The top 50 Money-Saving Measures
Skipton building society asked people what money-saving measures they have introduced to cope with rising prices and falling wages. It published the results yesterday.
The top 50 money-saving measures are listed below but answers included sitting in the dark rather than putting the lights on; moulding old bits of soap together to create a new bar; and only flushing the toilet when absolutely necessary.
Frankly these are sensible things that we could all adopt to be a bit more financially frugal. It’s not about being tight, but being sensible.
An awful lot of money-saving measures also help cut waste and, ultimately, protect the environment. So by helping ourselves, we can help make a better world in the process!
Other measures highlighted in the survey included driving at a slower speed, refusing to phone anyone or park in town before 6pm, and re-using tin foil, cling film and wrapping paper.
The study also claims to have uncovered the ‘modern day rationing’ adopted by thrifty Brits in an attempt to save money. It showed that people would now prefer to borrow items from others – such as power tools, lawn mowers and vacuum cleaners – rather than replace ones which have gone wrong.
I’m not sure how many of us would be happy doing that, especially with the risk that we could break things and have to stump up for the cost anyway, or even lose the friendship of a neighbour.
Anyway, have a look down the list. If you haven’t adopted at least 10 of these, it could be time to have another think about how much money you’re wasting.
TOP 50 MONEY SAVING MEASURES
- Switch lights off as soon as leaving a room
- Shop around for the best products
- Re-using carrier bags
- Only boiling enough water for one cup of tea
- Taking part in focus groups and online surveys to make money
- Turning off the tap when brushing teeth
- Cutting out coupons, money off vouchers and discount website links
- Switch gadgets off when not using them
- Bulk buy toilet rolls, washing powder etc
- Only turn lights on when it’s really dark
- Opt for own-brand products over expensive options
- Wearing lots of layers instead of putting the heating on
- No buying something until its cheap or you can find a voucher for it
- Hanging clothes around the house instead of using the tumble dryer
- Going to the reduced aisle in supermarkets at specific times
- Driver at a slower speed to lower fuel consumption
- Saving coppers and using change machines to convert into cash
- Asking for presents you need rather than want
- Waiting until after 6pm to phone anyone from the landline
- Write a list for the food shop and don’t deviate
- Re-heeling shoes rather than buying new ones
- Using all the samples stuck in magazines
- Bake cakes, jam, bread etc
- Saving unwanted presents and giving them to other people
- Having left over dinner for packed lunches
- Re-using wrapping paper
- Buying an old car rather than new
- Making kids packed lunches instead of buying school dinners
- Patching up old clothes rather than buying new
- Cutting up Birthday and Christmas cards to make present tags
- Make a massive meal at the beginning of the week that you can split and freeze
- Cutting / dying hair at home rather than going to the hairdressers
- Only flush the toilet when absolutely necessary
- Use the library rather than buy books
- Park miles away from the shops rather than paying to park close by
- Grow your own vegetables
- Buy clothes and toys from charity shops
- Fold up tin foil and cling film to use again
- Give ‘cheap but nice’ presents like a photo in a frame
- Sharing bath water
- Using a hot water bottle instead of putting the heating on
- Sit next to one radiator instead of putting all radiators on
- Use tired clothes as pyjamas rather than having actual pyjamas
- Waiting until it is a cheaper time to park
- Cut the end of a toothpaste tube to get the last bit out
- Stick the end bits of soap together to make sure none is wasted
- Only go to the cinema on a Wednesday
- Only use one or two sheets of toilet paper to make it last longer
- Use old knickers as dusters
- Only go food shopping after a meal, as an empty stomach leads to temptation
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