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As a part of my money-saving mindset, rather than keeping products in their original packaging, I purchase and empty less expensive items into jars to make them appear more appealing. For instance, I save about 80p by buying Sainsbury's Basics raisins/sultanas compared to the normal store brand raisins. When we have hot chocolate at home, my kids love to put the mini marshmallows on by themselves; it's nicer to have a jar of marshmallows on the table, than a crumpled, hard-to-stick-your-hands-into package of marshmallows.
I don't pay directly for any of my jars, rather I clean out jars from pasta sauces and condiments by putting them in the dishwasher and letting them dry completely. If the label or all of the glue from the label doesn't come off in the dishwasher, peel off the label and rub vegetable oil over the glue. With a little elbow grease, washing up liquid (dish soap) and an old tooth brush, the residue should come off.
Another benefit of having items put in jars is that it's simply easier to find in the cupboards hopefully resulting in being able to find items when you need them rather than having to re-purchase them when you do your shop.
Items that can be stored or organised in jars aren't limited to food stuffs nor do they even have to be put in the cupboard or pantry. Since they look pretty, if you're limited on drawer space, like me, then using jars can be an attractive way to display other items, like I do my pens, markers and scissors. Of course, they need to be kept out of the reach of children just in case.
I'd love to know what you use jars for. Please leave a comment on the blog below or on the Finding the Pennies Facebook page.