You can make yogurt, bread, even laundry detergent and cat litter. And you'll have a greener lifestyle and save money in the process.
Companies like Habitat for Humanity's ReStore shops sell building materials, hardware, furnishings and appliances at amazing discounts.
You might find exactly what you need in the giveaway box. I certainly have.
Your home is full of things that stall, shred, stick, crumble or clog. A whole bunch of those things can be fixed by you.
Even if your 'back 40' is actually a balcony 40, try veggies or herbs in containers.
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