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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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    • Pop Up Pirate
    • By Pop Up Pirate 6th Apr 17, 7:46 AM
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    I save all my veggie trimmings and freeze them. When I have a very big bag full, I make stock with them all.
    Very healthy, very tasty (better than buying stock cubes. Yuk!) and very MSE
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 8th Apr 17, 10:44 PM
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    I love the idea of using shampoo for laundry. I have lots of little bottles from staying at hotels. Thanks Mcc!
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 9th Apr 17, 9:22 AM
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    I love the idea of using shampoo for laundry. I have lots of little bottles from staying at hotels. Thanks Mcc!
    Originally posted by milasavesmoney
    Have you tried decanting them into a liquid soap dispenser and using them as shampoo or hand-wash? You get the best results decanting if you use a funnel, since it stops the neck of the recipient bottle getting glugged up and you can prop the bottle up to drain out the dregs.

    I do this. On top of ones scrounged on my own travels, I acquired a bagful of hotel samples from a friend when she moved house: shampoo, body wash, conditioner and body lotion (the latter two need a bit of water to decant the dregs). Score! I wash my hair every day and one full liquid soap dispenser of shampoo will last me 2 months.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 9th Apr 17, 6:49 PM
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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.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Thank you. I love reading this thread and picking up lots of ideas.

    Wow, aprons. My mum had made me a half apron the I can wear when I am doing housework or gardening (somewhere to put your secateurs).

    I treated myself two dresses yesterday (20% off) for a wedding and a party that I will be attending over the next month. The bag that they came in had ribbon for handles. So l have cut them off and will be using these at Christmas. I have also folded neatly the tissue paper, which will be used to wrap presents and I have also cut the bag up. As I will use the green when making cards.
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 09-04-2017 at 6:52 PM.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 9th Apr 17, 6:54 PM
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    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
    Originally posted by purpleybat
    What a good ideas, to use the material to make extra pockets.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 9th Apr 17, 7:01 PM
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    Have you tried decanting them into a liquid soap dispenser and using them as shampoo or hand-wash? You get the best results decanting if you use a funnel, since it stops the neck of the recipient bottle getting glugged up and you can prop the bottle up to drain out the dregs.

    I do this. On top of ones scrounged on my own travels, I acquired a bagful of hotel samples from a friend when she moved house: shampoo, body wash, conditioner and body lotion (the latter two need a bit of water to decant the dregs). Score! I wash my hair every day and one full liquid soap dispenser of shampoo will last me 2 months.
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Have you used conditioner as hand wash?
    I have 1/2 container that we obtained last year, but it doesn't condition my hair. I have been using it to rub hair dye off my face.
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 9th Apr 17, 7:26 PM
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    Put leftover cake making stuff like sprinkles, cherries, choc chips, raisins or past best fruit (apples, bananas) into scones.
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    • sashanut
    • By sashanut 9th Apr 17, 11:19 PM
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    Put leftover cake making stuff like sprinkles, cherries, choc chips, raisins or past best fruit (apples, bananas) into scones.
    Originally posted by kboss2010

    What a good idea - also I bought a granola cereal which according to my DH had 'too much fruit' in it & he wouldn't eat it. Frustrated by the wasted milk-sodden fruit he left I began picking it out before giving it to him...then used that up in a batch of scones which he happily ate!


    Having said that my DD's comment was - well buy cheap granola, there's hardly any fruit in that
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    • By Upsidedown Bear 14th Apr 17, 10:10 AM
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 17th Apr 17, 9:46 PM
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    I have been making birthday cards, new home cards and an 18th birthday card today. (23 cards in total). All from old cards, bits of ribbons and bits and bobs that I have collected or made over the years. The only thing I have to buy (or my mum usually gives me as a present from santa is the cards and envelopes - which usually works out at no more than 20p per card).
    Made both wedding cards for friend and family member. Next to make is my Father's Day card.

