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Do you have any irrational economies?

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Greatnan Fri 02-Dec-11 16:42:16

I used to have a gas cooker that had to be lit with a match,and I used to save the spent match to light one burner from another. Eventually, I realised how daft it was and bought a petrol wand ( I have never been able to use a cigarette lighter)

My latest economy is perhaps not so silly, as it is saving water (not that we are short of it round here!) My toilet broke, and while I was waiting for the plumber I had to use a bucket to flush. Next day, when the toilet was repaired, I looked at my full bath and thought .......hm, no point in wasting that. Now, I use it to wash my previous day's clothes, as I have no machine, and then to flush the toilet. My water is metered, so it probably is saving me a tiny amount of cash, but it mainly makes me feel good thatI am not wasting a resource that is so scarce in some parts of the world.

shysal Fri 02-Dec-11 17:14:33

Yes, I am really mean with kitchen roll. I rarely use a whole piece, usually tearing it in half. A roll lasts for months. blush On the other hand I am quite wasteful when it comes to loo roll, use it for all sorts of things!hmm

greenmossgiel Fri 02-Dec-11 17:18:21

I put the last bit of soap onto the new one....blush

gracesmum Fri 02-Dec-11 17:22:18

DH doesn't flush the loo at night on the "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down" to save water.
I refuse to share a bathroom with him.I wonder why?
I always fill the washing up liquid bottle with water to use the last drops - but that is common sensewink

Annika Fri 02-Dec-11 17:22:45

Greatnan I used to do that with the matches what a silly idea that was
I do not turn on the light when I need to go up or downstairs.
I now walk up and down them in the semi dark using the light from the sitting room. I tell myself that I am saving electricty but as DH has told me the small amount I save will not make up for it when I fall downstairs and break my leg ! confused

Butternut Fri 02-Dec-11 18:00:05

Using up left-overs in the fridge and quite a few other completely rational economies, too. It pleases me. smile

jingl Fri 02-Dec-11 18:04:40

I use those foam cleaning cloths with a scrim, sort of woven in, for washing up. I always cut them in half first. Question: is it more economical to boil them up when they get a bit murky (mostly tea stains (DH's doing)) or throw it away and start on the other half? (I have to use bio wash powder in the boiling water)

Ariadne Fri 02-Dec-11 18:04:51

Knickers! I cannot bear to spend a fortune on them.

Annika Fri 02-Dec-11 19:04:15

Water down the washing up liquid is that saving money ? I do it, and when there is only a small amount left in the bottle I stand it on its head

gracesmum Fri 02-Dec-11 19:12:06

Are you saying you don't wear them Ariadne?
I also like making (just edible) meals out of things from the freezer often bought as a BOGOF - now those rarely save any money

raggygranny Fri 02-Dec-11 19:16:04

I cut Brillo pads in half - a whole one is rarely needed and once they are wet they tend to go rusty (so perhaps not irrational?). I used to do the matches saving thing too, until I got a hob with ignition.

nanachrissy Fri 02-Dec-11 20:12:06

I water down the washing up liquid too, as I find it much too frothy, and I also water down the liquid for my washing machine.
Then I spend the money I've saved on something nice for me to use in the shower! wink

Oxon70 Fri 02-Dec-11 20:32:45

I miss the value washing up liquid that was thin, from Tesco - it was cheap and I didn't have to water it! I use half brillo pads too. Makes sense.

I now use half the soap powder in the washing machine that I used to use - since I read online from Ruth Goodwin that since she was in the Victorian Farm she doesn't use it...I can't quite do that, but I do find the clothes come out just as clean. The packet of soap lasts for ages, too.

And - a tip for next year possibly, since they are saying today that there may be a water shortage. (A habit I kept from the last draught!)
- I measured how much water I had to run from the hot tap before it came hot, and it was about two litres....so now I run it into a jug and use it to water the house plants.

gracesmum Fri 02-Dec-11 21:05:40

That is a good one Oxon70 . Modern houses don't lend themselves to water saving the way older ones do/did. Our last 2 houses were old with down pipes/kitchen wastes that went into an open drain with a grille so you culd "catch" bath water etc to re use in the garden and my Mum always used to use the washing up water on the roses - swore by it for dealing with greenfly.

jingl Fri 02-Dec-11 22:15:24

Oh! Nobody's answered my question yet!

You don't really read these do you!

Is no-one any good at physics?

