Today I saved a bit of money by...

(150 Posts)
Dilidali Wed 22-Jan-14 22:23:05

Arranging coffee with a friend at my house, as opposed to our usual coffee shop.

Bringing my own packed lunch.

Remembering to renew my library books on line.

Shopping with a list, the challenge was not to stray from it.

Mum2Fergus Wed 22-Jan-14 22:43:34

Well done you! Today I saved money by taking my lunch to work,buying a reduced price cheese/tomato flatbread that I topped with leftovers from fridge (pepperoni and mozzarella) for dinner and paid a store card in full and closed the more interest! grin

furlinedsheepskinjacket Wed 22-Jan-14 22:46:35

Not going to a shop

pussycatdoll Wed 22-Jan-14 22:47:57

Not buying a second cappuccino in Starbucks

LCHammer Wed 22-Jan-14 22:49:02

Not going out and ignoring shop emails to buy stuff. In fact, I even unsubscribed from some to reduce temptation.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Wed 22-Jan-14 22:54:42

Going to work. Not near any decent shops. Cups of tea are free and I use their lavvy roll instead of mine.


chanie44 Thu 23-Jan-14 08:44:00

Bringing my lunch to work.

Thebluedog Thu 23-Jan-14 09:51:07

Ordering tap water with my soup rather than a diet coke (ok it was yesterday)

Passthecake30 Thu 23-Jan-14 09:54:31

Putting the teensiest bit of left over chicken in the enchiladas so they weren't quite vegetarian to trick dp...

Ordering some cute pumps for dd for the summer for a mere £5

Remaining off sick...saved £20 in travel and car parking

Stayed away from the supermarkets as my cupboards are full

Making lunch instead of buying it AND I finally got my refund from Scottish Power smile

Sammie101 Thu 23-Jan-14 10:28:34

Making a picnic for me and OH for our day out, instead of buying food in a cafe! And I got a free latte from my loyalty card in my local coffee shopsmile

witch000 Thu 23-Jan-14 11:13:26

By cancelling my 'Next' catalogue.
I decided it's a waste of money when I shop online and never look in the book,plus it takes up valuable space in the cupboard.

Aboyandabunny Thu 23-Jan-14 12:06:06

Going to Aldi instead of usual shop. Week of meals and snacks etc for our 2 adults and 10 year old for well under £40.
Have seen various threads and made time to go in this morning.
Love some of the 'middle aisle' items too though resisted today.

CuntyBunty Thu 23-Jan-14 12:11:48

Going to Iceland instead of Waitrose. I got go much for my £31 and free home delivery.
It is getting towards the end of the month and I want se cash reserves for some cool boots in the Schuh sale.
Also, I add my account fast balance app to my phone. I check every day and it stops me sticking my head in the sand.

Ineedhelp88 Thu 23-Jan-14 13:03:57

Having a non spend day.

I have a lot of these between Monday and Friday. Generally stay in with newborn baby watching true movies. No friends around here sad

sooperdooper Thu 23-Jan-14 13:10:19

Bringing my lunch to work, and taking all my credit cards out of my purse and leaving them at home so I'm not tempted to spend money I don't have

Dilidali Thu 23-Jan-14 16:10:14

By paying upfront the BT line rental for a year.

Mum2Fergus Thu 23-Jan-14 17:51:56

Taking lunch to work.
Closing a store card ac
Unsubscribing from all the 'sale' emails that come in

ihategeorgeosborne Thu 23-Jan-14 20:24:06

Walking into town and walking back, rather than paying £4.40 for the bus. Not a massive saving I know, but I feel good. Had some exercise too! Won't mention the coat I bought in the Debenhams sale for dd1 though, but it only cost £8. With 70% off I couldn't resist. Bought it two sizes too big too, so it will see her to senior school hopefully unless she trashes it or loses it!

JoyceDivision Thu 23-Jan-14 20:29:35

Take credit cards out of purse, if you spend it is your money you are seeing dwindle from your accounjt, stopped me buying loads of tat!

Or, leave your purse at home and just have an emergency £10 or £20 in the car glove compartment for emergencies. Honestly, this is easiest way to save because you just cannot spend on tat!

I made my own soup last week, so didn't spend money incanteen and a lot healthier!

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 23-Jan-14 21:20:06

Doing the evening meal for all of us for about £2. (Looks for smug emoticon)

serin Thu 23-Jan-14 21:30:18

Wow! what did you eat Jilted?

