Money saving tips!!

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  • Ok at the resuest of another member :-) I was asked to put up some ideas about frugal living not sure if this is the best place to post this?? But here goes....


    Lemons before discarding them you can use them to clean surfaces... I use them to bleach my teeth ( warning dont do this too often though you will corrode the enamel)


    Pallet wood can be used for loads of stuff dont get rid. Key rings, furniture, fencing, indoor outdoor house signs.

    Stale bread:
    feed to critters outside or make little party canapes with any toppings you like recipes online everywhere


    Stale coke: flush it down your loo - it damn well cleans it. :-)


    Baby oil: no need to go out an buy expensive metal cleaner for your shiney metal cooker, toaster or kettle, just rub baby oil on it. Now now ...dont get too carried away! ;-)


    I think of many more but if you guys have any other ideas to penny pinch in the home??

  • Stale bread makes fantastic croutons, cut into little squares, coat with olive oil and herbs, cook on 200, for 10 minutes, will keep for a week if stored in an airtight container, or freeze, and lasts ages ( refresh in oven for three minutes) . :)


    Lemon - excellent fridge freshner, leave the squeezed half of the lemon on a plate with bicarb of soda around it. Bicarb absorbs the bad odours, lemon makes it smell nommy :)

  • Thanks TS


    Next to living in an Airstream and all the savings that involves I think my biggest money saving scheme is cycling everywhere.
    I cycle to work, I cycle to the shops, I cycle to the pub, I cycle to the allotment. I cycle everywhere and it cost very little, it keeps me fit and it always puts a massive smile on my face even when it is raining.


    I probably save a couple of thousand pounds a year from cycling and not using the car.


    Paul

  • You are welcome Paul.:D and yup a menu Daisydreamer great idea.


    To add to that ...One other thing that saves money too is going shopping with a list ( i know a lot if us here detest lists) but.....
    if you stick to it you save money... Ive never been one for crisps sweets and biscuits so I totally avoid those Isles when I ever have the misfortune of being in a big supermarket store. Failing that if you cat resist the goody's then shop online... theres very little chance of impulse buying.

  • 1. Avoid every form of advertising as much as posible (put no ads sticker on your mailbox, use adblock, don't read popular magazines, don't watch TV, listen to non-commercial radio stations, ignore billboards)


    2. Avoid shopping malls, they will trick you into buying more than you need. Use small local shops instead.


    3. Buy only what you really need. Plan in advance. Buy only what you have on your shopping list.


    4. You can find lower prices online, but you have to be disciplined.


    5. Buy quality items as they will last longer.


    6. Pay with cash only; use credit card only for online purchases.


    7. Monitor your income and spending. You can use pencile&paper, a simple Excel table or some dedicated software.


    8. Avoid Lottery, bets, casinos, etc. Remember, the house always wins.


    9. Eat and drink outside only when you really have no option to have a meal at home.


    10. Don't give a damn about fashion. Get clothes and shoes that are comfortable, durable and can be worn throughout the year. This way you'll only need 20-30 different pieces of clothing and a few pair of shoes.


    11. When buying a car, look what size of tires does it have. 14'' and 15'' tyres are cheap, 17'' and bigger can be very expensive. Bigger tires also mean lower MPG.


    12. Invest in some quality tools and learn to make and repair things by yourself. With Google and Youtube you can find tutorials for almost everything.

  • Another way to save money is to stop buying/ using shampoo and wash your hair with body/ shower gel instead.
    Its a false economy to buy shampoo and imo its actually not very good for your hair.


    If its gentle enough for your skin then why not use it on your hair.
    My hair has become thicker and fuller since using body gel on it.

  • You are welcome Paul.:D and yup a menu Daisydreamer great idea.


    To add to that ...One other thing that saves money too is going shopping with a list ( i know a lot if us here detest lists) but.....
    if you stick to it you save money... Ive never been one for crisps sweets and biscuits so I totally avoid those Isles when I ever have the misfortune of being in a big supermarket store. Failing that if you cat resist the goody's then shop online... theres very little chance of impulse buying.


    Never go food shopping on an empty stomach you will only end up impulse buying.

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  • I wash my hair with an eco friendly shampoo bar that cost £4 and has lasted all year so far and cider vinegar - tis nicer and cheaper for your hair.


    I have a penny jar, that I pop my spare change in, I'm waiting for Christmas then I'll take my change to the supermarket and put it in one of those change machines that give you a voucher, then I can buy all my Christmas food for free!


    I clean pretty much everything with lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda.


    I use waaay less laundry liquid and conditioner than the bottle reccomends (about a quarter of a cap full, when the bottle says use 2) The liquid is expensive so this makes it last a Lot longer.


    I buy pretty much everything second hand and find great things for free (by the recycling bins at my flat is a great place to look, people are always leaving usable things out there)

  • Another way to save money is to stop buying/ using shampoo and wash your hair with body/ shower gel instead.
    Its a false economy to buy shampoo and imo its actually not very good for your hair.


    If its gentle enough for your skin then why not use it on your hair.
    My hair has become thicker and fuller since using body gel on it.


    Die you hair using farm foods ice poles n lemon. Leave to a sticky mess, wait ten too fifteen years then buy clippers for a tenner n keep bald head shaved. Saves a fortune on hair cuts n shampoo, thurns out soap cleans it.


    dove soap with one quarter moist-e-nisser keeps me young n beautifully all for two for a quid shop

  • This would be quite difficult to do and you would have to be super organised but this tip could save hundreds of pounds a year


    A quick google shows that the average weekly grocery bill is £100 and most people do their weekly shop on the same day of the week, every week.


    Most people still have some stuff left over from the week before and are not totally out of everything when they go shopping. You probably have enough for feed you family for at least one more day.


    If you did your weekly shop one day later each week so if you normally shop on a saturday, next week shop on a sunday and the week after a monday etc etc. You would do 6 less shopping trips a year and save yourself £600


    I doubt I could keep to that regime but it makes you think


    paul

  • Toothpaste - when you are at the bottom of the tube there is quite often still a lot left over. Im serious when i say this lol I take a stanley blade and cut the tub open to get my moneys worth. Hey guys dont laugh you can get another 10 - 20 tooth brush sessions from this .
    To preserve it just stck it in a food bag and knot it so it doesnt go all crusty.
    My money saving tips are not for everyone but if you want to save money you have to get inventive.


    And No... I dont use teabags twice - thats just going to far :panic:

  • You can get 4 times out of them by chucking three used 3 times in a tea pot. Then you can let them cool down and use them as theraputic eye coolers and finally rip open and compost the leaves after.


    Ian

  • Don't be scared of the reduced shelves,go on a supermarket crawl between 7-9pm when the silly prices go on.In the past I have picked up fresh items for under 10p! Best before dates are only a suggestion,if it smells/tastes all right then we eat it.


    Supermarkets own basic ranges are just as good as branded stuff and for a fraction of the price-cheaper items will be on the lower shelves. The stuff they want you to buy is at eye level!


    I will second meal planning,and freeze leftovers of make into something else for the next day.


    Get you clothes from Charity shops/Ebay etc-the same goes for furniture and household items.

  • Only buy things on offer at the supermarket, buy one get one free etc


    Unless it is cheaper to buy one and then buy another one. T*sco are good at getting the offers confused.


    And provided you can actually use two before they go off.


    Better money saver is eat before you go shopping, and take a list with you.
    You then avoid the spur of the moment impulse purchases
    :beard: