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What's your best OS moneysaving tip?

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  • Olliebeak
    Olliebeak Posts: 3,167 Forumite
    I've always been put off making risotto in the past - all that faffing about didn't seem worth the effort. But this one is so simple that I may just give it a go.

    Thanks for that!
  • elona
    elona Posts: 11,806 Forumite
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    When I go to Lidl I get about a dozen of the long life skimmed milk cartons (44pence for a litre) as it stops me popping out for some milk.

    As long as it has been in the fridge overnight even my picky lot will use it!

    I don't buy "power spray" for pans and oven trays - I just sprinkle some cheap bio washing powder in them and top up with hot water- leave for an hour and then rinse out!
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  • Went to Morrisons yesterday. 4 energy saving light bulbs 8watt for £1 or 29p each offer ends 3rd Feb. Better Buy yorkshire pudding mix 10p makes beautifull Yorkshires. Better Buy Desert mix Straberry or Chocolate flavour 3p. Tastes a bit powdery at first but leave 10 min then cant tell difference.
  • hollydays
    hollydays Posts: 19,812 Forumite
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    Went to Morrisons yesterday. 4 energy saving light bulbs 8watt for £1 or 29p each offer ends 3rd Feb. Better Buy yorkshire pudding mix 10p makes beautifull Yorkshires. Better Buy Desert mix Straberry or Chocolate flavour 3p. Tastes a bit powdery at first but leave 10 min then cant tell difference.
    Does anyone know when that offer started-i bought some recently and that offer wasnt shown-they were 2 for.99p (7 watt in my case)
  • Reparing things, instead of throwing them out, sew socks, clothes, ect, fix handles, electrical goods, washing machines ect.

    We live in a throw away society, and clever marketing makes us want to buy new all the time!
  • I buy the large bottles of thin bleach & decant it into thick bleach bottles, every lodger I have ever had seemes to use a bottle a day & this way it workes out cheaper. And no, it's not because I leave the loo dirty, they have their own bathroom that we don't use.

    Never let success go to your head, never let failure go to your heart.
  • flanno_2
    flanno_2 Posts: 68 Forumite
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    I find menu planning, only buying what I need and using a budget each week when shopping is really making a difference. I check the freezer/ and my pantry cupboard before doing a shop, make a list and shop accordingly. I also do a rough menu plan for the week and take out what I need each evening for the meal the next day ie ingredients etc.

    I also use the HALF method, half a DW tablet, half the amount of WP etc. This means I dont have to buy as much WP or DW Tablets
  • flanno_2
    flanno_2 Posts: 68 Forumite
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    For some reason my post didnt post!!!

    I menu plan, use a weekly budget, check my freezer/cupboards before shopping so I only buy what I need.

    I also use the HALF method, half a DW tablet/HALF the recommended amount of Washing Powder etc. This means I don't have to buy them so often.:j

    I dont shop in the same supermarket all the time, I go to LIDL/ALDI/Dunnes Stores etc. when they have offers etc. and spread the cost that way. :T
  • Mardrew
    Mardrew Posts: 487 Forumite
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    hollydays wrote: »
    You dont need all the expensive cleaning products-or fabric conditioner,or toiletries.( I only use fabric conditioner for bedding for guests). Do your shopping in more than one shop.Keep an eye on the bargains with fixture ferrets.Use a dispenser for shampoo and shower gel.Use freecycle.

    I've just had a look at the fixture ferrets site and there is an annual fee of £5.20. I was just wondering if it was worth joining or is the information available elsewhere.

    Regards

    Mardrew
  • I used to make laundry liquid....stored it in a BIG plastic barrel with a lid from a beer making kit. If memory serves me correctly it was made from soda crystals and a bar of soap....was like a thick gel, it lasted for about 4 months. There are lots of recipes on the net, just look up homemade laundry detergent. It certainly was cheap! Infact I think I will make some more when my bought powder runs out.

    Luca
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