We try to economize in every area, no matter how incidental. There are times when we go through a lot of bedding, especially when raising chicks. We get bags of shredded paper free from our local hospital. I’m sure there are other institutions that shred paper and would love to have someone pick it up. Those bags take up a lot of room in the dumpster. The hospital personnel would rather see the paper put to use rather than adding to the landfill. We use it for bedding for all our animals, to soak up water in muddy pens and for garden mulch. It breaks down quite fast.
Maybe you don’t have access to such a windfall. That’s okay. Scout the resale shops for a paper shredder, if you don’t own one already. Save your friends and neighbors a trip to the recycling bins by picking up their newspapers and other waste paper.