Took my own packed lunch in to work as I usually do (cost about 50p)

Put back 2 sale tops as not sure about them (£12)

Walked back from work (£2)

Made a stir fry of veggie odds and ends (cost about £1)

Haven't put heating on (£1-2)

Got reduced bread and rolls (cost 20p)

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 23-Jan-14 21:53:40

Tuna pasta made with:

one basic tin of chopped toms 32p
One tin of tuna 99p
One onion
Pinch of dried herbs
Pinch of chilli flakes
Garlic clove
Tsp of sugar
Black pepper
Handful of frozen peas
Bag of pasta 32p

Ok so it might of been a little more than £2 but it was yummy and surprisingly filling smile

rookiemater Thu 23-Jan-14 22:05:02

- Brought lunch to work

- Used loyalty card to get free coffee

- Walked the 1.5 mile from school drop off to work and back to save on parking ( bit of a cheat really as I do it more for the exercise than funds)

- Watched my E-bay sale items go up - decided to have a bit of a clear out and they finish tomorrow, one is doing really well, the other two not so much

- Tried to decide the most cost effective option to get our boiler fixed - sadly it seems to be a bit of a no win option for us

- On the downside, some evil mumsnetters let me know about free P&P on Hotel Chocolat sale items so I have <ahem> invested £6.55 in chocolate ( did get my 5% members discount though)

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 23-Jan-14 22:22:43

pussycat first read your post as "bought a secondhand cup of coffee". Not even sure what that is...grin

BikeRunSki Thu 23-Jan-14 22:25:40

Parked 10 mins walked away from work in the street rather than paying to park next door.

WellThatsLife Fri 24-Jan-14 13:06:56

Book that I really wanted, before I bought them checked the library online and they have got them in stock

Thebluedog Fri 24-Jan-14 13:16:01

Going for a walk around the park with dd to feed the ducks rather than spend £2.50 at toddlers group

Passthecake30 Fri 24-Jan-14 13:18:04

Highlights, all over colour, cut and dry, £55 by home hairdresser rather than £150+ on the high street

rookiemater Fri 24-Jan-14 15:39:10

I can beat that passthecake - Half head highlights, cut & blow dry £34 using one of those daily vouchers - however my hair is very thick so I did tip £10 as it took nearly 3 hrs and it was her own salon.

Cherrypi Fri 24-Jan-14 15:58:41

Rang to cancel sky movies and got them half price for a year.

Passthecake30 Fri 24-Jan-14 19:09:56

Good price rookie!

Also benefited from a good sub from asda, 3 packs instead of one pack of toilet wipes for kids for £1 thanks asda :-)

hippoherostandinghere Fri 24-Jan-14 19:23:59

I love Asda subs. I look forward to my click amd collect sat morning to check out my subsblush

last week it was sirloin steaks for £6 instead of the £2 grill steaks I had ordered. I was very pleased indeed grin

nicename Fri 24-Jan-14 19:35:09

I told DS about all the people in the world surviving on less than a dollar a day, and how we all need to think carefully about just buying whatever we fancy whenever we fancy it. So I have been good in not buying impulse purchases when out, reading the free newspapers, not buying coffees, taking lunch to work, and, bless 'im, DS has been really good about not asking for 'stuff' when we are out.

I bought a stack of lovely veg at the market today and saved a fortune - it may not be organic or beautiful, but for £20 I got four bulging bads of lovely goodies that would have cost a load more in the shops.

We do sponsor a child, so some of our 'good' money will go off to him at the end of the month.

stiffstink Sat 25-Jan-14 00:51:46

Drove the wrong way out of a car park because the Entry barrier was up. Saved about £6!

confusedofengland Sat 25-Jan-14 09:03:30

Yesterday DH & I saved money by: going home for a coffee rather than buying one out.

Today we will save money by: taking a flask to the park rather than going in the cafe. Remembering to take the 20% discount vouchers we have for our pub lunch with friends. Buying Nicky loo roll at Farm Foods instead of Andrex grin

Dilidali Sat 25-Jan-14 09:45:13

Eating in rather than going out last night. Just circumstances, but there you are!

Mum2Fergus Sat 25-Jan-14 10:48:05

Having a tooth extracted so not able to eat hmm

rookiemater Sat 25-Jan-14 11:41:21

stiffstink grin !

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 25-Jan-14 13:26:32

Borrowing a book from the library instead of browsing kindle books and spending too much.

BrownSauceSandwich Sat 25-Jan-14 16:13:09

OP, what a great thread! Is this a regular thing?

By cancelling my mobile phone contract and ordering a PAYG SIM.

