MoneySaving's about cutting your bills without cutting back, but sometimes it's necessary to tighten the purse strings. This can be anything and everything.
So let's use MoneySavers collective knowledge to form the greatest ever checklist of ways to cut back. If this is good, I may publish the results as an article What am I looking for?
The shorter and punchier the better. No more than a sentence, better if it's just a phrase. Simple is best. This is to help those people who need to reduce their expenditure quickly and easily. The less pain the better.My Starters
1. Cancel unused TV channels
2. Grow your own fruit and veg
3. Use Govt MOT test centres (they've no vested interest in prescribing repairs for your car)
4. Take a packed lunch to work (the MoneySaving equivalent of 'cuddly toy, cuddly toy')
5. Use energy saving light bulbs
6. Close the fridge door quickly
7. Don't leave electrical goods on standby
8. Take out a magazine subscription if you buy a mag each month anyway
(or better still get 3 for £1, plus, sometimes, free gifts)
9. Quit Smoking
10. Walk/cycle instead of using the car for short distances
11. Try camping for your holiday
12. Use rechargeable batteries
13. Use empty coke/water bottles as dumbells
14. Start a compost heap
15. Use a combination of stages for rail tickets rather than a full single ticket
16. Try for student night haircuts at top salons.
MartinPS. Please don't start discussions on this topic in the thread. It's only for suggestions, it'd be great to keep it pure and on topic - that'd help a lot more people.
Never go shopping when you're hungry, go after you've eaten, you'll buy a lot less and only what you need, I'm speaking from experience !!!
use reusable nappies. there may be a laundry service near you if you are not sure about commiting yourself.
we bought our ownsupply when our wee one was 6 months old, which should last through till when she is potty-trained
& all for £64!
doesn't cost any extra in washing as we now do a full load every day anyway
also will save you money as you can't use fabric conditioner with nappies (reduces absorbency) so use white vinegar instead- much cheaper
also use cotton wool & lotion/water rather than babywipes
supermarkets have v good baby clothes (tesco, asda) also primark & dunnes
20 Lloyds & 8 Halifax outlets affected
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Norm £31.78. Excludes Northern Ireland