Times are tough - the stock market is crashing like it's 1929, and with the economy in the toilet it's time to get creative.

Our grandparents and great-grandparents got through the Great Depression with the help of hundreds of little tricks to save money and live with less. We can do even better!

Maybe you're reusing, repurposing, or upcycling your old gear; maybe you're combining trips, hypermiling, or carpooling to save gas; maybe you're preserving produce from your garden. There are a million little things you can do to save money, and we want to see them!

So what tricks do you know of to stretch your money a little further? Share them with us and you could win something truly useful: a copy of The Best of Instructables and a Kill a Watt device that tells you how much electricity your devices are using in order to make your house super efficient! We're also giving away Instructables Robot t-shirts, patches, and stickers. Just enter your favorite cost-saving methods to help everyone else out.

So let's get to it - we're going to save money, and Party Like It's 1929!

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The Party Like It's 1929! is closed.

13 Prizes

First Prize<br />(3 winners)

A copy of The Best of Instructables, a Kill a Watt Electricity Monitor to help you keep your electric bill under control, an Instructables Robot t-shirt to keep you warm, and a patch and some stickers for fun!

Runner-Up<br />(10 winners)

Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Oct 15, 2008 and Nov 2, 2008 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Party Like It's 1929!. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.