What have you given up only to find you didn't need it anyway?

(58 Posts)
IamMummyhearmeROAR Tue 23-Jul-13 14:36:19

Spending a fiver every weekend on the newspapers. Not really missed any Big News and certainly don't miss the mess as my dh spreads them about the house

Glossy mags- full of ads and the same stories, most with little relevance to my life

Takeaways- cut down from once a month to a couple of times a year. My dh makes a mean curry and a great sweet and sour chicken

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 23-Jul-13 15:37:39

Yes to glossy mags. Mn is better and doesn't need recycling.

Brand names, especially animal testing companies like proctor and gamble, on cleaning stuff. Just not needed and aldi stuff beats it in which?tests anyway, so really what's the point in them confused

learnasyougo Tue 23-Jul-13 15:52:47


We gave ours away, and at first I missed certain programmes, but only because TV constantly advertises itself. Once we'd ditched it for a while we didn't miss it (or don't know what you're missing). Truly brilliant programmes somehow filter through to your consciousness anyway (I mean you hear of/about them, not some hallucinatory experience). We watch about one tv programme a month (if that) on 4OD or iPlayer.

Then last weekend I was house-sitting at a friend's place and we had the telly on. 'Ooh, lovely treat, a bit of telly' I thought, but by the end of the day I felt grumpy and horrible. I realised that (if you're not used to it) the TV can be a bit like an annoying person who won't shut up. You never get to think your own thoughts because the TV is always grabbing your attention. You think you're interested but actually, you're just being constantly distracted. This goes tenfold for adverts.

So after that I'm truly glad we have no telly (but will have to get one for DS, soon. He's only a baby now but we think when he's school age he'll need to know who Peppa Pig and all that are).

learnasyougo Tue 23-Jul-13 15:55:46

Fluffycloudland77 are Aldi cleaning products not tested on animals? I didn't know that. Good to know!

TheFallenNinja Tue 23-Jul-13 16:09:10

Money smile

Bluecarrot Tue 23-Jul-13 16:09:15

Tv for us as well. Though dd misses it but is happy enough with YouTube, iplayer etc.

Last year I got rid of over 20 car loads of stuff plus sold stuff on eBay and Gumtree. Other than big things ( the old playhouse for example) and a pair of kitchen tongs I can't really think of things that left the house. I really only realised the tongs as dad broke mine the other day. I've replaced it for £1.

I also have stuff boxed up as "maybe get rid of" and all but two have remained sealed, and these will all be going to the charity shop in August. I can't remember what's in them ( but have lists in an envelope taped to the outside of the box in case I do need to find something!

GW297 Tue 23-Jul-13 16:13:57

I have also renounced my newspaper and magazine habit and not missed it one bit. Also, takeaways as well as my M and S food habit, pre made sandwiches, parking in town...

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 23-Jul-13 16:14:49

learnasyougo, apparently not. They aren't BUAV approved for some reason but I've heard Germany doesn't test on animals for household proucts.

I'm loving the cheap dw tablets, I use half in each wash and they are better than tesco daisy powder. £2.69 for 50.

WinningBread Tue 23-Jul-13 16:17:18

TV here. Don't miss it at all.

Although, it does mean I have to talk to DW more grin

noisytoys Wed 24-Jul-13 12:01:46

Buying shoes. I gave all but 4 pairs of shoes away. I only have 2 feet, 4 pairs is plenty to cover all seasons / occasions and means I don't waste whole days trawling shoe shops smile

YoungBritishPissArtist Wed 24-Jul-13 12:14:10

Yy to TV, newspapers and mags.

I stopped buying books and now borrow from the library. I find I read more now smile

Expensive face creams. I do OCM and aspirin face masks. My skin looks better than ever!

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Wed 24-Jul-13 12:18:03

The car. It has been a fortnight off a year now, and we have managed just fine on foot and public transport - haven't been eaten by zombies once yet.

YonicTheHedgehog Wed 24-Jul-13 12:19:56

Sky tv. We never had time to watch it and sneaky Sky put the price up by 50p here and 50p there so many times that we cancelled. This was years ago and we were the only ones without pay tv in our social circle and at work. Now I only know a couple of people who have pay tv.

craftycottontail Wed 24-Jul-13 12:21:27

Alcohol - used to add £25 on to our monthly shopping bill getting whatever beer was on offer and a bottle of wine. Don't miss it! We get something like Pimms instead which is only around £13 and top up with cheaper lemonade.

