How to Be Resourceful


How to Be Resourceful. Learn to develop a MacGyver-esque resourcefulness in your work and home lives. Periodically challenge yourself with these methods and train your brain to think resourcefully. Resourcefulness, like any talent, gets better with practice. You'll not only save money, you'll hone your creative skills, generate less waste and most importantly, have fun.

  • Redecorate a room using things you already have. Bring out old linens, candlesticks and photographs to see what you can rotate into service.

  • Recycle old calendar pages, pieces of pretty fabric and odd bits of ribbon into creative personalized greeting cards instead of spending money for new ones.

  • Cook dinner only with ingredients already in your pantry. Use the Ingredient Search function on the All Recipes website (see Resources) to get ideas. This saves money and gets your family out of a recipe rut.

  • Adopt the attitude that you can have anything as long as you can make it. Learn to sew, embroider and knit if you don't already know how. It's easier than you think, it doesn't take long to learn and it's a great creative outlet.

  • Consider alternate uses for an object before throwing it out. Recycle evening gowns and costume jewelry into dress-up games for kids. Use broken china to make mosaics. Repaint scratched and dinged picture frames and furniture.

  • Have a swap with your friends and neighbors. Ask everyone to bring items they no longer need, and swap your castoffs for something you really want. It's fun and a perfect way to recycle seldom-used appliances.

  • Do some research. Join online communities to learn new skills, answers to questions and solutions to problems. People from backgrounds and age groups different from yours provide invaluable insight.

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