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    Default Please share your best household money saving ideas?

    I am trying to work out a new budget to help us save for a house deposit and I would like to cut the cost of living. I would really appreciate you all sharing them with me and anyone else in my situation. I have also heard about home mead washing powder - Do any of you make that & how? Is it cheaper to do it this way? I am open to any suggestions and am willing to try just about anything Thankyou

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    Menu plan and use basic cleaning products (I hot soapy water and eucalyptus oil). Keep track of all your little purchases- they add up quickly!

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    Buy in bulk when you can.

    Buy things when they are on special and put them away until you need them.

    Sell things you don't use any more on eBay or gumtree.

    Use potatoes, pasta and rice to bulk meals up cheaply.

    Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season, preferably from a market.

    Use bicarb and vinegar to clean.

    Use vinegar instead of expensive fabric softeners.

    Google budget recipes for some yummy cheap meals.

    If you or hubby work, take lunch, don't buy it.

    Don't buy coffee out...this really adds up.

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    We menu plan on Sunday meals are worked out for the week. We actually eat the same thing the same weeknight every week mostly so
    Roast on Sunday
    Monday Tuna rissoles
    Tuesday a chicken breats recipes (only variant)
    Wednesday home made pizzas
    Thursday - spag bowl
    Friday - fish
    Saturday we eat out
    We use all salad or all veggies for the week too.
    I only buy veggies/fruit from the fruit and veg store. Meet from the butcher that has deals like two chickens for $8-10 and has a loyalty card. Cleaning and hygiene from go lo. Only what we need from wollies. Some weeks we get away with just $100 or less and we feed 5 adults and 2 kids

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    I am actually doing a menu plan now I will try the hot soapy water with eucalyptus. Thankyou

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    I find my biggest shopping expense is definitely cleaning products, so I either use eucalyptus, bi carb soda, vinegar etc to clean and buy other cleaning products like my clothes wash etc when the supermarkets have deals and then buy a few bottles at once.

    Avoiding 'money waster' things such as magazines and Foxtel etc saves money also.

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    I find turning all appliances off when not in use really cuts elec bill use clothesline instead of dryer google what meals u can make from what's already in your fridge freezer pantry walk rather than drive. Shopping list meal plan meat free meals budget wisely realistically n stuck to it

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    Mine are probably all just silly and obvious but you never know. I agree with menu planning. Also be realistic and fair with it. Ensure there are snacks in there, even if its just crackers and cheese and fruit.. Maybe some custard powder so you can have dessert sometimes. Buy the cheap bulk toilet paper from kmart or red dot. 7 bucks for 32 rolls! set aside a small and fair amount of spending money for the week or fortnight..for a long time mine was 15 bucks to take the kids out once a week for a play date and lunch. Create an account or just a money jar for car regos, insurance, etc. Those bigger bills that roll in and can't be paid in installments. Pay everything in weekly installments that you can! Electricity, gas etc. Always call billers in advance if you can't make a payment. Don't buy expensive cleaning products. Make your own there's a lot of websites with advice on this. eat at your parents once or twice a week if there is any chance of that. Don't use wet wipes. Use flannels. Walk more and use petrol less. Don't spend lots of money on Christmas and birthdays. Don't give in to commercial guilt because you feel like a bad parent if you spend less than 100 bucks on toys. Use local op shops for lots of your clothes, shoe and other shopping. That's all I have right now will add if I think of more

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    I agree with meal planning. Also getting fruit and veg from a market and meat from a wholesaler. I can get chicken tenderloins for $5/kilo at times so best to buy in advance as long as you know you will use it. Another trick we use is to prep all the meat when we get home from the shop into bags with names on it. It really reduces the temptation to get takeaway or pick up something else from the supermarket if it all seems to hard to make the recipe. Just defrost in the morning and then it is easy to prepare whatever it is.
    I also find not having cash in my purse cuts down on those unnecessary purchases like coffee or snacks when out. If I have to pull my card out I think about it more.
    Going to the library to borrow magazines, DVDs and books rather than buying or hiring them.
    Cheap weekend outings such as picnics that you can bring your own food to is also good. Makes you a little more inventive too with what you do.
    I find budgeting a bit of fun really. I am sure I will still do it even when I am back at work and earning money again

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    I second op shops especially for kids toys. I have seen quite a few fisher price toys for a dollar or two.
    Also I have just discovered a toy library - it is a fantastic outing for my daughter - so many toys to choose from - and saves us buying lots of toys that she will just get sick of.

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