20 more miniature money-saving tips

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British notes and small changeSmall things soon add up. Here are 20 more tiny, weeny tips for saving cash on everyday life:

  1. actually clean your shoes… and re-heel them instead of chucking them away. If they’re too scuffed for rock ‘n’ roll, dye them with leather dye
  2. don’t do a weekly shop unless you really need to. Ask yourself this; is it just habit or could you last a couple of weeks more by finishing off everything in your cupboards, fridge and freezer?
  3. use teabags twice. They’re rarely ‘done’ after one dunk
  4. search for free stuff in the Money Saving Expert freebies forum
  5. invest time hunting down the cheapest items instead of automatically reaching for big brand stuff – a recent TV programme researched sun protection and voted Tesco’s ‘everyday’ brand the best – it’s a whole lot cheaper
  6. re-mortgage your home for potentially large savings – find a no-fee ‘whole of market’ mortgage broker and hand over to them at no or very little cost
  7. mix white vinegar with bicarbonate of soda to unblock sinks, showers and baths without laying out  small fortune on horrid chemicals
  8. use a whole sale supplier like Makro to buy cheap in bulk. They have an online store as well as physical warehouses and sell a vast range of things from appliances to food
  9. use bicarb of soda to clean your fridge, microwave and oven door – mix two teaspoons with a small amount of water to make a thick paste and get busy with the elbow grease. Brilliant. Much better than using something terrifying in a spray can with that scary skull and crossbones symbol and arm-long health and safety instructions
  10. use old, flat leftover Cola to clean your loo – pour it in, leave for half an hour and flush. Or use Borax, cheap and cheerful
  11. spruce up your leather settee with olive oil plus a drop of lemon juice and watch it shine – great for making leather supple, bringing out the colour and blending in paler faded and rubbed areas
  12. use a bog standard pencil rubber – an eraser – to get scuff marks off laminate floors. It works!
  13. warm water and biological washing powder cleans stained carpets beautifully. Make sure the powder is fully dissolved, dab the solution on generously, mop up the excess with a cloth, leave it to dry and hoover thoroughly. Clean a test area first, somewhere it doesn’t show, if you feel farty about it
  14. carefully wash old foam eyeshadow applicators with warm water and washing up liquid then use them to clean in between the keys on your computer
  15. shut the fridge and freezer doors in between getting stuff out instead of leaving them hanging open. They warm up fast and it takes expensive energy to chill them down again
  16. if your freezer is empty or half empty, fill the space with balled-up newspaper so you don’t waste energy cooling down empty air
  17. use white vinegar as a fabric conditioner. It’s amazing – everything’s soft and fluffy and there’s no detergent residue, that white stuff. If you get a white residue after washing your clothes, you’re probably using more power than necessary. See what the box recommends and halve it
  18. clean rugs outdoors by scrubbing them gently with a solution of washing powder and warm water, using the sponge side of an old kitchen ‘spong’, then dry them in the sun (of which we re having plenty right now!). Or hire a Vax for the day instead of getting the carpet cleaners in – it’s really satisfying seeing all the muck come out and it’s also great no-cost exercise
  19. greasy pots and pans? Soak them overnight in a strong solution of biological washing powder and hot water
  20. clean barbecues last longer. De-grease and de-charcoal for a BBQ that lasts years, and stash it somewhere dry so it doesn’t get rusty (the same goes for garden tools)
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I’m Kate Goldstone. I live just outside Brighton, high up on the South Downs, with my husband Tony and our three cats. I’m dedicated to saving money, spending less, buying wisely, cutting waste, re-using, recycling, re-purposing and generating cash from the stuff I no longer want.

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