BikeRunSki Sat 25-Jan-14 16:15:00

Potty training dd! She is v tall and grew out of her birth to potty cloth nappies a few months ago. Been spending about £20/month on disposables, but this week she decided she'll be wearing pants from now on. Doing ok so far....

gaggiagirl Sat 25-Jan-14 16:29:49

Buying supermarket pizza instead of having dominoes. Think I have saved at least eleventy million £'s.

Dilidali Sat 25-Jan-14 16:33:36

brownsauce, thanks. It is going to be as regular as we make it, I suppose. No pressure, just something to keep on the back of the mind.
fergus , auch.
bikeski, that's exactly what my DD did, just decided no more. Middle of winter as well. Gave up on nappies, knickers, trousers, the lot. We, as parents, gave up on carpets.

Back to savings:
By refusing to give in to begging. DD threw a tantrum and I informed her calmly no is a complete sentence, you're not spending £9 on rubbish.

oadcb Sat 25-Jan-14 16:54:29

Getting DH to hang washing online. Its blown out most of wetness. Now to finish in tumble dryer. Probably 20mins compared to an hour or so.

Also current load in machine going on two airers.

We've got lazy and electric bill increased.

Also babysitting tonight to earn some money.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 25-Jan-14 17:51:30

fergus hope you are felling a bit better thanks

BRS (don't like calling you bike for obviously reasons) that's what my DS did too smile

oad. Did consider pegging out but then had massive thunder storm complete with hail. So glad I didn't. Our dryer is broken though so that is saving me loads!

Sold a couple of unwanted items on a local facebook group - got just under £10. (The money is going in our fund for when we move in a couple of months time - hopefully will be able to afford a microwave by then!)

Made a curry for tea last night. Adding bits to it tonight, so that'll save us about £20 or so.

Thebluedog Sat 25-Jan-14 18:51:01

I saved money by having a migraine an doing fuck all smile

GlitzAndGiggles Sat 25-Jan-14 18:54:57

By being at work. Food and drink is cheap for staff. If I didn't go in I would've probably gone on a pointless shopping trip and wasting money on stuff I don't need

jimijack Sat 25-Jan-14 18:59:28

Not been anywhere near the shops.

I shop once a week for the week based on meal plan.

Spent £52 at Aldi last Sunday & was absolutely shocked to the core as I only normally spend £40 a week to feed us all!!

rookiemater Sat 25-Jan-14 21:47:47

DS was at a party near Dobbies over lunch - I suggested to DH that we go there and have lunch, but he said we'd end up spending money as he loves gardening related paraphenalia and there is a Lakeland there and a gourmet butchers so I would have bought stuff as well. Instead we had home made soup at home for free.

I changed the credit card bill and bank statements back to paper - that way we will get a monthly print out which we can account back to - I found that having it online meant we didn't really do that.

DH went to Waitrose to get a few bits that we needed and came home with a free Saturday Telegraph and his free empty coffee cup grin.

VestaCurry Sun 26-Jan-14 03:57:51

Not giving in to the urge to get a takeaway. Instead I cooked pasta bolognese (had batch cooked bolognese sauce and frozen it). Saved £20/£25 and have been doing this for a while now. We used to have some sort of takeaway once a week/fortnight so are saving around £80 a month.

DeathMetalMum Sun 26-Jan-14 04:29:07

Last week sometime but I used the leftover sauce and scraps of veg from our tomato based sausage and bean casserole and made it into a soup for me and the dd's lunch the next day twas lovely.

Lettucesnow Sun 26-Jan-14 06:40:38

Leaving the car radio on, I flattened the battery so was unable to drive 50miles to shop. DH borrowed 'jump' machine from work to restart car so saved on garage bill.

VivienStanshall Sun 26-Jan-14 07:01:33

Taking some extra fruit and veg bags to use for my packed lunches. I'm not paying for plastic bags!

Jinty64 Sun 26-Jan-14 08:50:54

Broke my elbow and twisted my knee on Thursday! I can't drive now so can't get to the shops without dh. His time limit in any shop is less than ten minutes. It could be like a trolley dash - if i could push a trolley - and my dash is more like a hobble. I can't even open my purse. There must be huge benefits to this although I am struggling to see them at the moment.

We will have to eat what's in the freezer now.

Dededum Sun 26-Jan-14 08:58:39

Made about £220 on eBay - hurrah. If it isn't screwed down I am selling it!

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 26-Jan-14 09:02:01

jinty that sounds so painful. Hope you feel better soon.

optimistmum Sun 26-Jan-14 09:25:34

Changed mobile phone contract from £27 per month on O2 to £10 per month for giffgaff. I have more texts, minutes and data on giffgaff and in reality it is the same network!

nicename Sun 26-Jan-14 12:00:56

I've just remembered that I have to speak to the tax man about some additional income... Bugger! I think I own them about £600arggggg! Hopefully less. I will need to call them tomorrow.

