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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 6th Nov 07, 7:38 PM
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    Great 'Make it last longer' Hunt
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    • 6th Nov 07, 7:38 PM
    Great 'Make it last longer' Hunt 6th Nov 07 at 7:38 PM
    13 November 2007

    While reading an article from the Chicago Tribune this week, I was reminded there are some things that you can't help spending money on, which make you begrudge every penny.

    Razor blades, unless you want to end up looking like Swampy; Printer Ink Cartridges, unless you're angling for a Parker Pen set for Christmas; or Batteries, unless you want to be stranded on the sofa, desperate for the TV to magically switch over to Corrie.

    So I want to tap MoneySavers' knowledge of how we can make the consumable goods in life last longer. Whether it's wearing underpants inside out, to getting more basin's worth from your washing up liquid, we want to know.

    What to do

    Reply below, letting us know your top tips for making the boring purchases in life last longer.

    Thanks

    Martin


    Last edited by Former MSE Dan; 13-11-2007 at 8:15 PM.
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  • JDMYOFAN
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    • 14th Nov 07, 12:07 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 12:07 PM
    Liquid Soap / Washing up liquid

    After you use the first quarter, fill it back up with water..
    (Only do this once).
    • Fishcake_Random
    • By Fishcake_Random 14th Nov 07, 12:41 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 12:41 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 12:41 PM
    Tea bags can be used twice or even three times each, halfing the cost of a standard box.
    just depends have strong you like your tea.
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    • timnicebutdim
    • By timnicebutdim 14th Nov 07, 12:57 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 12:57 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 12:57 PM
    When using loo roll, help save the trees and use both sides.

    On a more serious note, if you have a water meter use a butt to water the plants, and if you have a mobile phone and a car, charge your mobile phone in your car (as it's free!)
    Last edited by timnicebutdim; 14-11-2007 at 4:43 PM.
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 14th Nov 07, 1:04 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:04 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:04 PM
    Keep bars of soap in the airing cupboard (or other warm place) for as long as possible before using.
    This hardens the soap which prolongs its life - but still gets you clean.

    My mother stored new soap in between the towels in our airing cupboard at home. The cupboard smelled wonderful but we always removed fresh towels very carefully...it could be painful!
    Last edited by Former MSE Lawrence; 19-11-2007 at 11:28 AM.
  • Kilala
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:14 PM
    Ideas...
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:14 PM
    I am sure it is an old one, but use half of all reccomended amounts of soap- in washing machines, dishwashers etc- I live in an area with really hard water and everything still ends up shiny and clean!

    When shaving, ensure the stubble is damp for at least 5-10 minutes (have a shower first/soak in the bath) so they are softer and easier to cut- the razor will therefore take longer to blunt.

    This may seem a bit odd, but watch how much loo roll you use- you don't need half a roll- and if you do you also need a doctor!

    Ignore the 'low ink level' warning on your printer. If it persists, re install the same cartridge- they are rarely more than half empty when the warning starts- it is all a con to get you spending! Only replace when it is clear the ink is running out.

    Conditioner- Long hair? Only condition the ends- trust me, this works! Everyone else- only condition every other wash, you really don't need to do it everytime and it prevents product built up.

    Hopefully I am not teaching you all to suck eggs! :rolleyes:
    Last edited by Former MSE Lawrence; 19-11-2007 at 11:41 AM.
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    I'm not waving, I'm drowning...
    • SomethingWitty
    • By SomethingWitty 14th Nov 07, 1:22 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:22 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:22 PM
    Slightly off topic but I reuse Jiffy Envelopes (the ones with bubble wrap in) whenver i receive anything. I just shove a label over my address and where the stamps are and re send parcels!

    Old bread, once its gone stale needn't been thrown out and makes good croutons for salads and soups (just tear or cut it into pieces, and toast it in the oven for 10 minutes on a high heat), which in themselves are good, cheap meals

    Also dishcloths..... the thin vileda kind... i keep seeing people throw these out after a couple of weeks of using them.. Just wash them every couple of days! Either in the washing machine or soak it in something.


    Rat traps can also be reused... but not sure i'd want to try that
    • hardpressed
    • By hardpressed 14th Nov 07, 1:26 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:26 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 1:26 PM
    Try printing on 'draft', I find it quite acceptable, make the ink last much longer.
    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 14th Nov 07, 2:25 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 2:25 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 2:25 PM
    One for the ladies............. when putting foundation on make sure you use a damp sponge to put it on. You'll use a lot less (dry sponges will soak up the make up therefore wasting lots), and you'll get a better finish.
    CC2 = 8687.86 (10000 )CC1 = 0 (9983 ); Reusing shopping bags savings =5.80 vs spent 1.05.Wine is like opera. You can enjoy it even if you don't understand it and too much can give you a headache the next day J
    • potfish
    • By potfish 14th Nov 07, 2:42 PM
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    if you have a mobile phone and a car, charge your mobile phone in your car (as it's free!)
    Originally posted by timnicebutdim
    It's no more free when you charge in the car because your car will burn more fuel to recharge its battery that you're drawing current from in order to charge the phone. It's hard to imagine that a petrol engine driving an alternator will be more efficient than a power station. I did a quick calculation and it costs something in the region 0.1p to 0.2p per full charge at home, so not a lot in the grand scheme of things.

