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The Mythbuster’s Guide to Saving Money on Energy Bills

Once you get past the beginner-level energy-saving stuff, a whole new world of thrifty nerdery opens up. Here are some secrets to copping a load of money off your utilities bills. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty0 September 5, 2018

guest bedroom makeover

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Decorating a 1950s bedroom on a budget

This guest bedroom was so unwelcoming. Take a look at my mid-century makeover: from bargain G-Plan right down to the wallpaper and bedspread. All on a budget! Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 October 21, 2017

diy christmas gift bag supplies

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Make a gift bag from an old T-shirt

Even if you are a reluctant seamster or seamstress, you can turn a T-shirt sleeve into a small gift bag in less than 10 minutes. If you are wrapping homemade gifts such as jams, preserves or other sweet treats in jars, a sleeve-sized gift bag is a perfect fit. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 December 22, 2015

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Water, water-saving freebies everywhere

It is a simple fact: when you save water, you save money. So take advantage of the water-saving freebies currently being offered by utilities companies. Everyone’s a winner! Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 June 11, 2014

make candles last longer

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HOW TO: make your candles last longer

I promised some tips for making your candles last longer, and here they are. You will need: nail clippers, a ruler, a stick of dry spaghetti and an eye on the clock. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 April 13, 2014

save money on diptyque candles

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Love Diptyque candles? Try the thrifty version….

A decade after Diptyque came into vogue, I am still agog that people will pay £40 for a chuffing candle. Here is my thrifty alternative: just £6 a pop. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty3 April 1, 2014

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Five thrifty uses for a potato

Here are five money-saving uses for a potato. These are tips I have tried and tested. They don’t include making vodka. I wouldn’t want to blind you. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty10 January 8, 2014

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Five more ways to save money on energy bills.

I popped up on ITV Tonight, sharing ideas for saving money on energy bills. Every year, I read the same tips. So if you have been there & done that, here are some fresh ideas. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty11 November 13, 2013

lean processing cleaning

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TUESDAY TEASER: is your life lean-processed?

Lean processing is a manufacturing practice, which aims to improve efficiency and profitability through the elimination of waste. Wasted movement, wasted effort, wasted output, wasted time and so on. I use it to keep my house clean – with minimal time & effort. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 September 17, 2013

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How to make a fruit fly trap

If you have an empty jar or bottle to hand, you can make a fruit fly trap in less than two minutes. I made two fruit fly traps today, after noticing a few of the little oiks bobbing around the … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 September 8, 2013

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Recycled paint: looks great & it’s cheaper than Dulux!

Cut-price deals on paint can be hard to find. The DIY stores do occasional offers, but they are rarely anything to write home about. The economy-brand paints are so thin and watery, you need to pile on the coats – which rather ruins the point, doesn’t it? It also annoys me that paint is so hard to recycle. Help is at hand in the shape of Newlife Paints, a company founded by a master chemist in Sussex. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 July 25, 2013


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Extra Cash: Turn Your Loft Space Into Side Income

Do you have some spare space in your home? A boxroom? An empty corner of the attic, perhaps? Or is there empty space in the basement, or a nook in the garage? Here’s a great way to turn it into … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 April 3, 2013

homemade leather food

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Make Your Own Leather Food

Homemade leather food was one of the first posts I ever published on Miss Thrifty, nearly five years ago (yikes) when readers were still in single digits. Homemade leather food takes seconds to make, saves lots of pounds and I … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty10 January 31, 2013

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How to Keep Your Rugs Looking Swell

I recently threw out one of our living room rugs. I’d taken to sponge-cleaning it weekly, by hand, and it still looked horrible. The baby sick, the pureed food hurled from the high chair with reckless abandon, the general wear … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty3 January 8, 2013

EDF free loft insulation

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Free loft insulation and free cavity wall insulation – all the suppliers listed here

Earlier this year I wrote about how EDF came and insulated our loft for free, saving us up to £175 a year on our energy bills, after I filled out a form on the energy company’s website: “Ever the cynic, … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 October 28, 2012

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Cath Kidston Wallpaper – The Thrifty Version

Three years ago, I posted about the thrifty versions of popular Cath Kidston wallpaper designs, available from Focus DIY and Wallpaper Direct. Since then, the world has moved on. Focus DIY doesn’t even exist anymore. However that original post still gets … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 September 25, 2012