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Dead dog jumpers and other money saving tips

1)      Bubble-wrapping windows

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Energy bills aren’t cheap these days, so for those of us without double glazing the money is literally flying out of the window. Bubble wrap from packages and presents can double up as heat insulation and stop your home from losing heat in the winter

2)      Camp in your living room

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Another heat saving tip: try camping in a tent in your living room! Or so suggested one of our customers, who told us in a survey that they tried setting up a tent in their living room to keep the heat in and the gas bill low.

3)      Swap the brands for the cheap stuff

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Convinced brand names are a con but can’t get your family on board? Why not keep the branded boxes and refill it with the cheaper alternative. After all, you know it tastes exactly the same…

4)      Re-use binned envelopes

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Office bins are full of discarded envelopes, so why not rescue them and replace the label? You’ll be saving trees as well as your pennies.

5)      Use your dog as a draft excluder

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This appeared in a uSwitch survey about how we try and save on our gas and electricity bills. One genuine suggestion was to train your dog to sit by your living room door and stop all that hot air escaping.

6)      Collect rain water instead of flushing the loo

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Saving money and the environment can only be a good thing right? Pop a couple of buckets in your back garden and use any rain water you collect to flush the loo and save on your water bill (if you have a meter).

7)      Animal fat candles

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…and while we’re collecting – why not collect the animal fat from your grill and turn it into candles; simply leave to set in a jar and add a wick! It’s not as uncommon as you think, the fat is called ‘Tallow’ and is used to make both candles and soap…

8)      Take your wallpaper with you

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If you like your wallpaper and don’t want to pay to have your walls redecorated when you move, try taking the wallpaper with you. It’s amazing what some steam and a bit of care can save you!

9)      Animal fur jumpers

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While you might see cat or dog fur on your sofa as a nuisance, some see it as a wasted opportunity. Why not brush away those pesky hairs and save them to knit your very own fur jumper? This is not that uncommon – there are even people you can send your stored strands to if you’re whizz with the knitting needles.  Some pet owners see animal fur jumpers as a fitting way to commemorate the death of their favourite pet and save money. At least you can be sure no one else will have the same one…

10)   Reheat (someone else’s) leftovers

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Last but certainly not least, our number 10 most shocking money saving tip will surprise even the most frugal among us. When unexpected guests turned up for the weekend with a KFC in tow, Hester had nothing to feed them the next day. That is, until she spied the leftover skins and bones left to waste and decided they would make a delicious soup for all the family. Word to the wise: add lentils and no-one will know the difference.

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  • sweeks

    bubble-wrap, sound idea- in fact there’s a mass produced version you melt onto the window with a hair-dryer…..most of these others aren’t really so shocking, or shouldn’t be; wouldn’t be if we hadn’t been led by unfettered consumerism into this almost entirely disposable culture…..some are just stupid…peel off the wallpaper? because it’s going to fit my new wall? if I could afford to move house I could probably afford a bit of paint. (cheaper than paper) ……and finally the real thicko point here, (with attached picture of some posh bint in a HUGE living room)….. camping?????? really?????how exactly do I get my radiator inside a tent?????

    • ricanger

      Bobble wrap or reflective insulation wrapped around the water heater can also save on energy bills. costs about $20 to buy at the store but saves a lot over time.

  • dee

    When you think that you have squeezed all the toothpaste out of the tube, just cut the tube across the middle to form two halves. There will be enough toothpaste inside these halves for another few days!

    Collect the red rubber bands that postmen discard in the street. They are extra strong.

    Buy bottles of the sterilising fluid used for babies bottles etc. Dilute down to roughly 5 parts water and one part fluid. Pour into a spray bottle and there you have a great liquid to spray over your taps, your chopping boards and your work surfaces. It is safer to use than bleach and can cause no harm if it comes into contact with food by mistake.

    Fold your five pound and ten pound notes into four widthways and separately. That way you cannot pass over two new notes that have stuck together by mistake.

    if you use a credit card, always pay off the whole balance each month, the interest accumulated can be horrendous. If you must have a loan, a bank loan is very much cheaper than putting balances on your credit card. Also find a card that gives you points such as Nectar or Tesco points.

    Use a white cotton sock on your hand to dust ornaments, your fingers will be able to get ino every crevice, cheaper than cotton gloves and much easier to manoevre.

    Sew fabric handles on old pillowcases and use them for storage or for your dirty linen in the bathroom.

    Save the pretty plastic trays that come with tomatoes or mushrooms. Put one inside another which gives more strength, then use them as drawer separators to hold your odd bits & pieces. They are easy to wash and do last a long time.

    Cur round the shoulder of the very large fabric conditioner or liquid detergent bottles. This leaves an open storage container with a built in handle which will hold the aerosols etc. which would normally leave rusrty marks on your shelves. This also works for containing marmalades, honeys & jams to keep the shelf from getting sticky. The container is so easy to wash.

    Use the ends of household paints to create pretty and decorative designs on plant pots for the garden.

    Use the odd ends of various left over vinyl paints, it doesn’t matter if they are all the same type i.e. matt, satin or eggshell. Stir really well and blend an attractive colour for using inside cupboards or under the stairs.

    Use your old toothbrushes to clean around taps, in plugholes and for cleaning trivets.

    Old duvet covers make great dustcovers for when you are decorating. They can be washed and used many times.

  • david jones

    Keep empty squash bottles by the sink and fill them with the cold water when running the hot tap until the hot water arrives, to use in the garden of top up the water butt.

  • Wee McDee

    How often do you run the shower down the plug hole until it gets hot, before getting in? Run it into a bucket instead, then use the water to flush the loo, or top up your water butt in the garden. Our shower is at least 30 metres from the gas boiler, so there’s quite a bit of cold water in the pipes, before hot runs through.

  • Lauren Pope

    keep your tips coming – they’re great!

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  • linda peifer

    When you buy washing up liquid, keep the old container, pour half the new liquid into the old container so now you have two containers half full, then top them up with water. We always use too much anyway, so now you can squirt the same amount but for half the price

  • james jamieson

    Instead of throwing out your old quilts out put them in the loft as added insulation. if you are able to lift your floorboards up put loft insulation or old quilts in avioding placing it near electricity cables therefore allowing the cable to breath in case of overheating.
    Use all the old tins that you put out to recycle as plant pots to bring on seedlings and plants rather than buy expensive peat pots etc, whilst gardening.
    Dont knock the lights on use up all of those decorative candles that your wife bought as ornaments, never leave them on alone or unattended if you have small chilren. they are also more romantic.
    Dont run an extra fridge or freezer like I did purely for bulk ordering of food or to keep your lager cold. only put in your operational fridge the drinks you need and regarding the freezer it will mean that you will think twice before buying at the shops. This will mean that you will only buy what you need to eat, again saving you money not only on your electricity bill but also on your food bill. hope some of this has helped. james

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