Money saving tips

northernrower

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I've had a few brambles and apples too.

A friend has started volunteering with the attached. All details in the link. There's a few centres around Darlington and one near Hartlepool. In a nutshell, £35 worth of food for £7.50. Hope it's worthwhile for some.
Superb 👏
 

Centralscrutinizer

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Accidently put £20.01 of petrol in your car when you've only got £20 on you. I've pulled this scam off quite successfully loads of times and reckon I've got a good 50p's worth of free fuel over the years.
 

BillyBoyStu

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I turned our "spare" fridge freezer off in the garage yesterday.
We've been using all the frozen food up other the last few weeks and managed to empty it.
Still using it to store drinks in but have told the family that if they want cold drink then will have to pre-plan and bring them into the kitchen fridge before hand.

My son has also had a small fridge in his bedroom. That's been turned off.

When washing hands, just use the cold tap. No need to turn on the warm tap for 30 secs, ours didn't get warm in that time anyway but still turned the boiler on.
 

The_Tiler

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I've adjusted the boiler settings for the hot water. Turned the timer down to half an hour, three times a day. Hopefully be enough to heat up for our daily usage.
Will tackle the central heating in the coming months.
 

VestasBoro

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Ways i've saved a few quid this year
Some of the yellow label stuff at Asda isn't half bad, we've swapped from big name brands to supermarket own brands with a few things, swapped Morrisons/Tesco for Asda/Aldi/Lidl and saving a fortune. There is some things i wont change but some stuff there really isnt a difference in quality but often a huge price difference. We shop to a list, go round the house and note if we need something and try to stick to that, no need to grab stuff you dont need.

Turn all electric stuff off overnight, i dont plug my phone/laptop charging all night like i used to. TVs go off at the wall. All lights go off, no need for toilet light on all night.

Wash hands with cold water, not hot.

Dry clothes outside, sometimes it'll take longer than a radiator but even on a 'ok' day, if there is a breeze the clothes will be sound, long as they have fabric softener they wont have that outdoor/cold smell

Batch cook food. Yesterdays leftovers, can be used in tonights tea. Make a whack of pasta or whatever, doesnt have to be boring if you look online you can find ideas everywhere for batch booking and how to make a weeks worth of food with very little ingredients. My mrs is a great cook so im lucky, she is a magician in there and can go to Aldi spend 30quid and make a weeks worth of food for us (7 of us)

Stopped going to the pub. Stopped drinking near enough altogether, but rarely go out now. Save a small fortune here.

Binned off the gym, and just changed it for swimming twice a month, and walking and trips out with the kids. Eating healthier whilst saving money ^^^ means the gym isn't as necessary anyway

Takeaway is once every 2-3 months, not once a week. Same for taking the kids bowling, golf, cinema etc these are special occasions now and not something we do every week just for the sake. They see it more of a treat when we go too.
 

ThePrisoner

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Turn all electric stuff off overnight, i dont plug my phone/laptop charging all night like i used to. TVs go off at the wall. All lights go off, no need for toilet light on all night.
Eh? Do you set your alarm to unplug your phone and laptop in the middle of the night. Once charged they will use milliWatts. Negligible.
Toilet light on all night? WTF? :D
 

VestasBoro

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Eh? Do you set your alarm to unplug your phone and laptop in the middle of the night. Once charged they will use milliWatts. Negligible.
Toilet light on all night? WTF? :D
We've got small kids and they like having a light on either in the bog or the landing otherwise its pitch black, and the mrs used to pamper them and leave one on, aswell lamps in their rooms. No chance now, i switch them all off. I WFH so my electric bill is high as **** anyway now with 2 phones on charge, laptop, printer, dock, multi screen etc so i dont charge stuff overnight like i used to, and i switch all plugs off on a night so they aren't charging or even on standby overnight anymore and i go round and switch the kids TVs and consoles off standby too, no idea how much it helps, but it helps and it takes me 30 seconds and rest easier knowing im trying my best to bring my bills down.
 

ThatFragranceGuy

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Yeah you can charge an iPhone every day for a year and it'll cost about a quid, maybe 2 quid with the recent rises now

Old stuff on standby used to use more power but modern stuff should be negligible
 

VestasBoro

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Yeah you can charge an iPhone every day for a year and it'll cost about a quid, maybe 2 quid with the recent rises now

Old stuff on standby used to use more power but modern stuff should be negligible
Does your device no good been plugged in all the time either.
Old devices definitely use more so i'm on the lookout for a new cooker and new fridge to help with this.
I was brought up to turn stuff off at the wall and turn lights off, and as i grew up i ignored my dads advice until now. For lightbulbs we've got energy ones, got the free insulation years ago, heating doesn't go on now whenever its just the adults we'll just add clothing and wrap up when it gets really cold we'll only put heating on when the kids are here (We have kids to other people, so they spend time at their other parents house). I've turned the boiler down as much as i can. I'm just doing whatever i can to lower my bills best i can then at least i feel better and when i do go to them and say its too much i know ive done everything i can to lower my bills myself first, even if what im doing saves 5p a year, i know i've done my best.
 
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