The way my brain works (probably weirdly!) is that if I can find a way of thinking of something or a challenge it helps. One little challenge I love is double your money and it could also be double the impact.
Some of the ways I do this are:
When you have a gift card you can double it's value by using it in sale time. I have done this many times. I had a Susans gift card for $50. I waited a few weeks until sales and got $120 worth of stuff from my $50 card. I do this every time I have a gift card. Voila! You have doubled your money!
The other day I had a $5 store card from store loyalty points. I used it on half price products and got $10 worth of things for my pantry.
Any time you buy goods on half price or less you have doubled your money!
The bread I buy to freeze frequently quadruples my money.
When you make a casserole make more and use half in a pie. If you sometimes buy takeaway I am confident you just doubled your savings as you will have a pie in the freezer.
The same with all cooking. If you make pizza make another for the lunch boxes. If I am making a cake I will always make a few. I will freeze one or if they are fruit cake I will wrap them up and keep for Andy's Birthday (or my Dad's) or visitors even. Having a cake to take away on a picnic is lovely! It all saves.
For celebrations combine them if possible. If you have two birthdays close together have a dinner or party to celebrate them together. You probably just saved 50%.
When making cards or gifts make extras. Just now I am working on hankies. I cut out far more than I can use straight away.
I did this with gift wrapped soaps. Those soaps gave me gifts for unexpected circumstances and thank you's etc for a couple of years! Having spares is going to be handy and save a lot. You doubled your money at least!
When I made soaps recently I make stacks! I might not do this again for a year and they keep.
Take cuttings from plants and start them up. Yesterday I cut the little babies that grow around my pretty succulents. If you let the go they kind of ruin the look of the middle one. This gave me over 20 baby ones and I planed them all in different spots. I have also made many gifts by starting these in pots. Way more than doubling my money!
Any time you can cook extra, make extra, stretch a product it will have this effect.
When you are serving a meal if you have more than enough set aside some for tomorrows lunch or a spare meal in the freezer.
Buying some items in bulk is a double your money saving.
Last year when I was sewing pretty tea towels I had lovely rose prints. Making these takes up a lot of fabric. I decided to use the pretty print on the front and a plain on the back. This gave me twice as many rose tea towels!
Anything you can stretch something to last twice as long... you just doubled your money. Shampoo and detergents generally are a good one for this.
Anything you can make last longer can work the same. Mending and taking care of clothes is a big one!
There are lots of ways to do this and when you think of it this way you will spot them and take up the challenge!
What ways can you think of that double your money?
For my Vicky Challenge this week:
I painted a little table in the front hallway and made it look like new.
And I painted lots... inside the front door, finished a big area of skirting boards plus I painted an ugly vase to use for an arrangement. All up I will count $200 for my painting vs paying someone to do it.
Made all packed lunches, this is a saving of around $100.
I saved $4 on flat breads.
$40 on homemade gifts.
And $10 on using things up and a creative meal!
So I think $354 this week.
How was your week? Some weeks will be bigger savings than others but the weeks still add up quickly. We are starting week 11 now!
Doubling your money, stretching things, making things last longer... what can you think of that adds a lot to savings?
I love a ta da! moment when I realise something I have never thought of before! Thanks to all your comments I have had lots of these!