Putting the teensiest bit of left over chicken in the enchiladas so they weren't quite vegetarian to trick dp...

Is your DP vegetarian?

Nojustalurker Sun 26-Jan-14 12:11:30

I think op was suggesting her dp would not eat meat free food.

Trills Sun 26-Jan-14 12:15:59

This is a lovely thread. smile

Trills Sun 26-Jan-14 12:17:41

I will be using my railcard to get a super offpeak ticket this afternoon.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 26-Jan-14 12:45:47

By mning arsing around the house all day instead of taking the d&c swimming.

Back2Two Sun 26-Jan-14 12:49:07

Mostly by staying in bed.
Having veggie roast instead of meat! (Dh cooking it though)

Back2Two Sun 26-Jan-14 12:51:36

nicename how do you do sponsor a child please?

Passthecake30 Sun 26-Jan-14 13:00:15

noarmani, was tricking dp that it wasn't meat free, he is currently digging the foundations for our extension (builder) and he "neeeeeeeds" meat apparently!

Tomorrow I will do sausage casserole. sausage each ;-)

Ah glad you cleared that up! I thought you were trying to sneak meat to a veggie. Show your DH this looks much healthier than most 78 year olds

invicta Sun 26-Jan-14 13:12:52

Cut down on son's tennis lessons, as decided we were spending too much on them.

Dilidali Sun 26-Jan-14 13:18:22

By refraining myself from buying a rubbish bunch of flowers 'anyway', they really weren't very nice. I saved a bit by buying a box of chocolates instead.

BikeRunSki Sun 26-Jan-14 13:34:44

Cooking spuds for mash and putting chops in oven on time before going swimming, so we had I excuse to eat in the cafe. Also, bizarrely, joining private gym with lovely pools. We spend what we used to on the local pool, but go more often because it is nicer.

Ememem84 Sun 26-Jan-14 13:40:22

By still being in bed. And it raining. As I was going to go to the shops.

Also made £22 on eBay today. Will do cupboard audit later and work out what, if anything, we need food wise. And am eating at parents later. (Hopefully will bring leftovers home).

BikeRunSki Sun 26-Jan-14 13:48:36

Cooking spuds for mash and putting chops in oven on time before going swimming, so we had I excuse to eat in the cafe. Also, bizarrely, joining private gym with lovely pools. We spend what we used to on the local pool, but go more often because it is nicer.

BikeRunSki Sun 26-Jan-14 15:08:41

Erm "not to eat in the cafe!"

confusedofengland Sun 26-Jan-14 16:43:25

Not being allowed into soft play because it was too full, then deciding not have a drink in the pub downstairs instead because the floor was littered with the previous occupants' dinners - fish, chips & peas, by the looks of things hmm About to fire off an email of complaint now to the pub concerned, this was truly disgusting!

nicename Sun 26-Jan-14 18:12:20

Re child sponsorship. We do a monthly direct debit to S0S childrens villages. They are a really great non religious organisation who work worldwide to help out children who are orphaned or just abandoned. They set up homes in the community and the kids live there with 'house mothers' who make sure they are clothed, fed, educated and receive healthcare. When they get to leaving age, they receive a sum of money to get married, buy a home or business etc and will have received training along the way.

No matter how bad things are here, the photo of the toddler we sponsor after being just left by the side of the road in a war torn country never ceases to amaze me. If we give something to friends (like a toy or bag of clothes) and they say 'oh we must give you something for that' we ask that a donation goes to the charity/the child/the home he lives in.

Back2Two Sun 26-Jan-14 18:41:44

Thanks nicename

Lettucesnow Sun 26-Jan-14 19:35:40 these days of technology you only need the use of one finger to shop. wink

bishbashboosh Sun 26-Jan-14 20:22:10

Had a treat day planned with the kids and when we got to the cinema decided on the one pound cinemawink

Bags if sweets from tesco 3 for a pound. Fab day great film

Mum2Fergus Sun 26-Jan-14 20:30:23

Paying remnants of last weeks household budget (a princely 29.19) as an overpayment to credit card...second time this month!

Jinty64 Sun 26-Jan-14 20:37:25

Lettucesnow don't I know it. Sadly it's one of my greatest skills and with all this spare time, well!!!

