Another post on how to make some savings ... we love making savings and surely in this recession period that's refusing to go away, you must love it too... here goes
- Cosmetics and Toiletries: if you are in the habit of buying expensive shampoos, soaps, cleansers etc. try out the supermarket own brands - recent studies have found Tesco's cheap shampoo to be better than the extremely expensive, well advertised brands! The Co-op toiletries are excellent and very thrifty - a large bottle of shampoo that lasts a family for 2 or 3 months comes in at about 80p. Superdrug always offers a host of body washes for £1. Every month when I shop for my bodywash I restrict myself to whatever is going for £1 at the time and I have found them offering last week’s £3 wash for £1 this week and last week’s £1 wash for £3 this week!
- Wash clothes less. Some people wear clothes and then wash them, but I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing my clothes more than once if they’re not really dirty. I use my nose as a test — I don’t want to wear clothes that smell, but most times the clothes are still perfectly clean. This saves on washing.
- Do your own manicure – I have always believed myself to be the worst at self manicures but with constant practice and some diligence – my nails always look fantastic and cost me close to nothing!
- Limit the number of toys your children are able to have in the house. This will lower the clutter, increase the value of the toys you currently own, increase your children’s creativity as they learn to play with less, and also will decrease spending on toys.
- If you love reading it is possible to spend a heart stopping amount of money on books over the years!Make full use of your local library - Instead of buying books, borrow! you can have as many free books as you like. You can also order any title that you particularly want. Remember to phone and renew your books to avoid charges if you are not returning before the due date.
- The library often also has a great selection of DVDs (depending on your area), saving you even more. Mobile libraries visit most villages once a week and usually have no overdue charges - if you are very rural they will sometimes come right to your house - contact your local library for details. If you are a pensioner video rental is also free from the library
- If you have a huge collection of books go through them and consider which you really want to keep and read again - if there are some you could do without try selling them on ebay or Amazon.
- Buy your books from the book section of your local charity shops - I have found the most amazing books there and if like me you are a “read only once” kind of person then you really don’t want to spend heaps on the books
- Read newspapers online - If you read a newspaper remember that you could probably read it online for free - most of the larger UK papers are available on the internet. To find your chosen one just go to www.google.co.uk and search for its' title.
- Participate in a Book Swap club such as : Read it swap it – you will be pooling resources with thousands of other book readers all over the UK and all you have to bear is the cost of postage as you easily swap your books for other books.
- Cancel magazine subscriptions. With the wealth of information and entertainment online, do you really need magazine subscriptions? With all the news online, do you really need a newspaper subscription? If you can get DVDs for free or cheap, do you really need a Netflix subscription?
- Buy your books from second hand book shops such as:
- Green Metropolis where books cost £3.75 and you get £3 for each one you sell there. They also make a donation to the Woodland Trust for each book sold.
- Friends of the Earth have a bargain basement with 2nd hand and old stock worth checking out.
- The Book People are a fantastic source of discounted books, often selling sets of books for the price you normally pay for one - well worth checking here first.
- Amazon.co.uk provide a really reliable service and do have discounted items too - they also have the marketplace sellers where bargains can be picked up though you will pay £2.75 postage.