Monday, 25 August 2014

CHECK OUT THE WHOLE OF YOUR WEEKLY SHOP BEFORE BUYING

Comparisons on your weekly shop only look at how much you could save over the whole of your shop - but this is not necessarily the cheapest way to buy your shop. If you have the time, (and nearby ready access to the main supermarkets) check the price of every item on your list using www.mysupermarket.co.uk
This where meal planning is really quite necessary!
Make a list of items for each supermarket you plan to visit and go armed with any coupons, loyalty cards and cashback or reward credit cards you may have.
This maximises your chances of really saving money on your shop.

NEED A NEW WASHING MACHINE?

 


If you need a new washing machine, I'm sure you already shop around, do your research, buy through a cashback website with a cashback or a reward credit card - but something that has been suggested to me is that we should look at the capacity of our chosen machine.
A 7.5kg washing machine saves us around 92 washes a year compared to a 5kg capacity machine, thus saving electricity, water (and sewage charges), detergent and fabric conditioner!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT!

When you make a cake (or bring a bought cake home) slice it up into sensible portions and store in an airtight cake box. This makes sure that you control the portion sizes and not (a greedy) someone else in your household!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

MAKE YOUR OWN CARDBOARD LOGS FOR FREE

Thinking about logs for the woodburning stove in the middle of July may seem weird, but as we all know, frugality needs forward planning!
I've been saving all the cardboard tubes from my kitchen rolls and they are all stashed behind the settee - and, no I'm not going to show you a picture!
I only use about one kitchen roll a week, but we use about 2-3 cardboard logs each time we light the fire, so as the winter wears on I may have to also resort to using toilet roll holders, but they're bit small though, and probably burn a bit quicker.
Anyway to get to the making of the logs - just ram your cardboard tubes tightly with scrap paper or newspaper (I use all the stuff I would normally have to shred). They burn longer of course, the more paper you push in. You need something with a longish handle to really ram the paper hard down and I use an old ice cream scoop - the type that are made from one piece of metal not the squeezy handle types!
These paper logs help get the fire started (especially if you have don't have much kindling) and will also burn for a fairly long time. 

Friday, 2 May 2014

CHECK OUT POUND SHOPS FOR BRAND NAME COSMETICS

 £1!
Keep an eye on your local pound shop for brand name cosmetics and toiletries. Alongside the "no-name" stuff there's often a few really good quality brands! Rimmel, Revlon and Maybelline can sometimes be found at the bargain price of just £1.
These brands are not always in store and can sell out quickly when they are - just pop in on a regular basis and you're sure to find a bargain sooner or later!

RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 46

Save your small change!
It's a fact that one in three British people actually throw away their loose change - unbelievable! Save your small change in a large jam jar and you'll have a nice little bonus to spend on something nice when you finally empty it out and bank it! I have a 20p saver and an old tin to save 5ps in and it wasn't long before I had £25 worth of coins to bank.
Don't use supermarket coin sorting and counting machines - they take a cut of your cash! Just ask your bank for a few (free) money bags, check the printed instructions on the front which will tell you how many coins you can put in a bag - and you're all set! 
You will have to pay the coins into your bank account - very few banks will just change the coins up for you now, and remember, some have a limit of 5 bags per transaction.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

USE DOGGY BAGS?

If you use doggy bags for your pooch's poo, then don't buy the expensive ones from pet stores. Supermarket nappy bags work out much cheaper at around 12p per 100 - and smell nice too!