With autumn upon us and winter just around the corner we will all be looking for ways of saving money to help out with the inevitable winter fuel bills.
We have been asking the people of Staffordshire to give us some of their money saving tips – here’s a sample of the responses we received.
Top Ten Autumn Money Saving Tips
Cook large quantities of foods such as stews and casseroles and freeze what you do not use. This helps you save energy costs by only cooking once and keeping your freezer filled. It also allows you to buy cheaper in bulk and not throw away any unused food. Costly repeat visits to the supermarket can similarly be avoided.
A quick and cheap way to bring an old umbrella back to life is to spray it with hairspray – instant waterproofing!
Apply for a free Staffordshire Enjoy Card and receive discounts and special offers at attractions, accommodation, shopping and food and drink. For more information visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/enjoycard/
Keep your leather shoes in tip top condition cheaply by rubbing them with the outside of a banana skin. Wipe with a clean cloth for an instant shine.
There’s no need to buy expensive weed killer to see off those annoying weeds in footpaths – simple kitchen salt will do the trick. If it doesn’t rain within 24 hours water it in.
Under 5’s swim free at Stafford Leisure Centre, there are even free sessions available for under 15’s. A great way for the kids to have good healthy fun and get clean at the same time! For further information visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/staffordleisurecentre
Running out of space at home? If there’s something you haven’t used for a while try selling it on-line. The money soon mounts up and you also benefit by getting extra storage space. Go to your favourite search engine and type in ‘selling on-line’ for a selection of available sites.
Get free magazines on-line through Staffordshire County Councils library service.
Remove limescale without the need for chemicals by using half a cup of soda crystals mixed with 500ml of water. This is not suitable for lacquered taps and fittings.
Before making a major purchase check out price comparison websites – you can save £££’s. This is also a great way to ensure you’re getting the best deal on your energy bills. Either type ‘price comparison’ into your preferred search engine or check out Money Saving Expert www.moneysavingexpert.com
Submit and Share your Super Scrimper Tips
If you know a way to save a penny or two, then share your tips below or send us a message, and join the growing list of Staffordshire Super Scrimpers