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By Dana Massing Erie Times-News staff blogger
I am a grandchild of the Great Depression and a survivor of more recent recessions. Through my grandparents and parents, I've learned to spend wisely and to save while still being able to live life well. I want to share my discoveries with you and hear yours.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 17th, 2013
Yarn scraps prove useful in many ways

When I was little, my grandmother would sometimes tie yarn around our birthday or Christmas presents instead of ribbon. We never threw that yarn away, always holding onto it until we could find another use.

That was a practice handed down by a woman who lived through the Great Depression and learned to reuse things as many times as possible because there usually wasn’t money to buy more. It’s a good lesson, not only for keeping items out of landfills but also for saving money.

Although I don’t knit or crochet, I still hang onto yarn bits that come my way. One of my favorite ways of recycling them is using them to tie up things like tomatoes and rose bushes in my garden instead of buying twine for that purpose.

Using leftover yarn in your garden made a list I recently came across of “38 ways to use up yarn scraps.” Some of the others from include using yarn scraps to stuff small items, to decorate cards or to make simple key chains.

To see the rest of the suggestions, visit


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