Most people like a bargain, but some people are willing to go further than others in the pursuit of cost-cutting and have confessed to their stingiest habits in a very revealing thread on cost-saving methods. ‘cheeky’ money.
Mumsnet users from across the UK have taken to the forum to share their tips after a wife revealed her husband regularly reuses unstamped postage stamps.
While many people shared their thrifty tricks such as turning old Christmas cards into gift tags and buying seasonal items at a discount, others raised eyebrows with rather more outrageous methods, such as asking cafes for l hot water in a flask to avoid boiling their own kettle.
Others have admitted to using other people’s electricity and WiFi for their gadgets, while one woman has sparked outrage by confessing that she washes her face mask while taking a bath for the purpose to save water.
And one woman admitted she goes to bed earlier than her husband just so she can turn off the heating, while another tugs the wool over her son’s eyes as he dries the towel he put in the laundry basket and putting it back in his closet.
Mumsnet users across the UK have shared the ‘cheeky things’ they do to save money without making major changes to their daily lives (file image)
The discussion began after a woman revealed that her husband regularly reused postage stamps which arrived unmarked
The woman who started the chat asked forum members to share the little things they do to save money that could be considered ‘cheeky’, sharing that her husband regularly reuses stamps.
“His enthusiasm when an envelope arrives and the stamp is unmarked is a wonder to behold,” she explained.
“Postage is the enemy. What cheeky things do you do to save the pennies? »
People were quick to share their tips, with one woman causing a stir by admitting she takes an empty thermos mug with instant coffee in the bottom with her on family outings.
From washing face masks in the bath to boiling water in a cafe instead of using the kettle, users were quick to share their unorthodox money-saving tricks. ‘money.
“I just ask a nearby cafe to fill it with hot water, which they normally do obligingly. I also take a tea bag and do the same later in the day.’
Users were baffled as to why she didn’t just make a coffee at home to take with her, until someone explained, “She saves money by not boiling his own kettle.”
People were also angry at a woman’s hack to save on soap and water, when she admitted, “I wash face masks in the bath with me once a week,”
She added: “My doormat is free newspapers. Change them every week or every two weeks.
A motorist who has a slow puncture and needs to inflate his tire every six weeks has admitted waiting for the previous person to finish at the garage and then using the end of his time rather than paying £1 for another slot.
A mother pulls the wool over her son’s eyes as she dries his used towel and puts it back in his wardrobe, while others watch out for fallen pieces in shops and arcades
One commenter claimed he had managed to save money by not using his own electricity to charge gadgets, writing: ‘I charge my phone/iPad at work, that must save a pound or two a year “. I also download movies/TV series on the free public Wi-Fi at work to save data.’
Similarly, a commenter shared the story of a friend’s partner who always charges his devices at someone else’s home, as well as using his wifi code.
Sharing some of his other methods, she wrote: He stuffs himself at parties, brings cheap stuff, then drinks the expensive stuff. He takes the leftovers home and freezes them.
“He walks into the charity shop and takes whatever he can use or sell. He gets up early on weekends and checks around ATMs to see if any drunk revelers have dropped money or left it in the ATMs.
It was a popular hack with a few people who admitted to watching out for change left in supermarket trolleys or collecting prize tickets from the floor in seaside arcades.
Others had tricks to share inspired by previous generations, with one revealing a pantyhose hack she learned from her mother.
“When you have a ladder in one leg of your pantyhose, you cut it off, throw it away, and keep the rest to one leg.
“When you have two ‘pairs’ of one-leg tights, you wear them together, i.e. the two good legs.”
Several people admitted to storing sachets of salt, pepper and condiments as well as fast food napkins.
Others admitted to taking napkins and condiments to go, as well as finding ways to share books and movies with friends and relatives.