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!