Tuesday, 26 February 2013

RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 30

Borrow, don't buy!
You can borrow CDs and DVDs from most libraries and although you'll usually have to pay a small fee for them, you'll save £2-£3 each time in comparison to renting them from a DVD rental shop, and possibly up to £10 in comparison to buying! Libraries let you borrow them for up to a week - check with your local council to see which libraries in your area have DVDs and CDs.
In the garden - do you need a rotivator? They can cost hundreds, better to see if you can hire one or borrow from a neighbour, relative or friend! The same goes for cement mixers, shredders, ladders, drills - you name it! 
Do your research on prices, work out if you will use the item in the future and then see where you can borrow or hire.
Catch up with all the Random Money-Saving Tips so far...

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

YONS UPDATE!

I can report that I have spent nothing since I last fell off the wagon at the charity shop - oh, no, wait yes, 99p on a cushion cover in the same charity shop - perhaps I should stop going in there - but it's soooo cheap - everything is 99p!
Still 99p in 13 days is not too bad!
Of course, I'm buying necessities like groceries, but very, very little else!
Of course, I realise that my Year Of Not Spending is only 7 weeks old and that when I go on holiday next, I will indeed have to spend something - otherwise it's not worth going -right? But I'll be doing a lot of walking/reading/relaxing - not a lot of shopping!

Friday, 15 February 2013

RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 29


If you're shopping online, and you really, really have to spend money anyway, why not see if you can make money from doing so? This can be anything from 3% to 20%.
Cashback websites allow you to buy from a huge range of online and high street stores, and earn money back, but beware, some cashback websites may ask for a joining fee.
Once you've registered with them, every time you buy online, just log in, find your preferred retailer, click the link through to their website and make your purchase. Your purchase is tracked and eventually you will receive cashback (be warned this can take some time).

More popular and well known cashback websites include topcashback and quidco.
Catch up with all the Random Money-Saving Tips so far...

HOME-MADE WHEAT BAGS TUTORIAL

If winter aches and pains still ail you (and we're not into spring quite yet) then just may be a wheat bag will give some relief. One of my readers has asked for a wheat bag tutorial (Valerie, this one's for you!) and it got me thinking about how very expensive they are to buy!
So, without further ado here is Marmalade Kisses's free tutorial for a wheat bag! I suppose whatever shape you choose to make is up to you and I've found some suggestions from Samelia's Mum's blog for using upcycled fabric to make them from - I particularly like the idea of using kids' old tracksuit trousers - this soft fabric would make a nice long wheat bag which is what I have, and we always find that's great for stiff necks and shoulder pain.
There are some pretty wheatbags to make over on A Spoonful of Sugar Designs too and this got me thinking about gifts - you may only be able to buy larger quantities of wheat - I haven't tried yet - but if you have more than you need, wheat bags could be a great Christmas present! Oops! I mentioned the 'C' word and it's only February!
One word of WARNING, please, please do be careful when heating wheat bags - they can be a very dangerous fire hazzard. Follow heating instructions, and if you do give them as a gift, make the recipient aware of how to safely use them. Surrey and Sussex fire services have made this video of wheat bag fires (there's some very surprising demonstrations in it) - please watch it and take note.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

YEAR OF NOT SPENDING UPDATE

Since my last YONS update (21st Jan) I have spent £3.97 at the charity shop! Yes, okay, I've fallen off the wagon a bit here, but there's a moneysaving purpose behind it all! And it was 15 days ago!
For £3.97 I bought a huge pair of beautiful lightweight curtains which will be transformed into a duvet cover with the help of my sewing machine (this is in my to-do queue, you understand), a vintage apron complete with original paper label (Ebay?) and a real cutesy pink and blue striped half apron (also new).
These bargains are from my local charity shop, which for some reason has started selling everything for 99p (well, except large items of furniture and all the stuff in the glass cabinet, that is!). This pricing decision is making the shop very popular indeed, because all the other charity shops in my town have become ridiculously expensive!
What I'm trying to say is... I may have to spend 99p occasionally - but it's all in a good cause!