Top 15 Thrifty Tips For Making Do And Mending

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As we cut back on spending and try to reduce our monthly budget, we’re reverting back to some of our grandmothers household hints for quick, easy and cheap solutions to cleaning, repairing and re-using around the house.

In fact sales of haberdashery (fabric, buttons, cotton and wool) have increased dramatically this year.

I think it’s a great idea to spread the word and start using these ideas as they’re a brilliant alternative to our current throwaway attitude, and will help families in some way during the recession.

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Top 10 Tips For Making The Most Of Your Staycation

Staycation - The New Vacation

The word of the year has to be ‘Staycation’. Apparently it’s the only way to have a holiday this year as we’re all so cash strapped during the credit crunch. But what is a staycation?

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Top Tip For Buying Cheaper Food Online

Buying Cheaper Food Online

Have you heard of www.approvedfood.co.uk?

I’ve known about this site for a while after reading about it on a Money Saving Expert newsletter I received in my email inbox a few months ago.

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Top 5 Tips To Save Money On Healthcare

Save On Prescription Costs

Obviously the cheapest way of cutting down on health care is to stay healthy by eating a good diet, keeping hydrated, getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep.

Some people aren’t so lucky though. So if you need to take medicines as a one-off or on a regular basis, here’re the Top 5 ways to save money on your medicines and health care.

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Homemade Tea At The Ritz

A Thrifty Gift Idea For A Tasty Treat

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz is a quintessentially British tradition and can be found on many peoples ‘To Do’ list. But if you can’t stretch to the £53 per head price tag why not have a go yourself?

It makes a fabulous Mother’s Day, Birthday or Anniversary gift without breaking the bank.

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Top 5 Tips To Buy Cheaper

Top 5 Tips To Buy Cheaper

Did you make a resolution to cut down on your clothes spending this year? Or on buying stuff in general? If so – well done, but it doesn’t mean you can’t go shopping and get your hands on some bargains.

You don’t have to buy ‘brand new’ clothes – second-hand clothing is perfectly acceptable. After all it’s new to your wardrobe!

It’s not just bargains in the clothing department but cars, books, DVDs, wedding dresses and even furniture! 2008 saw an increase in demand for preloved (aka: second hand) items in the UK.

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Cheap Valentine Day Gifts

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It’s important to show your partner how much they mean to you, and Valentine’s Day is the traditional date for exchanging cards and gifts.

Only in the 14th century was the feast of St Valentine associated with love and romance and made popular by the writer Geoffrey Chaucer. There’s a great Valentine’s Day article on Wikipedia about its origins.

Even though Valentine’s Day is very commercial (a day created by Mr Hallmark as the joke goes!), I think it’s still important for couples to show each other how much they care. It can be all to easy to take each other for granted.

Although the financial outgoings are much less than Christmas, it’s so easy to go overboard and spend lots of valuable cash you don’t have!

You don’t have to remortgage your house to get a thoughtful, romantic Valentine gift. In fact, it’s often more special when something is handmade, or some thought has gone into buying it.

Read on for my budget Valentine Day Gift ideas…

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Top 13 Tips To Save Money And Water

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The mantra is simple: Use less.

By saving water in the home, garden and at work you can save valuable pennies, even pounds over the course of a year!

By changing your habits and routines slightly you can make a huge difference to your annual water bill.

We currently use 50% more water than in the 1980′s. This is partly due to an increase in the number of washing machines and dishwashers in households, primarily because they are much more affordable.

It’s important to reduce the amount of water we waste, not only for environmental issues but also for monetary reasons. Even those on unmetered water should reduce their usage, as water costs will become cheaper for us all.

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101 Ways To Make Money

Sounds impossible, but seriously if you think about it there are loads of ways to earn some extra cash during hard times.

By just doing a few of these you can either save money for something you really, really want or simply a way to treat yourself to a box of chocolates at the weekend.

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15 Golden Rules To Save Money On Your Supermarket Shopping

Shopping at the supermarket is a dangerous task. Supermarkets are food palaces that have been optimised specifically to get as much cash out of us as possible.

Go shopping with your blinkers on and follow the Golden Rules…

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