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Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies

edited 14 May 2019 at 10:52AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • PuzzledbubblesPuzzledbubbles Forumite
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    Well, i read lots on the old thread, but this time i have a tip to share :)

    We have a dripping tap in the kitchen (which is on the list of things to be fixed) but at the moment is not possible, so we have the indoor watering can underneath the tap it catches all of the drips and means that we have a constant reminder to use the water :)
  • sparrersparrer Forumite
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    Well, i read lots on the old thread, but this time i have a tip to share :)

    We have a dripping tap in the kitchen (which is on the list of things to be fixed) but at the moment is not possible, so we have the indoor watering can underneath the tap it catches all of the drips and means that we have a constant reminder to use the water :)

    Thank you :D...I've just taken the dishcloth out of the sink, where it was stopping the Chinese water torture noise, and put the watering can under the dripping tap til I can afford to get a plumber to repair it. It's so simple it never occurred to me :o
  • The_ThrillaThe_Thrilla Forumite
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    Many of us suffer from bachelor(ette) syndrome and have an empty fridge. Unfortunately, empty fridges use more electricity. You open the fridge to get the milk out for a cup of tea, and that raises the temperature of the air inside, so the motor starts up again until the thermostat switches it off. The solution is to reduce the amount of air in the fridge. That is easy. You replace the air with something that takes longer to heat up. What I did was gather together all the empty bottles I could, fill them up with water, and put them in the fridge. I also bought a load of cut-price bread from the supermarket and bulked out the freezer with it. I was delighted with the results. The electricity company was not.

    Another thing I have started doing is to take these plastic net bags that vegetable and fruit come in, cut off the labels and the metal bits, tie a knot or two in what's left, and you have a small scouring pad to wash the dishes with.

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  • Uniscots97Uniscots97 Forumite
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    If I ladder a pair of tights I cut up the legs into bands to use in my hair or for tying back plants in the garden. The waistband I cut off and use as an alice band for keeping my fringe out of my face whilst cleansing it. The rest I shred and use to help plump up cushions or save for filling for a draft excluder.
    CC2 = £8687.86 ([STRIKE]£10000[/STRIKE] )CC1 = £0 ([STRIKE]£9983[/STRIKE] ); Reusing shopping bags savings =£5.80 vs spent £1.05.Wine is like opera. You can enjoy it even if you don't understand it and too much can give you a headache the next day J
  • pws52pws52 Forumite
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    I am a loose leaf tea user and I have found that if I mix a packet of Yorkshire Tea with a packet of supermarket own brand the taste is fine and I save a bit of money.

    I have also downsized my tea pot...my old pot held 4 mugs of tea which used 3 teaspoons of my mix. I now have a smaller tea pot which hold 2 mugsful and uses 1.5 teaspoons of tea...but I still boil enough water for 4 mugs and when I have poured out 2 mugs I top up the pot with the remaining water from the kettle thus reducing my tealeaf usage by 50%!
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    I only go to she hopping centre in town on Sundays... so I can park in the street for free. It also stops me from popping in to browse on other days.
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    kerleytops wrote: »
    As the picnic season is almost upon us ( ! ) freeze cartons of drink to use in cool boxes or bags instead of buying blocks. You then have a lovely cold drink to go with the picnic. Could use for packed lunches as well.


    I do this, but I don't use the cartons. I buy a four-pack of cheap water which I drink. Then I was in the bottles in very hot water. I'll re-use each bottle 4 times (with Hi-Juice) before they go into the plastic recycle bin. That way I'm not just binning something.
    I was away on holiday recently and it upset me a bit that I couldn't re-use my bottles and had to bin them :o:).

    Another sneaky thing I do is do the salad sandwiches for work without the ham/chicken on. That way I not only save money but I save calories too :cool:

    Oh, if you have cheese sarnies, shave the cheese with the veg peeler, it goes much further.
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    unixgirluk wrote: »
    If I ladder a pair of tights I cut up the legs into bands to use in my hair or for tying back plants in the garden. The waistband I cut off and use as an alice band for keeping my fringe out of my face whilst cleansing it. The rest I shred and use to help plump up cushions or save for filling for a draft excluder.
    Before they get too bad, I save them and wear them under trousers!
  • Jacey53Jacey53 Forumite
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    I make up a month's sandwiches for work at the start of every month and freeze them (basic ham or similar). I rinse and re-use the plastic sandwich bags. I also make up a salad and a fruit salad on Sunday evening for the week ahead. This means that i just grab and go in the morning - so i save on expensive work lunches even if i'm up late. (ps - sometimes my fruit salad is just a combination of a few tinned fruits - pears/peaches etc bought when they are on offer).
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  • northwest1965northwest1965 Forumite
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    Jacey53 wrote: »
    I make up a month's sandwiches for work at the start of every month and freeze them (basic ham or similar)..

    I've never done this Jacey, do they ever become soggy when defrosted?
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