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To ask for your most ingenious money saving tips

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Toothiehurtie · 28/08/2022 20:51

my Best one is…

a visit to the card factory for cheap cards and gift bags and then picking up presents from car boot sales or charity shops. I have got some brilliant kids party presents for 50p so with the card and a cheap gift bag I have brought the cost of a present in for a pound before.

looking for any tips at all, obviously you can buy porridge oats in bulk cheaper than buying expensive kids cereal etc but anything clever or that people might not have thought of before.

don’t know how bad the fuel crisis will be but considering charging battery packs to charge phones at work and taking a thermos of boiled water home 😂

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SavoirFlair · 28/08/2022 20:53

My money saving tip @Toothiehurtie is using the search function on Mumsnet for “money saving tips

Creepymanonagoatfarm · 28/08/2022 20:55

Do not have multiple dc or dpets.
Wish I had thought of this many moons ago...

HelebethH · 28/08/2022 21:05

The tip I always give is menu plan and shop once a week but actually make your week 8 days. On day 8 use up all the odd bits and pieces in the fridge. That way you have 46 shopping weeks in a year and gain 6 weeks extra housekeeping money. This funds our xmas.

flowerycurtain · 28/08/2022 21:09

Cut dishwasher tablets in half.

Mushroomlady · 28/08/2022 21:19

I've found a way to get completely free internet and phone bill. Instead of buying broadband I just hotspot from my mobile. 100GB is enough for me to do everything I need, including copious Zoom calls. This costs £10 per month. Then use 'Airtime Rewards' and claim money back from my
train commute (and other purchases). This covers my mobile bill, and therefore all my internet.

Devo1818 · 28/08/2022 21:23

I do all my debit card spending through Chase - you get 1% cashback on everything you spend. I've had £60 back so far.

Also, every time I cook I cook double and freeze half - that way we have a meal good to go after a long day at work and that means we are able to resist convenience foods and take aways... most of the time...

Riverlee · 28/08/2022 21:24

I’ve stopped watering the garden - hope to save water on our water bill that way (sorry plants).

Devo1818 · 28/08/2022 21:24

I also charge my phone at work....

sittingonacornflake · 28/08/2022 21:26

@Toothiehurtie the hot water from work is actually a genius idea. Could then use it to fill up hot water bottle at home. 🤔

Rosiepeta · 28/08/2022 21:42

HelebethH · 28/08/2022 21:05

The tip I always give is menu plan and shop once a week but actually make your week 8 days. On day 8 use up all the odd bits and pieces in the fridge. That way you have 46 shopping weeks in a year and gain 6 weeks extra housekeeping money. This funds our xmas.

This is genius! Thankyou!

girlfriend44 · 28/08/2022 21:53

All summer I've been spinning the clothes on the lowest spin on the machine. Comes out abit wetter than normal but on the line in the sun it dries so does not matter.
No need to spin clothes fully when sunny.

Thinkbiglittleone · 28/08/2022 21:53

One of the ladies at the gym says she now has her showers and styles her hair etc at the gym, rather than using her own hot water and electricity for hair dryer etc.

Haudyourwheesht · 28/08/2022 21:54

HelebethH · 28/08/2022 21:05

The tip I always give is menu plan and shop once a week but actually make your week 8 days. On day 8 use up all the odd bits and pieces in the fridge. That way you have 46 shopping weeks in a year and gain 6 weeks extra housekeeping money. This funds our xmas.

I do similar but rather just buy 'meals' for about 5 days and cobble something together for the other 2. Leftovers, store cupboard bits, stuff from the freezer, etc.

GertrudePerkinsPaperyThing · 28/08/2022 22:10

I make my shopping week 8 days too, sometimes a bit longer. That was a tip from Mumsnet originally though.

I buy bigger packs of eg chicken and split them into freezer bags before freezing (so a six piece packet becomes two bags of three pieces - there are three of us). Much cheaper than two smaller packets.

ohffsomg · 28/08/2022 22:11

Cool once, eat twice

tillytoodles1 · 28/08/2022 22:17

The people charging their phones and filling flasks at work do know it stealing electricity don't they?

tenbob · 28/08/2022 22:19

tillytoodles1 · 28/08/2022 22:17

The people charging their phones and filling flasks at work do know it stealing electricity don't they?

There is always one, isn’t there 🙄🙄🙄

CaroleFuckingBaskin · 28/08/2022 22:21

@tenbob
Yup I was just waiting for that too 😃

Jumpking · 28/08/2022 22:22

I've got loads. They're so built into my life now, I can't identify them all.

If you're the sort of person who pays their car/house/pet insurance monthly rather than annually, your paying more than you need.

Take out a 0% purchases credit card, where the 0% lasts at least 12 months, and buy your annual policies on that. Then pay off monthly. Save a fortune.

Fwiw, Martin Lewis took that idea from me when I rang into a Money Savers slot on Radio 2 back in 2004. Martin trumpeted it everywhere for the next few months and, all credit, said he'd picked it up from a savvy money saver.

qpmz · 28/08/2022 22:22

tillytoodles1 · 28/08/2022 22:17

The people charging their phones and filling flasks at work do know it stealing electricity don't they?

We've got wireless phone chargers by every desk. If I'm stealing electricity, work are supporting me to : )

stuckstuckst · 28/08/2022 22:23

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Bichette · 28/08/2022 22:26

Get a job with accommodation included.
My employer pays all my bills.

Applebark · 28/08/2022 22:30

Thinkbiglittleone · 28/08/2022 21:53

One of the ladies at the gym says she now has her showers and styles her hair etc at the gym, rather than using her own hot water and electricity for hair dryer etc.

My brother has worked out that 10 minute shower will cost £2.50 on the new rates. It cheaper to pay for gym membership each month and shower there everyday.

KurtCobainsColourfulCarpet · 28/08/2022 22:31

Death.

ohffsomg · 28/08/2022 22:31

KurtCobainsColourfulCarpet · 28/08/2022 22:31

Death.

Really?

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