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What cuts have you made?

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66Mustang
66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,920 Disability Gamechanger
edited March 15 in Coffee lounge
I know a bit of a negative thread but it might give others some ideas.

What cuts have you made to your spending to save money due to the current economic situation?

The main cut we have made as a family is going from 2 cars down to 1 as the person in my family who works now has a work van so no longer needs a car to commute in.

We are also buying more own brand products.

Finally I have cut my alcohol consumption though this is more for health reasons than financial but the money saving is welcome.
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,088 Disability Gamechanger
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    Cut down on takeaways and eating out, cut down on train travel as we don't need to go and see family, they can come and see us.
    We have a smart meter for electricity (no mains gas) and it's amazing how it makes you think twice, as an example the tumble dryer eats ectric so we when we can dry out side.
    If we go to tesco its a taxi each way so monthly cost about £50 we now pay £8 a month for "delivery saver" so thats saved us £10 a week and we buy far less online than we did inshore.

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  • life
    life Community member Posts: 527 Pioneering
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    Disposable vapes. Was buying one every day. Takeaways next starting tomorrow 🤣
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    I've cut down on takeaways too, including takeaway food and coffees. My takeaway food habit was getting the better of me, but I've managed to get it more under control now!

    I've also cut down on my transport costs a bit, which is mainly a happy coincidence. My partner now lives closer to me, so I don't have to get a train and a bus each way any more when visiting. 

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  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2022
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    I’ve cut down on driving out, which is a nuisance but necessary, not that we went out that much anyway, perhaps once a week or so. Also using cold water for washing at the moment to save on gas and using only one small light in the evening. I also watched iplayer film last night which saved a bit not having the tv on. Im also resisting buying ice cream for deserts at the moment. These things all add up. 😏

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
    ― Dalai Lama XIV

  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,477 Disability Gamechanger
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    I don't buy as many take aways, I keep turning plugs off that are not in use. Food deliveries are cheaper for me as I'd pay 2.40 in a bus then 6 pound in a taxi 8.40 to go shopping, I can get a delivery for 2.50 3.00. So cheaper to order on line. Plus with that I don't have to carry the heavy stuff. I try to make what I have in last longer. I've got two bills I need sort out as contracts have run out, so I'm hoping to get them  down 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,951 Disability Gamechanger
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    life said:
    Disposable vapes. Was buying one every day.
    As a vape user myself, those disposable vapes are very expensive, i don't know how people afford to use them. Much cheaper to buy a vape, along with the juice bottles and coils. Changing those coils is very easy, especially those pre made ones.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,951 Disability Gamechanger
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    Less coffee when going out. Not because i can't afford it but because for some odd reason i seem to have gone off coffee. Maybe it's the very hot weather lately. I'm not moaning though because i'm saving a fortune lol.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Were being more conscious about lights being left on - more so of an evening.
    Also i don't put the washing machine on unless i've got a fun load.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm being more strict with toby spending money 

    He gets £15 a week paid onto his go Henry card but I would end up giving him about another £30 a week to buy stuff while out eg drinks food 

    Now don't give him extra he has to use his spending money and not go buying himself pizza when I have paid for food in house 

    Trying to teach him how to manage his money more and not come to bank of mum 

    I do still buy him treats eg clothes etc 
  • life
    life Community member Posts: 527 Pioneering
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    @poppy123456 I have the vape with all the coils and juices stocked up Its just that i got into disposable vapes. I've stopped all nicotine at the moment been 2 weeks see how long I can go without. £5-8 disposable vapes so expensive indeed. All adds up 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,477 Disability Gamechanger
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    While I was out today I thought of buying a sub way to take home, it would of been about just short of 7 pound for 6inch with drink. Instead I've bought salad stuff, that will last about 4 days for half the cost.

  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    I just bought a box of cornflakes 21 servings for £2.99, instead of buying the same make for £2 for 16 servings, having worked it out I’ve done myself out of 21p! Just shows you how careful you have to be 🤣

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
    ― Dalai Lama XIV

  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    leeCal said:
    I just bought a box of cornflakes 21 servings for £2.99, instead of buying the same make for £2 for 16 servings, having worked it out I’ve done myself out of 21p! Just shows you how careful you have to be 🤣
    That`s a common supermarket tactic; they rely on people not actually working out the maths but going for the one that looks better value (I`m sure it was in an online paper over the last couple or 3 weeks). I do the maths in those situations; most of the time it`s mental maths but sometimes I need to sneek my phone out and use the calculator.

