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So I already get freebies, message companies, use coupons and deal hunt. How else do you save money?

Tasha042
2 months ago
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SandyRhodes
SandyRhodes2 months ago

I try to think 'do i need it or just want it' it just makes me consider wether i want something because it's cheap or do I actually need it. I also try to save money by meal planning and keeping food waste to the minimum possible for me.

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Tasha042
Tasha042
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2 months ago

Yes those are good tips. I find meal planning so hard as my daughters need dinner at 5, husband at 6.30 or later and my daughter is so fussy with food x

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

I make sure to use my loyalty cards to build up the points and then use the vouchers to save money. I use nectar canvas for nectar points, which goes towards food shop. I only buy clothes and shoes in the sale and even then question how much I need it or how much I will wear it. If I get any holes in clothes and they can be fixed then I sow them up and get more wear out of them. Also buy things second hand and sell things that you no longer need to get some money back for them. I don't buy any branded products, always value or supermarket own. We switch electric and gas company each year and switch house and car insurance each year too. Meal planning so I only buy the food we need and nothing gets wasted. Yellow stickers, but only on items we will actually use or that last. Bulk buy items if you can as it works out cheaper. In the winter after cooking, leave the oven door open as it will help to heat the kitchen without having to put the heating on. Use half the amount of laundry detergent, when you can't squeeze anymore out of a packet (like toothpaste) cut the end off, you will be able to get more out of it, buy mens razors as they are cheaper and you can make them sharp again by running them over jeans so they last longer. If you are going out somewhere on a day trip, take food with you so you don't have to buy lunch. Buying Christmas/birthday presents in the sales throughout the year. This one isn't guaranteed obviously, but I enter competitions and that saves me money as I haven't had to buy skincare/laundry detergent/make up for years and I have been able to use some of them as presents for people.

If I think of any more I will add them in.

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SandyRhodes
SandyRhodes2 months ago

I definitely agree with taking drinks & snacks with you when you go out it saves so much money in the long run & once you are in the habit of doing it you wonder why you didn't do it all along! The water app Refill is brilliant and saves you spending another 50p on a bottle of water & if like me you tend to buy a drink every time you are out this quickly adds up so Refill is fab.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

I take my water bottle with me everywhere I go so I don't need to buy a drink. I take snacks with us no matter where we go, it takes seconds to put them in a bag! I have heard of refill before, but never used it.

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Tasha042
Tasha042
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2 months ago

Wow all really good ideas. I hadn't thought of some of them. We do take picnics on all our day trips now. Saves queuing with an impatient 3yo as well lol!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

Some of them will only save you small amounts of money, but it all adds up. My husband used to think I was daft, now he does them too! There is a programme called extreme cheapskates, based in America, I watch it and think, I am all for saving money but the lengths they go to are mad!

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Tasha042
Tasha042
Original Poster
2 months ago

😂 yes I used to watch that too! I don't think I could "dumpster dive" like the extreme cheapskates do lol

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

Absolutely not! I am all for saving money, but that is just too far for me!

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hanwhite
hanwhite2 months ago

Loads of fantastic tips!! many I use myself 😀

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lynnibis
lynnibis2 months ago

Well mrs craig you deffo get the money saving badge! Good to know people can still economise. I grate my cheese as it seems to go a lot further and also saves time for a quick topping or mac cheese etc. Never throw bread away, freeze when past its best and use for toast or grate and freeze as breadcrumbs.

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Tasha042
Tasha042
Original Poster
2 months ago

That's a good idea, I will have to try freezing it for toast instead of throwing it! And using less cheese might help my diet lol! Every little thing adds up 🙂

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

Haha thanks! It started when we were saving towards our wedding and a deposit for a house and just carried on from there. I also freeze bread. We buy yellow sticker bread, bagels etc and freeze them. I always grate cheese too as it definitely goes further! We also buy UHT milk as we find it lasts longer, but won't be ideal for everyone.

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Tasha042
Tasha042
Original Poster
2 months ago

Yes same reasons as me then. We want to save for a house. It's just so difficult to save money 😫

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

It really is! We found it hard at first. We made a few sacrifices. I didn't buy any clothes or shoes for a year (which didn't actually bother me), we didn't have any take aways or go out for dinner, we didn't go to the cinema. We didn't buy anything that we didn't need. It got easier after a while and we were used to not having those things. Now we save up to pay off our mortgage quicker. It is very hard though.

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Rockman
Rockman2 months ago

Don't spend money on snacks/sweets, unnecessary stuff and so on.

However, buying something for yourself every now and then as long as you keep it within your budget, it's alright.

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Jamala
Jamala2 months ago

Some of you are amazing. My tip, if you have room grow some veg, you'd be amazed what you can grow in tubs (another tip - you can often pick up tubs from your local recycling centre) even if you only have a yard or tiny balcony. I always scrub my veg and save the peelings - I put them in a plastic bag with a drop of oil and some salt and bake them - home made vegetable crisps. I use my freezer all the time - freezing leftovers, yellow label supermarket buys etc. there is very little you can't freeze just remember to mark the container!

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Tasha042
Tasha042
Original Poster
2 months ago

Love these ideas 🙂 I definitely want to grow my own fruit and veg!

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