When Carolyn was doing up her home, she decided to join the Edinburgh Tool Library to borrow the tools to do it herself.  This saved on money, provided her with skills and has given her the confidence to make her own furniture from recycled wood.  Doing it this way has also been better for the environment.

What have you done differently to save you buying new things?

Have you recycled, repaired or reconditioned items, such as furniture, clothing or household accessories?

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