Dilidali Mon 27-Jan-14 14:07:04

By making my own bread
Taking a coffee with me in a travel mug and a bottle of water for my walk.
Maybe by not ordering more stuff from Me&Em, but the day is young and I keep looking at the page smile

Kaekae Mon 27-Jan-14 14:25:51

Using roast pork we had left over yesterday to make Fajitas today. I am really trying my best not to waste food anymore. I have also gone back to paper copy statements as I find I open and look at them more than I remember to go online, this has saved me so much in bank charges because I just wasn't keeping an eye on it online.

expectingnumber3 Mon 27-Jan-14 17:21:34

Took sandwiches and coffee to soft play instead of buying lunch at the over priced cafe.

Remembered snacks for dd2's ballet class instead of running to the co-op.

Made pizza for rather than buying stuff in a panic on the way home.

Feeling very frugal!

mawbroon Mon 27-Jan-14 17:41:20

By walking two of the six journeys back and forth to school.

I think it saves money, even after factoring in wear and tear on my wellies wink

And I get to walk at a decent speed without whingeing kids.

Passthecake30 Tue 28-Jan-14 20:57:50

By putting all but one thing back from the 99p shop near work. The kids have enough tatt......!

BikeRunSki Tue 28-Jan-14 21:16:34

By going for a run instead of exercise class.

Cancelling my pet insurance. At £70 a month I reckon it's worth taking my chances. Apart from anything else, it's for a very elderly Labrador - if anything went seriously wrong with her, it wouldn't be fair to put her through lengthy treatment.

*disclaimer - I love my doggie, I just think that the insurance company are taking the piss. And I'm skint.

lifesgreatquestions Tue 28-Jan-14 21:23:12

I've been struggling, so far successfully, to not shop the sales since xmas. This week I was tempted so I moved all"spare" cash into my ISA. I'm feeling a little anxious at not having access to it as a full month until next payday but I've left myself a reasonable weekly allowance and will be very proud of myself at the end of next month!

McFox Tue 28-Jan-14 21:24:18

Making a very tasty concoction out of all the items in the fridge that were just about to go out of days instead of stuffing myself with anchovies like I wanted to (weird craving of the week!) and buying a super cheap massive bundle of cloth nappies on eBay smile

AbouttoCrack Tue 28-Jan-14 21:27:26

Had a free lunch at work today. Big whole department meeting. People in from overseas. Lunch was laid on even for those of us normally at HQ.

Rosieliveson Tue 28-Jan-14 23:38:10

Didn't wander to the shop for sweets, even though I could hear the mini eggs calling!!

DublinDoll Wed 29-Jan-14 07:21:41

By walking to work and back (only 2.5 miles each way), usually when it's raining I bus or drive but not today.

By charging my phone from 2% to 100% in work.

By not popping into the shop to buy a frozen pizza because I was tired. I cooked tuna pasta instead.

By saying no to my sisters about a night away, they usually guilt me into it but I really can't afford it.

By waxing my own lip!

Passthecake30 Wed 29-Jan-14 09:19:27

Oh yes to charging phone at work. personal mobuke, work mobile and kindle all got charged yesterday smile

Shame I can't take my toothbrush too ha ha

Thebluedog Wed 29-Jan-14 15:56:08

By waiting in for the boiler repair man to come and fix my boiler rather than going to toddler group, 2.50 saved errmmmm apart from the 160 quid bill from said boiler man shock but at least I now have heating and got water.

invicta Wed 29-Jan-14 21:23:48

Bought a scarf from Monsoon today for a present. It was £3 cheaper as it had changed from 50% to 70% reduction.

AdoraBell Thu 30-Jan-14 04:09:54

Failed Today but normaly I save money by not taking DDs or DH shopping with me.

endlesstidying Thu 30-Jan-14 13:22:25

Buying things from the reduced shelf - big joint of pork for £1.35 (last night though)

Downloading the kindle application onto my phone and choosing some free books

Having left overs from last night for lunch (lamb pie which was made entirely from left over roast lamb, gravy and mash I'd previously frozen)

Turning the boiler down a few degrees

Dilidali Thu 30-Jan-14 14:43:08

Saved £70 on one pair of boots and £40 on a pair of wedges. I know, but my boots will just about see this winter and I have no excuse for the wedged apart from the fact they were gorgeous and I have nothing in between boots-sandals and converses.
I'm doing the 5:2, today is fasting day, I could have had a small box of sushi, but I actually put it back on the shelf and saved my pennies, see I was almost good smile

bbcessex Thu 30-Jan-14 18:06:27

Made the children turn off TVs and unplug devices... turned the outside lights off (decorative, not security).

having checked the Eon website and found we are 65% higher consumers than similar houses in our area has made me shock

Am also going to empty and switch off the 'drinks fridge' when it's not really needed (will have no problem in emptying it grin) - stupid to run more appliances than needed...

bbcessex Thu 30-Jan-14 18:10:34

ooh - also switched energy suppliers, and went through Top Cash Back - cheaper tariff plus £31.50 cashback.