TV - haven't had a TV for 6 years now, don't miss it at all and can catch up enough on iplayer / 4OD / Netflix to keep up with the office gossip!

Clothes - have taken up saving for nicer clothes e.g. good quality brands like Fat Face / White Stuff and save a fortune in buying cheaper throwaway fashion. Feel better dressed for it and wardrobe is paired down to less but better stuff.

Books - used to love 3 for 2 offers at Waterstones etc - now make more of an effort to get from the library or pay a 50p reserve fee for something I really want to read

YoungBritishPissArtist Wed 24-Jul-13 12:34:10

Just thought of another one. I gave up squash, juice and fizzy drinks. Just drink tap water, tea and coffee now, both at home and out (also teetotal).

Cheaper and healthier.

DublinDoll Wed 24-Jul-13 13:51:41

Fabric softener.

noisytoys Wed 24-Jul-13 15:29:57

Tampons - use a mooncup
Laundry liquid / powder - use an eco egg

Saved load just with them two smile

buildingmycorestrength Wed 24-Jul-13 16:11:36

Agree with tampons and magazines. I also don't buy books as much now...the odd one from a charity shop or occasionally new, but I'm just spending too much time on MN. blush

Hardly do booze in our house now.

Eating out is much much much much less often.

Take water and tea with me much more regularly now. Tea in a thermal mug to swimming lessons gets some jealous looks. grin

Books. I stopped buying new fiction (other than Stephen King) and only buy history books new. Everything else is from the charity shop or library. I will add cookery books to my Christmas wishlist. smile

Expensive face stuff - I just use Superdrug Vitamin E oil now and it is excellent.

Posh bubble bath and expensive toothpaste (Radox and Arm and Hammer do me fine).

GW297 Wed 24-Jul-13 17:24:16

Agree with fabric softener, alcohol and book shop books.

chanie44 Wed 24-Jul-13 18:31:47

Weekly magazines like now, new, closer etc. I used to buy then religiously. Now, I wait for my mum to give them to me, but I don't enjoy them half as much as I used to.

Liz Earle skin are. Can't really afford it anymore for what it is and my skin is doing okay without it.

Pascha Wed 24-Jul-13 18:33:58

Sugar in black coffee. Much nicer without.

JKSLtd Wed 24-Jul-13 18:40:02

Fabric softener.

Most new books, used to spend a fortune now rarely find the time to read much anyway and alphabet a big pile of 'to read' books waiting.

Would love to ditch the sky payments but not yet with the DC and I love having live pause.

Looking out for other ideas on here smile

susiedaisy Wed 24-Jul-13 18:42:34

My exh


susiedaisy Wed 24-Jul-13 18:48:10

Seriously though

Window cleaner.
Named brand washing powder.
Flowers for my pots in the garden this year as its not a cheap hobby!
A holiday.
Roast beef or lamb.
Going on my cousins hen weekend.

superbagpuss Wed 24-Jul-13 18:49:42

buying lunch at work - packed lunch is just as good and saves so much money

paying for a gym, haven't put too much weight on - I hope hmm.

amigababy Wed 24-Jul-13 18:52:08

the gym. I'm doing c25k. now for free ( except trainers) I might start swimming again but once a week won't equal what I paid in a monthly sub.

Pollydon Wed 24-Jul-13 18:56:07

Another one who dropped Sky, same reason as other poster - do not miss it at all & better off ny £300 ish per year.

TheCrackFox Wed 24-Jul-13 19:06:53

Completely agree about newspapers, magazines and books. The equivalent of children spending their pocket money on comics.

Expensive make up - cheap brands from Superdrug are just fine.

Coffee and cake at Starbucks. I make a much better cake and cup of coffee at home.

GW297 Wed 24-Jul-13 19:40:56

Couldn't give up Sky, Liz Earle or gym membership though.

buildingmycorestrength Wed 24-Jul-13 19:51:53

Love my Saturday paper and do not want to give it up.

redwellybluewelly Wed 24-Jul-13 20:04:16

Tv licence - been gone a year and apart from the faff of having to boot the laptop its overall been a huge benefit. Use streaming media.

