What gives?

Ok so we are all feeling the pinch.  Obviously it is easier for those who have brand levels they can drop or luxuries they can sacrifice than those who are already living as frugally as possible.

We are fortunate in that although we shop very frugally over all (aldi mainly) and don't spend lots on entertainment etc, we do have areas we can cut our spend a bit.

So for me its things like going down a brand level on those remaining few things I buy branded. For example I have always stuck with heinz but recently discovered tesco own beans are just as nice. Sounds crazy but this took a real mindset shift as my last few branded items I was very loyal to.  Also I am making better use of subscribe and save offers then cancelling subs etc.  I would rather buy local but I have to get the most bang for my buck and there are some good short term deals on subscribe and save.

The other thing for me is committing to a no new clothes year which I know many do but this is new to me.  If I have to buy it will be charity shop or I have some vouchers for primark from a cashback company if the kids grow out of anything.

So I was wondering how others are trying to cut spend in clever ways?  I am trying to cut spending further with minimum impact and not sure what else to do.  


  • anonmooseanonmoose Forumite
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    Oh yes hairdresser is a good one comeandgo! I can't save in that area as I have always cut my kids hair (now college students). I even highlight my daughters hair occasionally.

    I am not a hairdresser but couldn't bear to pay for a cut when the kids were little and I never stopped. My son has gone to a barber before but admits he didn't like the cut as much so sticks with me! 

    I think it's because I was brought up with a mum who cut her own hair that I do it. I am not brave enough to cut my own though!

    Since lockdown finished I have actually started to go to hairdresser rather than growing it. The new hairdresser I found is local and good value so is a keeper :)
  • FlorenceemFlorenceem Forumite
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    I don't buy a lot of clothes but my Son is getting married in August so I will need something good to wear.
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  • anonmooseanonmoose Forumite
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    Fuel is a big business spend of mine and no getting away from it.  I will have to see how long I can avoid passing the cost onto my clients.  Heating our home we use the woodburner more in the lounge (we have plenty of free wood) and put a jumper on more.

    I am another one not spending on the garden and have enough veg seeds for at least this year.

    I am trying hard to find cheaper good coffee beans also novice_investor so will look at Tesco no3 if they do it in a whole bean.  I usually use a mix of illy beans for the occasional treat and for my main coffee aldi did a great columbian bean but it seems to have gone from the main coffee isle, to special isle and now it is knowhere to be seen!!  I have ordered some amazon own but tried lots of stores/brands and cant find a good Columbia arabica bean.  I know its a 1st world problem but as I say its my only vice so I don't want to compromise too much if possible.
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