Whats the best thing you have bought that has actually SAVED you money?

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  • Which book did you get Marshmallow??
    I got one of Jamie Olivers books. Although some of his ingredients are quite pricy I found most of them can be substituted for something a lot cheaper. He's a bit to olive oil happy for my budget! Happy Days!:D
    1st Aim = Pay off Virgin CC - £3929.11
  • Lucy1982 wrote: »
    Cat insurance!

    Poorly boy is recovering from an accident at the moment, it has already saved us abuot £250 last year and I guessing this bill will be about £1000..... So £70 very well spent!

    Aw Lucy, this should have been on my opening post along with my rice cooker, our beautiful !!!!! cat was very poorly earlier in the year and had to go to the vetinary hospital in Bristol (£££££££££££) They were fantastic there though and she is much better now, but thank goodness for Tesco pet insurance!

    TPA x
    MFW - We've only gone and blooming done it!
    May 2013:j
  • Ok, have got my Slow Cooker now, so hopefully that will be my next best buy that saved me money!

    TPAx
    MFW - We've only gone and blooming done it!
    May 2013:j
  • For me it has to be my Breadmaker too, I brought my panasonic one nearly a year ago and has more or less paid for itself!!

    Also my water filter I used to buy lots of bottled water :o (tap water here is very hard and metallicy in taste urgh!). I brought a Brita filter with 3 maxtra cartridges for £10 in a sale in Tesco's, I buy replacement cartridges from my local market for £2.50 each and stretch them over 6 weeks instead of the 4 they recommend.

    I've also got a slow cooker too (another fab investment!)

    LMS xx
    Mortgage Balance 1st May 2009 £94749.00 :(
    Current End Date 1st April 2039.
    Total Overpayments to date £950.00 :j
  • For me it has to be my Breadmaker too, I brought my panasonic one nearly a year ago and has more or less paid for itself!!

    Also my water filter I used to buy lots of bottled water :o (tap water here is very hard and metallicy in taste urgh!). I brought a Brita filter with 3 maxtra cartridges for £10 in a sale in Tesco's, I buy replacement cartridges from my local market for £2.50 each and stretch them over 6 weeks instead of the 4 they recommend.

    I've also got a slow cooker too (another fab investment!)

    LMS xx
    s

    You relly are a 'Martin Girl' tell me what sort of things do u put in ur slow cooker?
    MFW - We've only gone and blooming done it!
    May 2013:j
  • baby_boomer
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    A wet vacuum cleaner for around £40 from Wickes which has twice saved me calling out the plumber @ £100+ and will still be there when I've got a blocked pipe in future. It can blow and suck air/water at high pressure and puts other tools and expensive unblocking liquids in the shade :).

    If you call out "Drain Doctor" to fix a block, it's the equipment they'll use.
  • A wet vacuum cleaner for around £40 from Wickes which has twice saved me calling out the plumber @ £100+ and will still be there when I've got a blocked pipe in future. It can blow and suck air at high pressure and puts other tools and expensive unblocking liquids in the shade :).

    Aw this sounds good, our loo is always getting blocked, sure the plumber put blue roll down it when installing!

    TPAx
    MFW - We've only gone and blooming done it!
    May 2013:j
  • kimlisa66
    kimlisa66 Posts: 128 Forumite
    For me, it goes without saying, Laptop and internet/phone package as without it I couldn't do online banking which is now the sole reason I don't miss credit card payments and run up unnessary charges. Until I started doing online banking I was utterly hopeless with money. Im a demon now !!!!

    Then it has to be my Blender, which is really used as a Smoothie Maker. I buy gluts of fruit and stuff that's been marked down in the supermarket and me and the kids have at least 3 a day. Healthy and cheap and a susbitute for expensive and rubbishy sw
    eets. Favourite so far is Cherry, Peach and Clementine...Lush !

    Kim :T:T
    Various CC's 1.2k down £800 Overdraft £1.5 down £2000 loan 1.5k last payment made today Tax Credit overpayment (HMRC mistake!) £19,5k written off !
  • s

    You relly are a 'Martin Girl' tell me what sort of things do u put in ur slow cooker?

    Hi TPA

    I make allsorts of things in mine, mainly spaghetti, chilli, shepherds pie, soups and casseroles. I even cook Beef in it (only if it a cheap cut of meat ie brisket.) and it comes out lovely and tender. Mine is a 3 litre one, so I fill it up and get loads of extra portions which I freeze. I got alot of inspiraition from the Old Style Board and they have a thread with lots of slow cooker receipies (sp?). I'm sorry I'm able to do links otherwise I would do one for you.:o

    LMS xx
    Mortgage Balance 1st May 2009 £94749.00 :(
    Current End Date 1st April 2039.
    Total Overpayments to date £950.00 :j
  • Mine is definately washable nappies, I got the covers a £1 each in £ shop and phoned the maker to see where I can buy the pads, they sent me some for free. I therefore got £150 of nappies for £18. Saved me a fortune, although dont tend to use them much now he is so active and its virtually impossible for him to stay still for nappy change. I will save them for any brothers or sisters he may get in future, then either freecycle or send to a friend.
    If any one knows of any good brand for extremely active 15 month olds that dont leak as they try to walk, please please let me know.
    I also bought an electric hand blender to mush his food up, again saved me a fortune.

    I find Aldi nappes are great. With my first daughter I always bought Papmers, now we buy Aldi's and they are just as good. We have not had any leaks with our 18 month old daughter.

    Amanda
    I want to be credit card and loan free by Christmas 2010
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