Thursday, 18 July 2013

RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 37

Don't get foreign cash on credit!
Don't use your credit card to withdraw cash while you're abroad - you'll pay interest on it from the day you take it out, even if you settle the amount in full at your next credit card statement. 
Consider getting a prepaid debit card that you can load with currency before you go and also think about getting a specific credit card to use abroad for purchases, one that has no transaction charges.
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Monday, 8 July 2013

RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 36

Make your own body scrub!
Don't pay inflated prices for pretty jars of body scrub - make your own with 2 parts sugar to 1 part olive oil and add few drops of your favourite essential oil, pack in a small jam jar. 
If you can get small mason jars you can pack them full of your body scrub, add a home-made label with ingredients listed, tie with ribbon and you have a lovely frugal gift!
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RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 35

Use cheap cleansers!
Your cleanser only stays on your face for a short time - just long enough to dissolve and remove your make-up, so buy a cheap one! 
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 34

Make your own garden cane toppers
Cane toppers are used on the top of the garden canes you support your plants with, to stop you gouging your eye out as you bend over and reach through the flower bed weeding, hoeing and planting!
They are usually green, you have to buy them from garden centres (around 20p each), they get lost easily when they fall off and get buried in the mud! They are also too small for my liking, so I'm using drinking yogurt pots instead, they're free and they work well!
You can of course, use any yogurt pot, but I find these long narrow ones stay on better and don't blow around the garden in bad weather! 
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RANDOM MONEY-SAVING TIP NUMBER 33

Get the very last drops of product from all those plastic tubes (make-up, eye cream, facial wash etc) by storing them upside down once you find you cannot easily get any more out of the tube. Here you can see I've used a small lid off a shaving foam aerosol and this has given me 4 weeks more (after it had seemed empty) of using my cream every day!
To increase the flow of cream to the tip, after every use I take hold of the very bottom of the tube between finger and thumb, then bang the whole tube against my other outstretched hand (keeping the tube upside down all the time), then place back in your little pot.
The last step in this money-saving strategy is, when you can't get any more out of your tube even after storing upside down for weeks, then cut the tube in half. You will find that there is more product easily reachable to squeeze out or reach in with your finger. To store, crumple one end up a bit and stick back inside the other cut opening. That has given me another 10 days use of my cream! 
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