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WI sees applications rise as youngsters' budgets are squeezed

Young Britons are turning to the Women's Institute (WI) to help them through these tough economic times, the Times reports.The recent downturn, which has seen credit being restricted and food and fuel prices rising, has led to many people feeling the squeeze.As a result, the WI - founded in 1914 - is reporting increasing rates of membership applications from young people.Sue Bridger, a course director at the body, commented: "As well as being useful, domestic science can help to save money. But now we have two generations of children who have not been taught even the basics. "We are losing vital life skills."At WI meetings, money-saving skills such as cooking on a budget, darning and knitting are taught.Moreover, top cost-cutting tips are also spread - such as putting boiled water in a thermos flask, to be used for the washing up later.Using lemons for cleaning products and salted saucepan water as a weedkiller are also recommended by the WI.

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