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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 24th Apr 10, 8:57 PM
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    Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies
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    • 24th Apr 10, 8:57 PM
    Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies 24th Apr 10 at 8:57 PM
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    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

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 26th Jan 18, 6:28 AM
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    Wilko sell some for £1.75 for 500g
    Originally posted by SuperMoose
    Thanks, well worth knowing: http://www.wilko.com/traditional-cleaning-/wilko-original-bicarbonate-of-soda-500g/invt/0264235

    Now where did I put my white vinegar?
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    • SuperMoose
    • By SuperMoose 26th Jan 18, 10:59 AM
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    Thanks, well worth knowing: http://www.wilko.com/traditional-cleaning-/wilko-original-bicarbonate-of-soda-500g/invt/0264235

    Now where did I put my white vinegar?
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    If you can't find it Wilko do that too
    white vinegar

    It's part of their tradtional cleaning range.
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 26th Jan 18, 1:00 PM
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    I think Asda is one of the cheapest cleaning things places. They still do basics washing up liquid and dish tabs for 1.60. Wilco is good too. DD was asking where the cheapest place for bicarb for cleaning is, anyone spotted any?
    Originally posted by Katieowl

    Yes, Wing Yip https://www.wingyipstore.co.uk/ the Chinese wholesalers/supermarket. They do Bicarb in the convenient 2kg bag. Last time, I bought a box worth (5 or 6 bags). It was less than £10, but that was several years ago. They're also a great, cheap source for vinegar (sold in gallon/4.5L bottles) and rubber gloves. I bought Marigolds there recently for 1/3 the price of Sainsbugs. And, of course, they sell food in catering quantities: spices (by the 500g bag), dried pulses (in 2kg bags), rice (10kg bags) and concentrated Chinese sauces (if you love a Chinese curry, chances are it was made from a tub of concentrate sold by Wing Yip).


    They have branches in London, Birmingham and Manchester. They also sell on-line.
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    • pinkladyvenus
    • By pinkladyvenus 27th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
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    when cooking potato waffles for one, I pop them in the toaster from frozen, just turn it up to its highest setting and put them through two cycles of toast, this is usually enough to cook them.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 27th Jan 18, 9:49 PM
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    Gave myself a pedicure whilst watching a film this afternoon. Saved £20+.
    Also did my finger nails (another £10 saved). I find that as long as you put a base coat and top coat on it will last you at least a week.
    I don!!!8217;t like Shellac it ruins your nails if not taken off properly.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 27th Jan 18, 9:56 PM
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    Friend gave me a L!!!8217;occitaine Gift set for Xmas. Inside was a bottle of hair shampoo. Popped into to L!!!8217;occitaine and got two free samples of conditioner to try with it. It was lovely, but it don!!!8217;t plan in spending lots of money on shampoo and conditioner. Next week, I will be going out with my friend and the later with my mum, to different towns, if they have a L!!!8217;occitaine theee I will go in and try and get some more free samples. I find travelling around the country can have its benefits!
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 27th Jan 18, 10:01 PM
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    If you can't find it Wilko do that too
    white vinegar

    It's part of their tradtional cleaning range.
    Originally posted by SuperMoose
    Do you find that you save money? Or is it a chemical / environment choice?
    What proportions do you use?
    I had a go with cleaning the kitchen sink with some out of date bicarbonate of soda and the end of the bottle white vinegar.
    Washing powder and lemon juice also has a chemical reaction just like bicarbonate and vinegar. Has anyone tried this?
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    • janb5
    • By janb5 27th Jan 18, 11:55 PM
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    I was given a great cleaning combination from another MSE`er.

    General purpose cleaner

    1 part washing up liquid
    2 parts lemon juice ( 32p @ Lidl)
    4 parts white vinegar
    5 parts water

    ( 50 mls, 100 mls, 200 mls and 250 mls respectively to make 600 mls for

    Stir together in a jug and decant into spray bottle. Use for kitchen surfaces, paintwork, bathrooms etc.

    I find it brilliant on my hob and also windows and my friends like it too.

    I havent bought cleaner in a long time.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 28th Jan 18, 1:50 AM
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    Friend gave me a L’occitaine Gift set for Xmas. Inside was a bottle of hair shampoo. Popped into to L’occitaine and got two free samples of conditioner to try with it. It was lovely, but it don’t plan in spending lots of money on shampoo and conditioner. Next week, I will be going out with my friend and the later with my mum, to different towns, if they have a L’occitaine theee I will go in and try and get some more free samples. I find travelling around the country can have its benefits!
    Originally posted by Gem-gem
    You have a fantastic friend there I treat myself to a bottle of their shampoo now and again. I love the verbena one,I bought myself a bottle of the hair conditioner with some of my Christmas money and its £17.00 a pop but it is beautiful conditioner, and I use it about once a fortnight to eke it out. In between I use Lidl's Cien conditioner.

    years ago when my children were small you used to be able to buy household quality cotton wool in the chemist for around half a crown a roll It was brilliant for babies butts, or small cleaning jobs, no baby wipes back then
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    • sootypea
    • By sootypea 28th Jan 18, 12:50 PM
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    I got these and have put them away for next years Xmas hampers and birthdays.

    https://www.onlinepoundstore.co.uk/product-category/loccitane/
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 28th Jan 18, 3:40 PM
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    You have a fantastic friend there I treat myself to a bottle of their shampoo now and again. I love the verbena one,I bought myself a bottle of the hair conditioner with some of my Christmas money and its £17.00 a pop but it is beautiful conditioner, and I use it about once a fortnight to eke it out. In between I use Lidl's Cien conditioner.

    years ago when my children were small you used to be able to buy household quality cotton wool in the chemist for around half a crown a roll It was brilliant for babies butts, or small cleaning jobs, no baby wipes back then
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Yes, my friend is lovely. She uses their shampoo and conditioner all the time.
    I like the almond shower gel and body lotion as well as the verbena hand wash. I bought some hand wash when in Canada as it was much cheaper. We have that upstairs and Lidl’s downstairs.
    I’m taking hubby to Paris for his 60th and will be interested to compare the price.
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    • evuka
    • By evuka 28th Jan 18, 4:59 PM
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    evuka
    Wilko sell some for £1.75 for 500g
    Originally posted by SuperMoose
    Just been to Wilko yesterday to buy white vinegar (£1 for 1 litre in a spray bottle) and saw the bicarb as well. Popped into Home Bargains after it and they have 500 g bicarb for 99p only!

