Have you heard that famous story about the shampoo which instructed users to “wash twice and rinse”? There was no need for hair washers to use two doses of the product each time, but by adding this simple instruction, the company in question doubled sales of their shampoo.
There are all sorts of things like this. All too often we’re using too much of the things we buy and spending more than we have to. Today your friendly mortgage brokers in Bury St Edmunds will be letting you in on a few penny-pinching secrets and revealing 8 items you can start using less of today!
1. Washing Powder
Have you seen the price of washing powder these days? It’s terrifying how much keeping your clothes clean can cost. But did you know that you actually only really need half the amount of washing powder that packets typically instruct? By consciously using just half of your regular amount, you’ll halve the money you spend on laundry detergent and come out with clothes which are just as fresh and clean. If you’re feeling particularly frugal, you can even make your own, much cheaper washing powder.
2. Fabric Softener
Just like washing powder, you really don’t need to use a full cap of softener every time you run a load. Half the amount will have just the same effect, but save you a packet in the process. In fact, you don’t have to use fabric softener at all. If you’re enjoying a lovely spell of weather, forgo softener all together and let your clothes dry outside for that lovely fresh smell and feel.
3. Washing Up Liquid
Fairy have been pushing the fact that their new formula now goes twice as far but, in reality, you can actually double that again. Save an old bottle and, when you buy a new one pour half into the empty bottle, then top both up with water and shake well before each use. Diluting your washing up liquid like this will give you just as much cleaning power and just as many bubbles, but it will make your washing up liquid go twice as far.
4. Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaning Products
For homes keen to stop spending unnecessary pennies, we strongly recommend abandoning these harsh, chemical products all together and instead switching to cheaper, greener home-made cleaning products. Here are a few (very good) recipes from Apartment Therapy.
5. Shampoo & Conditioner
There’s no need to shampoo and condition every day – and you really don’t need as much of these products as packaging claims. Take care with squeezing your dose out as bottles are often engineered to squirt out more than you need!
6. Cooking Oil
Go easy on the olive oil, groundnut oil and vegetable oil – you don’t need as much as you think. This is also good for your health! Another good trick is to save the olive oil from products like olives, sun dried tomatoes, anchovies – you name it – lots of foodstuffs come in oil and if you’re every cooking up a storm you can reuse this oil instead of throwing it away with the rest of the packaging.
Meat is an expensive commodity these days and studies show that we don’t need to eat half as much of it as we do. Forget the “meat and two veg” staple and start eating veggie a few nights a week. You’ll be surprised by the saving you make. Another good tip is to cut down the amount of meat in meaty meals like curries, lasagnes and stews. Instead, use half the amount and pad out the meal with vegetables and pulses such as squashes and lentils.
Do you have any clever frugal household tips to share with our readers? Tell The Mortgage Centre’s mortgage brokers in Bury St Edmunds about the products you use less of in your home and share your tips with our readers in the comments section below!