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    • mariagti
    • By mariagti 27th Dec 07, 8:42 PM
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    How far do we all go to save money?
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:42 PM
    How far do we all go to save money? 27th Dec 07 at 8:42 PM
    My OH thinks im so tight as i wont pay for parking in town! :rolleyes:

    I have found the cheapest car park in my town at £1.50 for 2 hours. I know not to bad but im a money saver so i park at my nans house which is only a 15 min walk into town if you walk fast. Plus of course exercise does you good!

    And washing my own car! In this weather i know its not nice in the cold washing your car but saves £5 from the hand washers for a small car.Oh and good for exercise too!

    So i save on that just wondering how far will you other MSE's do to save money? Apart from picking up 1p's inthe street which the OH also cant bare me doing!
    Make £5 a day JAN £121/175 FEB £283/175
    Weekly Grocery budget of £35! Jan £95.05/175 Feb £37.53/175
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  • meyore
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:54 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:54 PM
    I do all those things too and my OH also thinks I'm mad. Its sensible though in my opinion!

    I also always take my own lunch to work and only drink water while I'm there which I get from the free water cooler.

    Can't think of anymore, but I'm sure there are others... I think he despairs of me
    • skint_spice
    • By skint_spice 27th Dec 07, 8:56 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:56 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:56 PM
    I'm with you on the parking, I never pay to park in town and would much rather walk 15 mins. In the city I park at a really cheap car park and walk 15 mins back in from there too (have never sussed anywhere free but safe in Glasgow). I can't be doing with the car washing in winter though so go to the cheapo carwash at asda - £2.50 a pop! Also I try to drive at 56-60mph to save a bit too (not in 30mph limit though).
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    • Riq
    • By Riq 27th Dec 07, 8:56 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:56 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:56 PM
    I get near the carpark at work for 7:30 so i can park for free on an adjacent street instead of spending between £2.50 & £4.50 to park all day.

    I walked across town the other week to save 5p when buying a xbox360 game.

    "I'm not from around here, I have my own customs"
    For confirmation: No, I'm not a 40 year old woman, I'm a 26 year old bloke!
    • angelflower
    • By angelflower 27th Dec 07, 8:57 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:57 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:57 PM
    i just dont wash the car....saves on water!!
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  • mumzyof2
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:59 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 8:59 PM
    I get near the carpark at work for 7:30 so i can park for free on an adjacent street instead of spending between £2.50 & £4.50 to park all day.

    I walked across town the other week to save 5p when buying a xbox360 game.

    Originally posted by Riq
    LOLOLOL something id do
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    • ZTD
    • By ZTD 27th Dec 07, 9:02 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 9:02 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 9:02 PM
    i just dont wash the car....saves on water!!
    Originally posted by angelflower
    Oh I do. My car gets a good wash every day that it rains...
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  • Jenna
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    • 27th Dec 07, 9:03 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 9:03 PM
    angelflower - lol at not washing the car to save water :-)

    ~ Walk to work every day (15 mins ea. way and v. cold at the minute!) and to town if I go shopping / out (an increasingly rare event lol)
    ~ Charge my personal mobile at the office to save on electricity. I drink water at work from the free machine
    ~ I've also converted the people on my team to making their own tea & coffee! I bring milk, 1 person brings tea bags and one person coffee. This costs us about £2 each per month, instead of £1 per drink which is what they charge in the canteen!!! Mental ... lol
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    • Candy0107
    • By Candy0107 27th Dec 07, 9:13 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 9:13 PM
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    • 27th Dec 07, 9:13 PM
    I 'recycle' my presents. If I get a pressie that I am not too fond of, I dish it out next birthday or Xmas to someone else

    I have just bought Xmas 2008 cards and wrap for 1/2 price in Boots

    I text or email rather than phone people on their mobile
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    • mariagti
    • By mariagti 27th Dec 07, 9:16 PM
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    oh yeah charging the mobile at work thats a good one!!! I hadnt thought of that! Thanks

    I wish i could save my cutting my own hair but cant really do that cant see round the back! Men are luckly they just get the buzzers out....i do my OH's hair my hair costs £25 just for a cut & blow dry. So i only go every 3 months.
    Make £5 a day JAN £121/175 FEB £283/175
    Weekly Grocery budget of £35! Jan £95.05/175 Feb £37.53/175
    • Riq
    • By Riq 27th Dec 07, 9:16 PM
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    I wish i could walk or cycle to work but it is 26miles away

    And after 6months of the bus I refuse to get on one again!!
    "I'm not from around here, I have my own customs"
    For confirmation: No, I'm not a 40 year old woman, I'm a 26 year old bloke!
    • debrag
    • By debrag 27th Dec 07, 9:29 PM
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    you people don't get free drinks at work?!

