Every once in a while, Real Simple publishes 'New Uses for Old Things." I love reading through these and finding ways to use ordinary items I already have. They are creative and save money! Here are my favorites from 2012:
A colander as an ice bucket
What a great way to avoid a watered down ice bucket!
Deodorant as a blister fixer
My friend Laura gave me a blister elixir as a gift and I absolutely love it! I can wear new shoes without fear of sore feet half way through the day. The deodorant works the same way, providing a friction free zone so your shoes don't rub your feet raw.
Pencil eraser as an earring back
I am always losing my earring backs and haven't had time to buy replacements. This is a perfect time and money saver!
Oven mitt for a heat guard
Unplug and toss in your bag without waiting for a cool down.