January 16 to 31, 2019
A common phrase during the Great Depression was “Use it up, make it do, wear it out, or do without.” These principles are as useful today as they were during the 1930s. These last couple of weeks, I used all three of these principles to save our pennies.
Use it up
In keeping with my goal of eating down the deep freeze, I declared one night to be “Appie Night.” We cooked up all the bits and pieces from the fridge, freezer, and cupboards. This included a small package of chicken wings, a few egg rolls, some mini frozen tacos, some almost stale crackers, a little bit of fancy cheese, and a few carrots served with dip. We feasted while watching The Return of the Jedi, which we had recorded earlier when it was aired as part of a Star Wars marathon on tv.
Make it do
While setting out my clothes for work one night, I noticed that one of the shirts I bought at the thrift store when we went to the Really Big City was stained with bright yellow dried on paint. I don’t know how I missed it as I check over any used clothing I am interested in pretty carefully. Fortunately, I was able to remove the old paint using a scrub brush and rubbing alcohol.
At my side gig, I have to wear a hard hat. My long, baby fine hair keeps getting tangled up in the “suspension system” in the top of my hat. A little research revealed that many people with long hair wear who must also wear hard hats rely on something called a “Buff.” A little more research revealed that I could make myself one from an old tshirt. And so I did.
I used the back of my son’s old boy scout tshirt for this project. In total, it took me probably about 15 minutes to make my self a Buff and that include the time it took me to change the needle in my machine and search for the right colour of thread. I am happy with how it turned out. So far I have only tried out the “Legionnaire” style but I found it did the trick. My hair did not get tangled, it kept the sweat out of my eyes, it will wash like a dream, and I was able to reduce the waste I produce. Win-win.
My regular job in the bakery requires me to be on my feet on a hard concrete floor. This means that I need to wear shoes that keep my feet happy. In my closet I had a pair of old wooden clogs that are make my feet so happy I want to spend my shift dancing. The only problem is that they were an ugly shade of orange and speckled with old paint (yes, more paint).
I borrowed a bottle of black leather dye from my mom. The Man scrubbed the paint off my clogs and set to work.
They turned out better than expected!
Wear it out and Do without
Unlike many in North America, we have escaped the bone chilling cold battering the Eastern side on the continent. In fact, it has been warm enough that some days we play “chicken” with the heat. We will let the fire go out at night and some times we can make it until late afternoon before we get cold enough to relight it. I make myself a cocoon on the couch with a couple of quilts and a rice bag. This is the prefect place to catch up on my mending and hand sewing. This week I put the finishing touches on several projects and I mended a couple of sweaters that we can now wear until they are completely worn out. This means we saved money on heating and clothing.
What did you use up, wear out, make do or do without this week?