I'm not prepared to scrimp or go to extremes ( cant believe people do stuff like boiling up soap scraps) however, like everyone, I'm keen on making the pension stretch. I subscribe to money-saving sites and have saved lots of money using Quidco - I just have to try to remember to log in there before buying on-line. Does anyone have any tips to share?
Planning meals for a week ahead and having a shopping list keeps you from buying a lot of stuff on impulse which will not be used. On the other hand, you have to be flexible enough to take advantage of whatever is the best value on the day.
Sometimes there are incredible bargains in the "short-dated, must be used today" shelves. Late on New Years Eve I found that Tesco had stacks of things that they wanted rid of before they closed for the holiday - eight salmon steaks for 99p, originally over £12 for example, individually packed in plastic so they froze well and could be used as needed.
Do you sometimes feel you are ripped off? Does it make your blood boil? Parking charges are the Bee in my Bonnet today - I've just paid £9 for 3 hours. That equates to £72 a day, £500 a week, over £2000 a month - I could rent a very nice place for that!
We are in the wrong business - if we could acquire a little patch of city land and charge people to park there, we could be making £2000 a month per car. Subtract the wages of someone employed to collect the money and we would still be in pocket.