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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 18th Feb 08, 12:01 PM
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    The Great "Single MoneySaving" Hunt
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    • 18th Feb 08, 12:01 PM
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    The Great "Single MoneySaving" Hunt 18th Feb 08 at 12:01 PM
    Being single has its perks: no Valentine’s pressies to buy, free reign over the TV zapper, no one to sneakily finish off the biscuits without telling you. Yet life can also be more costly for single MoneySavers.

    So I thought I’d collect your top tips for saving cash while solo. How can you cook cheaply for one, avoid holiday single supplements and get by when you can't split the bills?

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    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 19th Feb 08, 8:46 AM
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    Bulk cooking and freezing in one portion size is a must! If you only have a couple of tubs use plastic bags once the food is frozen and pop them into a bag to store so you still have neat shapes
    Buying small amounts of fresh veg etc can be expensive so buy larger amounts that are cheaper like carrot, onion and sweet potato - chop up and freeze loose so you can grab a handful to add to dishes. Much cheaper!
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  • Fern Merkin
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    • 19th Feb 08, 8:58 AM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 8:58 AM
    Cooking for one can be a bind. My top money and timesaving idea is cook a lot of something you like and freeze. The meals can last for a month in the freezer and once it's done, it's done for a bit Try to have at least two choices in there at once then it doesn't get too repetitive.

    My stalwart recipes at this time of year are Potato Hash and Curry and rice where the rice is cooked in with the curry for last 20 mins. All in one pot then. I have to say I generally only use these as lunches at work but they are much tastier, nutritious and CHEAPER than what's on sale at the butty van.
  • Fern Merkin
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    • 19th Feb 08, 8:59 AM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 8:59 AM
    Bulk cooking and freezing in one portion size is a must! If you only have a couple of tubs use plastic bags once the food is frozen and pop them into a bag to store so you still have neat shapes
    Buying small amounts of fresh veg etc can be expensive so buy larger amounts that are cheaper like carrot, onion and sweet potato - chop up and freeze loose so you can grab a handful to add to dishes. Much cheaper!
    Originally posted by tine

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    • horsechestnut
    • By horsechestnut 19th Feb 08, 9:00 AM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 9:00 AM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 9:00 AM
    Thank goodness for margarine tubs!
    Large pressure cooker full of freezable food e.g. Bolognaise sauce, Chilli con carne, Curry, Soup.
    300ml in a 500ml tub and sap in the microwave whilst cooking the pasta or rice.
    Rice can be frozen in sandwich bags.

    I don't like frozen veg, so I will prepare them freshly each time. Potatoes in pan, steamer with veg on top and is I am cooking a piece of fish that goes covered on a plate on the very top with a lid on. One ring on the cooker.
  • Fern Merkin
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    • 19th Feb 08, 9:29 AM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 9:29 AM
    If you are paid monthly, do a monthly shop. Include in this all the things you might need for a month. Tinned products, toilet roll, cleaning fluids etc, any pet foods, personal care, and start the list about a week before you are to shop. Keep jotting down anything you notice running out.

    A good comprehensive list will stop you having to pop out to the shop for cat food and spending £10! It's a great opportunity to take advantage of multibuys and special offers ON THE THINGS YOU ACTUALLY NEED

    I have to get a taxi when I do this but it is worth the expense as I generally save much more over the month by not being tempted in the shops.
    Last edited by Fern Merkin; 19-02-2008 at 9:34 AM. Reason: poor spelling
  • misskool
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    • 19th Feb 08, 1:07 PM
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    Do everything that families and couples do. to save on electricity and gas, turn down the heating to just about bearable, turn off all the lights except the room you're in or if feeling really cheap, use a candle.

    Bulk buy things for washing and cleaning in bulk, use it slower because there's only one of you. Share offers in supermarket with another single friend. If holidays have irritating single supplements, go on a free and easy one, book a hostel where you can mix and mingle with people. Or find a friend who will go with you.

