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    thomas16
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    Location: 16/87 border
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    Don’t buy logs, collect your own! I’ve just been up the big hill in the car to the communal forest to take the lurcher for a run, but whilst he was running, I gathered up a boot load of wood, mostly fallen oak, birch and chestnut for DH to saw up some time (gosh, he’ll be such a happy bunny). It’s been lying on the ground for ages, so I’m pretty sure our Maire won’t mind ;-)

    I’ll go again later this week for another load and take the trailer…

    PS Most wood belongs to someone….


    • This reply was modified 16 Sep 2014 16:41 by  thomas16.
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    humptydingo
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    Location: Darnac 87
    Total posts: 41

    If you want to buy something on the internet, surf around for free delivery – Darty is very competitive and delivery is free. Beware Amazon delivery charges can be very excessive – (reasonable price for goods but high delivery charge) Most products can be found on UK websites at far cheaper prices than those in France. These days a lot of companies will deliver to France – if they say they only deliver in UK, give them a call and often they will make an exception (depends on the size and weight of product of course)


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    cjj61
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    Joined: 02 Jun 2014
    Location: 03 Allier - Chantelle/Charroux
    Total posts: 14

    Ask around for jobs you can’t do. I had a quote to fix my roof of 4000€ major job. Spoke to a friends daughter and old school buddy she’s kept in touch with, just replaced the worst tiles and cleared guttering for less than 10% of original verbal quote. Happy to employ him again.


    Caz

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    Hendrixfans
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    Joined: 01 Mar 2012
    Location: 16 Charente
    Total posts: 1018

    Cut your bread/toast in half before spreading anything on it and you’re likely to use less.


    #1572907
    Spotty
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    Joined: 02 Mar 2009
    Location: Spottyville sur Hoegaarden & 85 because the UK is a dump !
    Total posts: 5829

    Buy 5 litres of -20C screenwash, add 5 litres of water & you have 10 litres of -10C screenwash !

    Spotty


    Je suis Spotty - FSM, he boiled for our sins !

    #1573188
    gplux
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    Location: La Nartelle (83) and Luxembourg
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    Hello all,
    This thrifty tip requires a smart phone or tablet. Yes I know not very thrifty, but bare with me.
    Earlier in this thread there was mention of water, gas and electricity consumption. What was not too surprising was so many of us don’t really know much about our consumption of these things.
    I have 6 weeks ago downloaded to my Samsung Galaxy note 2 Android phone a free app that helps you monitor your consumption and costs.
    I am using free “meter readings” and have tried “smart meters” but prefer the former.
    They require you enter your meter reading regularly, like weekly. Frankly it becomes habit forming and fun (sad I know) I there is a certain “frizzon” each week as the numbers are entered and the picture of consumption begins to form.
    Yes this can be done with pen and paper but the app does the calculation for you and can make it fun rather than a chore.
    If you enter your cost per kWh or cubic meters in the app it will also calculate your costs.
    There are also apps that work an iPhone/iPad.


    gfplux

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    Hendrixfans
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    Location: 16 Charente
    Total posts: 1018

    I was visiting a friend and needed a rubber band. She gave me a nice thick yellow one.
    That’s what to do with your old rubber gloves when the fingers have disintegrated! You can cut about 5 – 6 bands from each cuff, depending on the thickness.


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    fittersmate
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    Location: Brittany France dept 56
    Total posts: 1624

    I was visiting a friend and needed a rubber band. She gave me a nice thick yellow one. That’s what to do with your old rubber gloves when the fingers have disintegrated! You can cut about 5 – 6 bands from each cuff, depending on the thickness.

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    Seriously?


    #1658374
    penpro
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    Location: Clyde Coast, Scotland & South Haute Vienne - Dept 87
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    More of a “how not to save” tip…

    I was running short of Blue Tack to stick a picture to a wall. A friend suggested I could reduce the amount of Blue Tack I needed by cutting off one corner. :idea:

    You’ve no idea how big a d@#khead I felt afterwards …when I discovered I now had FIVE corners to stick!

    Hope this helps others avoid this simple mistake!

    P


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    normally
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    Location: Wherever I lay ma bunnet.
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    That’s criminal. But don’t worry they’ll never get the charges to stick.


    😊 Ally. Keeping his insults to within tolerable standards since 2004.

    #1658391
    mysty2
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    Use a pencil instead of a pen on birthday cards, that way you can rub them out and re use them.


    #1658483
    nomoss
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    Keep the envelopes your birthday cards come in.

    When the senders’ birthdays come around, put their cards in and post with “return to sender” written on them.

    If the cards are written in pencil you can rub them out and swap them around.


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

    #1658485
    mysty2
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    Cut back your cat and dogs food by 50%, it will save a lot of money over the year and they will not say anything.


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    riquet
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    Location: North Tyneside & East 82 (not there often enough)
    Total posts: 2420

    For those in Paris and suburbs (tried and tested when I went to school in the late 70s)

    Take 1 x Metro Ticket and cut it down in the middle of the magnetic strip using a very sharp blade. Stick both halves magnetic side up on 2 different pieces of paper having full ticket dimensions.

    Return trip for the price of one ticket.


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    riquet
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    Location: North Tyneside & East 82 (not there often enough)
    Total posts: 2420

    Free firelighters for stoves or even BBQ.

    Keep left over candles and old rags (candles seem to be burning right through the middle leaving a large ring of non melted product.

    When sufficient candles collected, melt on wood stove in old pan. Cut strips from the rags and deep in liquid wax. Let dry and use as and when needed to light wood stoves etc.


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