Maniac Fri 02-Dec-11 22:46:42

It's quicker and more effective to clean washcloths by
microwaving in a bowl of water (with spash of eco liquid and cover lightly)

irrationally I collect up unused paper napkins after a meal out.and keep in polythene bag for wiping greasy pans,surfaces etc,

jingl Sat 03-Dec-11 11:30:12

Thank you Maniac. Off to do that now, Will be much cheaper than boiling on stove. smile

Ariadne Sat 03-Dec-11 13:26:18

Oh, I do wear knickers, Gracesmum! It's just that I can't bear to spend a fortune on them, so it's M&S or - now, Sainsburys!

I do have a couple of little frilly numbers lurking in the knicker drawer, but I mean "little". Oh no....

Annobel Sat 03-Dec-11 14:20:40

I don't think that is an 'irrational' economy, Ariadne! Makes perfect sense to me and I got some really nice ones in Sainsbury's last summer. I buy socks from the children's department in M&S - the biggest size of boys' socks, all the same colour, in a pack of five pairs, so there are always matching socks available.

Charlotta Sat 03-Dec-11 15:27:08

I economise and think my economies are rational - using up left over food etc. What irritates me are the economies that other people make. I have a well off neighbour who has had 2 flats and a house left to them in the last five years. All that rent coming in, but when I visit her, she has old blankets covering up her sofa and easy chairs and they don't have a dog. I don't see the sense in that and then there is the queueing up for petrol- a penny cheaper, to save 50P by people who have large cars which cost so much more to run, that a few pounds woudn't make any difference. Then they cruise round town just because they don't want to pay to park.

Heh! I always buy my knickers at M&S, have done since I started buying my own clothes. Have I missed something?

jingl Sat 03-Dec-11 15:34:54

No Charlotta, you're not. M & S ones are the only ones that fit properly.

jingl Sat 03-Dec-11 15:37:09

And they last for several years!

glammanana Sat 03-Dec-11 16:08:00

I miss Ethel Austin cotton double gussett smile

jingl Sat 03-Dec-11 16:25:01

They went bust didn't they, Glamm?

The company, not the knickies.

yogagran Sat 03-Dec-11 20:11:25

jingl grin that made me laugh

kittylester Sat 03-Dec-11 20:46:02

jingl that made me laugh too!

I have a friend who goes from supermarket to supermarket buy the cheapest items in each - must cost twice as much in petrol as she saves!

grannyactivist Sun 04-Dec-11 00:50:11

According to my husband all of our economies are rational. But then he did warn me before we married that his motto in life was, 'Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without'. confused

riclorian Sun 04-Dec-11 11:15:57

My Grandmother ( who was well off ) would buy a new carpet and promptly put the old one on top !!!! I also waste a lot of water waiting for the hot to come through to the kitchen and DH has decided that it is cheaper , as we are on a meter , to fill and use the kettle .Another economy of mine is to save inner bags of cereal boxes , they come in very handy for storing food in fridge and freezer as they are water proof . What an interesting thread , please keep ideas coming as we all need to economise at the moment .

Elegran Sun 04-Dec-11 11:22:23

riclorian and then the new carpet wore out twice as fast because of the uneven underlay ......

Greatnan Sun 04-Dec-11 18:47:13

My mother worked with a woman who spent money on hardly anything other than the basic necessities. She said she was saving for her retirement, when she would have all the holidays she wanted. She died at 60 and her widower remarried a much younger woman who had a whale of a time spending the cash. Carpe Diem.

Ariadne Sun 04-Dec-11 21:28:07

Carpe diem indeed! Greatnan, are you not about to leave? Will miss you, but enjoy every minute.

Seventimesfive Sun 04-Dec-11 22:45:41

jingl etc. George at Asda do surprisingly good knickers and much cheaper than M&S!

glassortwo Mon 05-Dec-11 00:01:57

Asda no VPL knockers at great and only £2.50 a pair.

glassortwo Mon 05-Dec-11 00:03:08

hmm knickers

grannyactivist Mon 05-Dec-11 00:07:06

Asda no VPL knockers at great and only £2.50 a pair.????
glass have you been at the wine?

Ariadne Mon 05-Dec-11 03:56:32

Wow! There's a 24 hour Asda just down the road. Will they notice my fleece dressing gone and dainty sheepskin booties? Could with a new pair. grin

shysal Mon 05-Dec-11 09:18:21

At my local Asda I saw a lady in dressing gown and slippers last week (11 a.m.). I have seen this closer to the city, but it's a first in my village! I would not have the nerve.shock

greenmossgiel Mon 05-Dec-11 09:24:15

Me neither, shysal, especially with my dressing gown in the state that it is......blushshockgrin