Don't do gym, magazines papers but we both take lunches and keep cup for coffee to cut costs - don't miss starbucks! Also its very very rare that we have a takeaway now.

Quenelle Thu 25-Jul-13 13:49:10

Shop bought sandwiches and salads. They never taste as good as homemade ones anyway. Why do pasta salads always taste of vinegar?

Fridayschild Sun 04-Aug-13 08:12:30

Gave up buying lunch at work. Packed lunches are much nicer.

Started cycling to work, gave up the gym and railcard. It took 3 months to pay off the cost of the bike and by then I was hooked.

mrstalbear Sun 04-Aug-13 10:57:45

sky tv- bought a second hand pvr box from ebay that offers the same live pause/rewind/ff record options as sky+ all for the cost of 1 months sky. when I actually looked through my sky planner, we didn't record any sky programmes so I now record all the same from freeview for free!!

brands- love love love aldi!

shop bought lunch- takes 5 mins to throw a packed lunch together.

shop bought bottled water- 12x500ml water from aldi. refill bottles and keep in fridge. I also keep bottles in a cool bag (no ice pack, just keeps it from getting hot in this weather- cool not cold) in car so I don't get caught out when out and about.

take aways- used to have 3 a week blush,now we have 1 a week with PIL on a Saturday night which they pay for so a real treat.

newspapers- don't miss it at all.

buying books new- I check ebay for bundles or use library

I have ebayed LOADS of crap stuff that had been lying about the house unused and if I want something I check ebay/ freecycle first- I have just got a breadmaker (good make and barely used) for 4.99- bargain!

fresh veg- frozen all the way! good for you and NO waste!

i'm sure there is more but I have rambled for too long!!

Passthecake30 Sun 04-Aug-13 11:00:51

Bubble baths in about a million smells clogging up my bathroom cupboard. ..I now get into the kids used bath water. ..oilatum with aqueous floating on the top...does wonders for my scaly legs! :-)

mrstalbear Sun 04-Aug-13 11:01:35

oh, I also now meal plan and am ashamed of the amount of food I used to throw away each week. now we have much lower food bills and no waste which means we don't fill our wheelie bin within a week and have to do trips to the tip (and this was pre-dd and her nappies!)

Cheeseatmidnight Sun 04-Aug-13 11:07:08

Cheap clothes - I am big busted and short so was buying lots of cheapy stuff which almost fitted. Now I save for more expensive clothes but my god, they last longer and look better.

Books - I buy on kindle now and am trying to make more of an effort to read what I have before going out to buy new ones. I am literally surrounded by books and it started to get me down

ImNotBloody14 Sun 04-Aug-13 11:15:20

long lie-ins.

I used to think It would kill me not to have a lie-in on sundays and that I was entitled to it after being up early all week. I would lie-in til after 11 then get up, grumpy because the dcs were making a racket and I knew I was coming down to a mess and I had over slept so I was feeling groggy and would take me ages to feel ok.

now I get up at 8 (still a bit of a lie-in compared to weekdays) and enjoy the feeling of knowing I have nowhere to be at 9am/10am whatever and that we can just go where we like or not if we don't feel like it. I don't even begrudge doing a bit of cleaning on sundays now as the days are so much longer (because i'm up earlier) I don't feel i'm wasting it all cleaning.

expatinscotland Sun 04-Aug-13 11:17:41

Landline and broadband. We have mobile WiFi, no contract, £15/ month and the base for it was about £50 and we have PAYG mobiles with Viber for texts and calls.

expatinscotland Sun 04-Aug-13 11:29:26

Shower gels. Oliva soap is £1.50 a bar, lasts ages and my skin is no longer dry.