Hadn't even heard of TopCashBack until came on here thanks

AdoraBell Thu 30-Jan-14 22:36:06

Didn't Go To cinema with DDs as no offer I could take advantage of. Saving of £20.

confusedofengland Fri 31-Jan-14 10:08:47

Yesterday I saved loads of money smile. Firstly, made a complaint to the pub chain about 2 frankly very disappointing visits over the weekend. Somebody rang me today to tell me they're sending me a £10 voucher in the post.

Bought a new travel system for impending DS3 (3 weeks yesterday, eek!). Should have been £250 at Mothercare, but had a £20 off voucher plus went through Topcashback so got £15 there.

Instead of taking DS1 to Costa after school, I bought us some cakes to have at home & made a 'banana milkshake' with a banana that was going brown & some milk from the fridge. My choice of cake only came in a pack of 2, so I'll have to eat the other one today wink

rookiemater Fri 31-Jan-14 13:04:59

I'm not sure that my Waitrose free coffee and newspaper are actually promoting good frugal habits for me hmm.

I had my list of stuff to get today which included dishwasher salt and delicates washing liquid - I very much suspect that I spent considerably more at Waitrose that I would have at Asda.

Oh well - my John Lewis cake & coffee vouchers have arrived so next Friday I can trot off there and enjoy my freebee.

invicta Fri 31-Jan-14 16:48:02

Last night, went to Morrisons in the evening and bought several small loaves for 9p each. Yes, 9p! My freezer is now full of bread.

confusedofengland Fri 31-Jan-14 16:59:39

After yesterday's victory, I didn't manage to save money today, but I did do some good spending. £5 at the local charity shop got me 1 school fleece for DS1 (usually about £10), 1 pair of joggers for DH & 4 books for the DSes. I was quite pleased with that smile

AdoraBell Sat 01-Feb-14 00:10:35

DDs are doing cup cakes at home To eat while watching a film instead of cinema/bowling.

Where we are, abroad, I can't do anything about utilities or phone tarifas, or mortgage rates. Very frustrating.

rookiemater Sat 01-Feb-14 11:50:22

I got a Mr Frosty from the charity shop for £3 - a snip to fulfill a lifelong ambition !

V good at Waitrose today - 2 x 4 Activia yoghurts for £3 ( same price as Tesco), Daily Telegraph and coffee for free, just call me stingy !

confusedofengland Sun 02-Feb-14 08:00:44

Being pregnant & therefore not drinking grin Went on a very rare night out with some school mums, had 3 courses plus 2 mocktails, but only drank tap water with actual meal. In total spent only £23.65 - I also drove as not drinking, so there were no taxi costs smile

Also popped in to my dparents' house late morning & they gave us lunch, so saved there - can have yesterday's lunch today smile

stiffstink Sun 02-Feb-14 16:02:22

I rescued two blocks of wood from the logpile and have fashioned my own little staircase for my spice cupboard. I can't believe how much pleasure it brings me to be able to see my spices all in alphabetical order, plus I was going to buy the same thing for £15.

I am in my early 30s. Rock n roll!

Supermum222 Sun 02-Feb-14 17:56:31

I took the kids to a charity shop yesterday (each had £5 pocket money). DS9 bought an electronic football game for £2.79 and the original (new) price had been £24.99. It is in great condition and he thinks its ace!
DD5 bought a cuddly penguin toy for 99p.
Teaching kids to be frugal hee hee.

Supermum222 Sun 02-Feb-14 18:00:46

£70 for dog insurance. It would be better to save it yourself in your own account then if its not needed (and, hopefully, it won't be) it is yours.

Thebluedog Sun 02-Feb-14 18:12:15

To take apples, cheese, grapes and water to the garden centre so I only bought one packed lunch for the DC's.

AdoraBell Mon 03-Feb-14 03:32:06

Failed To save anything Today. Must try harder Tomorrow.

Passthecake30 Mon 03-Feb-14 09:51:00

Yesterday saved £5 in frankie and bennys by checking vouchercloud on my phone befire the bill arrived smile

Wouldve been cheaper to stay at home though I guess!

HelloBoys Mon 03-Feb-14 10:11:13

Will save 33% on Cafe Rouge later (with recruiter friend so may help get new job).

Didn't buy paper (Daily Fail) so saved 60p.

