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    Chanceux
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    For shopping first follow Clovers advice re brand name products thenuse the “hard discounters” like Lidl, Aldi, Netto, get to know the prices of all the products that you regularly buy and buy them from the cheaper shop.

    Even with the hard discounters there are large variations, the overall price of a basket will be similar if you use only one but a lot less if bought wisely from 2 or 3, this is how they can all do publicité showing selected products to prove they are much cheaper then the others. The big chains only do this with branded products as the hard discounters are mainly unbranded or own brand, Lidl does however have more and more branded items at lower cost.

    The unbranded goods can vary from awfull to identical to the branded ones, its usually the latter, in the grand surfaces you will have a huge offering of branded and even own brands of the same item with varying qualities and prices, the hard discounters have a “one need one offering” Policy and 99% of the time their own brand products are of the highest quality.

    Frsh fruit and vegetables apart from the odd promo item I find much much cheaper in the hard discounters than the grand surfaces, people say that Leclerc is cheaper but the nearest one to me is far more.


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    If you use a lot of yoghurt or like me fromage blanc then buy a yaourtière, using sterilised milk at 59cts and one 1kg pot in 3 of bought fromage blanc brings the cost down from €1.29 per kg to 82cts, or as little as 65cts if you do a big batch but only if you are feeding a huge family.

    My machine paid for itself in a couple of months which wont be the case of buying a dishwasher instead of washing up or new electric heaters that are no more efficient than the old ones except in wecantellasmanyliesaswelike advertising.


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    @ziggymole wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    Don’t buy a house and land much larger than you need – then you’re less likely to need to mess round saving pennies.

    Not worth commenting on!

    Ziggy

    Oh go on – you know you want to!


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    Renounce your HP/HC abonnement if you only use it for hot water and the washing machine, the tarifs have changed and its no longer economic unless you have night storage heaters and the greater proportion of your consumption is HC, you pay more for the abonnement, the HC price is nowhere near as attractive as it was, you still pay all the taxes that double the cost of the units and you are penalised by having to pay more for your HP units than on a straight mono-tarif.

    Dont subsribe to a greater current than you actually need, its monet down the drain, you may still wish to heat your water and operate the washing machine at night to achieve this.


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    @clover wrote:

    I have to be very thrifty now I am alone so……..
    1.Only use the car for absolutely necessary journeys doing several things at once in the same location if possible. Get a bike and do some errands on that and get exercise at same time.
    2.Don’t go shopping every week, buy what you need to last some time when you do go – veg,fruit and salad does keep if you store it properly.Bread also freezes well if you choose something decent and not baguettes although the part cooked ones are fairly good.
    3.Turn everything off electric-wise when not in use, even those red standby buttons use power!
    4.Lidl do a very mild,sans parabens shower liquid soap that is for shampooing as well and not expensive, saves on expensive brand name shampoos that don’t give any different results at end of the day.5.
    5.Get a dishwasher, you would be amazed at how much water you save from not doing it by hand but you need plenty of crockery for a few days until you have filled the machine up.However I do not use the eco programme as that takes 3hours to do whereas a 1hour intensive wash uses less power.
    6.Don’t buy brand names, own brands are the same but the eco brands are not ALWAYS good, depends on what you choose.
    7.The obvious “grow your own veggies and fruit”,but for me it does not pay as I end up with far too much and I hate frozen veg, a couple or family however will benefit far more.
    8.Buy decent shoes that cost a few bob but will far outlast any cheap ones and be better for your feet.
    9.Visit Decathlon for end of serie reductions, you can get some really good stuff – I got a heavy waterproof full length,fleece lined coat with hood for €30 the other year.
    10.Use up your scraps or left overs and invent some great meals regardless of what tradition or etiquette dictates.
    11.Update any electric heating for new energy saving thermostatic radiators and change your windows if not double-glazed, plus install a good insulation in your roof.
    12.Collect firewood when you find some out and about and cut,store and dry for a year or so.
    13.Cut down on washing machine usage and only wash when youhave a machine full and half the time you do not need as much detergent as you think either.

    I could mention lots of other things but living alone is not the same as a couple or family in that for example keeping chickens would not be economic for me when I can get 10eggs for €0,99 in SU as against the cost of feed etc.

    I don’t think double glazing’s money saving unless you get lots of grants to pay towards it or you can DIY.

    I’ve been quoted between £6k and £8K to replace the front door and half the windows in our smallish house when our total heating costs are around £1k. Given that you’re still going to be using some heating, costs are unlikely to be repaid before the windows need replacing again.

    (Sorry, all figures should be euros :oops: )


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    @chancer wrote:

    Renounce your HP/HC abonnement if you only use it for hot water and the washing machine, the tarifs have changed and its no longer economic unless you have night storage heaters and the greater proportion of your consumption is HC, you pay more for the abonnement, the HC price is nowhere near as attractive as it was, you still pay all the taxes that double the cost of the units and you are penalised by having to pay more for your HP units than on a straight mono-tarif.

    Dont subsribe to a greater current than you actually need, its monet down the drain, you may still wish to heat your water and operate the washing machine at night to achieve this.

    I think you need to add dishwasher, tumble dryer and night time air conditioning to that if you use them.


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    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.


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    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    or you can always get a job or start a business :D


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    @mysty2 wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    or you can always get a job or start a business :D

    Why would you want to do that if you already have a decent income?

    ETA

    And why only add that dig to my post rather than everybody else’s money saving ideas?


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    Clover’s point – cut down on the number of times you go shopping.
    Also use cash instead of cards or cheques whenever possible.
    Keeping chickens for eggs and meat – we don’t find that this saves money.


    Tricia

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    @kathyc wrote:

    @mysty2 wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    or you can always get a job or start a business :D

    Why would you want to do that if you already have a decent income?

    ETA

    And why only add that dig to my post rather than everybody else’s money saving ideas?

    The only dig there is in your head. :idea:


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    Cards or cheques dont cost you any more money than cash unless I have missed something.

    I go shopping far more times now than I used to as I only buy fresh, it cuts down on waste but I no longer use the car for shopping, I go by bike with either panniers or a trailer if necessary.

    Car only gets filled up once every 6 weeks or more and the reduced mileage gets me cheaper car insurance.


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    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    Not into stoning KathyC, but unless you’re buying things such as tea, biscuits etc. I can’t make that work. Maybe when the pound and euro were virtually one for one, then there were savings to be made, but now I find there aren’t any savings. Believe me I look and if I thought it would save me money then I would do it. I do stock up on one or two things that are definitely more expensive here when I go back, but not for every day stuff. What products do you find cheaper KathyC. I’m not disagreeing with you as if I can find them I might do it myself :D


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    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    Buying food from the UK could be classed as a luxury, if you really need to cut back here buying food from the UK will not save you anything. You can eat cheaply here if you just go for the basics.


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    My list mostly agrees with the “pro Lidl buy own brands” comments. Also I’m on the low end tariff on the electricity. I occasionally forget and try to run the microwave and washing machine at the same time and blow the breaker but its easy enough to reset. I drive a 15-year old “low tech” van that I can fix myself, no matter what goes wrong. Learning to love rust until I have to cut out the panels and rebuild it. Most of my clothes are from ebay or charity shops but as I am not a social climber I couldn’t care a fig what people think. Growing my own is a bit of a disaster, getting less and less every year for more and more effort. I think generally I spend more on manure and stuff to improve my chances than the value of what I actually harvest. Seriously thinking of giving that particular source of backache a miss.
    I buy almost everything I can on ebay, etc. when it is economical with postage, or have it sent free to a friend in Uk to fetch over once a year. Not food items apart from tea and curry spices.


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