ImNotBloody14 Sun 04-Aug-13 11:34:05

expat what is viber and where can I get mobile wifi? i'd love to cancel the phone and broadband.

baggyb Sun 04-Aug-13 11:40:31

Clinique...but I'd say my skin is even better now.
Shower gel. Use Dove beauty bar instead. We used to spend about £5 a week on shower gel. Now it's around £3 every 6 weeks, sometimes longer.
Brand-name shampoo. gone from £10 a month to £3 every 2 months (I buy HUGE bottles!).

expatinscotland Sun 04-Aug-13 11:44:08

Viber is an app for the phone free to download. You can buy the Wi Fi gizmo on Amazon or used on Play.com. BT was charging us a bomb. Screw that.

ImNotBloody14 Sun 04-Aug-13 11:45:21

thanks expat.

antimatter Sun 04-Aug-13 12:00:45

gave up LoveFilm & downsized Virgin package to a minimum - we don't regret it at all

racingheart Mon 26-Aug-13 20:47:57

Take away coffees. Don't even like the taste of them. Home made coffee from the cafetiere costs less than 20p a cup and is so much nicer.

Drinking in pubs. No longer have to pay £5 for a glass of very mediocre wine. Instead, I drink the occasional glass at home of really good wine for £1 a glass.

HorseyGirl1 Thu 12-Sep-13 15:23:39


DancingLady Thu 12-Sep-13 16:31:43

Haven't bought a book this year I think, but have read about 25 so far - use the library LOADS, and get free ones from a friend who's a reviewer.

Only buy a paper on Saturday - that's a treat I don't want to give up.

Gave up LoveFilm as we'd had the same DVD for about 6 months... and were paying £5 a month to not watch it... blush

We eat very little meat and try to use it as a flavouring rather than the bulk of a meal (well I do - DH would eat burgers and steaks 5 times a week...)

Still have a takeaway once every couple of weeks, don't buy as many mags as before DD, and try to declutter and sell on eBay.

Mum2Fergus Thu 12-Sep-13 16:35:40

Mags and papers
Fabric softener
Fizzy drinks

Tea smile

starfishmummy Sun 22-Sep-13 18:56:06

Books - mil doesn't like her kindle and is buying more books than ever. These come to us and I swap with a friend. Not always to my taste but just pass these straight on or donate them!!

lljkk Sun 22-Sep-13 19:14:21

almost everything. confused
DH is on spending spree though. angry

Badvoc Fri 27-Sep-13 14:05:08

Sunday paper
Named brands

FreelanceMama Fri 11-Oct-13 21:19:42

Alcohol - gave it up when I was pregnant and very rarely have a drink now. But have replaced it with non-alcoholic beers... (but only 41p a bottle!)

Make-up and fussy skin products - can't remember why I gave it up but suspect it was when I stopped going out to pubs/clubs and also when I developed sensitive skin for a while. Now just use a decent face wash and moisturiser. And nail polish for my toes.

Going to the cinema or theatre, or out for dinner with my partner (used to do this a lot). Gave it up to save money and was too tired with a new baby and now it's an occasional treat. Instead we have takeaway and watch something free on BT Vision.

Buying music. I listen to the radio a lot now and also get music through BT vision.

thursdaysgirls Tue 22-Oct-13 20:40:55

TV - we use the xbox for 4oD, iPlayer, Netflix, Lovefilm - for the kids when I need to clean, cook dinner, want five minutes fucking peace My VM bill was almost £90 a month, now its £21 for internet and landline (studying with Open Uni so need it)

Snazzy contract mobile phone - haven't had one for 2 years, and have had a crap basic phone for 2 years. DH has brought me a Samsung Galaxy Mini 3 on sale for £160 as a belated birthday gift. I pay £10 a month for credit with o2, previously £40 a month with Vodafone o_O

Periods - hahaha - had the Mirena coil fitted so saved about £20 a month on painkillers, tampons, etc.

Cigarettes - was up to 20 a day fucking ex/my mother/stress etc so saved about £20-£30 a week on those, quit over a year ago. (Do still have the odd crafty smoke when I go out which is about 4 times a year.)

Bubbles1066 Wed 23-Oct-13 20:07:51

Another vote for newspapers, I read the Guardian and BBC online for free. I also stopped buying drinks when out, took a flask with me instead. Much cheaper.

Bubbles1066 Wed 23-Oct-13 20:11:00

Oh and buying music from ITunes. I listen to it on YouTube (legally) through Vevo instead for free. The ads don't bother me, you can skip them after 5 seconds.

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