Local cafe where I buy my tea is putting up prices this month so will most likely make own tea.

confusedofengland Mon 03-Feb-14 11:47:34

Bought some buttery spread reduced to 67p (cheapest I usually see it is £1). May buy some more, actually, as I believe it can be frozen.

Needed more clothes pegs & managed to locate the ones I'd seen last week, instead of buying new ones

Passthecake30 Tue 04-Feb-14 17:38:16

Emailing asda and moaning about short bbe and use by dates over the last fortnight (chicken and brioche). Got refunds and the products have still been eaten :-)

bbcessex Tue 04-Feb-14 18:14:29

Walked past the Co-Op and saw they had 24 packs of Walkers crisps for £2 - bargain! Hidden in the back of my wardrobe to stop the gannets snaffling them in one go :-)

Saved £7.50 by going to the café and buying a coffee rather than walking to Waitrose for a free one and frittering a tenner on stuff I don't need.

rookiemater Tue 04-Feb-14 22:12:08

Good plan FetchezLaVache - my weekend trips to Waitrose are getting out of hand !

invicta Wed 05-Feb-14 08:49:18

Purchased two bags of. Mini Eggs (£1.50) at the petrol station, thereby saving myself 5p per litre (£1.80), so an overall saving of 30p, with the added bonus of Mini eggs to devour. smile

rookiemater Wed 05-Feb-14 14:57:22

Ah I did that one invicta a couple of weeks ago- only at our petrol station the mini egggs were priced at �1.20 for two bags, but they rang through �1.50.
Young man seemed most surprised that I had gone to the bother of pointing it out so I could get back my 30p wink.

confusedofengland Thu 06-Feb-14 14:11:40

Today I saved money by:

Getting a haircut via Groupon (£19 for wash, cut & conditioning treatment)

Buying Tesco Value nappies (not used before, will see how they go!)

Using Boots advantage points, combined with 3for2 & 1/3 off offers in Boots

Going to a friends' house for DS1's tea (DS2 at nursery, am taking cakes, of course smile)

Quite a savey day, all in all smile

bbcessex Thu 06-Feb-14 14:29:19

I have saved money on Azera and Millicano coffee thanks to another thread... didn't know you could get catering packs - still didn't get a catering pack, but google showed that Amazon did 6 packs of Millicano for £12, and 6 of Azera for £18 - half price, woo hoo!

Plus free delivery, between of Amazon Prime trial (which is now cancelled, thanks to the reminder on here too!).

Happy caffeine overload coming up brewgrinbrew

silkknickers Fri 07-Feb-14 11:30:19

by banking online and obsessively regularly checking my balance. I can see exactly how much money is left and so I can avoid going overdrawn.

umiaisha Fri 07-Feb-14 17:27:03

I used an avantage points booster coupon in Boots, was buying nappies, deodorant etc so not stuff I didn't need.

Took biscuits and a drink out for DS and came back home for lunch instead of visiting cafe nerro or similar.

Practiced icing cupcakes so I can make them for DS, DD and DN's birthdays in the next few weeks and not pay someone else to do it like I normally do! Fairly impressed with the result.

invicta Sat 08-Feb-14 19:07:49

Bought some plain flour from local corner shop. It probably cost more than a supermarket, but I didn't have to drive there, and I didn't spend my money on extras which I didn't really need.

Making playdoh. Two massive batches, cost about 97p for the lot. That's including glitter and fragrance.

rookiemater Sun 09-Feb-14 17:27:57

I ran into town and used myJohnlewis vouchers for a healthy nutritious free lunch of cappucino and chocolate cake blush - although I did end up buying DH a joke present for Valentines so it wasn't that frugal.

Also my foundation is about to run out and Clinique are doing a free 5 day trial on their range - I couldn't decide which one was right so the lady gave me two samples to try.

Dilidali Sun 09-Feb-14 21:27:56

By organising a book swap with several friends. I now have quite a pile and it didn't cost a penny.

silkknickers Mon 10-Feb-14 14:10:57

switching Broadband providers. Saved myself around £36 a month (although that is on a fixed rate deal, so it WILL go up in a year's time, but I've calculated it all and it will still be a saving).
I went via Quidco and have got £90 cashback smile

IamMummyhearmeROAR Mon 10-Feb-14 16:54:43

Made a huge pot of soup for my lunches at work. Right now I'm sitting freezing in my car instead of perusing the retail park and drinking coffee while my daughters are at dancing. This makes me feel grumpy though rather than virtuous.

bbcessex Mon 10-Feb-14 18:40:24

Realised I have saved a considerable amount of cash by now buying multi-packs of Coke / Sprite..

