Part of my ongoing mission to save money this year, these things have saved me money this month…
1. Bought tinned beans
Like most parents of small children, we buy baked beans. They’re good for emergency meals when Isabel is so wiped out from nursery or is feeling under the weather and we need to get something into her before bed. For the convenience factor, we have been buying the ‘snap pots’ which you just bung in the microwave. However, I recently realised that the snap pots are not only more expensive than tins, but contain less too.
I could make my own baked beans for the ultimate in cheapness but that would add significant prep time so is not ideal.
2. Timed my showers
We have an electric shower. It’s the biggest drain on electricity we have, second only to the tumble drier (the shower uses more but the drier runs for longer). I’ve been really careful to keep my showers to 2 minutes this month, as well as not turning it on until I actually want to get in (I have a habit of turning it on then going to the loo, sorting clothes etc).
Now just to persuade Karl he doesn’t need 15 minute showers…
3. Recycled envelopes
I’ve been selling off old nappies and books etc because I’m poor now. To save me money on post and packing, I’ve been saving jiffy bags and packets from parcels etc that have been delivered recently (hence why I’m poor now). Jiffy bags are quite expensive; this is a simple step that saves pounds!
4. Chose paint on offer
You may be aware that we’ve been decorating the front room. Well, it turns out that decorating/paint is expensive. How handy, then, that the weekend we decide to go look at paint colours we notice that the Homebase own brand one coat paint is on buy 1 get 1 free. We found the closest matching shade in the paint on offer and went with that. And not a bad colour, too.
5. Volunteered to review some Ecover Zero samples
More on this in another post, but short story: I agreed to review some Ecover Zero range samples expecting some mini packets of soap powder or something. They sent me a big box with full size bottles of washing up liquid, laundry liquid, fabric conditioner etc. Bargain.
Did you see the 5 ways I saved money in July?