Learn how to do a simple back hand stitch, and sew a button. Just these skills alone can help you keep your clothes in wearable condition longer. Teach them to others in your family, too, so that they can carry this skill.
All you need is a needle and thread (and button if you're sewing one). The back hand stitch is great for repairing holes or split seams. You can learn more advanced hand-stitches, but these are probably the two basic ones frugal-minded individuals should know.
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For many types of pants, you can open a slit in the inner waistband with a seam ripper under the front belt loop on each side. Thread elastic (the widest that will fit) through one slit and out the other, Stitch down on one end, adjust to fit, and stitch the other end. The belt loops will hide the stitching, and your pants will stay better, and avoid the obvious tucks and gathers.
Learning to can and preserve your own food does more than save you money. Many of the products on the market like canned tomatoes, beans, and fruits are canned in cans that have a lining that may be harmful to your health and can cause cancer. By canning your own food you save money and your health. Need help getting started? Go online, the library, or even your local cooperative extension has advice. You don't have to start out with pressure canning. (continued in more information)
Try water bath canning for fruits, tomatoes, an pickled vegetables.
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