What is the most drastic money making or money saving thing you've done?

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  • amosworks
    amosworks Posts: 1,831 Forumite
    Oh gosh lol. There have been 2 good threads about this before, some of the things on them are downright wrong but they're both well worth a read if [a] you want a good laugh and you thought it wasn't possible to be any more frugal lol

    The one that made me laugh the most was rotating the hob rings so they wore out equally lol

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    But I must warn you, one of the threads eventually goes on about pooing in to your own compost bin lol

    Amos :)
  • Most drastic____I cut up all the cards, all my lifelines and went without. I had the same pair of trainers for two years.

    Make them last even longer - replace the soles with some cardboard :eek: - apparently that was quite common years ago if you were poor!! (No, i havent tried it!)
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  • cathybird
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    Make them last even longer - replace the soles with some cardboard :eek: - apparently that was quite common years ago if you were poor!! (No, i havent tried it!)

    was that inside the shoe? ... or outside? if it was outside it wouldn't have lasted too long I guess. Inside would be uncomfortable tho!! :eek:
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  • OneSpike
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    Make them last even longer - replace the soles with some cardboard :eek: - apparently that was quite common years ago if you were poor!! (No, i havent tried it!)

    I'll have to suggest that to SS, who bought a cheapo pair of trainers and guess what? Yep, they fell apart after about a month, surprise surprise! He wouldn't want to listen to the old farts who talked about buying a better made pair that would last longer, oooh no, he's 14 and knows it all!
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  • going to a naturist campsite - saves a fortune on washing!!!!

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  • On par with the long term trainers; I've got a pair of winter boots that have been through, oooh, must be 5 winters now which isn't bad for a suede pair. I used that protective stuff when I first got them, so glad I did!

    I stopped going out for ages, or I drove everywhere and only drank soft drinks (or had them bought for me) which was very drastic for me as I was somewhat of a hedonist before I had my lightbulb moment.

    I also went through all of last Autumn/Winter selling all I could on EBAY and Amazon. It helped stem the tide and I really made dents in my debt but burglary and a serious case of old habits creeping back in helped reverse things somewhat.
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  • Hobsch
    Hobsch Posts: 613 Forumite
    Not proud but before setting up my Payplan DMP and being in serious trouble I stole some printer cartridges from the office to sell on ebay. Extreme as never done anything illegal before or since. Still feel guilty about it. When I am Debt Free will buy replacements I think.
    I tell myself I have done hours and hours of unpaid overtime in the 12 years I have worked for the company so they owe me, but doesnt make me feel any better. First time I have 'told' anyone this too.
    Total Debt now £22,525.07 Start Debt £32,732.36
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  • amosworks
    amosworks Posts: 1,831 Forumite
    Hobsch wrote:
    Not proud but before setting up my Payplan DMP and being in serious trouble I stole some printer cartridges from the office to sell on ebay. Extreme as never done anything illegal before or since. Still feel guilty about it. When I am Debt Free will buy replacements I think.
    I tell myself I have done hours and hours of unpaid overtime in the 12 years I have worked for the company so they owe me, but doesnt make me feel any better. First time I have 'told' anyone this too.

    Ahh don't worry hun, people do things all the time they wouldn't normally do when they're up to their neck and struggling to breath. People borrow all sorts of stuff from work, it's expected. Stationary, phone calls, loo rolls, light bulbs, printer cartridges, laptops and stuff.

    I don't think you're a bad person for doing what you needed to do. We've all done things we're not proud of and there's a confession thread somewhere too which is quite humbling.

    Amos :)
  • embb
    embb Posts: 3,118 Forumite
    Well today, I've gotten rid of my car (kids taxi mainly :rolleyes: ) and arranged for my Sky box to be switched off, so now I'll save lots of money cause I wont be going anywhere and the kids wont be sucked in to the toys on the kids channels hooorah! :j

    Best move I've ever made actually, my DD payments have come down from £177 pm to only £28 :eek: :beer:
  • Sarahsaver
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    Spending £20 a week on groceries.
    Making soup from potato skins. (thats on one of the other threads but wanted to share it with you who may have missed it LOL)
    I don't however consider any of this to be extreme, rather it was borne out of necessity;) Prefer to cut right down on spending than get into debt.
    Also ds2 has clothes which were a friend's sons, then passed on to ds1, then ds2, and after that they go to a friend's little boy who is a couple of years younger than my youngest. The best way to recycle!
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