I'm sure many of you have expired coupons that you printed out online or got from the magic red box at CVS. I used to recycle them but then I realized that the paper was still good for writing on the back, so this is what I did.
First I ran my pen over the barcode of the internet printable coupons (IPs). You don't have to do this, but I do it as a security measure because you never know who may want to copy and counterfeit them after you toss them out. Then I just flipped them over and stapled the corner. Now I have plenty of notepads to jot down all of my shopping trips, leave by the phone for messages, or even let the kids doodle on them during church.
By no means am I the first person to make notepads. This is just my personal experience or repurposing my own coupons.