  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you look at the ticket on the shelf it gives the unit/serving price so you shouldn't have to work it out usually under the item price @leeCal @Cartini
  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    janer1967 said:
    If you look at the ticket on the shelf it gives the unit/serving price so you shouldn't have to work it out usually under the item price @leeCal @Cartini
    It doesn`t always work that way @janer1967 ; if they have "4 for 3" (for example) offers along side the same product but in different volumes, it`s worth taking time to compare the items.
    As an example, I`m enjoying Desperados at the moment (Tequila flavoured beer).  There are 3 different offerings of which one is a 4 for 3, but the tag below shows the price per litre if bought out of the offer (if that made sense).  It makes it p/ltr comparible with a box of 12 smaller sized bottles.
    I can`t say which supermarket it is, in case I`m told off ;) for advertising, but it starts and ends in the letter "A" ;)
    This time last year I would have chuckled at the thought of working it out so precisely; unfortunately our hands are now tied so much that it has to be the norm.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,477 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yeah I've seen loads of these better deals in supermarkets which if you look closer they are not. I can't think now off hand of an example. Will come back to me. On the whole @leecal if u have smaller portion you can make it last more servings lol. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,951 Disability Gamechanger
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    life said:
    @poppy123456 I have the vape with all the coils and juices stocked up Its just that i got into disposable vapes. I've stopped all nicotine at the moment been 2 weeks see how long I can go without. £5-8 disposable vapes so expensive indeed. All adds up 

    I had heard that once you start on those disposable vapes it's hard to change or go back to the other vapes. For those that are wanting to give up smoking they are good but also expensive and it would be very easy to use 2 per day. I have no idea how much cigarettes are these days (gave up 2.5 years ago)
    Using the nic shot juices is a cheaper way than the disposables.
    I add the nic shots myself to my juice to make it 3mg strength, which i get free with my juice.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Karen7788
    Karen7788 Scope Member Posts: 598 Pioneering
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    I had to reduce my working hours because of my health, so that has had an impact on our budget. I’m cooking from scratch more as it saves money and it’s generally tastier. Before I reduced my hours at work we did transfer more into our savings account so that we have more of a back up. We was going to decorate the house this year but that’s been put on hold. We have an egg timer in the shower and I have saved on lunches with only working part time. Having family picnics has been great instead of going out for a family meal, or we take turns in eating at each other’s houses for get togethers. 
  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
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    I’m tight enough as it is, not because I have to scrimp and save but because I generally like to. I do live a cheap lifestyle and I know I’ve posted before saying I go on holiday often but I don’t buy new clothes for it, find the cheapest mode of transport when I’m there and go to the cheap local restaurants. In the UK I don’t really have much to spend on because I’ll only buy new clothes and shoes twice a year at most and I spend most of my time on my iPad and laptop both of which I have had for a long while now. 

    I buy own brand food (to an extent) other than things like Heinz Ketchup and Beans because I simply can’t part with them haha. The only other treat I’ll buy myself is a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (my favourite bar) possibly twice a week but I drink mainly water so that’s technically free too taking away the cost of my water bill. 

    If things got exceptionally tough my TV package would be the first thing to go and I’d just keep the WiFi. I don’t watch too much TV anyway other than the PL so I am thinking of cancelling it and buying myself the new iPad Pro or MacBook when it’s released instead since I’d make daily full use of that. I only have a Sim Only deal from EE which costs me £7 a month for 150GB which is great value.
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,778 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm lucky enough not to need to cut down yet...(but that will change if I lose the PIP award).  I do live a frugal lifestyle anyway though.  Don't smoke or drink.  Can't drive now.  Don't have any subscriptions.  Don't use a phone.  Don't like food so just buy the bare minimum.  And have to rely on someone else doing my shopping now so there are never any impulse extra's!

    I did try to cut down on electric by only charging the laptop & phone on cheap rate, and only hoovering on cheap rate...but that's made no noticeable difference to the bill.  Immersion water heating is my main electric user which far exceeds those!

    Did change broadband provider a few months ago, saved a small amount doing that once the contract ended, but I would've done it regardless of the current financial situation.
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