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What do you use now for the things you used to do with newspaper (other than reading the news)?

Asked by Jeruba (51916points) April 16th, 2018

Or do you still have newspaper?

I’m thinking of things such as
• spreading on the floor before a messy project (fingerpainting, carving a pumpkin, making latkes)
• wrapping dishes for packing
• filling spaces in a parcel
• making papier mache, and
• (didn’t your mother or grandmother do this?) lining bureau drawers.

Can’t do that with a tablet screen.

(Not to mention that the loss of newspaper clippings and old drawer linings is going to spoil a lot of TV miniseries and detective movie plots.)

Yesterday’s newspaper, once read, has no news value, but its other uses are practically endless. If you don’t use newspaper, what are you using? Did you have to buy something especially for the purpose?


Tags as I wrote them: newspaper, household supplies, liners, fillers, wrappers, padding, newsprint, pulp.

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14 Answers

Dutchess_III's avatar

I no longer use newspaper. I now use the plethora of plastic bags for everything you mentioned.

canidmajor's avatar

We get a small weekly local freebie paper, so I haven’t had to deal with that totally, yet. I’m using junk mail to pad things in packages that I mail, and for fire-starting. I am much more aware of the lack than I used to be, I am hoarding the little freebies.

CWOTUS's avatar

You can use a tablet for swatting flies, too, but it gets expensive (in replacing both tablets and windows and screens – you know, the screens that are supposed to keep the flies outside in the first place).

janbb's avatar

Still get the Times daily. Good thing too – what would I put on the floor on snowy days?

rojo's avatar

Our newspaper just went up 30+% without bothering to inform us (we have an autopay). We are now discussing whether or not to continue taking it. Most of what is in it I have heard/read by the time we get it. But, it is still handy for packaging breakables when moving or shipping. Plus, the comics. I would have to look each up individually.

janbb's avatar

@rojo I look at getting the paper newspaper as partly a thing I am doing to support the continuation of journalism in America but it is costly.

zenvelo's avatar

I rarely use the papaer after I have finished reading it. I usually put it in the recylcing bin.

I do use the paper and a vinegar-water solution to wash big windows.

janbb's avatar

@zenvelo Yeah, me too. Unless it’s a snowy day.

Zaku's avatar

I use newspaper, because I get the newspaper.

chyna's avatar

I use some to start fires and the rest I pass on to my sister in law. They have a farm, so she has many uses for them.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I still get a paper and use it for all sorts of things.
Yesterday I put a section on the kitchen counter and placed my knife sharpening whetstone on it. The newspaper caught the water and kept the stone from sliding around. Perfect.
Today, I wrapped a suet cake for the birds that I made from bacon fat and black oil sunflower seeds.
And of course the paper is converted into BTUs in my wood burning stove. 20 pounds of paper is worth about $2.50 in heat.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I buy the Sunday paper now and then so I have paper around for a drop cloth for painting and gluing projects.

For starting charcoal recently I had no newspaper, so I used pieces of the almost-empty charcoal bag.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t subscribe to the local newspaper, but most people where I live do. When I need some I can always ask for someone’s throwaway. I can buy the paper for 50¢ right at my mailbox center if I need it. This is the residential mailbox for my subdivision, there is a swimming pool and bocce ball there too, it’s not a store front mailbox.

I do usually have a couple of copies of our recreation news, that is newspaper paper and an average of 20 pages (pages 1–40ish) so I do have that stashed usually.

I use it to stuff boxes for shipping, which I don’t do much of. Mostly, I wind up throwing it in the recycle bin.

Pinguidchance's avatar

Tear them into smaller pieces and stick on a wire coat hanger especially redesigned to be festooned upon the wall about yea high.

Take the sheets, one at a time, to clean your glass.

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