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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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    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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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 4th Dec 16, 3:07 PM
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    For the last two Christmases we have found ourselves just a duo for Christmas lunch so the most economical way of handling the meal to get "the full Montty" was to buy two chicken breasts, slice them lengthways along their middle, stuff them with savoury stuffing,and roast them with a rasher of bacon wrapped round them. Takes a fraction of the time it takes to cook a whole bird and there's no wastage. We normally cook an extra breast to eat cold in sandwiches.

    Often in the past there has been so much food left over at Christmas that we've ended up eating it when it is past its best to avoid wasting but this way there is no wastage.

    Any left over stuffing mix can be mixed in with mashed potatoes and cooked sprouts to make some savoury colcannon type rissoles which make a tasty Boxing Day breakfast treat.
    Last edited by Primrose; 04-12-2016 at 3:10 PM.
    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 5th Dec 16, 2:32 AM
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    Muffin man 7 I tend to use just acrylic yarn a lot so most of my scraps are acrylic. Much easier to just pop in the washing machine. I do like the idea of popping them into a duvet cover though, would keep a few together.
    Thank you for the suggestion, one I've washed some I'll try that out
    Em xx
    Originally posted by EmberJ
    Glad you like the idea i gained a dog four years ago son could nt take him to new house and ive found its the best way to stop his claws catching in the blanket or i use the fleece ones

    I feel bad now i didnt mean wool as in wool anytime i knit i always call it wool but cant have real wool sets my eczema off
    I do like your idea of more than one in the cover this would keep me warm and make washing easier too cezer the dog like s to pull the filling out of the quilt ive at least 3 i need to fix is easy to do its just me and him and i just cut damaged bit off and sew it up ok is not as long but im only 5'2" so not an issue like fixing things up
    I was going to make window quilts but am moving soon so instead i just used curtain rings with a clip on to attatch a thin summer quilt ( thatWas shorter thanks to cezer ) it worked really well on an old broom handle held up with cup hooks this was on a door frame as no door at the time between loving room and hallway i ve got doors now but still might use this again this winter
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 5th Dec 16, 7:12 AM
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    I won't be able to make my local midnight mass on Christmas Eve as I shall be away up in London that evening celebrating my eldest DGS wedding.First time for 15 year that I can't get there, but I'm sure the Big Guy will let me off one night I do love the Christmas Eve carol service at our local church, give the real meaning of Christmas to me .Not all the adverts and hullabaloo thats in the media just a quiet reflection of the past year and hope for the coming one.

    I agree the coming year will be for a lot of us, another notch to tighen on your belt, cash-wise. But like all of Martins followers I'm sure we will manage somehow
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    • Aril
    • By Aril 22nd Dec 16, 9:48 PM
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    I have discovered that I automatically tap the teaspoon to level off the contents whenever I use proper coffee or instant. I didn't even realise I did it but I think it must have saved me a fair amount over the years. I do it with other things too unless a recipe calls for a heaped measure.
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    • drinkupretty
    • By drinkupretty 22nd Dec 16, 10:46 PM
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    I have ditched disposable sanitary products and invested in washable sanitary products and a menstrual cup. It will save me a fortune in sanitary products over the long term, mean that I will not run out and be caught out and will send less to landfill too.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 23rd Dec 16, 8:52 AM
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    I have ditched disposable sanitary products and invested in washable sanitary products and a menstrual cup. It will save me a fortune in sanitary products over the long term, mean that I will not run out and be caught out and will send less to landfill too.
    Originally posted by drinkupretty
    I thought long and hard about this but it's one sacrifice I just can't make
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 23rd Dec 16, 8:59 AM
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    DigForVictory
    Knowing the Dig menfolk view on Brussels sprouts (blasphemous) I bought the right number (1 per head) loose in early November & froze them.
    Everyone will get their desired Christmas veggies, I will dip the knee at the altar of Done Properly <yes, well, I do *try* most days> & it cost me 7 pence.

