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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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    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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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 5th Feb 18, 11:34 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
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    One year I used our Christmas money to buy a National Trust membership. We had a fantastic time going visiting the different places that year. Average cost came out about £3.00 per visit for the both of us. (Holidays were in The U.K. that year).
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 5th Feb 18, 11:46 PM
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    When we have a weekend break (usually linked with football). We generally book a hotel that is either quite central or on the edge of town so that we can pop back to our room for a cup of tea and hot chovolate rather than pay coffee shop prices. (before hubby goes off to football).
    I also make a packed breakfast/brunch for the train so that we only have to pay for the evening meal out on the first day.
    When we go away for a longer trip, I make and pack a homemade cake so that we can have afternoon tea and cake rather than lunch. So we have breakfast ( sometimes included into the hotel / b&b price) and our evening meal.
    On our last one night away, we didn!!!8217;t even have to pay much for dinner as we used our Tesco/ Pizza Express vouchers.
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    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 6th Feb 18, 7:11 AM
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    if we go out for the day we always take the good old vacuum flask, sandwiches and biscuits, rather than paying cafe prices.

    If we go to Whitby though, we can't leave without having fish and chips!!
    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 6th Feb 18, 9:15 AM
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    When we have a weekend break (usually linked with football). We generally book a hotel that is either quite central or on the edge of town so that we can pop back to our room for a cup of tea and hot chovolate rather than pay coffee shop prices. (before hubby goes off to football).
    I also make a packed breakfast/brunch for the train so that we only have to pay for the evening meal out on the first day.
    When we go away for a longer trip, I make and pack a homemade cake so that we can have afternoon tea and cake rather than lunch. So we have breakfast ( sometimes included into the hotel / b&b price) and our evening meal.
    On our last one night away, we didn!!!8217;t even have to pay much for dinner as we used our Tesco/ Pizza Express vouchers.
    Originally posted by Gem-gem
    We like Premier Inns for our overnighters because you know exactly what to expect. We take a cool bag with milk, cereal, biscuits and maybe a few extra tea bags. (Remembering bowls and spoons!)
    It is much more convenient, as we can breakfast while one of us is using the bathroom and gives me more time to dry my hair when OH would be itching to get downstairs for his brekkie! Saves time and paying the ridiculous prices they charge for breakfast when we really just want cereal and a cuppa.
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    • evuka
    • By evuka 6th Feb 18, 4:48 PM
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    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I just checked my order history and they no longer sell the one I got but this is very similar.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 6th Feb 18, 11:48 PM
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    We like Premier Inns for our overnighters because you know exactly what to expect. We take a cool bag with milk, cereal, biscuits and maybe a few extra tea bags. (Remembering bowls and spoons!)
    It is much more convenient, as we can breakfast while one of us is using the bathroom and gives me more time to dry my hair when OH would be itching to get downstairs for his brekkie! Saves time and paying the ridiculous prices they charge for breakfast when we really just want cereal and a cuppa.
    Originally posted by Eenymeeny
    I bought an electric egg boiler from Lakeland (at a discount) that you just add water and plug in so that we can have eggs for breakfast in the room.
    Regarding tea bags. Hubby always goes down and asks for extra tea bags and milk and never has a problem.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 7th Feb 18, 12:04 AM
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    Went to John Lewis in Bluewater tonight, bought two things from Clarins £43 in total and got 4 items free. Three of the items were 100mls and worth £15 each. The other item is worth about £8.00 (worth the same value as what I have bought).
    Two of the items I am thinking of packaging up as a Christmas present.
    One item I gave a friend as she bought an item which has gone towards another deal and one item I will keep for myself.
    Also John Lewis have an offer, which came via email. Spend £100 on beauty, perfume and skin care and get a beauty box for free ( beauty box has about 10 items of beauty item including Bobbie Brown,Molton Brown, clarins, Clinique, ysl etc). My friend bought something for £40 but put it as part of my bill, I bought a birthday present for £20 and then included the two items from Clarins for £43. (So I have only spent £63). The beauty box I am going to save and give to my niece for Christmas. Thus saving more pennies. (The two things I bought from Clarins I do buy, so it was not an impulse buy).
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 07-02-2018 at 12:07 AM.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 8th Feb 18, 8:02 PM
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    My hair dresser sells me a tube of hair dye at cost price do I can do touch ups between my hair cuts without having to go to a salon. This saves me a couple of hundred pound each year.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 10th Feb 18, 10:33 PM
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    Eating out:
    Hubby and I always share chips from the chippy. We have our own fish or sausage.
    Sign up to restaurant emails - never pay full price a zizzi or pizza express. Jamie!!!8217;s card is really good with a free taster plus offer. Had a two course meal and drink with a friend for £11.00 each (incl tip).
    Wetherspoon - hubby and I have shared a large mixed grill. I order a side salad and have some of the meat to go with it plus a couple of chip. Hubby has the rest.
    Ifpuddings are overpriced we go to the supermarket and get some £1 chocolate or have a homemade pudding.
    The other week I attended a conference and wrapped the breakfast cookie and afternoon tea cake up in a napkin. Later when out for a meal with my friend, she had buy one get one free on main course and I shared the bounty from the conference. Our meal with tip cost £6.00 each.