I never used to buy them in the weekly shop, but always gave the DC £1 each time for the vending machine as a treat after football etc.

Now I can get 6-8 cans for around £2, and give them one of them to take...

Honestly - I don't know why I didn't catch on to this planning lark years ago...

TooTiredToBeWitty Mon 10-Feb-14 19:23:57

Today I saved a STONKING amount of money shockshockshock

I queried my mortgage statement as it didn't tie up at all with my own DIY Excel spreadsheet at home of where I should be 'at' by now. Transpires that whilst they had on screen the scanned letter I signed last year clearly stating we were now on 1.99% fixed rate, it had never been manually applied so the system keeps automatically charging me 4.99% Massive refund coming my way which will all go as a capital repayment.

It pays to check. I thought I was a numpty at maths but it just didn't make sense to me. So I composed my 'I am an idiot but I just have to ask you to explain this to me' face and went in person to the build soc this morning. Ta day! Transpires I am not an idiot.

In a similar vein, yesterday I rang my bank to enquire a £20 charge. Another mistake, I am meant to have a fee free overdraft, which in fact i never use anyway. £20 back in my account.

It pays to go through everything with a fine tooth comb, not sit back and expect it all to be done exactly right on one's behalf. Human error, understandable, I'd rather have humans than robots running my bank, but human nevertheless so prone to oversights, mistakes etc.

rookiemater Mon 10-Feb-14 21:26:49

BBCessex - we're the same at the cinema, used to get pick and mix there for DS and whatever friend he brought along, total cost min of �5, now have bags of Haribo at 50p from Asda ready for the occasion.

Tootired - well done on your mortgage investigations.

RandomMess Mon 10-Feb-14 21:28:54

Tootired that is fantastic!

SweetPeaPods Mon 10-Feb-14 22:38:19

Today I have changed broadband supplier and paid for annual bt line rental.
I was meant to go to soft play this afternoon with ds to meet friends but couldn't be bothered but didn't go so saved money on lunch/coffee/cake.
Got pg again so no alcohol for me or DH
I have however got myself a little addicted to eBay. But I'm going to go through our wardrobes etc see what I can start selling to.

Using read it swap it website - yes I had to pay to post my book off but I got a vgc copy of a much desired book for less than shops grin and DH is happy because my book supply is dwindling

stiffstink Tue 11-Feb-14 20:41:46

Just looked at quotes for car insurance and with Quidco cashback I'll be paying £193 a year. Sweet!

Chottie Wed 12-Feb-14 08:17:14

Took pack lunch to work
Walked to and from work to save on bus fair
Avoided the shopping centre on the way home

BigBirthdayGloom Thu 13-Feb-14 19:44:18

Having lunch and coffee at home before going out instead of on the way to work.

MsAspreyDiamonds Fri 14-Feb-14 04:42:09

I used �15 of my Tescos clubcard points to boost to a national rail family card. It would have cost �30 if I didn't use mt clubcard boost points.

BigBirthdayGloom Fri 14-Feb-14 15:55:21

The weather being so miserable that I had no inclination to step outside my front door!

Dilidali Tue 18-Feb-14 08:52:47

By sitting down with all the bills and combing with a fine tooth.
Turns out I've been paying £5 every month to BT for Their cloud option, never knew existed, never asked for it. It's set up in my DH's name, the bills went to his emails, I just saw that instead of £17 the bill was never under 25. So we cancelled that and got a 6 months refund as well.

And the water bill, they wrote to me back in september to say theat they will increase the bill to £60. Out of the blue with no justification. From £18. I called back then straight away, they amended their decision, I was happy.... but guess what, they continued to take £60!!!!! I called back yesterday, oh, sorry, our bad, you only need to pay £15 a month, but why didn't you check, he goes, it's your money!!!! errrrmmm, because I did, we had a discution, we're all grown ups, I'm paying you for water, not baby sitting!

So quite a hefty refund coming back.

So, the moral of the story is: take 6 minutes and check your bills. I do it every 6 months, looks like I need to check every other month.

invicta Tue 18-Feb-14 22:00:39

I saved money by cancelling a magazine subscription I no longer need.

jezzasjockstrap Wed 19-Feb-14 17:14:23

Took DCs out to the wildlife park today. We found a �10 discount voucher on Facebook so �19 instead of �29 for three of us.
And we took a picnic instead of using their cafe.

NetworkGuy Fri 21-Feb-14 13:56:13

for bbcessex - "Amazon did 6 packs of Millicano for £12"

Asda near me (Merseyside) regularly has the 85g refills at £2, and can I recommend > Hot UK < for plenty of other bargains, worth looking 2/3 times a week...

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