    Don't forget your council tax rebate!
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 19th Feb 08, 3:33 PM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 3:33 PM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 3:33 PM
    A few other threads that may be of interest...

    Single moneysaver living on my own!

    Saving Money On Food For a SINGLE person

    What can a single person use on this board? (Old Style)

    Help a Single Saver

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  • Paula4612
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    • 19th Feb 08, 4:31 PM
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    • 19th Feb 08, 4:31 PM
    Buy meals for two which are not proportinately more expensive than a meal for one and eat for two nights!!!
    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 20th Feb 08, 8:48 AM
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    if you want a hol look through a wack of brocheres, if your lucky some hotels offer no single rm supplement, or very cheap.

    I managed to pick up 2 weeks in Gambia -no single rm supplement - all yr round.

    The thingis you need to book early to get the best discounts x
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  • cwp500
    Have a look at Costco and other large retailers. You can buy in bulk in one hit and if you have the space can make savings. Example, I bought 60 toilet rolls for a tenner and they are still on the go 12 months later.
  • cwp500
    Make wash loads as big as possible. wash all towels, tea towels, bath robes, face cloths together with inside out jeans to save time and money.

    If you are super rich, dont load the dish washer until its able to take a full load, a few greasy dishes hanging around inside the machine till its full is no hardship.
  • cwp500
    Hard up tips.
    If you are hard up, please dont be embarrassed about accepting decent cast off clothes from friends or relatives. It is an act of generosity usually and can really save money.

    Walk as much as possible to save money.

    Dont ever iron anything thats not going to be seen! dont iron pillowcases,sheets,towels,tea towels, facecloths, any undies of any sort, socks, stockings.

    If you pat the creases out of jeans, cords and similar materials, and hang them over a radiator dryer rail, you never need to use an iron.

    This is serious, when you get used to the idea of abandoning an iron for invisible items and jeans, you save time and money too.
  • cwp500
    We singletons need to stick together.

    Please use this thread to feedback any ideas,deals, suggestions etc.

    Couples are welcome too!!!
    • Nessa56
    • By Nessa56 20th Feb 08, 12:01 PM
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    Can you freeze fresh veg or do you have to cook it first??

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    Start making a list of things you need about a week before you place the order and stick to it.

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  • cwp500
    Thanks Martin.

    This is long overdue and lets hope that everyone helps out here.

    Without being too boring, sometimes singles seem to be discriminated against by companies who have marketing directed towards the highest density of consumer; families.

    Please contribute to this thread. One of the realities of being a singleton on a very tight budget is not being able to get around to actually FIND the bargains.

    Vocal minority time please.
  • caffeinehit
    If you don't have children living with you, housesharing is a brilliant way to save an absolute packet on housing costs, bills and food. And the benefits aren't just financial - it's brilliant having someone to chat to in the evenings and maybe share the cooking, yet still having your own private space within the house. Sites like have adverts from all sorts of people looking for housemates - it's not just party-loving twentysomethings.
  • cwp500
    Can you freeze fresh veg or do you have to cook it first??
    Originally posted by Nessa56
    Cut it fairly small or thin and plunge ( the veg, I mean, not you!) into boiling water for 60 seconds.

    Take it out and then plunge into cold or iced water to "blanch" the veg. Let it go cold and then freeze it. Then cook and use as normal.

    This helps to seal the goodness, maintain the colour and its ten times better than any of the frozen stuff you buy.

    Soft Cooked veg doesnt really freeze as well because the water cells burst and it turns more mushy than the blanching method.
  • twirlez
    If a single householder, get a WATER METER fitted.
    Saved me 50% + on bills and was fitted for free.

    • eco
    • By eco 20th Feb 08, 6:34 PM
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    this is to add to cwp500, I once read you shouldn't iron jeans, my mum didn't believe me, but stopped ironing mine, then stopped ironing them all, no one can tell, it's a huge waste of time
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