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    • Aril
    • By Aril 8th Feb 09, 12:16 PM
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    Aril
    A tip from my Mummy She's helped me many times over the years to make curtains and such like. She has suggested that it's best to wash the fabric first so that any natural shrinkage occurs before making them up. This then should hopefully avoid your curtains shrinking when you do come to wash them thereby saving you the cost of having to purchase more!!
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    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 8th Feb 09, 12:39 PM
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    May I cut and paste my own tip, which happened into another Thread earlier(when I was en route to sth else. Oh the perils of looking in here!)
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    I cut down a milk container for freezing something yesterday and thought the upper half would make a good funnel, with helpful handle......

    Good for jam pouring etc.
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  • rhiwfield
    Swedes labelled 600g in Tesco are 84p each or 2 for £1:50, that's £1.25 a kg.

    The 600g appears to be the minimum weight, rummage around as we did today and get 2 swedes weighing 900g and 950g or 81p a kg.
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 8th Feb 09, 1:18 PM
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    Yes rhiwfield - I always weigh priced fresh produce. The variation can be substantial - trouble is, lots of peeps can't grasp the primciple and Tesco staff rarely do, when it's a misprice.
    On such occasions, dear old R&R usually kicks back in:rolleyes:
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    • beautiful_ravens
    • By beautiful_ravens 8th Feb 09, 2:55 PM
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    I cut down a milk container for freezing something yesterday and thought the upper half would make a good funnel, with helpful handle......

    Good for jam pouring etc.
    Originally posted by ampersand
    I do this too many of my freezer containers are cut in half milk bottles, and I have some handy funnels too!
    For other uses I cut them open but leave the handles on so I can carry them around/pull them out etc (theres some 6 pinters under the sink with things stored in)
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    • willis
    • By willis 8th Feb 09, 3:44 PM
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    Best use I've ever seen of a milk container was my brother in law using it as a tool container belt. Cut the top part off, leaving the handle on. He then puts the handle bit on his belt, so it stays there, and put screws/nails/etc in it so when he's doing DIY he has them right to hand..
    We've started doing it now, it's fab, especially when DH is up a ladder - his hands are free and he doesn't have to come up and down for nails.
  • bank_of_slate
    I need to MSE train my hubby better!

    We were just up at the Co-op getting some shrooms and cheese, I headed straight for the reduced section and picked up half price shrooms and a couple of chicken kormas with rice (my fave) that were reduced to 85p - now in the freezer.

    no reduced cheese so we went to the regular section and he grabbed the ready grated stuff straight away, 250g for £2.80

    I grabbed the 500g block next to it that was £3.21 and said "Get that put back, we can grate this!"
    He looked at me like my head had just turned inside out.

    It's just taken me about 30 seconds to grate the whole block into an airtight tub!

    ...Linda xx
    It's easy to give in to that negative voice that chants "cant do it" BUT we lift each other up.
    We dont count all the runners ahead of us & feel intimidated.
    Instead we look back proudly at our journey, our personal struggle & determination & remember that there are those that never even attempt to reach the starting line.
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 8th Feb 09, 4:00 PM
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    ...no reduced cheese so we went to the regular section and he grabbed the ready grated stuff straight away, 250g for £2.80

    I grabbed the 500g block next to it that was £3.21 and said "Get that put back, we can grate this!"
    Originally posted by bank_of_slate
    That's a big difference there and this is normally true for grated cheese, but on my last online shop with Mr S I noticed our normal basic full flavour cheese block was £6.28 per kg whereas the ready grated (non basic) mature was £5.98 per kg. If we had the mild basic that would have been £3.96 per kg grated - but we like it strong
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  • Olliebeak
    I need to MSE train my hubby better!

    We were just up at the Co-op getting some shrooms and cheese, I headed straight for the reduced section and picked up half price shrooms and a couple of chicken kormas with rice (my fave) that were reduced to 85p - now in the freezer.

    no reduced cheese so we went to the regular section and he grabbed the ready grated stuff straight away, 250g for £2.80

    I grabbed the 500g block next to it that was £3.21 and said "Get that put back, we can grate this!"
    He looked at me like my head had just turned inside out.

    It's just taken me about 30 seconds to grate the whole block into an airtight tub!

    ...Linda xx
    Originally posted by bank_of_slate
    wtg, Linda! You teach him, girl!!

    I'm 'getting there' with my OH. He learned very quickly about whoopsies! Also taught him not to go out with any specific 'treat' in mind - but to just look and see what's on offer and make do with that instead .

    He's also been told that HomeBargains and B&M Bargains should be thoroughly searched before he even thinks of setting foot in Asda.

    The other thing he has now learned is to always look to the bottom shelves for price reductions/rollbacks .
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 8th Feb 09, 4:11 PM
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    On the question of cheese and liking a nice strong flavour, even if the matured stuff is more expensive, you can sometimes cheat by buying the cheaper stuff and adding a good dollop of mustard (powder or liquid) to give it an extra "kick".
  • bank_of_slate
    On the question of cheese and liking a nice strong flavour, even if the matured stuff is more expensive, you can sometimes cheat by buying the cheaper stuff and adding a good dollop of mustard (powder or liquid) to give it an extra "kick".
    Originally posted by Primrose
    I just add LOADS of fresh black pepper, I'm a black pepper addict!