    Sometimes it pays to pay a little more up front. When hubby and I went to Singapore we upgraded to crystal class in the hotel - we paid £150 for the three days. For that we got; free internal phone calls; access to our room at 8:00am in the morning; 4 breakfasts each; free tea, coffee, biscuits and cake across the day; two pieces of clothing dry cleaned every day; happy hour from 5 -7:30 where you could have as much as you wanted alcohol ( fab choices including proscecco) with hors d!!!8217;oerves.
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 11th Feb 18, 4:45 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by Gem-gem
    Gem Gem, I really like the way you save money but still live a lovely, luxurious life. I always want to understand the value of something and not the price and you do that
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 11th Feb 18, 7:38 PM
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    Gem Gem, I really like the way you save money but still live a lovely, luxurious life. I always want to understand the value of something and not the price and you do that
    Originally posted by doingitanyway
    Thank you doingitanyway.
    Hubby and I believe in looking after the pennies and that helps save the pounds. We both love travelling and yes, I do like some of the finer things in life but we can only do it because we are frugal in other ways. I never like to pay full price for anything. That has been my mantra for many years now. I see it as a game. I enjoy the !!!8216;hunt!!!8217;.
    I also evaluate what is important to me when spending - anything like furniture I have always bought good quality. (0% interest so I didn!!!8217;t have to touch my savings) My furniture I bought 19 years ago, it is still in pristine condition (because we look after it and hopefully will never have to buy it again).
    Food - home grown and homemade where possible. Do not want to put unnecessary chemicals into our body.
    I have lost two close family members aged 59 and 60 and it made me realise that a) shrouds do not have pockets b) you cannot wait until you retire. So you have to travel and do things now.

    We have just had a weekend in Hereford.
    Travel: home to London to Hereford by train £39.50 return for both of us.
    Hotel: £45 for the night
    Food: Took a packed lunch for yesterday; dinner last night £17.00; breakfast £8. (We shared a large breAkfast and had a drink each. Saved around £1.50 doing this way.

