I was scrapping the food left on the dinner plates into the trash the other night when I started to think about all the money I was throwing away.
Not that there was a lot of food left (I use measuring cups to measure out the food, so I know approximately how much to give my kids so that they eat it all), but there was enough left that we weren’t able to stick the plates into the dishwasher as is. And of course there’s always water or milk left unfinished in the cups, or maybe only half a serving left in the pot.
Then I started to think about all the other ways that I throw money away. There are, of course, all the disposable items I buy… which aren’t actually that many, in fact, as I use cloth for everything but things that touch bottoms. The leftovers left unfinished. The McDonalds bought instead of a home-cooked meal… The clothes tossed because of a stain. You can take things even further. There is the light left on in an empty room, the water left running while teeth are being brushed or the extra long shower, and the windows left open for fresh air while the heat is on.
I think that each time I’m tempted to throw something away, I’m going to ask myself how much it cost me. Then I’ll see if there isn’t a way to make it work as something else. Because, while I certainly don’t mind disposable diapers, I don’t want to have disposable money.
How disposable is your money? How do you reuse it?