Posted: November 25, 2011
1. Try cleaning with Bicarbonate of Soda, lemons and good old vinegar. They’re all free of unnecessary chemicals and are items you’re likely to already have in your house.
2. If you shop somewhere regularly and they offer a loyalty/rewards card then it’s worth getting it. You usually incur points for every pound you spend and you’ll get money off vouchers and loyalty offers.
3. Join your local library. Who can say no to free books, CDs and DVDs? A lot of libraries are struggling to stay open so you’ll be doing yourself and your community a favour by using one.
4. Buy secondhand. You really can get good quality clothing and homeware through charity shops and Ebay. If you’re worried about buying second hand clothing make sure you check the quality carefully. Check the seams and for any stains that may not come out.
5. If you do have a carrier bag stash then make sure you reuse them. take them with you when you go shopping. Many shops charge you for carrier bags now.
6. Bulk up meals with rice, lentils and pasta. These are cheap staple items that go along way.
7. If you have a garden or patio try collecting rain water to use to water your plants with. And try growing your own herbs and salad leaves!
8. If you’re a proud mum to a wee one try using cloth nappies instead of disposable ones.
9. Join Freecycle. It’s a great way to get furniture, white goods and stuff for children for free.
10. Check out sites such as Groupon for 2 for 1 deals at your favourite local restaurants.
I hope that some of these are helpful to you… I’ll do another ten at some point so keep your eyes open!
Hugs, Caz x