New bedding is frequently sold in plastic zippered bags. These can be reused to organize items such as toys and games, craft projects and supplies, seasonal clothing or Christmas wrapping supplies, just to name a few. How have you reused them? The first reader tip shares an idea:

Reuse plastic zippered bags: I keep them in my suitcase. Each one can hold an outfit or shoes. Use one for underwear. I love how I can quickly organize my suitcase with them. -- Diana, Iowa

Shopping tips: Like many, I jot down my grocery list as needed items occur to me at home. But before heading to the store, I'll circle all of the produce items and underline all of the dairy. Simple and quick differentiation marks like these help sort the items visually.

Relatedly, I don't bring cloth grocery bags along, as I reuse the plastic grocery bags. I also use those old plastic grocery bags in our kitchen trash bin (they fit perfectly), as well as in the bathrooms. By reusing, I'm also creating even less trash, since I'm not buying boxes of trash liner bags. -- Connie, Rhode Island

Uses for produce bags: I have found many uses for those produce bags easily found in supermarket produce sections.

*Breading items before frying or baking. Put food items inside bag with flour or breadcrumbs and shake to coat.

* Covering shoes before packing them in a suitcase.

*Storage of small items (i.e. gloves, socks, etc.)

*Defrosting items in fridge while containing the mess.

*Holding medicines when traveling. --Hank G.