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Casa Quickie: Clothes Pins as Bag Clips

Rarely do I actually use clothes pins to hang clothes, but they're great for keeping bags closed — chip bags, cereal bags, you name it. Plus, they're ridiculously cheap: You can get a bag of 50 for less than $4.

Meanwhile, these fancy plastic bag clips from KitchenAid cost $7.99 for a four-pack. Why pay money for a special plastic bag clip when a wooden clothes pin works just as well?

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BKNYGal BKNYGal 8 years
Yeah, very old school. Mom started me on this.
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
This is ALL we used growing up. It works great.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Oh I definitely do this. This way is so much cheaper than the "chip clips"
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
We did this when I was a kid. It's a lot better of an idea then spending tons of money on something that is much easier to break. I love the idea.
mcollazo mcollazo 8 years
I never even thought about this. I will start.
mcollazo mcollazo 8 years
I never even thought about this. I will start.
Daylyn Daylyn 8 years
My grandmother always did this. It's a really good tip!
oriav9 oriav9 8 years
This is a must.
oriav9 oriav9 8 years
This is a must.
cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
We do this too!!! you can get cheapo plastic ones at the dollar store as well as the wooden variety, which I prefer as they remind me of my nana! They also are GREAT for kids crafts--- glue two together (top to bottom) to make a reindeer and just paint / glue on eyes / etc. Also, I use them to clip my many papers together (I'm a consultant and a teacher and I have a bunch of "work in progress papers")
cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
We do this too!!! you can get cheapo plastic ones at the dollar store as well as the wooden variety, which I prefer as they remind me of my nana!They also are GREAT for kids crafts--- glue two together (top to bottom) to make a reindeer and just paint / glue on eyes / etc. Also, I use them to clip my many papers together (I'm a consultant and a teacher and I have a bunch of "work in progress papers")
KateMossAddict KateMossAddict 8 years
thanks for the great tip! I always break or lose the chip clips anyways, and now I don't have to worry about buying new ones!
elliedee elliedee 8 years
I love this idea! They bring back memories of helping my grandmother hang the laundry and making catepillar magnets.
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 8 years
Yep. Binder clips and clothes pins for us, too!
Random2 Random2 8 years
My Mom got me started on this, and they're so much more versatile than the ugly plastic 'Chip Bag' clips- cheaper too!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i do this too. i like the wood ones because they are from a renewable resource rather than the plastic ones.
stefsprl stefsprl 8 years
My mom does this too! When I got my first apartment she bought me a huge pack of them, and I used them all the time.
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 8 years
I do this all the time!
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 8 years
I do this all the time!
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
I've been using clothespins and binder clips for this purpose for years! It's much more economical.
cassandry cassandry 8 years
I steal binder clips from work, in all different sizes for all different size bags. At my office, we have them in bulk so no one misses the ones I take... ;-)
psangel psangel 8 years
yeah I have been doing this for a while...it is so great an you save $
smarler smarler 8 years
My mom has been doing this for as long as I can remember. I actually didn't know there was another use for clothespins for the longest time!
rothchild rothchild 8 years
I work with children and we play with these all the time. Why haven't I thought of this one yet?? Thanks for the tip..
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
Love this tip!
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