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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
...or even your Dad, Granny etc. In short, pick the brains of the older generations for their advice.

I was inspired by a memory of my Mum. When we went on picnics, she'd take a damp J Cloth in a small Tupperware cup. Perfect for wiping sticky fingers! In the long run it's cheaper than buying endless packs of wetwipes.

Her cooking mantra was "pad out the meat with extra veg" which is something I do automatically now.

Has anyone else got any gems of Mum's advice to pass on?
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  • I was inspired by a memory of my Mum.  When we went on picnics, she'd take a damp J Cloth in a small Tupperware cup.  Perfect for wiping sticky fingers!  In the long run it's cheaper than buying endless packs of wetwipes.
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    This sounds like my mum! I remember going on a school trip and we had to bring a packed lunch. We were told to empty our lunch boxes so they wouldn't smell. Guess what was in my lunch box?
    I think I sneakily used it (hidden behind the lid) because the other children didn't have this and I didn't want to be a weirdo.
    Lurker extraordinaire! no. 4950

    Food Shopping & Groceries is my favourite board.
  • my gran inspired me, noting ever went to waste. always found a use for everything.
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    You're very lucky all of you.
    My gran at 80 shoud be fullof advice, instead she marvels at all the things you can buy these days!
    She didn't get it when I wanted daughters christening gown made out of my wedding dress, as she'd seen a lovely one in a shop.
    Likewise she doesn't know why my mum likes a homemade xmas cake with novelties on top made out of icing when she could pick one up in supermarket.
    She spent 25 years nursing my grandad after a stroke
    during which time she was very limited to where she could go.
    Since he died 4 years ago she's had more freedom to go shopping and obviously hasn't got bored yet!
  • cathy_3cathy_3 Forumite
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    their logic is wonderful isnt it

    my mum on seeing that Tigers were endangered said

    "well, thank heavens for that, the sooner they arent walking round scaring the pants of people the world will be a better place"

    and you know, you have to think about it dont you??


    ;D
  • 1601199616011996 Forumite
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    made me laugh out loud, thanks cathy.
  • jaybeejaybee Forumite
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    Don't think I'll get to be sensible.
  • Sensible is over rated! I plan never to grow up as I grow old!
  • jaybeejaybee Forumite
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    Have you ever read 'When I Grow Old I Shall Wear Purple'?
  • QuackersQuackers Forumite
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    Have you ever read 'When I Grow Old I Shall Wear Purple'?

    It's fabtastic! ;D ;D ;D
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
  • Warning - When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

    By Jenny Joseph






    When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple

    with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

    and satin candles, and say we've no money for butter.

    I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired

    and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

    and run my stick along the public railings

    and make up for the sobriety of my youth.

    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

    and pick the flowers in other people's gardens

    and learn to spit.



    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

    and eat three pounds of sausages at a go

    or only bread and pickles for a week

    and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.



    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

    and pay our rent and not swear in the street

    and set a good example for the children.

    We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

    But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

    So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

    When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
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