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Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies

edited 14 May 2019 at 9:52AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • babyshoesbabyshoes Forumite
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    I find a stiff bristled broom works well too, especially in a household with 2 long haired people and a bunch of shedding animals! The little hoover gets clogged with hair if I go straight in with it, especially considering how seldom I bother. A quick sweep up of the hair and 'bits' works wonders - most of the hair clings to the bristles to go straight in the bin, and the remaining dirt can easily be picked up with a dustpan and brush. A quick hoover then finishes it off if necessary!
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  • greengoblingreengoblin Forumite
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    As a serial roll up smoker I often find that I have left over odd papers and filters when I come to the end of a pouch of tobacco. Rather than carry round a 1/4 of a pack when I buy new tobacco I just buy new filters/papers and discard the rest. For the last month I have conscientiously been putting remnant packets to one side and tonight have made up full packets. Surprised to find I have 2 whole packets of filters (240!) and over 50 papers. In fairness that is a net saving of under £2 but hey its £2 for the savings pot and I haven't wasted them and also £2 off next weeks food shop. ( or £24 over a year. £24 potentially wasted on little bits of foam!!! :eek:) Hurrah for small victories :beer:
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  • puss14puss14 Forumite
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    If I pre cook my apples for crumble I keep any excess water as it is great in curries or smoothies or casseroles.
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  • meanmariemeanmarie Forumite
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    Nice one Puss14

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    If I buy or recieve anything with a ribbon on it (such as PJ's from Primark) I always keep the ribbon from it to re-use on my hampers or gifts. No-one will ever know!
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  • beautiful_ravensbeautiful_ravens Forumite
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    ^ hehe Im a nightmare for doing things like that, I had loads of ribbons saved from some expensive xmas crackers, which I later made into gift tag ribbons ;)
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  • bellaquidsinbellaquidsin Forumite
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    I cut the ribbons from the inside shoulders of tops and jumpers and use it in card making. I sell my cards for £1 a time, so this little bit of thrift gives me a very good return.

    Bella.
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  • zoelb_2zoelb_2 Forumite
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    Thanks for all the tips so far - really useful. This thread is shaping up to be as good as the last :)

    My tip is dying my clothes. Mainly my black jeans tend to fade after time, but still have plenty of wear in them - so I get a pack of black dylon machine dye (around £4 but you can find it cheaper I think) and dye them (throw in a couple of light tops too you want to revive to get the most out of it). I also dyed a pair of light wash jeans which I never wear, but love the fit, a lovely dark denim colour, and now I wear them loads!

    Easier than scouring the shops for the perfect fit jeans, and cheaper too!
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    edited 4 May 2010 at 5:04PM
    Lauren-1,ooooh,please tell us about your beauty products!
  • sock-knittersock-knitter Forumite
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    ZoeLB wrote: »
    Thanks for all the tips so far - really useful. This thread is shaping up to be as good as the last :)

    My tip is dying my clothes. Mainly my black jeans tend to fade after time, but still have plenty of wear in them - so I get a pack of black dylon machine dye (around £4 but you can find it cheaper I think) and dye them (throw in a couple of light tops too you want to revive to get the most out of it). I also dyed a pair of light wash jeans which I never wear, but love the fit, a lovely dark denim colour, and now I wear them loads!

    Easier than scouring the shops for the perfect fit jeans, and cheaper too!
    thanks for this tip, as a tall person i find it hard getting jeans that fit, and they are usually expensive, going to buy some of this dye tommorrow, and revive my old jeans :T
    loves to knit and crochet for others
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