Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking The Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how working together can stretch the budget further. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Make do and mend; it's an old wartime slogan that more of us could pay attention to today, as we try to stay on budget.

It's clearly a better budget idea to DIY, or fix things that break instead of buying a replacement.

But whether you want to blame a changing society, or things like home economics classes being cut at school, there's a clear trend.

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