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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 24th Apr 10, 7:57 PM
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    Penelope Penguin
    Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies
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    • 24th Apr 10, 7:57 PM
    Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies 24th Apr 10 at 7:57 PM
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    Thanks to Penlope Penguin for starting this legendary thread, which includes everything from growing your own veg to washing & reusing plastic bags.
    Scroll down for tons more tips.

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    Back to the original post...

    The original Sneaky Ways thread is now very long so time for another

    My Sneaky Way - always ask yourself if you really need a non-essential item, and even if you do, wait a week to see if you still need it This has saved DH and I loads

    What are your ways of sneakily saving pennies that your family doesn't notice? I challenge you all to come up with a brand new Sneaky Way that isn;t on the original thread

    Penny. x

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    • evuka
    • By evuka 10th Feb 19, 12:26 PM
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    evuka
    Where do you buy Castile soap bars? I've only seen the liquid form.
    SwagBucks
    Make £10 a day challenge need to join again
    Sell 100 items 11/100
    GC: Jan 175.07/100
    Frugal Living Challenge 2018 £823.65/£8,965.88
    NSD: Jan 5/15 Feb 7/15
    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 10th Feb 19, 3:02 PM
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    just did a reduced goodies shop, oh my word!! £37 of shopping and paid £4.50!! best bargain of the haul was £6 of lamb chops for 20p!! never have lamb as usually so expensive but looking forward to them! this was in morrisons at 2pm today.
    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 10th Feb 19, 3:08 PM
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    DD has 5 children. eldest 3 needed wellies. £15 plus each said DD. wowsers said I. 3 pairs wellies, pair boots, pair of plimsolls and pair of flipflops, second hand from ebay including postage, £23.50. 3 happy GC!! xx
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 10th Feb 19, 4:56 PM
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    kerri gt
    Good morning All.

    Just thought Iíd give the thread a ďbumpĒ with a tip that I donít think Iíve shared before. Itís about baked beans. One of the grumbles Iíve heard is that cheap baked beans are more liquid, with more sauce and fewer beans.

    That may be true, but I refuse to buy premium, branded beans. Instead, I drain the top layer of liquid into a container that I keep in the door of the freezer. When thatís full - after 5 or 6 tins of beans - Iíll use it instead of a tin of tomatoes in any recipe that requires one.

    I also spice up the baked beans with a splash of Worcestershire Sauce and a drop or two of Tabasco. (Yum!). Never hear anything but compliments for my baked beans.

    - Pip

    PS: Lidlís Simply Beans are 22p a can. Cheapest Iíve found.
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    I can't stand H***z beans for the reason there isn't enough juice, I find them stodgy. Personal preference is Branston but since they stopped doing 4 for £1 I buy lidl or aldi cheap ones.

    I do also sometimes add a splash of lea and Perrins too, it was something I started at uni when they still made 'Sprinkle and Spice' - yummy.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
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    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 10th Feb 19, 10:36 PM
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    WeegieWumman
    WeegieWumman can this be used like Febreze in a spray bottle on furniture do you think? Or would it ruin the fabric on the sofa and chairs?
    Originally posted by sunset gold
    I personally wouldn't put anything containing FABRIC SOFTENER on any material that I couldn't put into in the washing machine.
    • ElizabethB
    • By ElizabethB 12th Feb 19, 9:34 AM
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    Sharpen knives without buying anything extra.

    I love this thread but have never had anything to contribute. But yesterday I saw an amazing tip, tried it, and it really works. To sharpen knives take a mug and turn it upside down, you’ll see a ring of unglazed ceramic. Draw the knife almost flat (parallel) along it, so the edge of the knife is sliding along the unglazed ring. Flip the knife over and repeat on other side. Wash/wipe. And voila! I went from having a knife that couldn’t cut through onions to slicing through in seconds. Note the knife does leave grey marks on the bottom of the mug, so don’t use your favourite!

    Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to this thread, I’ve learnt and saved so much over the years.
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 15th Feb 19, 8:48 PM
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    Gem-gem
    Ran a course a work the other week. On this course lunch is provided. So I took a packed lunch box with me and once everyone had their fill, I packed up three rounds of sandwiches, some crisps and cake for my hubby's tea. The rest of the sandwiches/ food then went off for other people to much before it went off. I also took the unopened bottled water and orange juice and took it back to work to use on another day. (We pay caterers on this day so, I wasn't going to leave the stuff behind - for what we had paid for).
    Another course I ran, I took the remaining biscuits back to the office plus hubby enjoyed a pack.
    £2 Savers Club 2019 no. 1. £260
    Save £12k in 2019 no.82
    2019 - A clutter free life
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 15th Feb 19, 8:56 PM
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    Gem-gem
    I find forward planning helps to save pennies. Went to a friend's funeral today. Saw my sister (who lives over 150 mile away) and gave her, her hubby's, my BIL birthday present and card. His birthday is in four weeks time. He will get his present on his b.day and we have saved postage. (Not that I would post the present, only the card and the present he would have received when I next see them).
    Some of my friend's received their Xmas cards at the beginning of November, with do not open till December 1st on it. It savers quite a few pennies in postage.
    £2 Savers Club 2019 no. 1. £260
    Save £12k in 2019 no.82
    2019 - A clutter free life
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 16th Feb 19, 5:55 PM
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    YorksLass
    Some of my friend's received their Xmas cards at the beginning of November, with do not open till December 1st on it. It savers quite a few pennies in postage.
    Originally posted by Gem-gem
    Delurking to say I have a note on my calendar to remind me to buy postage stamps in March before the price goes up in April. Might only be pennies saved but they're MY pennies.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    Mar: £0/£132 and 0/28 NSDs
    2019 to date: £57.81 under budget (2018: £172.45 under budget)

