Apparently I am THAT cheap, enough so that I'm willing to grab empty snack box containers out of the recycling bin and think hmmm...I could use this for something. I ended up with these because ER has been going through blank notebooks like crazy.
She is obsessed with coloring ALL the time. She scribbles and scribbles, one little mark on each page and then rips them out. In no time at all she has an enormous stack of bits and pieces. Then she likes to wad them all up and carry them around with her in one of her little purses. Can she remember the letters in her name, oh heck no, but if I happen to throw one or two papers away, somehow she can tell exactly which one is missing. But this really isn't about that, that's another issue I have to deal with. Right now I'm going with the if it's ripped out it gets thrown away rule, and that seems to helping. Now at least my house doesn't look like a paper shredder.
She loves Finding Nemo, and the fruit snack box is bright and colorful. I used the front and back, my binding machine, and some paper I snagged from junk mail. You know, all those millions of credit card applications, or rate changes with balance switch, or other things you don't need. One side is usually blank, so I saved a bunch up of papers from them, cut to size, and then popped them in. Just make sure the papers you add don't have any important information on the back. ER scribbles so hard any type is obliterated but you should still be careful. I can add more papers when she empties a notebook or just add back to the recycling bin if it's a bit roughed up.
Do you have any money saving tips for art supplies, please share!