FOR FUN... what random things do you do in your home to save money/make things last longer?

(107 Posts)
tiamariaxxx Sun 05-Jan-14 21:18:29

OK so at tea time my lovely husband has been teasing me because he thinks its strange i water down the washing up liquid once its near the bottom i fill it half way so that its not very runny, nd then he thought it was even stranger that weve got 2 full bottles in the cupboard... Even if i only get 2 more usage out of it its still saving isnt it?

I also water down the fabric conditioner and some other cleaning products.

I also try to re-use towels wherever possible i know people think its minging but you can imagine how many towels a family of 6 go through it would be a wash a day just for them if i didnt

Probilly other stuff aswell i do but cant think atm

gazzalw Wed 22-Jan-14 20:09:58

I cut the toothpaste tube to get the last bit out :-) and DW always rinses the washing-up liquid bottle as the last 'wash'!

BadChat25 Wed 22-Jan-14 20:06:52

When drinking wine in a box, upon reaching what seem to be the last few drops, I open up the box to squeeze the last of the wine out of the bag inside the box don't we all?

I've been known to cut the bag open just to ensure there isn't any left. i feel I should be embarrassed by this but I'm really really not grin

JupiterGentlefly Wed 22-Jan-14 19:55:06

The biggest saving I have made is putting heating onto manual rather than timed.. ok so its not been a really cold winter, but for the 30 seconds it takes us to get dressed in the morning I pop on my Halogen heater in my bedroom, and we all go in and get dressed in turn. Its still far more luxurious than growing up in the late 70's early 80's where we had no central heating at all and I had to get dressed in bed. I have saved around £40 - £50 per month on this alone. I also have a lovely fluffy dressing gown which is the modern day equivalent of a house coat.. I am michelin woman in this over my normal clothes

juebloggs Wed 22-Jan-14 19:34:52

Littleredsquirrel using lint from the tumble dryer is inspired!

PurplePidjin Tue 21-Jan-14 18:06:22

Buy spreadable butter (not Anchor) then reuse the tubs for freezer portions of stew etc.

99p shop baby flannels instead of baby wipes. Washed at 60 with the nappies then i put a dozen in a bowl with a drop of teatree oil and empty the rest of the boiling water from the kettle over after i make my morning coffee. Store in a resealable freezer bag.

Keep the heating on low all the time, it takes less energy than heating a whole house whenever i get cold.

Worriedandunsure Tue 21-Jan-14 16:33:54

I use a dessert spoon of washing powder per wash. Things come out clean and a 30 wash box of powder lasts 6 months. I do at least one load a day as well.

I cut things open to get the dregs out.

When cooking rice or pasta once I've put it into the pan and it's come back to the boil I turn it off. It cooks in about 12 minutes.

Dingleinthevillage Tue 21-Jan-14 15:46:49

I make my own clothes washing liquid. Works out about a fiver for 20 litres.

BeCool Tue 21-Jan-14 15:33:20

I use eco laundry liquid and soda crystals.

I've only recently twigged (reading something here on MN) that most of the very long washing machine cycle is rinsing. No need for much rinsing when I use only 4 small pumps of liquid (Method). So I've switched to Reduced Time washes and am saving both water and electricity. And a wash is done in under an hour.

moppymarker Mon 20-Jan-14 22:25:03

COOK WITH THE PAN LIDS ON.

Vickisuli Mon 20-Jan-14 22:01:12

Re the eggs, yes I would say shop bought eggs have been pretty comprehensively scrubbed before sale, as i was recently given some eggs from a friend's garden hens, which were really muddy. Anyway I don't worry too much about anything I'm putting in boiling water as the boiling should kill off whatever germs there are anyway.

Vickisuli Mon 20-Jan-14 21:59:14

Went to Harvester at the weekend, kids ordered tomato pasta. Then I went to the salad bar and saw they had tomato pasta on there. So cancelled their order (without telling them) and got them a bowl of pasta from there, plus they had their free cucumber etc plus a piece of garlic bread. Meal for 1 adult and 3 kids for £12!

Otherwise, I just buy almost all 'basics' range products excepting a few which are awful compared to normal. Why anyone would buy more expensive chopped tinned tomatoes is beyond me. And basics kiwi fruit are identical to the others except you get 6 for £1 instead of 4.

fledtoscotland Wed 08-Jan-14 08:17:41

This is a really interesting thread but I'm baffled about the pp's who decant supermarket gin into a Bombay sapphire bottle and can't tell the difference. Supermarket gin is a London gin whereas BM is a botanical gin so tastes totally different.

