I use Sharpies to color my staples.......
they come in all sorts of colors now (retractable) and I already have them on hand....
My diet tip is to just use up what I have. I will be dead before I can use up all the paper.....
.....speaking of which I am starting to make my own envelopes and line my envies with scrap paper. It looks so classy IMHO.
I also am starting to use my scraps to create card fronts. I have so much that I always can find coordinating or contrasting paper.
Last, I am trying to use my rubber stamp images more. Through the years, I have gotten away from my stamps because of all the gorgeous paper out there.
Don't get me started on buttons......I can see, once again, I have gotten off topic!