    Funny thing is that some of my family raise their eyebrows at me or groan. I use to embarrass them when I got the vouchers out ( this was before it became trendy to do it).
    When hubby and I met, we knew that we had the same attitude to money because we both had a feeezer stuffed full of yellow-stickerd food. A match made in heaven!
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 11-02-2018 at 7:44 PM.
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    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 12th Feb 18, 11:13 AM
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    Now I am at a certain age I find that a lot of the meals out are too much for me so always have a small roll of plastic bags in handbag. If its a carvery I seldom bring meat home but regularly have extra roasties & cauli cheese to bring home. Went out for lunch with daughter & family and ordered the childrens meal, when it came (ribs) there were so many that I actually asked if I could have a container to take some home (instead of doggy bag), my grandsons portion on his adult meal was also much larger than expected so my daughter also asked if some could be packed to take home. Both were happily done so last night I had ribs and I had potatoes/carrots/parsnip/cabbage & peas. Often ask for childrens portion when I order, even chip shops.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 12th Feb 18, 9:42 PM
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    Now I am at a certain age I find that a lot of the meals out are too much for me so always have a small roll of plastic bags in handbag. If its a carvery I seldom bring meat home but regularly have extra roasties & cauli cheese to bring home. Went out for lunch with daughter & family and ordered the childrens meal, when it came (ribs) there were so many that I actually asked if I could have a container to take some home (instead of doggy bag), my grandsons portion on his adult meal was also much larger than expected so my daughter also asked if some could be packed to take home. Both were happily done so last night I had ribs and I had potatoes/carrots/parsnip/cabbage & peas. Often ask for childrens portion when I order, even chip shops.
    Originally posted by whmf00001
    Although I've never done this, and probably won't (I've never been served a portion I couldn't eat, I don't think I'm that greedy, either, but never mind) I really applaud that a lot of businessses are doing this.
    When you think about it, it makes sense for them. The chef isn't gutted to see half his or her carefully prepared food end up in the bin, less waste food minimises the health risks associated with storing this before collection, and crucially, less goes to landfill ultimately.

    The customer meanwhile, gets to enjoy all the food they have paid for, saves money, and it gives their whole eating experience a feelgood factor.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Feb 18, 11:37 AM
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    I have two loyalty card to local pub chains One is the Beefeater and the other the Brewers Fayre. Both of them send vouchers for a free main meal for your birthday .
    I had a birthday last week and on Friday I had fish 'n'chips and peas at the Beefeater (cost if bought £12.99) and last night I went to the Brewers Fayre pub on my way home and had garlic chicken, chips and salad (cost if bought £9.99) delicious and I have had two night's off from cooking, and two nice meals which cost me nothing.

    I also have a Dobbies voucher for my 'birthday treat' that is sent to you during your birthday month and it gived me a large pot of tea and two scones with fresh cream and jam at any time during February.My Dobbies card is brilliant as it costs me £10.00 per year yet for that I get two hot drinks per month (large latte's are £3.00 each)so it would cost £72.00 per year in coffee alone plus my birthday 'treat' voucher which would cost around £10.00 so for £10.00 per year I get £82's worth of stuff
    Happy days I use my coffee vouchers when I go to my coffee morning at U3A as we hold the coffee mornings in the Dobbies restaurant. I have lots of loyalty cards in my purse and am more than happy to be rewarded

    JackieO xx
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 13th Feb 18, 5:09 PM
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    I have two loyalty card to local pub chains One is the Beefeater and the other the Brewers Fayre. Both of them send vouchers for a free main meal for your birthday .
    I had a birthday last week and on Friday I had fish 'n'chips and peas at the Beefeater (cost if bought £12.99) and last night I went to the Brewers Fayre pub on my way home and had garlic chicken, chips and salad (cost if bought £9.99) delicious and I have had two night's off from cooking, and two nice meals which cost me nothing.

    I also have a Dobbies voucher for my 'birthday treat' that is sent to you during your birthday month and it gived me a large pot of tea and two scones with fresh cream and jam at any time during February.My Dobbies card is brilliant as it costs me £10.00 per year yet for that I get two hot drinks per month (large latte's are £3.00 each)so it would cost £72.00 per year in coffee alone plus my birthday 'treat' voucher which would cost around £10.00 so for £10.00 per year I get £82's worth of stuff
    Happy days I use my coffee vouchers when I go to my coffee morning at U3A as we hold the coffee mornings in the Dobbies restaurant. I have lots of loyalty cards in my purse and am more than happy to be rewarded

