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How To Save Money On Your Household Expenses.

Updated on February 10, 2013

Double dip Recession ?

Britain In Recession.
UPDATÈ : 10th Feb 2013, Triple dip recession anticipated.

Can you believe the doom and gloom which is apparent at the moment with all the talk of not only recession in this country, but worldwide? The media and Government alike are running this country down by spreading this doom and gloom. Probably a good thing for them as they can bury further bad news and scandal which so often blights our Governments. What I believe is that by spreading panic around the country they can then plot their next money making schemes and rail road everybody whilst their attention is focused on bad news days.

Things are bad it has to be admitted. Shops on the high streets are closing down jobs are being lost daily and people are losing their homes. Countries are being bailed out of the economic crisis and the Euro is in danger of collapsing altogether.

Rumour has it, it is the worst around the world since the depression of the 1940's. House prices are falling at a worrying rate and many thousands of people have negative equity in their property. What a mess the banks have got us in. But why was this not detected in 2008 by the Government of the day ?


Households are tightening their belts more than ever before.

Homes in this country are bracing themselves for a bumpy ride while the Bank of England prints money to pump into the economy, known as quantitve easing. Designed to get the countries economy moving it didn't work in 2009 so why should it work now ? The only thing it did then was give the banks more money not to lend to small businesses as it was intended.

Only this week our PM was telling us to settle our debts like they are doing via the cuts to help the country get out of the mess they created ! What a cheek he has. This comes from a man who was been born into a privileged family and is a multi - millionaire. What about the man in the street who has next to nothing and has had to scrimp and save all his working life ?

Come on Mr Cameron get a grip for God's sake and see it from the point of view of the ordinary person in the street. Oh I forgot you can't do that because you have no idea what it is like out there.

Home made washing gel

How to save money

This came as a shock when I heard that some people are turning to making their own washing detergents in order not to have to pay the vastly inflated shop prices for cleaning detergents which are made by massive companies with huge advertising budgets all of which we the consumers have to pay for.

Making your own detergent can work out as cheaply as 1p a wash and all the ingredients are readily available to buy in the local shops. All you need is a bit of time and organisation.

I am hearing stories also of peole making their own pet foods as it is much cheaper to do so than buying mass produced foods. Oh and the home made stuff is better for the health of your pets.

Households are going back to the old days where more than one meal would be got from say a chicken. Chicken stock can be made from the carcass of the bird, sandwiches for lunch or a curry made from any left overs. These are hard times and households are having to be very industrious and make their household budgets stretch further than ever before.

Coke used for cleaning your toilet

Coke as a toilet descailer

Wow, do you know how cheap 2 litrs of coke can be bought for in the supermarkets...18p ! How much is toilet cleaner you may well ask. Many of the ingredients in products like cola have the same content as household cleaners. The only difference is you won't get the nice fragrance that you do with real toilet cleaner. You can,however fragrance your home with cut flowers for a start which could well come from your garden. Look for substitutes for expensive non essential items and you will be amazed at how much you can slash from your household shopping budget.

A quick search on Google will give you loads of information about making alternative household products. Why not give it a go and see how much you can save.

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  • zann17 profile image


    6 years ago from Bristol, England

    Thanks I'll try some of these

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Well it was originally made as a mouth wash! Thanks for voting and following me back. It means a lot

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    7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Great hub poshcoffeeco, these are great tips for saving money. The state of the economy certainly seems to be harsher in the UK than Canada. Saving every penny counts! Thanks for sharing - I'm off to pour some coke down my toilet now LOL. Voted up!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    GRL well they do say 'where there's muck there's money!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Useful information. We also do most things ourselves. My husband even cleans out our cesspool with a small pump he bought awhile back and it sure has been a big help as the local man who would come to do this costa an arm and a leg.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks writer20 for supporting me.

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    Joyce Haragsim 

    7 years ago from Southern Nevada

    Great useful hub thank you.


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