was hanging up clothes and one of those pant hangers I got from the store broke of right next to the clip. As I was looking at it I realized that I could keep it to use for bag clips. I then went to cutting on the other end to use it as well. Since I have quite a few extra pant hangers around the house, I decided to make several more.
To do this you will need a knife or box cutter and a cutting board. I just carefully scored a line across the hanger right next to the clip. Do this on front and back. After doing this you should be able to easily bend and break it at that spot. Be careful because if the plastic gets a jagged edge (you didn’t score deep enough) it can cut you. You can also cut all the way through if your box cutter or knife will do it. Remember to be safe at all times.
Now you have two more bag clips in your home. Time to run and find more hangers!
Be proud for you have not only repurposed something, but you saved money by not buying something. You made do.
What do you like to use for bag clips? Have anything to add?
making a habit out of living frugal…..