    I'll buy more for me to freeze & enjoy later when the current rush has lapsed.
    • Sylar321
    • By Sylar321 11th Mar 17, 1:22 PM
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    Something I do... I save the plastic bag packaging that my toilet rolls come in and use them to line my small bathroom pedal bin. They're already in the bathroom which is a bonus.
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 11th Mar 17, 2:34 PM
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    I have a friend who gives me homemade jams that are impossible to spread but taste lovely and I have job lots of chutneys that I've either been given or made myself.... one of my favourite things to do now is to mix them into mashed potatoes, add some herbs and then spread the mix out so is around 1-2ins thick - bake in the oven for approx. 30mins then serve... sounds hideous I know, but its seriously lush and means I waste nothing (plus don't offend my friend!! ��)
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 11th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
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    I think we need a new thread on "100 interesting ways to use Mashed Potatoes".
    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 11th Mar 17, 5:13 PM
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    I think we need a new thread on "100 interesting ways to use Mashed Potatoes".
    Originally posted by Primrose
    Or even just potatoes!

    I love me spuds I do.
    • consultant31
    • By consultant31 13th Mar 17, 6:02 AM
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    Mashed potato, spread thinly in a flan case and baked blind, makes a much less fattening (and tasty) base for a flan or savoury pie.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th Mar 17, 8:18 AM
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    I think we need a new thread on "100 interesting ways to use Mashed Potatoes".
    Originally posted by Primrose

    Well, I'm just going to start a new thread on using potatoes so we can keep all our suggestions in one place and hopefully gain some new inspiration for this indispensible vegetable !
    • caroc
    • By caroc 17th Mar 17, 9:25 PM
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    When we get parcels these days, the packaging is often long strips of brown paper scrunched up. I 've been flattening it, rolling it up and using it like kitchen roll for messy kitchen jobs like wiping up grease in pots/pans /plates and wiping out tins/jars for recycling, its very absorbent. It then goes in the composter. I also now use it to peel things on instead of newspaper-better for the worms I think.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 17th Mar 17, 9:45 PM
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    I have just filled a handsoap container with a shampoo that is just too aggressive for my hair. I figured we could use it for hands, and I'll use it to clean the loo.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 2nd Apr 17, 10:08 PM
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    When buying clothes the tags are quite often attached with a piece of ribbon. I save these bits of ribbons and use them to attach homemade tags onto presents.
    I also removed ribbon off chocolate boxes and birthday cakes and reuse them when wrapping presents.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 2nd Apr 17, 10:32 PM
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    My jeans get holes in places where you don't want them. I always have a pair that I patch up and use in the garden. Other pairs I cut up. I chop off the pockets and use these to mend my husband's trousers when his pockets go. I cut off the less worn parts of the legs and use these for patches and other repairs.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 3rd Apr 17, 7:04 AM
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    You are full of good tips Gem-gem!

    I collect the Per Una pink ribbon but have never actually got round to using it

    I have a pair of jeans that I have intentionally worn to death. There's just so much material it still seems wasteful to throw them away. I've been googling repurposing ideas and am hoping to persuade my mum to turn them into a couple of aprons for our LO.
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    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 5th Apr 17, 11:48 PM
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    My jeans get holes in places where you don't want them. I always have a pair that I patch up and use in the garden. Other pairs I cut up. I chop off the pockets and use these to mend my husband's trousers when his pockets go. I cut off the less worn parts of the legs and use these for patches and other repairs.
    Originally posted by Gem-gem

    i thought of you with those trousers earlier today when I put on my multi-coloured gardening trousers I think they're more patch than trouser now but the extra pockets are sooo handy
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 6th Apr 17, 12:34 AM
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    I have just filled a handsoap container with a shampoo that is just too aggressive for my hair. I figured we could use it for hands, and I'll use it to clean the loo.
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Having successfully used travel laundry wash in the washing machine this week, my thoughts turned to shampoo - would that work as well?. I was sent a bottle of Pantene shampoo to review by Beauty Recommended last year which didn't suit me. I used it a few times to establish this, so donating to a refuge wasn't really on for this half bottle.

    I can report that if you have a well functioning washing machine, Pantene, at least, is very well suited to substituting for laundry gel. I put it directly into the gel dispenser and plonked it on top of the wash.

    If you don't have a gel dispenser any small shallow plastic or silicone container will do. I've used a silicone individual cake case before now, when my dispenser went AWOL.
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