Guide on how to live life the thrifty way and beat the recession blues
Dozens of tips have been compiled in a new booklet called Make Do And Mend, by John Lewis, to help British families ride out the recession blues.
The handy tips and nifty suggestions are a nod towards the 1940s ‘make do and mend’ approach, where money saving tips and living a sustainable lifestyle were vital during and after the World War.
John Lewis’ updated 21st century booklet is a modern take of the 70-year-old version issued by wartime government. It combines old school tips given to you by your grandmother with up-to-date advice on electrical equipment for the modern household.
“The British have always been famous for having a spirit of ‘make do and mend’. Wartime housewives became experts at stretching their scarce resources. Fast forward 65 years and we now understand that resources aren’t infinite, and it is once more a matter of pride to be economical and practical,” Andy Street from John Lewis has explained.
There appears to be a shift towards the MIY (Make It Yourself) way of thinking. John Lewis revealed an increase in haberdashery sales, with fabrics having the strongest sales in five years. Sewing machines have also risen in popularity, with a 30% increase in sales since the recession hit.
“This guide is designed to help households get the very best out of what they have. Our lives are far more complicated than they were in the 1940s and we’ve forgetten some of the basic principles that can save time and money,” Andy Street concluded.
I like this kind of thing ,just for the fun of it,if you call it that.
I did save lemon pips about four years ago.I have a baby lemon tree,which is doing really well,despite months of neglect.We planted four potatoes in our old garden,they grew lovely baby potatoes.Not very big cos we were too impatient.The following year a potato plant grew by itself so we must have left something behind.That's a good idea in plastic bags.I've heard of growing them in a dustbin,but not like that.
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