NearTheWindmill Tue 07-Jan-14 13:27:12

OK Balloon I'll stop doing it just for you but it hasn't harmed us yet. It's not like I put in poo covered eggs. In the good old days gran just used to break the eggs straight from the coop into the pan; I bet now they are hosed down before they go into their boxes.

What you say makes a certain amount of sense but it's honestly never bothered me. You do know that your cooked chicken was once full of insides don't you? I even remember when a fowl was boiled (obviously plucked and gutted but part of the gutting always meant that a whole egg was found and after that a nearly whole one and a not so whole one and then some tiny yolks. All those, straight from the bird's bum made it into the soup. Delicious it was - yum. Bet your heaving now.

checkmates Tue 07-Jan-14 12:31:07

I have started switching off the small bulb in the back kitchen

This is a joke We make love with the lights off

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Tue 07-Jan-14 12:22:49

Oh Ragwort your Dad sounds awesome smile

BalloonSlayer Tue 07-Jan-14 12:13:05

"If I make Kedgeree I boil the eggs with the rice to save boiling an extr pan."

eww... not sure I'd fancy my rice made with chicken shit/cloaca juice water.

Seriously . . . where there is salmonella in eggs, it is much more likely to be on the shell than the egg inside - hopefully boiling will get rid of it but < shudder >

DuskAndShiver Tue 07-Jan-14 11:58:15

If you use coconut milk and are tempted by the low fat ones, don't be. They are the same price as the normal ones but the ingredients just say "coconut milk, water". GUESS HOW THEY MADE IT LOW FAT?

kazzawazzawoo Tue 07-Jan-14 11:48:51

I water down washing up liquid when it's almost finished too. I use half a (cheap) dishwasher tablet only and also half the amount of laundry liquid required (as recommended by a washing machine repair man). I don't wash out clothes when we've only worn them once, but hang them up to air instead on a hanger.

LucyLasticBand Tue 07-Jan-14 11:45:17

gonna try full fat milk and water it down. might I regret a full four pint flagon?

littleredsquirrel Tue 07-Jan-14 11:24:35

I do loads, DH thinks I'm bonkers but I think even if we we rolling in it I wouldn't want to waste money.

Cook veg in the Oven along with whatever meat is cooking. Just put it in water in a Pyrex dish and it will boil like it was on the hob.

Open oven doors after cooking

Cook two or three things in the oven at a time. Part cook in microwave to save energy on thbgs like jacket potatoes.

Use old baby muslin cloths for tea towels

Old clothes if too scrappy to be passed on are chopped up for dishcloths or used stuffing for draught excluders

Lint from tumble dryer as firelighters

No paper escapes this house. It is shredded and goes on the woodburner
Same for any stick, cardboard or scrap wood.

All food scraps to chickens to save on pellets

All left over food that is still edible is frozen to be used up in next suitable meal, includes dregs of milk, wine, small bits of cheese, lone slice of garlic bread to be whizzed up And used as topping for pasta bake.

Dishwasher tablets are halved or we use half dose powder.

Rain water is collected and used for chickens.

Gosh loads more too

ENormaSnob Tue 07-Jan-14 11:11:41

Lucy, if i cooking with a tin or jar i put a bit of water after ive emptied it to get the dregs out!

LucyLasticBand Tue 07-Jan-14 11:07:55

i have started to turn tins of food upside down, make for easier coming out. beans for eg.

Impomea Tue 07-Jan-14 11:02:17

DS[who is 19] is drinking "organic" hot choc .Little does he know it ran out ags ago and has been refilled with a much cheaper option which he doesn't like grin

ENormaSnob Tue 07-Jan-14 10:16:09

I do loads already mentioned.

Always look for codes if eating at chain places or buying online.

Xmas shopping starts now in the sales. This saves me hundreds tbh.

Always buy whoopsie labelled stuff in the supermarket.

Ignore best before dates.

1 night a week is cheap and cheerful tea. Think like egg,chips and beans or home made veg broth and crusty bread.

Home bargains for everything except fresh produce.

Preciousbane Tue 07-Jan-14 09:05:07

I have never bothered to buy a steamer but I cook two types of veg in one pan and then stick the third on the top of the pan in my metal colander with a lid on to steam.

Like your Hoover bag solution * MrsBob* I buy my Hoover bags in bulk online as much cheaper.

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