The heart of being frugal is using things that you already have to make do. Make do and mend is an old saying that goes back at least until World War II and maybe even further back.
According to the Oxford Dictionary: "Make do and mend means: Manage with and repair the possessions one already has rather than buying replacements: the austerity of the war years taught her to make do and mend".
Make Do and Mend was a pamphlet issued during World War II by the British Ministry of Information. It included tips on mending, re-purposing and reusing old clothing. It was a time of extreme rationing and shortages.
Nowadays, I find that I, as well as many others, have little money to spend for clothing. My primary way of clothing my family is through purchases at thrift shops and yard sales. Clothing is often found for a tiny fraction of the original purchase price, and it's usually in very good condition. My daughters even buy things with the idea of altering them.
Altering an item or remaking it is a thrifty option. Mending what you already have by sewing on a button or sewing up a hem or seam can give weeks, months, or even years to a ready to discard item. Patching is another option to extend the life of a pair of jeans.
Personally, I've let my mending basket overflow again. I've got to get busy and do some mending and sewing. I'm going to keep track for the month of January. Care to join me? I'll bet you've got some sewing to do also.
A stitch in time saves nine!
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