Monday, 28 November 2011

DIY JEANS SHORTS TO SEW

It can't have escaped your notice that, despite the winter weather, many young women are wearing denim shorts - often over tights or leggings. These shorts have been popular for a couple of years now, but show no sign of getting any cheaper! But really, they are quite simple to make from an old pair of jeans - instructions HERE!
All those pairs of jeans with split or torn knees, that you don't know what to do with, can be used to make these shorts. Be frugal and keep the cut off legs of the jeans to make bags, cushion covers, jeans quilts or rugs.
Frugallers never throw fabric away!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

TESCO CLUBCARD BIG VOUCHER EXCHANGE

I don't want to be accused of sending more business to Tesco, but in this case I think it may be to our advantage! I'm talking about the Tesco Clubcard Big Voucher Exchange where Tesco will double the face value on your Clubcard vouchers for you to spend online or instore (scroll down the page to see what's included and what's not). Don't leave it too long as there's only 9 days left to do your exchange. You can exchange instore or online. You may be able to get some of that Christmas shopping done for nothing!
Bear in mind that offers from Tesco Clubcard Rewards are often 3 or 4 times face value, so check that there's nothing in the rewards section that you would rather have.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

FREE LOFT OR CAVITY WALL INSULATION FROM ENERGY PROVIDERS!

Yes, your energy provider will actually give you, for free, either loft or cavity wall insulation! What's the catch? Well - it depends how old you are, what sort of house you live in and who your provider is.
British Gas and EDF customers can get either insulation free - whatever their age. There are a few conditions (like not having a huge 5-bedroomed house) but it just seems to involve making an appointment for a free survey and then if all is in order they will book a date for the work to be done. Other providers do give free insulation to customers over 70 years of age - check your provider's website or give them a ring to find out.
British Gas say on their website, that it could save you between £135 and £175 per year. Worthwhile looking into!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

STILL TIME TO RAISE SOME CASH FOR CHRISTMAS!

It's an old saying, but probably true, that most of us have hundreds of poundsworth of unwanted stuff in our homes, just gathering dust and filling up our cupboards. So, it seems it's the right time to try to get rid of it and make some cash for Christmas!
Check your cupboards and shelves for unwanted CDs, DVDs and books. When you've sorted them out have a look at Amazon and enter their barcodes or isbn numbers into the search box and see what your stuff is currently selling for. Amazon, as you list your item, will tell you how much you will get if it sells (bear in mind you have postal charges to deduct from that) and if you decide not to go ahead with the listing you can cancel it.
Ebay is everyone's best known selling place, but many things are selling for 99p - and take into account exit fees, Paypal costs and any listing costs and it may be that you cannot make any money at all! If you have shelves full of videos, the best place for them is probably the charity shop - they can't even be given away now and some charity shops will actually not take them at all.
Go through your wardrobe and take out everything that no longer fits or that you haven't worn for at least a year! Clothes in good condition sell well on on Ebay - particularly bigger sizes (18 upwards) and items from Next, M & S, Debenhams or any designer names are very popular. Shoes in unworn or near unworn condition also sell well, but make sure you photograph any marks closely and show the condition of the soles. Toys can also sell well if they are in very good condition and complete. Try advertising in your local free ad paper and Ebay if you can.
If you don't want to use Ebay, you can stick all your unwanted stuff in the boot of your car and do a boot sale - not easy, cheap or comfortable - you may have to battle early mornings, bad weather and a poor turn out - particularly in November/December! It may help to get together with a friend and share the pitch fee - that way you will also have company and someone to hold the fort if you need the loo!
If you have unloved ornaments they can be popular on Ebay - again, you need to decide what you want and set a price. If you believe any pieces may have real value, a visit to your local auction house with a boxful may be worthwhile to get some advice and possibly sell them.
And don't forget, if you are in work and can do any extra overtime now, it will help with costs both before and after Christmas!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

FREE STUDENT GUIDE- YOU CAN AFFORD TO GO TO UNI IN 2012

This free downloadable Student Guide to the costs of Uni from next year is a must for all those considering (and not considering) going to Uni next year. It takes all the panic and hype out of the whole thing and just tells you what you need to know.
Find out how student loans work, when and what you will start paying back when you've graduated, FAQs, doing your budget, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans, bursaries and more - all in plain uncomplicated English.
A very worthwhile read indeed.

FREE AMIGURUMI LITTLE BIG PLANET SACKBOY CROCHET PATTERN

As well as a free knitting pattern to knit a LittleBig Planet Sackboy, I've now found a lovely little Amigurumi Sackboy free crochet pattern which would make a lovely Christmas stocking filler. It has the pattern and full Youtube instructions to help you.
Get hooking!

LITTLE BIG PLANET'S LITTLE SACKBOY COLOURING PAGE

A sweet Little Sackboy from LittleBig Planet to colour in on your computer, save and print out.

FREE HELLO KITTY COLOURING PAGES

Hello Kitty is a perennial favourite with little (and not so little) girls and HERE are plenty of free Hello Kitty images that can be used for posters, greetings cards, invitations - or just to colour for fun!

FREE THANKSGIVING CRAFT EBOOK

Fave Crafts has a lovely collection of 30 Thanksgiving crafts offered in a free ebook download, including the lovely turkey door wreath pictured.
Also included are a Pumkin Garland, Thankful pins, Placemats and centrepieces.

Happy frugal Thanksgiving!