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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 24th Apr 10, 8:57 PM
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    Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies
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    • 24th Apr 10, 8:57 PM
    Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies 24th Apr 10 at 8:57 PM
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    Back to the original post...

    The original Sneaky Ways thread is now very long so time for another

    My Sneaky Way - always ask yourself if you really need a non-essential item, and even if you do, wait a week to see if you still need it This has saved DH and I loads

    What are your ways of sneakily saving pennies that your family doesn't notice? I challenge you all to come up with a brand new Sneaky Way that isn;t on the original thread

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    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 24th Apr 10, 10:30 PM
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    • 24th Apr 10, 10:30 PM
    Thanks for the new thread Penny, now that's some challenge!
    How about today when I wrapped a bottle of water in a microfibre teatowel before placing in my bag to go out for the day? It kept cool and absorbed any drips. We also had a cloth handy for dirty little hands and faces!
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    • greengoblin
    • By greengoblin 24th Apr 10, 10:58 PM
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    • 24th Apr 10, 10:58 PM
    Assuming you're like me and hoard tissue paper to re-use and wrap presents there are a couple of things to jazz them up.

    If the tissue paper is a pale colour then flicking it with water colour paint creates a nice 'splat' effect. Or you can paint directly on to it.
    If you have dark tissue paper doing the same but with bleach (wearing gloves and having newspaper down!) also gives a good result.

    Voila - smart and shabby chic wrapping paper!
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    • 25th Apr 10, 8:40 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 8:40 AM
    Thanks for the new thread Penny, now that's some challenge!
    How about today when I wrapped a bottle of water in a microfibre teatowel before placing in my bag to go out for the day? It kept cool and absorbed any drips. We also had a cloth handy for dirty little hands and faces!
    Originally posted by Eenymeeny
    this is one i hadnt thought of, but will certainly use, thanks
    loves to knit and crochet for others
    • sparrer
    • By sparrer 25th Apr 10, 9:53 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 9:53 AM
    I was given a money tree (Jade plant) a few years ago, the plant which is supposed to bring wealth if given as a gift, but apparently doesn't work if you buy it for yourself.

    Last year it fell over and three of the leaves broke off so, as in true OS style I'm loathe to throw anything away, I just stuck them back into the soil. They've grown into baby money trees so I'm nurturing them to give for Chrissie pressies.

    I've been solvent since I got mine (about the time I joined MSE ) and the babies should save some pennies for the recipients. Hopefully, every one's a winner
    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 25th Apr 10, 10:56 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 10:56 AM
    If getting to the bottom of nail varnish and its gloopy, I add a drop of nail varnish remover, close the lid give it a good shake then use. This makes it go a little further.

    I always have loads of body lotion. I found it works great instead of shave gel for my legs. If its a really thick body lotion I water it down slightly so it doesn't clog the razor. Smooth silky legs in one easy step.
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    £2014 in 2014 = £2089.52 - £14025.96 / £13694.07. The Other One: £12042.81£11540.91 Wine is like opera. You can enjoy it even if you don't understand it and too much can give you a headache the next day J
    • Frugalista
    • By Frugalista 25th Apr 10, 11:16 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 11:16 AM
    If getting to the bottom of nail varnish and its gloopy, I add a drop of nail varnish remover, close the lid give it a good shake then use. This makes it go a little further.
    Originally posted by unixgirluk
    Apparently (according to my chemist) you shouldn't do that as it is not good for your nails. Instead I buy a bottle of clear nail varnish (cheaper is better as they are usually more runny) and tip a little of that into the coloured varnish - give it a good shake and Voila!! It also makes a favourite colour go a lot further.
    "Men are generally more careful of the breed(ing) of their horses and dogs than of their children" - William Penn 1644-1718
    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 25th Apr 10, 11:24 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 11:24 AM
    If you buy tinted moisturiser for the summer instead of using foundation just mix a little of your usual foundation with your face cream in the palm of your hand before applying as usual. The same effect but not an extra product to buy
  • Unity
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    • 25th Apr 10, 11:42 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 11:42 AM
    Assuming you're like me and hoard tissue paper to re-use and wrap presents there are a couple of things to jazz them up.

    If the tissue paper is a pale colour then flicking it with water colour paint creates a nice 'splat' effect. Or you can paint directly on to it.
    If you have dark tissue paper doing the same but with bleach (wearing gloves and having newspaper down!) also gives a good result.

