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Woodworkers are a generally thrifty and innovative group of people, and always coming up with ways to save time and money and often use wood to make things that suit their own needs. The one thing I learned the hard way is the lids on metal cans, like paint cans do not always seal 100 percent and if you don't use up what's in them, they can dry out, or even just dry to a point where they have to be thrown out because they cannot be rejuvenated. I learned that you can fix this by using a thin sheet of plastic from a plastic bag to help seal and preserve the contents.
Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/hUOhQVYP2sc
This is how I have managed to keep my only container of wood putty or filler for 20 years or so ... and speaking of wood fillers ...