    We have:
    a water cooler
    free coffee machine thingy
    twinning tea bags
    • mariagti
    • By mariagti 27th Dec 07, 9:32 PM
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    Im lucky i work in a hotel so get free drinks and lunch
    Make £5 a day JAN £121/175 FEB £283/175
    Weekly Grocery budget of £35! Jan £95.05/175 Feb £37.53/175
  • squirrel_pigeon
    you people don't get free drinks at work?!

    We have:
    a water cooler
    free coffee machine thingy
    twinning tea bags
    Originally posted by debrag
    Can beat that We have water, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cappuccino all free in every kitchen. I love my job
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  • Jenna
    ooh just remembered, haven't had my hair cut since August (and that was a b'day pressie from OH) ... it's getting v. long but I condition it every time I wash it (BOGOF shampoo & cond from Tesco's too!) and try not to blow dry it too much, so it looks OK actually! people keep saying they are jealous of how long and shiny it is ... i just keep v. quiet lol!!
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    • debrag
    • By debrag 27th Dec 07, 9:45 PM
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    Can beat that We have water, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cappuccino all free in every kitchen. I love my job
    Originally posted by squirrel_pigeon
    thats whats in our coffee machine so there I just call it a coffee machine coz I don't know what else to call it lol
  • vyvyan
    I haven't had my hair cut for 2 years! I do trim the fringe bits when they get in my eyes. I have to wear it 'up' for work so it hasn't mattered.

    I can get meals, sandwiches and hot drinks at work so I make use of this perk to save on food bills and washing up.

    I very rarely have the hot water on. The shower is electric and as I live alone I create very little washing up (see above). If I need to wash a few cups etc I just use the remaining hot water from the kettle, which has got to be cheaper than heating the whole tank.
    • bathgatebuyer
    • By bathgatebuyer 27th Dec 07, 10:17 PM
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    My Mum cuts my hair (and because I wear it in a ponytail all the time, I can get away with it being less than perfect!);
    I sometimes walk 5 miles home from work at night (which takes about an hour and a half) to save a pound on the bus fare;
    I have washed my own car for about 4 or 5 years now;
    I have not bought new clothes (apart from underwear for obvious reasons!) and live off Ebay and charity shop clothes;
    I have not had a holiday in 10 years;
    I have not been out for dinner in 2 years;
    I have not paid to go to the cinema in 2007.

    Miserable cow!
    Last edited by bathgatebuyer; 28-12-2007 at 7:20 AM.
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    • Horace
    • By Horace 27th Dec 07, 10:21 PM
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    Never wash my car - life is too short. I haven't had my hair cut for 6 months or dyed but I need my roots doing so that will be New Year treat.

    If I want to go to Birmingham I'll take the bus £1.40 beats paying a fiver for parking. If I go to my nearest village - parking is free (Rubery) plus I get a divi from the co-op. If I go to Barnt Green (millionaires row) then I will pay British Rail 50p to park on their carpark for 2 hours.

    If I can buy furniture in a charity shop I will, same goes for household electricals. Am still wary of buying clothes in them tho but have seen a sheepskin coat hardly worn in my local one for £7.50.

    If I go to Northfield I will pay £1 on the bus but will walk back because it is downhill (done on rare occasions as will never pay for parking there).

    I try not to fill up my car with petrol either, I usually wait until I visit my OH in London and he gives me money and buys a tank of petrol - he knows I am skint. I even charge him when he comes to stay when he is on inspections for his job - I charge him £27.50 per night which funnily enough is what he gets as expenses when he stays with a friend (he would get £85 per night for a hotel and he is trying to save taxpayers money).

    I am so tight I even make my own gift tags by recycling cards.
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  • vyvyan
    I am so tight I even make my own gift tags by recycling cards.[/quote]

    I do this too! I've been eyeing up my cards on display working out which ones will make good gift tags!
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