A clever way to repurpose an everyday item.

| Credit: Paul Whicheloe

Original purpose: Bundling.
Aha! use: Altering pants to accommodate a new pregnancy or a double cheeseburger. For tab-front pants with two buttons, loop two rubber bands (or ponytail holders) through one another like a figure eight, then attach each loop to a button on either side. If you have a button and a buttonhole (shown here), or a wide hook and eye, loop one rubber band through the buttonhole or eye and then secure the other side around the button or hook.
Reward: Never waste money on a desperate pants purchase again.