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SuperScrimping

Updated on March 7, 2015

Low income? Having to make things go further?

That's the lens for you. I haven't always been on low income but always believed in what my grandmother taught me since a very early age: save, recycle, conserve, reuse and repair. She was raising a young family during WWII and, even if life was better and more prosperous for her in the 70s and 80s she still thought in WWII "mode".

I'm now in a position where money is tight and have to "may do" a lot of times.

In the UK we have a great program on TV called "superscrimpers" and I absolutely love it. It's packed with money saving ideas so I thought I write a lens and spread the world.

I hope you find this lens interesting and useful. Any ideas you have would be appreciated.

Enjoy!

The photo is some potpourri I made by drying flowers and adding a few drops of mimosa essential oil. The glass bowl cost me 50 pence in a charity shop.

Pretty homes for pennies

SOFT FURNISHING

I never throw away old clothes, towels or sheets. I use them to make cushions, patchwork covers and jar covers for my home made chutneys.

I can't afford to buy a "proper" sewing machine so I bought a mini one that does just the job at a fraction of the price.

To make my cushions I use stuffing from old pillows or buy cheap second hand old cushions in charity shops and re-cover them with some of my material from old clothes. The picture is of a couple of cushions I made with material from 2 old skirts.

CANDLES

To make candles for a cost that's near to nothing I keep old drippings of wax and leftover bits of candles and when I have enough I put the wax in a metal pot and heat it on a bain marie. When the wax is melted I dip the wicker in and secure it at the bottom of a jar (recycled). Hold the wicker vertical and pour the wax in. If you want you could add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

POT POURRI

Easy to make yet looks lovely and smells great. Dry flowers (in the sun is best), add a few drops of essential oil and pour in a nice bowl!

Mini sewing machines

If you don't have a lot of money I would recommend a mini sewing machine. You can't really use them for thick fabrics but are easy to use, do the job, and economical.

I personally would not recommend a handheld sewing machine. I think they are quite fiddly and not very reliable.

Food glorious food

Nothing gets wasted in my household, especially when it comes to food.

LEFTOVER MEAT:

Any leftover meats (usually from my roast chicken) goes into a pie the following day or in the freezer to be used at later date.

GRAVY:

I even save leftover gravy by freezing it in ice cube trays.

POTATOES:

When it comes to boiled or mashed potatoes a drop an egg in them, mix, put the mixture into a tray covered with baking paper in the shape of muffins. Freeze them, once frozen I transfer them into a freezer bag and when I need them I have instant potatoes cakes that just need to be reheated in the oven.

BREAD:

I slice it and leave it to slightly toast in the oven. When cold and toasted I transfer it into a plastic bag and bash it to make bradcrumbs. If I have a lot that needs to be used quick I make bread and butter pudding.

Freeze it for later meals!

I tend to make large amounts of sauces for my pasta. This way I save a lot of money in bills as I can cook 4 meals in one go. I freeze portions and defrost it overnight when needed. Heat it for 5 minutes and it's ready!

Grow your own

Of course a great way to save money on your grocery shopping is to grow your own. It's easy to grow your own vegetables and herbs and you don't need a garden. Plants such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, broad beans and herbs can all be grown on a windowsill.

If you have a garden potaoes, carrots, parsnips, onions and most salads are very easy to grow.

I also like to have a couple of fruit trees in my garden!

Picture is my little apple tree

Beauty ideas on the cheap

Beauty products can be very expensive but here're a few ideas to save and look fab!

A great BODY SCRUB is made up with salt, olive oil and few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix it all in a paste and store it in a jar.

For a FOOT SCRUB do as above replacing the salt with sugar

For a BODY MOISTURIZER you can use olive oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

A good FACE MASK that costs pennies is made by combining a mashed banana to two egg whites. Mix into a smooth paste, spread evenly on face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with worm water.

To reduce DARK CIRCLES and puffy EYES simple place a cold teabag (I put it in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes prior to treatment) on the eye and leave for about 15 minutes

NAIL TREATMENT for stronger healthy nails consist of 1 yolk, spoon of honey and 5 spoons of milk. Mix well and dip your finger tips into the mixture for about 10 minutes. Rinse.

When it comes to FOUNDATION I buy one one shade darker than mine and when I use it I mix it with a cheap face moisturizer, this way my foundation lasts almost twice as long.

For shiny looking HAIR mix a pint of warm water with a tablespoon of honey. Use as a final rinse after washing your hair.

Superscrimping

Here's the bible for superscrimpers!

Please add any superscrimper ideas here!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I'm always interested in money- saving tips. Thank you!