It would appear that everyone is watching their spending closely these days. Here are some old-school ways to cut costs and save money.
Back in the day, holy knees and wrinkled clothing were considered to be unattractive. Here are some suggestions for achieving a look that is completely vintage. Obviously, if you have teenagers, you might want to ignore the entirety of this section or use it as a guide for things that you should avoid doing.
In the case of younger children, use iron-on patches following the initial washing to reduce the likelihood of wear and tear on the knees. Simply press the patch onto the area where the knee will come into contact when the knee is bent. This piece of advice is helpful for people who work in construction or as carpet layers, or in any other profession where the knee takes a beating and still needs to function properly.
Save ironing…. Try out the fabric before you buy it. Perform the following test: take a small piece of fabric and scrunch it up in your hand for twenty seconds (yes, you do need to count this one). If the fabric wrinkles, it will need to be ironed in order to have the appearance of being pressed.
Place the fabric so that it can be seen in the light…. The fabric will wear quickly if you are able to see daylight through it. This magic light trick will also show wet spots on clothing purchased from secondhand stores and thrift shops. For instance, if you hold up a pair of nice looking jeans, or even a crummy looking pair of jeans because this is not a beauty contest, and the pocket shows some daylight, the pocket will soon give away and the jeans will not look as nice as they did before. Okay, so it seems that designer jeans are made with the intention of being given away. What can I say other than the fact that price does not equal quality workmanship?
Knitted items should only be washed inside out and with other knits. Both zippers and rivets have the potential to snag delicate fabrics.
To repair the holes in a pair of socks.
Now we’re getting back into the swing of things… Put a light bulb in the sock so that it is covering the hole that needs to be filled. Darning stitches are performed while the light bulb stem is held in place. There is in fact something called a darning stitch. Aren’t you happy that you made the effort to read all of that? Now, I know that some of you who are glad to read this and others of you who are not glad to read this may be wondering, “Why would you darn a sock?” Good question. You are responsible for filling in the blanks on your own.
An additional blast from the past….
To extend the lifespan of your nylons, panty hose, or knee highs, depending on the type, store them in the freezer after washing them. Yes, Virginia, you can absolutely put this advice to use. Because so many women froze their stockings before putting on their nylons, I can imagine that they were quite expensive back in the day. An exciting return to the past… Many working women were seen going about their day dressed in nylons. Dresses were always accompanied by a pair of stockings.
Spaghetti diapers…. You want those environmentally friendly cloth diapers to be spotless, don’t you? Put the diapers in a pot on top of the stove and add some 20 Mule Team Borax and some soap. Bring to a boil. Make use of the top of your wood stove to reduce your energy consumption. Because of this, it is possible to use very little soap or even none at all, and the soiled diapers will still come out looking as white as the one in the toothpaste commercial that you see on television. This is the color white.
Back in the day… Scraps of fabric from projects that were finished and used were repurposed into quilts so that very little of the fabric was wasted. Everything was utilized on multiple occasions. In most cases, it was used until it broke. Did people throw away trash back then, or did things simply wear away over time?
Right now, we have…
Ideas for recycling that are both ridiculous and archaic.
There are diapers available for free somewhere!!! In the event that you are out of Pampers or Huggies or the store brand diapers, you can make an environmentally friendly diaper out of newspapers or roll ends from your source of newspapers. Fold one sheet of newspaper in half so that it fits down the middle of a diaper, or use one piece to dry quickly. Use the black-and-white stuff—no comics or colored advertising—and hang it up to dry after it has been wet. When it is dry, fold it into the middle of a diaper with the soft fabric of the diaper facing towards the child; this will make even the thinnest diaper or kitchen towel (used by grandma when she was in a pinch) more leak-proof. If you want to, you can try making the diaper out of an entire piece of newspaper. Composting the used newspaper diapers is a common practice in France, where the country is located. Working the paper back and forth will help soften the fibers of the paper if you are pressed for time.
At the same time that we are helping the environment and our finances,…
Isn’t this wonderful life?
Outdoor/Indoor fire starter….
Lint from the dryer should be packed into each section of an empty egg carton, and then wax should be poured on top. Remove one or two pieces, and use them to light the fire in your indoor or outdoor space. It is important to ensure that your indoor chimney is kept clean because paraffin can build up on the chimney’s walls and result in a chimney fire. To easily melt old candles, use a cup warmer that is powered by electricity.
Since your candles have been extinguished… Another simple method that can be used to start a fire and is ideal as a present for the outdoorsy type is presented here. Candle wax can be used to coat pine cones. To dry, lay wax paper down. Put your freshly crafted item inside a wicker basket and give it as a gift… Voila!.. Instant. Gift that is both inexpensive and environmentally friendly! Who said that budgeting your finances can’t also be enjoyable?
Clay for the Belly Button… Combine one third of a cup of warm water, one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, and six tablespoons of white glue with two cups of dryer lint that has been tightly packed. Add some food coloring or round glitter (unlike regular glitter, round glitter won’t cut young children’s hands). Knead the product until it has the consistency of clay. Create a pointless project for your grandparents and spend the day acting like the most beloved grandchild in the world. One could, of course, take all of this information very seriously and design a massive art installation for the city… Hmmm