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Cost Saving Smart ideas
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Smart Cost Saving Ideas

Buy Bulk with a Friend
Know your needs. Bulk items are only worth buying if you can use them before they expire. Consider shopping with a friend and splitting perishables such as meat, veggies and dairy products.

Inexpensive Art
Take a photo of something you love -- a dog that comes every time you call, a keepsake with beautiful cursive and a colourful stamp, your lucky Tuesday-night poker deck. You can blow it up with some hassle-free Internet help, then frame it, hang it, and be enormously happy every time you walk by.

Flavoured Water
Instead of buying pricy flavoured bottled drinks at the supermarket, add a hint of flavour to tap or filtered water by infusing it with slices of lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber and mint. Set a pitcher of your flavoured water on your desk: You'll drink more if the pitcher is there as a reminder, and you won't have to buy multiple bottles of water, either!

Make Clothes Last Longer
Prepare your clothes for the washer by closing zippers, fastening hooks, and turning items inside out. Wash darks together using the cold-water cycle so they don't bleed onto lighter clothes -- and cold water is crucial, since it lowers your water-heating costs. Line-drying dark items will also help maintain their original appearance -- and you'll save on heating costs of the dryer.

Budget Vases

Instead of shelling out cash for a pricy vase, make your own out of a glass bottle and some enamel paint. See pictures above.

Organise a Clothing Swap
Chic, savvy, conservation-minded consumers now update their wardrobes by taking part in clothing swaps. All you have to do is gather up gently worn items from your closet, bring them to a central location, and choose from others' castoffs. Consider hosting your own, invite friends, set a minimum number of pieces for each to bring, and trade away.

A Well-Kept Pantry
Transfer flour, sugar, and other dry goods to wide-mouth, airtight containers. This will help keep them fresh and make them easier to scoop with measuring tools. If you don't use ingredients quickly, note the purchase date on the containers and keep these pantry staples in a low-humidity environment. Moisture can make solid sugars lumpy, so be sure to leave brown sugar in its original bag, and then double-wrap it to keep it soft.

Geyser Timer
Install a geyser timer and watch your costs come down.

No-Cost Wrapping Paper
The most unique and beautiful wrapping paper -- vintage scarves, newspaper, colourful cloth, and more -- is already lying around your house. See above pictures.

Teacup Candles
Breathe new life into partially burned candles and antique teacups that have lost their saucers. Together, they make sweet gifts or favours. See above pictures.

Go Low-Flow
To reduce hot-water consumption (and energy needs). Replace older models with ones that spray no more than 2.5 gallons per minute.

Purify the Air with Houseplants
An alternative to spending hundreds of dollars on an air purifier: Houseplants, which have long been hailed for their ability remove toxins from the home.

Use Distilled Vinegar to Clean
A one-to-one solution of vinegar and water makes an effective, economical multipurpose cleaner. The nontoxic mixture disinfects floors and bathrooms and cleans glass without leaving streaks. And rest assured, its distinctive odour disappears as soon as the liquid dries.

Turn Pretty Paper Into Packaging
Don't toss away all the wrapping paper that once covered your birthday, wedding, or holiday presents. Instead, run it through a shredder (cut to size first, if needed) and use it for lining gift boxes or protecting breakables to be shipped.

Pillow Makeover
Tired of your plain old pillows? Instead of buying pricy patterned ones at the store, give plain sofa pillows vibrant personalities with easy-to-make pillow bands. See above pictures.

Organise a Book Swap
Are you amassing too many fines at the library? Get rid of the old and bring in the new by organising a book swap at your home, work, or community group. By trading literature, you and your fellow bookworms can recommend authors to each other and pass around the latest novel du jour without having to spend a dime.

Cereal Box Desk Organizer
Kids go through cereal fast. Make use of all the empty boxes by turning them into no-cost, handy holders for their desks. Large boxes work well for books, small ones for supplies. See above pictures.


Article by : marthastewart.com


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