I'm quite big on thrift. Perhaps because it was a value my parents prized and practiced I am horrified by those surveys showing that people in Britain today throw away a third of the food they buy. Also, I learned the need for thrift during the years after separation from my ex-partner - my habit of storing minute quantities of left-overs in little pots in the fridge amuses my older children to this day. Now you can buy a book about the subject. Even the small extract published by the Telegraph has introduced me to a heap of useful penny-pinching ploys. Not that many of them will be much use to me. For example:
"Patent leather can be cleaned with vaseline or the inside of a banana skin."Sorry, don't buy bananas - too expensive (just kidding). This one caught my eye too...
"Put on a pair of cotton gloves before you put on a shear pair of tights to prevent snagging."
...but only because they meant "sheer." However...
"Sell clutter. As William Morris said: 'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.'"
Trouble is, no car boot could begin to do justice to our clutter. We'd have to turn our front yard into a shop. And the front room.
"Line the bottom of the salad drawer in the fridge with newspaper or paper towels to help keep vegetables fresh for longer."
At last, a use for all those wretched Evening Standards. And finally:
"Keep sliced bread in the freezer. It thaws in seconds, so take out only what you need."
Hah! As if I don't do that already!