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    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 27th Sep 17, 10:20 PM
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    Most unexpected money saving tip!
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    • 27th Sep 17, 10:20 PM
    Most unexpected money saving tip! 27th Sep 17 at 10:20 PM
    Today I was chatting to some of my work colleagues and we were chatting about money saving and bargains as you do... One of my co-workers was amazed that because I did a particular online course that I only paid about £15 I had qualified for an NUS card and now get student discounts for a year...

    Whilst not earth shattering then he was blown away by this (I'm slowly converting everyone to MSE hahaha!) - but I made me wonder what weird, unexpected and quirky money saving tips have you come across - or even what was SO obvious to you but blew someones head when you educated them

    I'd love to hear if people have quirky tips out there!
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    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 27th Sep 17, 11:34 PM
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    • 27th Sep 17, 11:34 PM
    Hello Mrs Tinks,

    Long time no speaka, hope alls well !!
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    • Plumjam
    • By Plumjam 28th Sep 17, 9:11 AM
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    • 28th Sep 17, 9:11 AM
    I recently bought an iPad from the Apple Store (I know, not very money saving). During the conversation with the salesman, he asked me if I'd be using it for work to which I replied 'no chance, I work in a school'. He then told me that as I work in education, I could have a discount. I didn't have any proof with me but he still gave me the discount.
    • JamesZxr
    • By JamesZxr 28th Sep 17, 2:56 PM
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    • 28th Sep 17, 2:56 PM
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    • 28th Sep 17, 2:56 PM
    Microsoft home user program - if your organisation is signed up you can get Office (currently the Professional Plus 2016 version) for about £10.
    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 28th Sep 17, 8:10 PM
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    • 28th Sep 17, 8:10 PM
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    • 28th Sep 17, 8:10 PM
    Hi Sourcrate - long time indeed!

    Thought I should pop in and say hello to everyone!
    Lifes been super busy but I'm enjoying my debt free status at the moment and finally having savings being put away each month!
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    • Happierdays
    • By Happierdays 28th Sep 17, 8:12 PM
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    • 28th Sep 17, 8:12 PM
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    • 28th Sep 17, 8:12 PM
    A few years ago I heard somewhere that you can cook pasta by just pouring the boiling water over it, put on a tight fitting lid and cover with a tea towel (I assume these steps are to keep in heat as much as possible) and leave to stand for the usual time you would boil/simmer it..I've been cooking pasta this way for years with no complaints! Don't know how much this has saved on electricity over the years but must be something!
    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 29th Sep 17, 3:20 PM
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    • 29th Sep 17, 3:20 PM
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    • 29th Sep 17, 3:20 PM
    NHS employees get 20% off with EE on their monthly bill. Pretty decent to be fair.
    • fairy3
    • By fairy3 2nd Oct 17, 12:39 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 12:39 AM
    NHS employees also get 10% off United Carpets if that is any help....
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 2nd Oct 17, 7:45 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 7:45 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 7:45 AM
    A few years ago I heard somewhere that you can cook pasta by just pouring the boiling water over it, put on a tight fitting lid and cover with a tea towel (I assume these steps are to keep in heat as much as possible) and leave to stand for the usual time you would boil/simmer it..I've been cooking pasta this way for years with no complaints! Don't know how much this has saved on electricity over the years but must be something!
    Originally posted by Happierdays
    I do this too, and with rice, after reading it on the old style board. But find with rice when the time's up I need to bring it back to the boil. I've tried to tell loads of people you don't need to simmer it, but am convinced no one believes me!
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    • MrsLWW
    • By MrsLWW 2nd Oct 17, 8:09 AM
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    NHS staff can sign up to NHS discounts, NHS Staff Benefits and all armed forces, NHS & Emergency Services can sign up to the Blue Light Card - lot's of lovely discounts!

    Also just discovered the Yolt App - all your banking, spending habits in one place. Been using it for a few weeks now and am raving about it to anyone who will listen lol!

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    My parents always said "If you can't afford it cash, you can't afford it!" so true!.... mind you, turns out we can't afford much lol
    • Happierdays
    • By Happierdays 2nd Oct 17, 6:28 PM
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    Thanks determined new ms for the rice tip- will definitely try it!
    Yes i too am sure no one believes me...always trying to convince my 19 year old that he doesn't have to fast boil the pasta for 10 min to cook it lol!
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 2nd Oct 17, 11:46 PM
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    When shopping in a supermarket that price matches put anything you've bought that is reduced or on offer through as a separate transaction so it doesn't cancel out the price match on stuff that's cheaper elsewhere.
    Make £5 a day in December £54.94/£310 (November £322.28, October £288.52, September £374.30, August £223.95, July £71.45, June £251.22, May£119.33, April £236.24, March £106.74, Feb £40.99, Jan £98.54)
    • mumofthetwins
    • By mumofthetwins 3rd Oct 17, 5:08 PM
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    When shopping in a supermarket that price matches put anything you've bought that is reduced or on offer through as a separate transaction so it doesn't cancel out the price match on stuff that's cheaper elsewhere.
    Originally posted by FatVonD
    I have never thought of doing that and I know I miss out on price match .. yay thanks
    Guess who's going to be splitting their shopping tonight

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    • bearcat16
    • By bearcat16 4th Oct 17, 12:41 AM
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    We were discussing money saving tips at work the other day, and a colleague said "a bottle of champagne weighs the same as a melon."

    Took me a moment to realise what she was on about.
    • Daveahare99
    • By Daveahare99 4th Oct 17, 11:20 AM
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    Co-Op employees get a plus one discount card in addition their own.

    Valid for food, bank errrr funeral (god forbid) etc .

    Very handy.
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 4th Oct 17, 1:02 PM
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    Go have a browse around the world food section at the supermarket! Some brands are way cheaper than the ones you normally recognise and are just as tasty. Tinned tomatoes, noodles, sauces etc
    • Katgrit
    • By Katgrit 4th Oct 17, 5:13 PM
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    NHS employees get 20% off with EE on their monthly bill. Pretty decent to be fair.
    Originally posted by Comms69
    Is this just EE mobile, or does it apply to Broadband too?
    Last edited by Katgrit; 04-10-2017 at 5:16 PM.
    • binaryuniverse
    • By binaryuniverse 5th Oct 17, 12:09 PM
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    We were discussing money saving tips at work the other day, and a colleague said "a bottle of champagne weighs the same as a melon."

    Took me a moment to realise what she was on about.
    Originally posted by bearcat16
    That's not a money saving tip. That's theft.
    • Growurown
    • By Growurown 5th Oct 17, 1:07 PM
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    I was given one of these as a present. It's great for making soups, stews etc. It makes great risottos (no standing around constantly stirring) and currys, slow cooks, quick cooks and makes yogurt. Saves money on fuel, but what I like most is that when it has finished cooking it switches itself to keep warm mode so I don't have to worry about overcooking or burning the food! I can go off walking the dogs or do a bit of gardening and come home to a hot meal

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    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 11th Oct 17, 1:40 PM
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    Some brilliant suggestions so far! The splitting your shopping NEVER occurred to me!!!

    ETA - it should have been obvious, but it just didn't really twig... I'm feeling a little slow right now
    Last edited by MrsTinks; 11-10-2017 at 1:45 PM.
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