I know I tend to encourage people towards frugality and NOT buying things, but I was looking around for some new hairdressing scissors and it got me thinking about other purchases I have made that have saved me money in the long run. Here are twenty purchases to save money.
Mr S hasn’t let me cut his hair yet but he might, in which case I will invest in some clippers to go alongside the scissors. I always cut my own fringe, and occasionally do a whole head of DIY haircutting.
You can buy cheap bread, but if you like it fresh and crusty it is cheaper to make it yourself. Plus you can make dough for pizza. Ok, lots of you will say you make bread without a bread maker, but if you are super busy they save time as well as money.
A freezer offers so many money saving possibilities. You can batch cook or just save left overs to eat instead of ready meals, you can freeze bones for making stock, you can make big batches of soup to freeze for lunches, you can buy yellow sticker reduced items and store them, you can buy gluts of fruit and veg cheaply in season and preserve it. I could go on…A freezer is one of my essential purchases to save money.
I know I have mentioned this book a lot of late but it is so inspiring! It is available from Amazon: The Complete Tightwad Gazette.
A slow cooker
These cost so little to run and are a good way to use cheaper cuts of meat to cook them very slowly until tender. You can make things like porridge and rice pudding in them too.
I got mine from Aldi but Lakeland do a better one I think. Tumble dryers are expensive to run and these are a good alternative. If you can’t afford a heated one then just an airer – try to site it near a radiator or wood burner.
Buying a sponge and bucket and using a squirt of soap can save you £10-15 a time if you usually pay to wash your car.
A spade and some seeds
If you have room for a veg patch and can grow your own you can save loads of money (growing your own is another good reason for having a freezer). A few good gardening tools will be great purchases to save money.
A drill and basic toolbox
Learn a few DIY skills. Being able to put a cupboard together, make repairs to furniture, reuse old materials, put up shelves or do a bit of plastering can literally save you thousands of pounds.
Some decent cookbooks
Although you can beat the cost down, Virgin, Sky, etc. are still expensive. You can pause, rewind and record with the newer boxes too. Combine this with Netflix and you probably have all you need.
Think you can’t afford to go on holiday? Invest in a tent and some camping gear. There are some great value family breaks to be had under canvas and kids love camping. There are some other ideas for frugal holidays here.
Still a super cheap and reliable mode of transport, you can pick up a decent bike second hand on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree.
I use mine mainly to liquidise soups and bake cakes, both of which save money. I wouldn’t be without a food processor and it is one of my must have purchases to save money.
Ok, you could do without and save money, but vets costs are astronomical. If your pet needs ongoing medical care you will wish you had insurance.
Low energy light bulbs
They last a long time and cost less to run.
Radiator foil, thermal curtain linings and polystyrene backed wallpaper are all cheap and cheerful ways to warm up a cold house. You can also fill your wall cavities and look at your roof insulation.
If you insulate and keep out the draughts you can turn the heating down. You can find more information at the Energy Saving Trust.
Soup carrier/ lunchbox
A leak-proof, airtight container is essential for moneysaving work or school lunches.
Reusable carrier bags
You only save 5p a time by not buying a bag at the till but every little helps and it’s good for the environment too. I always keep a fold up one in my handbag and lots of strong reusable bags in the car boot.
Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar
If you buy these in quantity you can clean pretty much your whole house. You save money and don’t live in a smog of nasty chemicals. This post explains the amazing power of bicarbonate of soda.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, more a starting point. As ever, if you do make any purchases, shop around to get the best quality for your money and buy second hand where you can.
What would you add to my list of twenty purchases to save money?
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