Dumbledore in a pot

Jess Neale

Jess NealeThrifty is a common word these days, and as my Grandma used to say… look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. True though; it’s those little things we can all do that make a real difference in the long run.

So here are some of my favourite tips and tricks to save money:


In the Kitchen

Food and drink waste can be a massive drain on the purse strings- and can cost up to £50 a month. This clever trick on using the last dregs of wine in the bottle has served me well. All you need to do is pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. So when I make my favourite lasagne recipe I just take out a couple of cubes, pop into the mince mix to add to the flavour. Job done (as Gordon would say.)



No need to pay over the odds for expensive oven cleaner. Bicarbonate of soda is like Dumbledore in a pot. So many magical uses and so cheap! Cleaning the oven is a nasty job that we all dread but fill up the bath to a shallow level with warm water, (bare with me here…) whack out the bicarbonate of soda – about a cup full, take out your oven racks and place in the bath. Let them soak for a few hours and you’re left with sparkling clean oven racks.


Beauty secret

sugar scrub We all deserve a bit of ‘me time’ and a I’ll let you in on a cheap beauty treat that is a fraction of the price of an off-the-shelf product. Sugar scrub – a little luxury to exfoliate with that leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.  This can also make a cute present in a decorated jar. All you need is:

  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • A few drops of scented massage oil if you have it.

Hopefully these thrifty tips will be of some use, and if you’ve got a tip or two you’d like to share, tweet us @myfamilyclub or comment below.