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Money saving tips: Man shares one simple trick to save cash

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Money expert Jane Berry has been sharing her grandparents’ frugal living tips and has written a new book Extreme Frugality: Save Money Like Your Grandma. Her tips could help the younger generation navigate their way through the cost of living crisis.

As the nation cuts back on spending to counteract rising prices, people have been sharing the things they are doing to save money.

Making small changes to daily habits and following what older generations did 50 or more years ago can lead to big savings.

Jane Berry runs a blog called Shoestring Cottage and has just published her book with money-saving tips from the older generation.

She told Express.co.uk: “The crux of my book, Extreme Frugality: Save Money Like Your Grandma, is that we can learn a lot about moneysaving from previous generations.”

The money blogger said Britons have been living through a period of financial stability and relative wealth for the past 30 or 40 years.

She explained: “We take our good fortune for granted, and the current hit to the economy will be a shock for many.

“But by exploring the creativity and frugal habits of the WW2 generation, we can learn to cut back, prevent waste and make do and mend.”

Jane’s grandparents were the generation who survived the Second World War.

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She added: “They only had a small garden, but my grandad always had a greenhouse and a vegetable garden.

“He grew tomatoes, lettuces, carrots, potatoes, cabbages and more.

My old nan never bought a ready meal in her life, and certainly didn’t eat junk food.

“Everything was cooked from scratch and it was simple, unfussy food.”

Jane reminisced to the time when she used to visit her grandparents when she was a child.

She said: “When we visited, we would always have meat and two veg for lunch and a tea of tinned salmon or ham, bread and salad.

“They are old enough to remember rationing and were really skint in the seventies when I was a child – along with most of the country!

“As a result, I grew up to appreciate the value of things and knew that nothing could be wasted.”

Jane’s best old-fashioned money tips are:

“Don’t waste food. According to WRAP, UK households on average pay for £420 of food every year that could have been eaten but instead is thrown away. Approx annual saving £420.
“Plant a vegetable patch. Even if you only have a windowsill, grow some fresh herbs. The more you grow, the more money you save. Approx annual saving £600.

“Line-dry your laundry whenever possible. If your tumble dryer costs around £1.80 per cycle and you use it twice a week. Approx annual saving £216.

“Make your own cleaning products from vinegar, soda crystals and bicarbonate of soda. The Dri-pak website is a mine of useful information about using these items. Approx annual saving £60.

“Learn to upcycle furniture you already own, rather than buying new. For the price of a few cans of paint I transformed our bedroom furniture. I spent about £60, when new items could have cost upwards of £450. Approx annual saving £390.

“Ditch disposable items for reusable versions. For example, I cut up a few old towels to use instead of kitchen roll. I used to buy two rolls of kitchen towels a month for around £2.50, but now I buy zero! Approx annual saving £30.”

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