    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Feb 19, 7:35 PM
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    VfM4meplse
    Delurking to say I have a note on my calendar to remind me to buy postage stamps in March before the price goes up in April. Might only be pennies saved but they're MY pennies.
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    Same goes for the prescription pre-payment certificate, for those that need it.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 17th Feb 19, 7:52 AM
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    pamsdish
    Need stamps next week as 3 b`days left in Feb, will buy extras, thanks YorksLass.
    2018 £2285/£2149
    2019 £2000=£1305-£75=£1230-£64=£1166-£4=£1162-£15=£1147-£29=£1118-£38=£1080
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 17th Feb 19, 8:26 AM
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    Primrose
    I hadn,t realised the price of postage stamps was increasing again in April. I,ve completely missed that and haven't been able to find any official advice on it. Can somebody please give me a link to the Royal Mail announcement on the specifics. Thanks.
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 17th Feb 19, 5:26 PM
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    Quick post just to clarify about potential price increases on postage stamps.

    I haven't seen any official announcement but I did come across an Ofcom consultation: Review of the Second Class Safeguard Caps 2019. (Sorry, can't get the link to work.) I haven't read the whole thing (83 pages long ) but a quick skim read indicates it's more than likely there will be increases for some second class post. The consultation was published on 26th July 2018 with a closing date of 4th Oct 2018 for responses.

    "In light of the findings of our affordability assessment in particular, we are proposing to raise the level of the Second Class standard letter cap by 5% in real terms, which would take the upper limit of the cap from 60p currently to 65p from April 2019, thereafter increasing each year by CPI."

    As Royal Mail seems to peg its prices just below the upper limit of the cap (cap is currently 60p with 2nd class stamp costing 58p) it seems reasonable to assume there will be a price increase. Ofcom plans to issue a statement "early 2019" so .... watch this space! (Some business mail costs have already increased from the beginning of the year.)
    Last edited by YorksLass; 17-02-2019 at 5:33 PM.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    Mar: £0/£132 and 0/28 NSDs
    2019 to date: £57.81 under budget (2018: £172.45 under budget)

    • sunset gold
    • By sunset gold 17th Feb 19, 8:46 PM
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    sunset gold
    I personally wouldn't put anything containing FABRIC SOFTENER on any material that I couldn't put into in the washing machine.
    Originally posted by WeegieWumman
    Thanks WeegieWumman, Iíll stick to the real Frebrezee stuff in a spray can just in case.
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 25th Feb 19, 6:59 PM
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    Gem-gem
    Use old cheese wrapper and plastic from cereal packets to wrap sandwiches and other food (when you don't want to take your plastic packed lunch box with you).
    £2 Savers Club 2019 no. 1. £260
    Save £12k in 2019 no.82
    2019 - A clutter free life
    • JCS1
    • By JCS1 25th Feb 19, 8:36 PM
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    JCS1
    Royal Mail Price increase confirmed from 25th March, so buy your stamps earlier!

    https://www.royalmailgroup.com/en/press-centre/press-releases/royal-mail/first-and-second-class-stamp-prices-2019/
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 26th Feb 19, 11:20 AM
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    Siebrie
    I had been out on several missions today, and when I came in for lunch, the house felt a bit chilly. I already had my hand reach for the thermostat, when I realised the sun was already on the terrace, so I went to the kitchen to fix my lunch, and am now eating it in the sunshine, nice and warm .
    2019's wi-wa-wombles Ä 245,86 = £ 189.37
    Wombling to wealth 2018 Ä 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 Ä 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 Ä 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 27th Feb 19, 4:50 AM
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    Since I have been consistently using my stocks from freezer and pantry my food bill has really decreased again. I scour the fridge for things that can be repurposed into a different meal and for veggies that need to be used.
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
    [Regina Brett]
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 27th Feb 19, 9:48 AM
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    I unplugged the wii. We only ever use it if dds have friends over and they get a bit bored (some friends come for about five hours at a time due to a large gap between school ending / parents finishing work).
    2019's wi-wa-wombles Ä 245,86 = £ 189.37
    Wombling to wealth 2018 Ä 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 Ä 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 Ä 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 27th Feb 19, 10:24 AM
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    pamsdish
    I unplugged the wii. We only ever use it if dds have friends over and they get a bit bored (some friends come for about five hours at a time due to a large gap between school ending / parents finishing work).
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    I should do the same, only me but it`s awkward to get to plug, did remove all the batteries though.
    2018 £2285/£2149
    2019 £2000=£1305-£75=£1230-£64=£1166-£4=£1162-£15=£1147-£29=£1118-£38=£1080
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