    If it's going on toast or in a panini I spread the caramelised onions on first.
    ...Linda xx
    It's easy to give in to that negative voice that chants "cant do it" BUT we lift each other up.
    We dont count all the runners ahead of us & feel intimidated.
    Instead we look back proudly at our journey, our personal struggle & determination & remember that there are those that never even attempt to reach the starting line.
  • bank_of_slate
    wtg, Linda! You teach him, girl!!

    I'm 'getting there' with my OH. He learned very quickly about whoopsies! Also taught him not to go out with any specific 'treat' in mind - but to just look and see what's on offer and make do with that instead .

    He's also been told that HomeBargains and B&M Bargains should be thoroughly searched before he even thinks of setting foot in Asda.

    The other thing he has now learned is to always look to the bottom shelves for price reductions/rollbacks .
    Originally posted by Olliebeak
    I use home bargains quite a lot too, you can snap up some really good offers there, lots of named brands too!
    My hubby won't go near the place, he's such a shop snob.

    I LOVE Matalan clothes too and they wash and iron very well, the t-shirts don't twist out of shape at all.
    ...Linda xx
    It's easy to give in to that negative voice that chants "cant do it" BUT we lift each other up.
    We dont count all the runners ahead of us & feel intimidated.
    Instead we look back proudly at our journey, our personal struggle & determination & remember that there are those that never even attempt to reach the starting line.
    • Olliegami
    • By Olliegami 8th Feb 09, 5:07 PM
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    I use a shot glass to measure out the washing powder ^^;
    • chinagirl
    • By chinagirl 8th Feb 09, 5:17 PM
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    Loving this thread lots of good ideas Also when veg is starting to look a bit tired (carrots, courgette,onion, toms anything realy) roast it in the bottom of the oven when cooking something else drizzled in a little oil then blitz it in the food processor add a drop of hot sauce and have a great dip for value tortillas, freezes well and great for hungry teenagers who avoid veg!
    Originally posted by huxley
    What a Great Idea. I shall be trying that one out on my anti-veg teens.
    keep smiling,
    chinagirl x
  • Olliebeak
    I use a shot glass to measure out the washing powder ^^;
    Originally posted by Olliegami
    One of my first freebies from the freebie board, was a washing powder measuring cup. I immediately realised that I'd been using way-too-much of the darn stuff for years.

    Then, I read on one of the threads on here about being able to reduce that amount even more and add soda crystals (if necessary) to improve things even further. Haven't looked back since .
  • trinity_bleu
    The supermarket constantly put the unit price per kg on one item and then per 100g on another similar product...they are assuming that people can't/won't do the maths to work out the best value one. Before I passed my Maths exam a couple of years ago I was one of those shoppers
    I've also noticed that on a weekly basis the supermarket will swap between the bigger tin being the better value or two smaller ones [presumably working on the assumption that people won't go back and recheck] For some reason syrup is one of them so do recheck every time you stock up.
    Aril
    Originally posted by Aril
    to avoid this, I use mysupermarket.co.uk - they work everything out in £ per 100g (or whatever is most appropriate) so you can really easily make sure you're getting the best value size. I've been caught out a number of times thinking the bigger size is cheaper when it isn't.

    Even if you don't want to pay for having the shopping delivered, you can do your shop online, print the list and go in person.
    • p00
    • By p00 9th Feb 09, 4:05 PM
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    p00
    Moisturiser - I buy Aqueous cream, over the chemist counter (although its sometimes on the shelf in a small tube). Aqueous cream is an emollient, a bit like E45, and Ive been using it for years as I have super dry skin, its suitable for children and the elderly. I used to get it on prescription to help my eczema, but its so cheap I dont mind paying for it 3 times a year.

    I always water down the cream. A big 500g tub costs up to £2, and you can water down probably up to 50/50 for a runny cream, like a vaseline intensive care consistency, or leave it a bit thicker. It goes a long way, and you can also add baby oil and stir in to make it slightly oilier, as well as a scented essential oil if preferred. You can also use it as a soap for washing skin. It is lanolin free.

    http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/emollients/Pages/Introduction.aspx?url=Pages/what-is-it.aspx

    http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100000160.html
    Originally posted by beautiful_ravens
    If you have a Home Bargains near you this cream is 99p a big tub.

    xxp00
  • trinity_bleu
    years ago cadbury mini rolls were doing free rigid plastic boxes to put your mini roll in.
    Originally posted by purplevamp
    I miss those - we used them to take cotton buds on holiday ! Perfect size ...
    • Patchwork Quilt
    • By Patchwork Quilt 9th Feb 09, 6:57 PM
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    Patchwork Quilt
    I use a shot glass to measure out the washing powder ^^;
    Originally posted by Olliegami
    I've been using a coffee cup (one of those really tiny ones) to measure out dry rice for years. It works out at one heaped cup per person.
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 9th Feb 09, 7:06 PM
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    Evening all -
    I just posted this on another Thread, but thought you may like to read it here, too:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5689628.ece
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