It’s hard to cut back on the grocery items you think you need, but if you can figure out how to do so, you could end up with a bag full of cash.
Just ask Holly Smith, who runs the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, who gave up some of her supermarket managers – and it’s made her and her family a fortune.
Not only did she stick with it for a month, but Holly replaced those items for good and will never return.
The mother-of-three stopped buying toilet cleaner for a cheap bottle of carbonated soft drink and it left her toilet sparkling.
While a bottle of liquid can be as cheap as £1, loo tablets and scented plates will cost you much more.
With that in mind, earning your money and loo time can be an expensive affair, costing you around £10 a month.
But Holly spent just 75p on a bargain bottle of cola and swore it was so much better.
“I refuse to buy toilet cleaner because cheap coca-cola bottles work better,” she told Fabulous.
“Coke 17p, not expensive stuff. It works better than the top brands. You just let it soak for a few hours.”
But that wasn’t the only cleaning product she gave up because she also no longer buys branded stain removers.
“Instead, I just bought a 69p bag of soda crystals,” says Holly.
“People spend around £6 on a ‘disappearing’ bath when the soda crystals do the same thing.”
A 1kg bag of soda crystals can last her for about two months while a Vanish tub of the same size costs up to £8.
Holly also uses a Ecoegg doing laundry saves her £200 a year.
Eggs replace conventional laundry detergent and fabric softener and use two types of mineral tablets, plus a small amount of detergent, wrapped in a recyclable egg.
I refuse to buy toilet cleaner because cheap coca-cola bottles work better.
Holly says washing takes less than 10 minutes compared to the 12-18 minutes or more that traditional washing methods use.
But if you use both liquid laundry detergent and fabric softener, you’ll have to pay double the price.
Not only does Holly clean up her cutouts, but she stops buying meat at the supermarket every week.
Instead, she buys in bulk when it’s cheap and vacuums it up for later.
“When I noticed the price of meat was going up, I invested in a vacuum cleaner on Amazon,” she explains.
“I buy meat in bulk and vacuum-package it. I also use it for any meal leftovers (such as soups or homemade pasta sauces) that way there’s no waste. fee.”
Over a year on average, Holly and her family save around £300 on this alone – and that helps her stop buying ready-to-eat meals.
Ditching the expensive convenience food packages, the mother of three pre-cooks meals and freezes them overnight when she’s too tired to cook.
“That way, I have meals that I can quickly microwave. I don’t want to order takeout!”
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