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Frugal Project #1: Here's the Scoop!

Updated on September 17, 2012

For pennies!! What a savings!

Start with a 4-ltr plastic water jug (this is in Canada - I'm sure you can find appropriately sized plastic water jugs in your area)
Start with a 4-ltr plastic water jug (this is in Canada - I'm sure you can find appropriately sized plastic water jugs in your area) | Source
Remove the label.
Remove the label. | Source
With a marker, outline what you want your finished scoop to look like... this is one side...
With a marker, outline what you want your finished scoop to look like... this is one side... | Source
...this is the other. Freehand is easiest, less time consuming. Cut along the markered line with a sharp craft knife or a pair of sharp scissors (I chose the latter).
...this is the other. Freehand is easiest, less time consuming. Cut along the markered line with a sharp craft knife or a pair of sharp scissors (I chose the latter). | Source
And Voila! A perfectly good, durable and size appropriate scoop for my pet food bucket!
And Voila! A perfectly good, durable and size appropriate scoop for my pet food bucket! | Source

Why Pay More?

A scoop for my pet food bucket was needed. Now, I could easily bus/cab over to the dollar store and pick up a scoop for a buck. You get what you pay for, however. One shove-and-lift into the bucket and that handle would most definitely break off. On the other hand, I could travel to my nearest pet store and pay dearly for a scoop of better but not proven quality. Nah, I don't like either of those options, especially when factoring the cost of transportation to/from those locations.

My empty water jug caught my attention and I thought, "Why not?" and away I went. Within minutes, I have not only got a perfectly good, durable, easy-to-clean scoop, I saved a whole lot of time and money!

You can use this technique for any size plastic bottle/jug to repurpose it for your needs. My only suggestion is to not use the individual sized 'crackly' plastic water bottles - the plastic is too bendy and not as durable.

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