Im newly single again with 1 7yr old and a newbie on the way (December).
I rely completely on centrelink payments (I am a carer for my 7yr old) and in private rental. I really need to find some extra ways of pushing the dollar further, so I'd love it if you could share some tips with me!
What I already do:
*turn off appliances at the wall
*Dont use my drier unless absolutly neccisary
*Buy a lot 2nd hand
*Dont drink, smoke or go out (like, ever lol).
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19-10-2013 16:36 #1
Please share your cost cutting tips
19-10-2013 17:00 #2Senior Member
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19-10-2013 17:08 #3
Change where you shop and hunt for the specials. - I have stopped shopping at a big supermarket (Coles) and started shopping at a place called Spudshed that sells cheap veg and meats etc. some things I have to buy from Coles, but once in a blue moon! Buy in bulk - it's cheaper.
Shop around for the deals for car insurance, mobile plans and the like. There are cheaper deals out there!
Turn lights off when not in use, same for TVs and other appliances.
Walk instead of drive, if you can.
That's all I can think of for now.
19-10-2013 17:08 #4Senior Member
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19-10-2013 17:13 #5
These are the things I find helpful. It can take a bit of time shopping/running around but we do save a lot of money.
Have a budget and stick to it.
-Buy fruit and veg from a fruit and veg shop rather than woolies/Coles
-Buy bulk - meat (and seperate and freeze), toilet paper, wash powder, cleaning products, dishwasher detergent (from big w, Kmart, cheap stores)
-don't buy take away
-walk/run exercise outside in a park rather than pay for a gym
- buy fuel on cheap day and fill the tank rather than constantly buying in dribs and drabs.
- re-wear clothes if they aren't smelly or dirty
- shower before bed and wear the same pjs for the week as this prevents having to change your sheets too often (also do this cause I'm lazy)
- avoid month to month payment for things (ie insurance, etc) as you just waste money on fees
Reward - set aside a small amount a month so you can do something enjoyable, go for a drive and have some hot chips for lunch. Just so you have something to look forward to.
Sorry some probably seems like simple or stupid stuff but it all piles up quickly.
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19-10-2013 17:17 #6Senior Member
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I always try & shop cheaply. Even though we don't need do. Any cost cuts are good!
* buy from local fruit & vege markets.
* buy meat in bulk
* don't buy pre-packaged snacks - make your own. Pre-packaged biscuits, muffins, muesli bars etc are incredibly expensive.
* buy the cheapest brand of stuff or buy things based on what's on special
* buy cleaning products from cheap stores like crazy clarks, the reject shop, etc.
* no take away foods - cook up meals on the weekend & pop them in the freezer for nights that you don't feel like cooking
Try & make things stretch far... For example when I make mince I do:
- 1kg of mince
- 2 carrots
- 2 zucchinis
- 2 onions
- sometimes capsicum
Basically whatever I have in the fridge... It makes the mince stretch really far & it also means I'm hiding lots of veges in their too.
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19-10-2013 17:19 #7
Making your own bulk laundry liquid is SO cheap. Use foaming bottles for your handwash, body wash, shampoo- makes them last x10 longer. Try to run appliances in off peak time, put on a load of clothes/dishwasher etc before you go to bed. Shop around for electricity/gas/internet providers, often you may get discounts if you say you are shopping around for best prices and are financially struggling. Try to make your own products and household items, it is surprising how frugal one can be if they put their mind to it
19-10-2013 17:25 #8
Oh got another one! Join some buy/sell/swap pages in your area. I've seen people offer to swap baked goods, plant cuttings and other stuff for someone doing small handyman jobs that they would otherwise have to pay someone to complete.
19-10-2013 17:34 #9Senior Member
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Cut down on how much meat you eat. Maybe go meat free a couple of days a week or reduce how much meat is in a portion.
19-10-2013 17:49 #10Senior Member
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Check out the website www.simplesavings.com.au
It is entirely dedicated to giving hints and tips and suggestions on how to make each dollar stretch further.
They have a free subscription with tonnes of information you can access and also a paid section. I did the free bit for about 4 years and loved it. Pay now though. I will give suggestions for absolutely every facet of your life.
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