The origins of the phrase

I always thought this was an old Yankee saying, but I found this World War II propaganda poster. Seems to have been a common Depression-era philosophy all over the United States. That said, I doubt I’ll patch my trousers while mowing the lawn, since I’m the mower and the mender in the family! And isn’t that a bit awkward?!


In 2012, I'm not going to buy anything except what I've used up or worn out. For all else, I'll make do with what I already own or I'll do without. I've come up with some guidelines. Update: for 2013 I'm going to continue along, but not as strictly.


I'm Meg Hourihan. I live in New York City but was raised in Massachusetts. I blame my Yankee-ness for this crazy idea. Read more about me and this project.


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