Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thrifty Thursday - Double Sided

This week is another quick and easy way to be thrifty. I am very tired and overwhelmed with school work this week so I didn't have time to come up with an ingenious way to save money. I did think of something today, however, when I was working on one of my final papers for the term. Something I started doing a few years ago was to be very careful about what paper I did and didn't throw out. I have a drawer in the bottom of my desk that is full of computer paper that has something printed on only one side. This way, whenever I have to print something that isn't being handed in to a professor or isn't overly important, I just print it on the blank side of paper from the drawer. This works well for articles I have read, papers I need to edit and to-do lists (which I write endlessly).

I can't really do a cost comparison of this suggestion because it is so small and accumulates over time. But, I will say that I have only had to replenish my computer paper a total of 5 times over the past 2 years (and that includes printing three copies of my 110 page thesis). As far as time, it really don't make a difference. A few extra minutes to sort through papers in my binders at the end of the term to pick out the pieces that have a blank side and I'm all set.

This paper saving method is obviously an eco-friendly route as well. You get the most out of every sheet of paper and save the good, clean paper for the most important documents!

Have a thrifty Thursday!


Kristin said...

I think you should write something about your endless and somewhat obsessive behaviour when it comes to writing your ro-do lists.

Lucy Marie said...

Sorry, kris, I have no idea what a ro-do list is!!

Ok, so maybe the amount of paper I waste writing (and re-writing) lists cancels out the amount I save my keeping scrap paper.

Tereasa said...

I give my print waste to the kids to draw on.

(Did you notice that my note to you on Thursday was something one of the kids had doodled on? Not that I know your secret, I'm not so embarrassed about the messy note.)

By the way, have you thought about using Mr. Linky to get other people contributing to your Thursday posts?