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    • SkintMonkey
    • By SkintMonkey 27th Nov 06, 9:49 AM
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    SkintMonkey
    What is the most drastic money making or money saving thing you've done?
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    • 27th Nov 06, 9:49 AM
    What is the most drastic money making or money saving thing you've done? 27th Nov 06 at 9:49 AM
    I was just wondering what extreme things people have done to save or make money. My friend went through a phase of only showering at the local leisure centre when he went swimming (?) and another time he saved up his toilet visits for when he was at work or around friends so he used their loo roll!

    A neighbour of mine sold all his CDs and DVDs (he had a large collection which he had been nurturing for years) as he couldn't stand being in the red all the time. He made a packet!

    I'm thinking about it, but not sure if I've done anything particularly extreme...!

    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 28-11-2006 at 6:59 PM.
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    • Imelda
    • By Imelda 27th Nov 06, 10:41 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 10:41 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 10:41 AM
    Hi Skintmonkey,

    I'm the same, I don't think I have done anything particularly extreme, I have practically moved in with my OH though as I was worried about putting my heating on and he is worried about me being cold!
    I wear trainers to and from work to save the heels on my shoes (was having to reheel them every 2/3 weeks @ £6 a time) and I have grown my hair long to save on expensive haircuts (and for a 26 year old female this is extreme!).
    I have drastically reduced my food bill but not to the extent that I go without. I am happy with my current level of debt repayment and so I am not going to cut down further but it is good to know that if I needed to I could trim at least £100 from my SOA.
    Saving for an early retirement!
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    • 27th Nov 06, 10:49 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 10:49 AM
    I claimed the charges back on my mortgage. No hair cuts.
    Barclaycard 3800

    Nothing to do but hibernate till spring






    • leni
    • By leni 27th Nov 06, 10:52 AM
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    • #4
    • 27th Nov 06, 10:52 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 10:52 AM
    took up Mystery Shopping
    Joined Quidco and Pigsback and am now obsessed with getting the best deal and best cashback
    Trying to eat less takeaways
    Every spare penny I make comes off teh debt rather than being spent on takeaways and clothes

    DEBT FREE for the first time in 10 years and with savings!

    1st Baby due May 2011 it's a BOY
  • Broken hearted
    • #5
    • 27th Nov 06, 11:04 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:04 AM
    Most drastic____I cut up all the cards, all my lifelines and went without. I had the same pair of trainers for two years.
    Barclaycard 3800

    Nothing to do but hibernate till spring






    • pudding06
    • By pudding06 27th Nov 06, 11:07 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:07 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:07 AM
    no hair cuts

    sometimes I dont eat during the day - or just survive on toast.

    I wont put the heating on during the day - wear multi-layers - think michelin man lol

    OH refuses to charge his mobile at home always does it at work.

    theres so many - I could go on forever
    August 2009 grocery challenge 172.64/,,,,,

    no point in doing grocery challenges, have no money left over to eat :0/
    • pudding06
    • By pudding06 27th Nov 06, 11:09 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:09 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:09 AM
    I had the same pair of trainers for two years.
    lol - my OH still has a pair from when we first met - in 1982 lol he wears them for doing the painting or working on the car.
    August 2009 grocery challenge 172.64/,,,,,

    no point in doing grocery challenges, have no money left over to eat :0/
    • buses7675
    • By buses7675 27th Nov 06, 11:21 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:21 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:21 AM
    lol - my OH still has a pair from when we first met - in 1982 lol he wears them for doing the painting or working on the car.
    by pudding06
    Where did he get them from!? Even if they were expensive, in the long run any pair of 24 year old trainers is incredible and very good value!

    I couldn't quite have done that though, my feet have grown since I was born! lol

    Cheers

    Steve
    completed Uni in 2004 without any student debt - woohoo!
    • pudding06
    • By pudding06 27th Nov 06, 11:23 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:23 AM
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    • 27th Nov 06, 11:23 AM
    God knows and I've tried so many times to get rid of them but he always fishes them out of the bin lol

    seems to have a sixth sense about them

    pudds
    August 2009 grocery challenge 172.64/,,,,,

    no point in doing grocery challenges, have no money left over to eat :0/
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 27th Nov 06, 11:27 AM
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    refrained from having children? .... :confused:

    actually this sort of happened for other reasons but one of the effects is that it has saved me money
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. 6,732.53/12,000
    Nov AFDs: 10/21. 2018 AFDs: 263/260. 2017: 306/252
    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 40,700.00 Paid off: 5,736.38
  • legoman
    cheese and pickle toasties for every meal!
    • grownup1
    • By grownup1 27th Nov 06, 11:37 AM
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    grownup1
    Pleeeease eat! I'm worried about you now. I have a terrible habit of starving myself when I'm out and have forgotten to bring sandwiches but I know it's wrong.

    no hair cuts

    sometimes I dont eat during the day - or just survive on toast.

