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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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  • curlytop12curlytop12 Forumite
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    £2.99 is great! £5 at hobby craft,not seen it for sale anywhere else.(thats the one you can put in the washing machine btw)
  • sock-knittersock-knitter Forumite
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    hi gem, just pm'ed you, for everyone else i got the machine dye from morrisons
    sk
    loves to knit and crochet for others
  • babyshoesbabyshoes Forumite
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    Love the dye tip, pity my jeans tend to wear a hole in the crotch before they fade enough to dye!!!
    Trust me - I'm NOT a doctor!
  • squigglessquiggles Forumite
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    gem68 wrote: »
    £2.99 is great! £5 at hobby craft,not seen it for sale anywhere else.(thats the one you can put in the washing machine btw)

    I've saw it in Lloyds the chemist but sorry i dont recall the price but thaught i would mention it anyway as it would give you another option of where to purchase it.
  • Uniscots97Uniscots97 Forumite
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    Here's some ideas I've put into practise recently:-

    - using old envelopes for shopping lists
    - leaving my oven door open after cooking to help heat the room
    - when making 2 cups of tea using 1 tea bag (I like my tea pretty weak anyway)
    - if I find tiny holes in t-shirts caused by them snagging on zips on other items of clothing I'll darn them and cover over with beads or sequins and arrange in a pattern (started this using a small bead necklace found at a jumble sale for 10p). This also works for updating clothes too.
    - in the colder weather I'll wear my summer vest tops with complimentary coloured long sleeved tops, saves buying lots of clothes and keeps you warm.
    - when I snapped the laces on my deck shoes I used the ribbon out of my tops I keep and tied them together to make pretty laces.
    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
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    ceridwenceridwen
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    edited 8 May 2010 at 9:12AM
    Winchelsea wrote: »
    As I posted a couple of days ago, rhubarb leaves are supposed to be a good mordant (fixative) when dyeing clothes with veg dyes, e.g. beetroot, red cabbage, onions etc.

    Thanks for that. What is the process one uses to turn those rhubarb leaves into a mordant please?

    I'm guessing its a case of grab a good handful of rhubarb leaves/chop up small and boil up with enough water to cover them for, say, 10 minutes. Drain off the water and keep (ie thats the mordant)? Would that sound right?

    Once the mordant is made - then how does one actually use it please? Again - I'm guessing - but I assume one would dye the clothes with vegetables to required colour/let them dry and then just swirl them round in say a small trug of mordant (diluted say 10:1 with water). Would that sound right for that?

    EDIT: Now googling - and the first thing I found was very vague. The only practical how-to was its 1lb of rhubarb leaves and they have to be simmered for an hour and one must do it outdoors......
  • cyclingyorkiecyclingyorkie Forumite
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    when my DD's were throwing out their exfoliating gloves I grabbed them - they're fantastic for cleaning the bath with!
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  • lauren_1lauren_1 Forumite
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    For those who use washable nappies/washable sanitary wear, you can make the pads/liners so much easier and cheaper than what they are sold for, just cut up a fleece blanket in to sanitary towel sized shaped, voila...a nappy liner or panty liner

    Cut the same shape from a single layer of towelling, sew to liner.....voila.....booster pad for nappies OR a pad/panty liner

    You can make your own wipes too! cut make the above square *the toweling back works best. keep in a watertight pot, i found the tupperwear oyster a ideal size, wet the wipes with mix of cold camomile tea and a tea spoon of baby wash.
  • WinchelseaWinchelsea Forumite
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    ceridwen

    About the rhubarb leaves as mordant, I don't really know the answer, but your ideas sound good to me.

    I was at the Eden Project last spring, and a woman was knitting bunting from lovely shades of wool. When I spoke to her she told me she spins and dyes all her own yarn, using vegetable dyes.

    I asked her how she fixed the colours and she told me about rhubarb leaves. She made it sound very simple, i.e. on the lines of "throw them in and see what happens"!
    Keeping three cats, the car and myself on a small budget, and enjoying life while we're at it!
  • cookie9cookie9 Forumite
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    unixgirluk wrote: »
    Here's some ideas I've put into practise recently:-

    - using old envelopes for shopping lists
    - leaving my oven door open after cooking to help heat the room
    - when making 2 cups of tea using 1 tea bag (I like my tea pretty weak anyway)
    - if I find tiny holes in t-shirts caused by them snagging on zips on other items of clothing I'll darn them and cover over with beads or sequins and arrange in a pattern (started this using a small bead necklace found at a jumble sale for 10p). This also works for updating clothes too.
    - in the colder weather I'll wear my summer vest tops with complimentary coloured long sleeved tops, saves buying lots of clothes and keeps you warm.
    - when I snapped the laces on my deck shoes I used the ribbon out of my tops I keep and tied them together to make pretty laces.

    Love your ideas - do a few already but also keen to get a few new ideas.

    My latest idea is charging my phone at work. Lots of others do it and I do have to use for work although not cheeky enough to charge my i-pod!
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