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waste not, want not

If you use something wisely, sparingly, and completely, it will be less likely that you find yourself in need of anything. I plan our meals very carefully each week so that we use almost everything we get in the groceries—waste not, want not. You may need to overhaul your production strategy if resources keep going to waste. Remember: waste not, want not!
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Waste not, want not.

Prov. Cliché If you do not waste anything, you will always have enough. Always save the fabric scraps left over from your sewing projects; you can use them to make something else. Waste not, want not. Sam never let his leftovers spoil in the refrigerator but made sure to eat them. "Waste not, want not," he said.
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waste not, want not

Wise use of one's resources will keep one from poverty. For example, I just hate to throw out good food-waste not, want not. This proverbial saying was first recorded in 1772 but had an earlier, even more alliterative version, willful waste makes woeful want (1576).
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waste not, want not

if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance you will never be in need. proverb
In this expression, want can be understood to mean either ‘lack’ or ‘desire’ according to the context.
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ˌwaste not, ˈwant not

(saying) if you never waste anything, for example food or money, you will have it when you need it: Come on, finish your food, children. Waste not, want not!
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waste not, want not

Economical use of one’s resources pays off. This adage was quoted—and perhaps coined—by Maria Edgeworth (The Parent’s Assistant, 1800), who wrote that those very words “were written over the chimneypiece . . . in his uncle’s spacious kitchen.” It was widely repeated throughout the nineteenth century, but has been heard less in the current throwaway society.
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Waste not your time upon Tarzan of the Apes in the full of his strength." But still Ska, the vulture, circled and soared above him, and the ape-man, notwithstanding his boasts, felt a shudder of apprehension.
"Greeting, white lords," Twala cried, as we came up; "be seated, waste not precious time--the night is all too short for the deeds that must be done.
How I should grudge and count up every minute of it, so as to waste not a single instant!' He said that this thought weighed so upon him and became such a terrible burden upon his brain that he could not bear it, and wished they would shoot him quickly and have done with it."
Tenders are invited for "Collecting hazardous waste not suitable for secondary use."
Staff based at the Crown Prosecution Service headquarters at Friars House near the train station have held their first food collection for the Waste Not Want Not campaign.
In the meantime, I'm continuing to bring on trays of broad beans and early peas in the greenhouse in compost from last year's growbags (waste not, want not!).
Cuper Crescent allotment society, in Huyton, also won pounds 1,000 in the Knowsley environmental challenge awards for its Waste Not, Want Not project.
THIS bountiful harvest was handed out to the hungry in Coventry after the first week of the Telegraph's Waste Not Want Not campaign.
A DAY celebrating waste not want not attitudes is being held at the Beamish Museum.
Also, once you have bought all those smart pans and kitsch aprons it would be a dreadful waste not to use them.
AROUND 15 boxes of food were donated to feed the hungry at Coventry Soup Kitchen yesterday from the latest business to join the Telegraph's Waste Not Want Not campaign.
"They also see the advantage of seeing waste not just as a problem but as something we can benefit from, as in the production of compost or as fuel to generate heat and electricity."
ANOTHER Coventry business has joined the Telegraph's Waste Not Want Not campaign to help feed the homeless each week.
A COVENTRY supermarket is the first business to join the Telegraph's Waste Not Want Not campaign to feed homeless and vulnerable families.
'WASTE not, want not' is the lesson being learned with a new Love Food Hate Waste campaign roadshow.
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