Our moms don't really get the credit they deserve. They cook, clean and care for the entire family and rarely miss a beat. More often than not, they do all this on a shoe-string budget using strategies that would confound established economists. Here are the little ways in which Indians moms save money.

1. Combining a new Rin bar with an old one to make a bigger bar. Because more soap means more whiteness!

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2. Sending your 5 year old shoes to the Mochi (cobbler) at least a dozen times before throwing them away.

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3. Although it's not very common these days, a lot of mothers took it upon themselves to knit every item of winter clothing you ever needed.

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4. Squeezing every bit of toothpaste from a tube of Colgate by crushing it to a sliver with a belan (rolling-pin) or cutting it in half with a pair of scissors.

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5. By making the shampoo last for another month by filling the bottle with some water when it's about to run out.

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6. By keeping all the polythene bags inside a giant polythene bag and using them for groceries. Mock it all you want, it saves money and is super eco-friendly.

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7. Frying something in it didn't mean they're done with the oil. If it isn't used exactly twice, oil is liquid gold.

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8. Saving all the newspapers and bottles from a month to be sold off as "Raddi" (Refuse). Earning around Rs. 500 just from selling trash at the time of the month when you're most broke isn't a bad strategy at all.

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9. By converting every fancy bottle of booze into a flower pot, mums save about a gazillion Rupees a year and make awesomely stylish flower vases to boot.

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10. No piece of clothing is beyond repair if it can be "rafoo'ed." For the Un-Desi, Rafoo is Indian style patchwork.

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11. In an Indian home, no item of clothing is ever thrown away. According to Indians mums, clothes go from party clothes to home clothes to night clothes to poncha (cleaning cloth).

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12. By passing down school books, clothes and winter suits from one sibling to the next along with a healthy dose of "sanskaar."

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13. By converting plastic soft drink bottles into water bottles. Admit it, you have a couple of those in your home right now.

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14. By saving all the used up Good Knight mats for a month and burning them together. That shit is like Mosquito Napalm.

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