    I wont put the heating on during the day - wear multi-layers - think michelin man lol

    OH refuses to charge his mobile at home always does it at work.

    theres so many - I could go on forever
    by pudding06
  • Broken hearted
    lol - my OH still has a pair from when we first met - in 1982 lol he wears them for doing the painting or working on the car.
    by pudding06
    Bet they were better made back then.
    Barclaycard 3800

    Nothing to do but hibernate till spring






    • Idiophreak
    • By Idiophreak 27th Nov 06, 11:43 AM
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    Idiophreak
    I had the same pair of trainers for two years.
    by Broken hearted
    This is drastic? I'm struggling to think of a pair I've had for less than two.
    That said, I normally have 2 or 3 on the go...
    edit: Or do I just need to buy more shoes?
  • tinkerbell212
    Sold jewelry (only ever regretted selling one piece of it though). And when living abroad, considered donating blood in return for money (didn't have to in the end, an outstanding salary payment finally came through)...
    Now, shower in the gym (better water pressure as well).
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 27th Nov 06, 11:45 AM
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    lynzpower
    Im selling my flat

    Ive sold anything thats not nailed down

    I thought going without a foreign holiday was drastic- but its not is it.

    Ive watched every penny and ensured that everything I do is as cheap as possible.

    Drastic? Its the norm now and will continue for the foreseeable
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
    • bobbadog
    • By bobbadog 27th Nov 06, 12:01 PM
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    bobbadog
    Mmm...

    Other than securing a 2nd job and meal planning to the extreme, nothing that drastic for me! I know i'm a bit frugal with food at home. Toasted some crumpets the other morning - pack of 6 - OH wanted two. I asked him if he's sure he wanted 2, thinking if we had 2 each the other two would just go mouldly, and he sighed and said '1 will do'. Bless him. Was offering him 3.


  • OneSpike
    Hmm, well I've given up eating some of the 'specialist' things I used to have, like rice milk, as they're too expensive and it's cheaper to have toast. I can't eat dairy so used to have rice or almond milk, which was delish. I've also stopped buying presents for DD's little friends when she's invited to a party - instead I make cookies and ice the child's name on them, one letter per cookie.

    Some habits have become so ingrained now that I can't actually think what we do. I guess one person's drastic is someone else's quite normal. For instance I never ever buy ready meals and we don't buy crisps, yoghurts etc for the children's lunchboxes, which to some people would border on deprivation! Once in a while we buy a big bag of Tyrrell's crisps and DD has a few in her lunch, and I make our yoghurt. I prefer doing that anyway as I'm an additive watcher, so it works out well for us. If I was allowed to I wouldn't have the heating on at all, but Nathaniel would never stand for that.

    I guess our single most drastic money saving measure has been telling all our creditors we can't pay them any more!
    If you can't be a good example, be a dire warning

    MBNA charges and interest frozen
    Egg/DLC repayment agreement reached

    Feels like progress!
  • Broken hearted
    This is drastic? I'm struggling to think of a pair I've had for less than two.
    That said, I normally have 2 or 3 on the go...
    edit: Or do I just need to buy more shoes?
    by Idiophreak
    It is drastic when its the only pair you have the soles have worn away and they are full of holes. Walking in the snow wasn't a lot of fun.
    Barclaycard 3800

    Nothing to do but hibernate till spring






    • Sparky29
    • By Sparky29 27th Nov 06, 1:10 PM
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    Sparky29
    I cancelled OH credit card to stop her internet shopping/ebay for tat when she was bored.

    She couldn't see that if we had 100 in the bank account and 2100 on credit cards that we were really 2000 overdrawn. In her world we had 100 of shopping credit left for her to squander .

    Best thing I ever did. Less arguments, less clutter and saved me a small fortune.
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