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Don’t Throw Away Those Free Return Labels

Date: September 13, 2016      Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic      Source:  Joan Wilen & Lydia Wilen      Print:

Now you pay your bills online. What are you supposed to do with all your address return labels?

Here’s one way to repurpose them…

You know that great book you just read that you can’t wait to share . . . or a DVD or CD that’s hard to find that you know a friend or family member can’t wait to borrow? Slap your return address label on it. It’ll be a friendly reminder to return the item when finished (especially if your address label has a pretty design). Put a label on each personal possession that friends or family may borrow. What comes to mind? A stapler? Bottle of nail polish? Umbrella? Tape dispenser? Tupperware containers? Power tools? You bet!

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Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard." They are authors of Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line's Household Magic and of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips.

  • James Van Damme

    We get inundated with address labels from charities. If you send them money, they sell your name and you get ten times as many.

  • Xtorim

    You can also keep a few in your wallet or purse and use them to fill out contest entry blanks in stores. If you are in to that kind of thing.

  • I’ve used them in the past to make DIY calling cards. I like to use pretty cardstock….I simply traced around another business card to get the right size. Place the label in the center, cut it out, and voila’! I used a little Mod Podge over the entire front with the label in place to give it a bit of a glaze.