    I'm in a cleaning group on fb and they sing wonders of Zoflora disinfectant, found it in Wilko for £1 (also in HB for 99p so not much of a difference there).

    On the coffee topic - I usually drink instant and buy the Nescafe Gold blend in HB or Poundland. They sell the 200g jar for £5 while it costs £7 in Sainsbug. (I already have two empty and will use these as containers in my kitchen cabinets.)

    I love the idea of instant during the week and proper brewed at the weekends so I'm gonna try that from now on. I have a french press and I do foam my milk with it (based on a "life hack" video - just heat up your milk/soya/almond milk, etc and the french press makes it soooo foamy )

    If you buy ground coffee and turns out you don't like the taste, you can improve it with a pinch of cinnamon. Just put it in the machine with the coffee and it will brew you tasty
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 29th Jan 18, 1:26 PM
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    I was given a Nespresso coffee machine to review by Amazon, and it was a treat twice a week machine, with capsules from CRU Kafe, (Fairtrade), until Aldi relaunched their range of capsules. Now, it's my all-day-treat. I get the decaff capsules mail-order, I alternate between Aldi and CRU Kafe for these.

    Both brands are completely fine to use, and equivalent in quality to Nescafe's own, very expensive, capsules.

    The Nespresso compatible brand to avoid is Taylor's, unfortunately - I love their tea.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 29th Jan 18, 7:27 PM
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    I'm in a cleaning group on fb and they sing wonders of Zoflora disinfectant, found it in Wilko for £1 (also in HB for 99p so not much of a difference there)
    Originally posted by evuka
    I did wonder about Zoflora so bought a load in the scents I could tolerate from Poundland (French Lavender? Hyacinth? Uurgh! ) and used it for a while. Shortly afterwards I bought into Method instead, smells lovely and although expensive can often be found on offer in supermarkets. Wild rhubarb, anyone? Grapefruit, perhaps? These days bathroom smells divinely of eucalyptus and mint and my wooden floors of almond

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    • evuka
    • By evuka 1st Feb 18, 5:22 PM
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    I did wonder about Zoflora so bought a load in the scents I could tolerate from Poundland (French Lavender? Hyacinth? Uurgh! ) and used it for a while. Shortly afterwards I bought into Method instead, smells lovely and although expensive can often be found on offer in supermarkets. Wild rhubarb, anyone? Grapefruit, perhaps? These days bathroom smells divinely of eucalyptus and mint and my wooden floors of almond

    Mumsnet has a lot to answer for
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I will defo check it out after I used up the Zoflora, now I went for the linen scent. They had "bouquet" and something else (lavender perhaps?) but although I love flower scents, I'm not sure I want my home smell like them, especially when trying something for the first time!
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    • fedupfreddie
    • By fedupfreddie 1st Feb 18, 6:08 PM
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    I have found that a couple of drops of zoflora in the toilet after use does a wonderful job of removing nasty smells.
    • evuka
    • By evuka 1st Feb 18, 7:09 PM
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    I have a Spitz with a coat approx 6" long and 2 white cats . I had a the original Dyson DC01 which died after 12 years loyal use. I was fortunate enough to be given a Miele CatnDog via freecycle which puts anything else I've ever used in the shade...except on a couple cheapish 'felted' rugs which only respond to dragging the edge of my trainers across them. While wearing them, of course
    Originally posted by sparrer
    Reading earlier posts on the thread and found a discussion about carpet sweepers and vacuums. When my previous vacuum died I was longing for a Dyson. But even a refurbished one cost £99 and it was way over my budget. I looked up some reviews on Arg0$ and found really good ratings/comments about their own bagless one. I think it cost me £37 and it works really well with my maine coon's long hair, it's lightweight and I love the no-need-for-bags cylinder! Easy to carry, to store and clean as well. It only has one suction power but it's strong enough for carpets.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 5th Feb 18, 9:43 PM
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    Saving pennies: one year, I asked for a year!!!8217;s subscription to Gardeners World for my birthday, and dh gave it to me. I had found a deal somewhere, so it was cheaper than normal. I have kept all the issues and read through them again every year, by month. I find that I usually have forgotten what was in them Now and then I buy or get given a newer issue, and I will replace the older one, and give it to a friend. She gives me her old interior decorating mags
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 5th Feb 18, 10:34 PM
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    Redye hubbys black jeans with Dylon. Breathed a new lease of life into them.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Feb 18, 10:38 PM
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    Reading earlier posts on the thread and found a discussion about carpet sweepers and vacuums. When my previous vacuum died I was longing for a Dyson. But even a refurbished one cost £99 and it was way over my budget. I looked up some reviews on Arg0$ and found really good ratings/comments about their own bagless one. I think it cost me £37 and it works really well with my maine coon's long hair, it's lightweight and I love the no-need-for-bags cylinder! Easy to carry, to store and clean as well. It only has one suction power but it's strong enough for carpets.
    Originally posted by evuka
    Is it this one?
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