How about when redecorating and you re interrupted because you have to pick up kids from party - cover the painty stuff in clingfilm - saves cleaning them and then you can continenwhen you get home.
Scrounge paint from others - everyone has bits left over - particularly White and then you can be arty-farty and paint odd Walls or squares etc with colour.
If your responsible for preset giving - buy all year
round and put away. Useful to have a swap box for children who get given things they already have. Last year my daughter got sooo much we put some of it away to come out at 3 month intervals - she has just openned her last smelly set fro. Christmas and it's her bday next month!!
Also really sad but reuse wrapping paper - you can iron the good stuff....
And guys we really like nicely wrapped things - but can tell if the shops done it!! And then the present content doesn't matter. (asmuch )
as to renting - I own the FMH in one area and rent that out as can't sell and rent in another - recommend it!! But need to watch the capital gIns position
Does that mean I didn't need to wash and iron the sheets? After all, they were new last year. Thanks Pixy for enhancing my education (re: Q Crisp).
Back to the initial thread (sorry about the digression Marshy)...
Clingfilm - agree brilliant for wrapping paint brushes. Thanks Mrs I for that.
Slow Cooker - great for one pot meals, then freeze part so you're not eating the same thing for half the week.
Subscriptions - get rid of them. Even internet is accessible on PAYG, albeit subject to signal strength.
Lists - totally agree these are important, but not just for food. List what you want or think you need in the house, then keep your eyes open for good deals, if buying new Argos Clearance is worth checking.
If you are lucky enough to be asked what you want for Christmas, do ask for things that you need. People that care about you will be happy to give something that will enhance your life.
Spend money on things that matter - a decent vacuum for the skirting boards and a decent iron for the sheets can make these tasks so much easier, saving your energy for other things. Sounds like the occassional, well wrapped gift purchase is also in order. Where did I go wrong?
There are some really good tips on this thread. I would add (seriously this time) that sheets don't need ironing. In fact if you hanag things out carefully and then fold them carefully, very little does actually need ironing. Save energy (your own and the electrical kind) by looking for ways of doing things differently.