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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 10 years
Yeah, very old school. Mom started me on this.
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
This is ALL we used growing up. It works great.
kikidawn kikidawn 10 years
Oh I definitely do this. This way is so much cheaper than the "chip clips"
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 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 10 years
I never even thought about this. I will start.
Daylyn Daylyn 10 years
My grandmother always did this. It's a really good tip!
oriav9 oriav9 10 years
This is a must.
cbgmick cbgmick 10 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 10 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 10 years
I love this idea! They bring back memories of helping my grandmother hang the laundry and making catepillar magnets.
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
Yep. Binder clips and clothes pins for us, too!
Random2 Random2 10 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 10 years
i do this too. i like the wood ones because they are from a renewable resource rather than the plastic ones.
stefsprl stefsprl 10 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 10 years
I do this all the time!
tee0206 tee0206 10 years
I've been using clothespins and binder clips for this purpose for years! It's much more economical.
cassandry cassandry 10 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 10 years
yeah I have been doing this for a while...it is so great an you save $
smarler smarler 10 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 10 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 10 years
Love this tip!
cocca cocca 10 years
been doing it forever! clothes are so functional!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Good idea!
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
That's what I do. I find that the chip clips I buy always break, so might as well use something cheap! :D
vinnie vinnie 10 years
I also use those black acco fastener clips that i always have in the junk drawer. i must bring them home from the office...
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