    I always plan a head so that I can use every opportunity to save on stamps. My family are used to me giving them their cards, month to eight weeks early, if I am not going to see them again until after their birthday. My family live all over the country so sometimes we combine two events together. For example: had all the family over for Mother's Day. Gave nieces and nephew's their Easter eggs at the same time.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 19th Apr 17, 8:24 PM
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    I cut my make up remover pads in two.

    Hubby and I share the glasses wipes and we also clean our phone screens with them.
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    • auntymabel
    • By auntymabel 20th Apr 17, 12:02 AM
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    To use less when wrapping things,e.g. sandwiches in foil ,place the sandwich or whatever diagonally on the wrap instead of square. Not a big saving but every little helps.
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    • tattycath
    • By tattycath 20th Apr 17, 7:34 AM
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    To use less when wrapping things,e.g. sandwiches in foil ,place the sandwich or whatever diagonally on the wrap instead of square. Not a big saving but every little helps.
    Originally posted by auntymabel
    Kitkat used to do that. They used to put the foil just off, diagonal-it was a long time ago when I first noticed. Don't know if they still do it or not.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 20th Apr 17, 8:35 PM
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    Hubby makes his own home brew. It works out around 35p a pint. He bottles it using recycled bottles. He just buys new bottle tops.
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    • gentlepurr
    • By gentlepurr 21st Apr 17, 1:05 AM
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    I cant remember if ive said before i use the lids off the "posh" coffee tins, Millicano, Azura etc to cover other part used tins, eg tomatoes, beans, cat food. I also used the tins, and a few other tins, (the sort that have the label printed directly on to the metal) as planters for small geraniums last year, they looked stunning in a group, so have carried on collecting the tins to do same again this year
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    • Ellsey
    • By Ellsey 21st Apr 17, 6:59 AM
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    I have a tip which is radical, but happened by chance. I was placed on the coil to help control my migraines. My periods stopped within months saving me money on sanitary products and pain killers. After 4 years I swapped to the implant and was told it was unlikely I would menstruate whilst on this, again I have not. It has been an unexpected money saver!
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 21st Apr 17, 11:01 AM
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    I put branded shower gel from large bottles, which are difficult to hold, and have large openings, into smaller bottles with a smaller opening.

    It goes both ways: if I have unbranded shower gel, I will put it in a small branded bottle with a small opening. If I have a large bottle of branded shower gel, I will put it in a smaller bottle, and be sure to tell dh that's it's the branded shower gel (which may or may not be a white lie ).
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    • Tiddlywinks
    • By Tiddlywinks 21st Apr 17, 11:03 AM
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    I cant remember if ive said before i use the lids off the "posh" coffee tins, Millicano, Azura etc to cover other part used tins, eg tomatoes, beans, cat food.
    Originally posted by gentlepurr
    Careful with doing that.

    The official advice remains that you shouldn't leave leftovers in the can - they should be transferred to another storage container - to prevent possible contamination from the can metal.... even if it is coated with plastic inside.
    • Tiddlywinks
    • By Tiddlywinks 21st Apr 17, 11:09 AM
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    I have a tip which is radical, but happened by chance. I was placed on the coil to help control my migraines. My periods stopped within months saving me money on sanitary products and pain killers. After 4 years I swapped to the implant and was told it was unlikely I would menstruate whilst on this, again I have not. It has been an unexpected money saver!
    Originally posted by Ellsey
    Bit too much information for me.

    Plus it's not really a sneaky way to choose to save money... it's either medically necessary or it isn't.

    If periods are a money-saving concern then there's always a mooncup.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 21st Apr 17, 2:15 PM
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    I have a hourglass shaped shower timer to cut down on the time spent showering, to save electricity and water.
    However, I found it was impossible to shampoo and condition my hair and scrub myself clean in the 4 minutes the timer allowed.

    So now I wash and condition my hair in the bathroom sink and rinse off the conditioner in the shower as I scrub down. I scrub down with a body puff of course, by far the most economical way of using shower gel or cream.

    Doing it this way also allows the conditioner a little extra time to take effect as I empty and clean the sink, before climbing in to the shower.
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