I first read about this on the wonderful blog of a fellow Waste Watcher, Everyday Life on a Shoestring, and then again on the equally wonderful A Cheerful Living Adventure. It is a competition being run by MoneySupermarket to celebrate 30 years of the £1 coin, and they are trying to collate 1000 ideas all together. They want bloggers to submit their 30 Ways to save £1 by May 17th, and then they are going to pull a winner out a hat-you could win £1000, so what are waiting for-join in!
I thought I would try and share with you 30 ways to save £1 (or more!) by Making Do and Mending, with a little bit of Waste Not Want Not thrown in for good measure.
General Make Do and Mend Tips
- Cut up old towels to make flannels for wiping sticky hands and faces, and save way more than £1 on baby wipes
- Learn to sew on a simple patch, and save money on little boy’s trousers
- Use bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to clean your oven instead of expensive oven cleaners
- Make full use of sites with free stuff, like Freecycle and Freegle
- Make yourself a brand new skirt from a tired old pair of jeans
- Make a Christmas tree out of egg boxes (ok, so this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was good fun, and a great talking point!)
- Make your own deodorant-and it actually works!!! I reckon this cost me about £3 to make, and there is possibly enough here for a whole year
- Cut up old t-shirts to make t-shirt yarn to knit or crochet with
- Find a local Swish and swap yourself a whole new wardrobe
- Make toys for the kids from whatever is in the recycling box-we have made bug catchers, a fire engine, and a marble run!
Waste Not Want Not
- Chop up any fruit that is past it’s best, and freeze to use in smoothies
- Dead things can be made into delicious puddings-sligthly manky fruit and stale biscuits make a great Dead Things Tart Tartin
- Dead cake can be make into a version of Bread Pudding
- Make your own popcorn next time you go to the cinema, or get a DVD
- Get a Green Johnanna or a Green Cone to help stop food waste
- Soup is a great disguiser of slightly ‘tired’ veg and homemade soup is much cheaper than shop bought
- Another way to make sure you use up every last scrap in the fridge is to disguise any veg that might be past it’s best in risottos, quiches or fritttatas
- That Christmas Pannetone that someone gave you that you have no idea what to do with makes a great Bread and Butter pudding
- Make your own bread-MUCH cheaper than buying Artisan loaves, and better for you than processed supermarket bread
- Meal plan for the week ahead, to make sure you only buy what you need
Homemade presents-all WAY cheaper than buying something new, and much nicer too!
- Beanbags-boy or girl version
- Some marbles, a drawstring bag, and some ideas for marble related fun!
- Personalised bunting makes a nice present for a new baby
- Old felted jumpers can be turned into a hat, scarf and mitten set
- Bath bombs are a cheap and easy present-we made loads at Christmas
- What little girl wouldn’t love a Hair Grip Holder?
- Cushions are always popular, and can be adapted to the recipient easily
- If you have a foodie who needs a gift, homemade flavoured oils are a great frugal present
- We made Monster Sick Bubble Bath, complete with a monster wash mitt for a 5 year old, and he loved it!
- A great, cheap, easy peasy yet fantastic and very personal present is a record clock of the single that was number 1 on the recipient’s birthday!
Wow! Now if that doesn’t save you £30, I don’t know what will!