Storage containers are big business - have you seen the price of canisters and boxes and baskets lately? I'm the first to admit that I just love my Tupperware, BUT, and it's a big but, I've never paid full price for any of it, and most of it is over 30 years old (already!).
These days though, Tupperware just doesn't fit my budget so I'm always looking for alternatives, especially free alternatives. Brenda's suggestion of using formula tins isn't new, but it is a timely reminder that when we think creatively we can almost always find a solution to our problem.
Whilst organizing my pantry I realized I needed more storage containers. Looking around the kitchen I noticed my baby's formula sitting on the bench. As I have a 4 month old daughter I have quite a few empty formula cans with lids. Being a little creative I sprayed them with paint in my favourite colour and put labels on them and now have cheap canisters for my pantry. The canisters contain packets of salt, breadcrumbs, custard powder etc. Looking around the house I have now used them in the laundry for pegs etc. You can paint them all different colours and use them for hundreds of uses like buttons, screws, Lego or children's toys. This has saved me about $8 - $10 for a container of a similar size so depending on how many you make you can save a lot of a money.
Contributed by Brenda Buckley
If you'd like to see some truly beautiful "formula tin canisters" visit The Bluebirds are Nesting. Annabel has done a lovely post on this very subject.