    JackieO xx
    Originally posted by JackieO
    I agree with you JackieO.
    I have a Jamie!!!8217;s gold card and this month I got £10off my meal. Every time you go you get a free taster and an offer. For your birthday you get a free bottle of wine. I also have signed up to Pizza Express, and Zizzi!!!8217;s, so I get emails with offers and freebies like bottle of wine on your birthday. I also have a my John Lewis card - get free drink and cake every 4/6 weeks plus other offers.
    I also have a Waterstones loyalty card (which I use for birthday/ Xmas gift cards / specialist books as presents). (For myself I use charity shops and library).
    Regarding clothes, I have also signed up to my favourite shops and get sent discount cards / birthday gifts from them eg £20 voucher.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 13th Feb 18, 5:56 PM
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    Hubby and I have just picked a valentine card from previous years and written a new message for 2018. (We have four cards to choose from).

    Gave hubby and I a pedicure today. Saves hubby from having to go to the chiropradist (£20+ saved).
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 16th Feb 18, 9:16 PM
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    I buy a large pot of yoghurt and then measure some out each day. Not only do I save money but I also use less plastic. I save the big yoghurt pot and us it to grow seedlings in or store things in them (the shed).
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 17th Feb 18, 8:08 AM
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    I buy a large pot of yoghurt and then measure some out each day. Not only do I save money but I also use less plastic. I save the big yoghurt pot and us it to grow seedlings in or store things in them (the shed).
    Originally posted by Gem-gem
    I do that, too! It mean that I’m buying a better quality of yoghurt - Yeo Valley, which doesn’t contain sweeteners, thickeners or artificial flavours - and it is cheaper since said yoghurt always on 2-for-£2 for the big pots in our local supermarket. Also, every part of the pot can be recycled: lid, plastic inner and cardboard sleeve.

    Like you, I often save the clear plastic inner for growing seedlings. I wash and dry them well before putting them away. Well, we had a party (a BBQ) a few years ago and someone found my stash while looking for plastic glasses. The next thing I know is the guests were using them as pint glasses for their beer.

    If you want plain yoghurt, the cheapest brand I’ve found is “Henna” which sells for £1 for a big 1kg pot. It sits in the World Foods fridge and not with the “regular” yoghurts. Until recently, they did 500g pots for 48p (even cheaper than MrT’s Value brand).

    Is it just me, or have most of the Value/Basic/Smart Price items disappeared from the shelves?

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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 17th Feb 18, 10:56 PM
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    I do that, too! It mean that I’m buying a better quality of yoghurt - Yeo Valley, which doesn’t contain sweeteners, thickeners or artificial flavours - and it is cheaper since said yoghurt always on 2-for-£2 for the big pots in our local supermarket. Also, every part of the pot can be recycled: lid, plastic inner and cardboard sleeve.

    Like you, I often save the clear plastic inner for growing seedlings. I wash and dry them well before putting them away. Well, we had a party (a BBQ) a few years ago and someone found my stash while looking for plastic glasses. The next thing I know is the guests were using them as pint glasses for their beer.

    If you want plain yoghurt, the cheapest brand I’ve found is “Henna” which sells for £1 for a big 1kg pot. It sits in the World Foods fridge and not with the “regular” yoghurts. Until recently, they did 500g pots for 48p (even cheaper than MrT’s Value brand).

    Is it just me, or have most of the Value/Basic/Smart Price items disappeared from the shelves?

    - Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    I also buy Yeo valley (natural) for the same reasons as you, also because it is much lower in sugar. 8g per 100g (other yoghurts are 18 -22g of sugar). I then add my own homegrown fruit.

    That made me laugh - about your beer glasses. But what a good idea. Hubby is always looking for a plastic cup to drink his beer in a quizzes.
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    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 21st Feb 18, 8:32 PM
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    Pip ive not seen many value stuff for months. I did wonder if supermarkets are trying to phase a lot of the value items out
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