I have spent many snowy, winter hours carefully cataloging recipes I put on my personal chef client menus, want to try, favorites, etc. into software programs only to have them crash and eat all of my hard work. (Mastercook in particular wasted about 2,000 recipes worth of my time).
So I as un-eco-friendly as it is, I have my clippings, print-outs and other scribbles filed by ingredient, with some sub filing for cuisine, canning, making cheese; whatever makes sense and I can remember what I filed it under.
However, the files long ago outgrew the tiny two drawer cabinet I bought a Target, along with some baskets I hung some of the files in. It was driving me nuts trying to find the files, which weren't exactly in alpha order.
So my neighbor put an old filing cabinet on the curb. A little beat up, and missing the folder racks.
So: Filing Cabinet curb-shopped from the neighbor: Free
Can of Diva Green Spray Paint to de-ugly it: $3
Finally getting all of my recipe files in one place, in order: Priceless