26.10.14

Life Hacks....Thrifty Tips to Keep You and Your Lifestyle well within Budget!!


Hi everyone! I was recently asked to do a post by the lovely people at Most Wanted, the online lifestyle magazine by Vouchercodes.co.uk on my favourite thrifty tips which I could share with my lovely blogger friends, I do hope you find the following useful and maybe some or all of these tips may inspire you to do the same too!

Do think to shop Winter in Summer and Autumn- whilst on charity shop trips this Summer I bagged a couple of winter jackets for just under a fiver each- a Belstaff bomber jacket was £4.95 and a trend led camel wool jacket was found for the same price, both at my local Sue Ryder. Then just this week, inspired by oversized coats on pinterest I found a black and white tweedy version by Next from my local Salvation Army for just £6.99. When the only extras to pay out on are dry cleaning then it's always worth checking out the charity shops a few months before you actually start wearing your finds- the prices tend to be really reasonable and there are definite gems to be found!




Check out your local library for new reads, old classics, your favourite actors autobiography, craft or cookery books- or some chick lit or a psychological thriller to keep you occupied on those rainy weekend afternoons. I've just recently finished reading The Long Fall by Julia Crouch, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Broken by Tamar Cohen. You can generally get up to 12 books on a library card and keep renewing them for as long as you need to all for free!

A cheap and healthy alternative to cough medicine and lozenges for a sore throat that I swear by is fresh ginger cut into bite size chunks. Chew until all the juice is released and swallow or spit out what's left, eating at regular intervals. From having a hacking cough and sore throat within 48 hours my cough disappeared and the fresh ginger root cost less than 20p from my local grocery shop!


Check out the men's sections in your local favourite high street stores for good quality wool knits at reasonable prices. As you know from my previous post I recently bought a couple of basic crew neck sweaters from H&M which came in at just under £30 for both and I know they'll be really versatile and stylish for my wardrobe!


Dig out all those faded black jeans, tees and sweatshirts that are languishing unloved at the bottom of your wardrobe and grab some machine wash velvet black dye from Dylon, available at your local supermarket or haberdashery store. You'll have next to new items in just a couple of hours that will be totally revitalised and renewed, giving you new outfit options for the coming season and those old faded favourites a new lease of life!


Before and After!


Before you get rid of those unwanted jumpers and sweaters that maybe moth eaten or too small, cut the sleeves off just above the elbows and put a small slit in the cuff for a thumb hole (optional)  to create an instant pair of fingerless wrist/arm warmers as an extra warm layer for the chilly days ahead. They look great as an extra layer over contrasting coloured sweaters or cardigans and will be keepers in your wardrobe for years to come!

I hope these have given you ideas of your own on how to get thrifty this coming season!! Have a lovely week ahead to you all!


15 comments:

Avenue 57 said...

That dye is EXACTLY what I need!

Kezzie said...

Great tips!!! I also thought of making leg warmers out of an old jumper! X

Michelle Lee said...

Superb tips Sharon!! The library tip is ace....we have a brand spanking new one an Gracie loves having a mooch around in there so we will definitely be paying it a visit over half term!! The ginger is another brilliant idea too.....such a great alternative the the pricey throat lozenges!!
The greatest thrifty tip is showing what amazing things you can pick up in the charity stores though.....I am always in awe of your finds xx

Dorothy Camper said...

The dye is a great tip! I'm just not thrifty at all I'm afraid :-( Lynne x

Shanika said...

Really good tips and ideas, especially the dye, I've got a pair of jeans in mind...

Shanika ~ shanika-says.blogspot.co.uk

Rebecca said...

I've always been "afraid" of dye....the mess, whether it will wash out and ruin other items they're washed with, etc.

I love the tip about wrist/arm warmer!

Great ideas here :)

diaryofapennypincher said...

Some fab finds again, Sharon! Totally with you on buying out of season, I'm just wearing my new (to me) winter togs from earlier in the year. I have some black dye squirrelled away (found it on ebay for a giveaway price!) might have to do the jeans and some t shirts.

Style At Every Age said...

Fab tips my darling, you really are the Queen of thrifting x

Tam Francis said...

Love all the coats. The tan one is my fave and I can see great possibilities for the military one. Very vintage and so nice to hear you recommend reading. I have mixed feeling about Gone Girl, kind of love/hate. I've got another recommendation for you if it is a bit self-serving.

I just put out a collection of vintage romantic ghost stories: Ghostoria! You might like it for your winter reading?

~ Tam Francis ~
www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com

Style Eyes said...

Love your thrifty tips and I am in constant awe of your charity shop finds. The ginger is a great idea as I always worry that sugar cough sweets will rot my teeth.

Clairejustine oxox said...

Wow, love how your jeans turned out, like brand new :)

NET-A-DRESSER said...

Love you dye idea! Trying to be helpful my other half always scoops up my clothes and sticks them in at 90 degrees..... Yes I know its nice to have a man who does the washing, BUT he doesn't really get the temp dial!! Great tip for the ginger too, always like something natural if I can! Helen xx

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Great information, all of it right on the money!
For those who use a Kindle reader or tablet ... did you know there are TONS of new and often excellent FREE books available from Amazon.com? Here's the UK addy:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/341689031/?tag=kwabu-21

Sorry I've been lax about getting by, Sharon ... I miss your face, and just wanted to stop by to say howdy!

lawyerdoll said...

Doesn't the dye rub off on your skin? I had a wool coat that had been dyed, and every time I wore it... I was a mess!

lawyerdoll said...

I'm going to try my first dying project, to hopefully salvage a stained jacket. Wish me luck!

I will have to try the ginger... is it OK after it's been frozen?

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