    Voila - smart and shabby chic wrapping paper!
    Originally posted by greengoblin
    I can't take credit for this - but one of the 'Victorian Christmas' programmes on (I think) BBC2 showed how to make marbled wrapping paper, by filling a sink with water and dripping oil-based paint onto the surface. You can swirl it with a chopstick or similar and then lay a piece of ordinary drawing paper on the surface. Obviously don't let it get soaking wet, (or you'll just have papier-mache ) remove it and lay it flat to dry on old newspapers and you have stylish cheap wrapping paper.
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    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 25th Apr 10, 12:06 PM
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    I can't take credit for this - but one of the 'Victorian Christmas' programmes on (I think) BBC2 showed how to make marbled wrapping paper, by filling a sink with water and dripping oil-based paint onto the surface. You can swirl it with a chopstick or similar and then lay a piece of ordinary drawing paper on the surface. Obviously don't let it get soaking wet, (or you'll just have papier-mache ) remove it and lay it flat to dry on old newspapers and you have stylish cheap wrapping paper.
    Originally posted by Unity
    Wow, I remember being shown this at school then using the paper to back our books! Does anyone do this anymore? It would be nice to colour co-ordinate covered gift boxes wouldn't it? I would use a paint roller tray though, save messing the sink up
    Thanks Unity, I'd forgotten about that.
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  • lilac_lady
    If you have a strong colour of paint left over you can add white paint to it and it'll give you a new pastel shade, enough to decorate another room. White paint can be a lot cheaper than coloured paint.
    " The greatest wealth is to live content with little."

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    • kerleytops
    • By kerleytops 25th Apr 10, 1:19 PM
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    As the picnic season is almost upon us ( ! ) freeze cartons of drink to use in cool boxes or bags instead of buying blocks. You then have a lovely cold drink to go with the picnic. Could use for packed lunches as well.
    • rubytuesday
    • By rubytuesday 25th Apr 10, 1:22 PM
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    Small Nutella jars make excellent glassses.
    Here dead we lie because we did not choose
    To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
    Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
    But young men think it is,
    And we were young.
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    • maman
    • By maman 25th Apr 10, 2:14 PM
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    maman
    Apparently (according to my chemist) you shouldn't do that as it is not good for your nails. Instead I buy a bottle of clear nail varnish (cheaper is better as they are usually more runny) and tip a little of that into the coloured varnish - give it a good shake and Voila!! It also makes a favourite colour go a lot further.
    Originally posted by Frugalista
    I think that was probably in the day when all nail varnish removers contained acetone. That was very drying to nails. I remember well being sent to the physics lab at school to have (banned) nail polish removed with pure acetone.
    • Mags_cat
    • By Mags_cat 25th Apr 10, 2:22 PM
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    If getting to the bottom of nail varnish and its gloopy, I add a drop of nail varnish remover, close the lid give it a good shake then use. This makes it go a little further.

    I always have loads of body lotion. I found it works great instead of shave gel for my legs. If its a really thick body lotion I water it down slightly so it doesn't clog the razor. Smooth silky legs in one easy step.
    Originally posted by unixgirluk
    Keeping nail varnish in the fridge helps stop it going gloopy. Don't think it'd be up to much on toast, though
  • shankley4ever
    [QUOTE

    I always have loads of body lotion. I found it works great instead of shave gel for my legs. If its a really thick body lotion I water it down slightly so it doesn't clog the razor. Smooth silky legs in one easy step.[/QUOTE]


    just tried this ...worked brilliantly...good tip...
    • rubytuesday
    • By rubytuesday 25th Apr 10, 3:41 PM
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    Hair conditioner can also be if you have no shaving foam.
    Here dead we lie because we did not choose
    To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
    Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
    But young men think it is,
    And we were young.
    A E Housman
  • Unity
    Wasp repellant
    Here's another one I can't take credit for .

    I have just finished making two fake wasps nests to encourage the little blighters to go elsewhere, mostly because I'm allergic to the stings.

    I used a couple of balloons, covered them in papier-mache (made from old newspapers plus flour and water paste) and when dry, I gave them a coat of left over coffee coloured emulsion, then a coat of varnish (odds and ends from those tins that got left in the garden shed). I'll be hanging one in the apple tree and one in the huge St. John's Wort bush in my garden. It's the first time I've tried this and if it works it will have cost me nothing .

    This is supposed to work because wasps are very territorial and if they see what looks like another nest they will go elsewhere. Well, here's hoping .
    Some people hear voices, some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever
    • HariboJunkie
    • By HariboJunkie 25th Apr 10, 9:02 PM
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    Small Nutella jars make excellent glassses.
    Originally posted by rubytuesday
    For short sightedness or for reading?
    • rubytuesday
    • By rubytuesday 25th Apr 10, 9:27 PM
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    For short sightedness or for reading?
    Originally posted by HariboJunkie
    Ha ha yes that did cross my mind!
    Here dead we lie because we did not choose
    To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
    Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
    But young men think it is,
    And we were young.
    A E Housman
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