    Or you could do as I do and charge at work - then it's really free
    • tanith
    • By tanith 14th Nov 07, 2:42 PM
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    I always cut those cleansing facial wash clothes (Olay do them ) in half so get twice the amount and half a cloth is plenty to cleanse your face and neck with... (I always ask for them as chrissie or b/day pressie )
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    • MoaningMyrtle
    • By MoaningMyrtle 14th Nov 07, 2:48 PM
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    If you use any tubes of products eg hand cream or hair gel, when you think it is finished, cut in in half and you will be able to scrape the rest out.
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  • Marvo434
    RAZOR BLADES:

    There is nothing scientific about this, but in my opinion multi blades often stop shaving you well NOT because they are blunt but because of all the hair that gets trapped between the blades, meaning the blades aren't touching your skin efficently.
    After every shave I now run my electric toothbrush across the front face of the blades and across the back. It gets most (if not all) of those hairs out and I am definetly using each blade for days longer.
    "If a man says something, but there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?"
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 14th Nov 07, 3:21 PM
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    Try printing on 'draft', I find it quite acceptable, make the ink last much longer.
    Originally posted by hardpressed
    Awwww I was going to put that!
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 14th Nov 07, 3:22 PM
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    One for the ladies............. when putting foundation on make sure you use a damp sponge to put it on. You'll use a lot less (dry sponges will soak up the make up therefore wasting lots), and you'll get a better finish.
    Originally posted by unixgirluk
    I put it on with my fingers, I always feel that it gets stuck into the sponge. What a waste!
    • adandem
    • By adandem 14th Nov 07, 3:35 PM
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    adandem
    RAZOR BLADES:

    There is nothing scientific about this, but in my opinion multi blades often stop shaving you well NOT because they are blunt but because of all the hair that gets trapped between the blades, meaning the blades aren't touching your skin efficently.
    After every shave I now run my electric toothbrush across the front face of the blades and across the back. It gets most (if not all) of those hairs out and I am definetly using each blade for days longer.
    Originally posted by Marvo434
    I do this, but def not with my electric toothbrush, I clean my teeth with that
    I keep an old normal one for the job.
  • harryhound
    Since the 1970's BIC have been supplying a 4 colour ballpoint pen to the likes of Woolies, W.H.Smith etc.etc. The top tends to be white and the barrel blue.
    The 4 little sliders that push out or retract the "refills" are black, blue, red and green (surprise surprise). These pens sell for a little as 2 GBP for two.

    The point is that it is fairly simple to take the pen to pieces, starting by unscrewing the blue barrel from the white top. The little plastic sliders can be levered out too.

    So I carry one pen, that has never let me down by leaking in my pocket and refill it using the charity pens that get sent through the post, or using the cheap and nasty pens that employers tend to keep in the stationary cupboard.
    The only down side is that if you leave such a pen lying about it tends to go walking.
    • i.want.it.2
    • By i.want.it.2 14th Nov 07, 3:54 PM
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    longer lasting razor
    I used to use shaving foam-but switched to oil, now when I shave I use an old toothbrush to wipe over my multi-blade razor to stop it blocking and it lasts 2-3 times longer!
  • aka_joey
    When using loo roll, help save the trees and use both sides.

    On a more serious note, if you have a water meter use a butt to water the plants, and if you have a mobile phone and a car, charge your mobile phone in your car (as it's free!)
    Originally posted by timnicebutdim
    I'm sure many other people realise this but just in case....
    I would like to point out that using electrical items in your car is certainly not free. Increased electrical load makes it harder for the engine to charge the battery and turn the alternator (which produces the electricty to charge the battery and therefore power all electrical items in the car).

    So, bearing in mind increasing fuel costs, it would be interesting to find out if charging your mobile in the car by increasing the fuel consumption of your car is cheaper than charging it off the domestic mains.

    My hunch is that it is not.
  • solomonp
    Toothpaste
    Want to get the most out of a nearly empty tube of toothpaste...or anything else for that matter? Lay the tube, with the top still on, on a hard worksurface. Hold a toothbrush by its head and press the handle hard down on the base of the tube, with the handle laying across the tube. Draw the handle up the tube without taking any downward force off. thus pressing every bit remaining in the tube to the nozzle end. If you do it right its as flat as a pancake.
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