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Small changes, big savings: Australians share the ways they’re saving money on their weekly budget

The small changes Aussies are making to save money as the cost of living rises – from quitting smoking to preparing meals and charging phones in cars

  • Australians share the changes they’ve made to save on living costs
  • A mom asked members of the Facebook group to share their budget hacks
  • She said she now charges her phone in the car and turns off the electricity on the wall
  • Others suggested using half the amount of toothpaste, shampoo and soap
  • One frugal user said he bought seasonal fresh produce and made meal plans and preparations
  • More tips included growing herbs and vegetables and switching to LED lights

Australians are sharing their money-saving hacks online, from quitting smoking to unplugging electrical appliances and even using half the amount of toothpaste, shampoo and soap.

Hundreds of Aussies responded to a after to popular Facebook group Simple Savers in which a mother asked about the “little changes” people had made to save money as the cost of living skyrocketed.

“I plug my phone into the car charger when I go to school, I’ve reconfigured the power boards so I can turn off devices on the wall and not have them ‘always on,'” she wrote.

Hundreds of Australians online share the small life changes they've made to save them big money by charging their phones in the car, growing vegetables and preparing meals

Hundreds of Australians online share the small life changes they’ve made to save them big money by charging their phones in the car, growing vegetables and preparing meals

Many took to the comments to share their own budget-friendly hacks with many who agreed that unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use can save on energy bills.

Many took to the comments to share their own budget-friendly hacks with many who agreed that unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use can save on energy bills.

“I’ve started collecting the little bits of soap that are too small to use in a jar to make liquid soap… this won’t save me a fortune, but it’s all right.”

Many took to the comments to share their own budget-friendly hacks with many who agreed that unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use can save on energy bills.

“I like the idea of ​​not having any devices on ‘standby’. I have started checking some of our devices. The microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. It all adds up – better for the environment too!’ a member wrote.

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‘I bought automatic foam dispensers that use a very small amount of soap and all that’s left is water. I hardly buy hand soap now’

‘I make my own cleaning products…vinegar/bicarbonate/citric acid and lemon. Good for the planet and my wallet.’

“I have stopped buying soda, juice and bottled water. I no longer buy groceries based on what I want to cook that week, I buy discounted food for half price and put together a menu based on what I’ve bought.’

“Use Amazon to buy household items. Usually it is cheaper than the supermarkets.’

“I put everything in reusable pump containers, dish soap, hand wash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash. They all last much longer because you don’t accidentally pour much more than necessary, the kids all know how many pumps to wash and wash their hands etc.”

‘We switched to LED lamps and immediately saw the savings.’

‘To me a shopping list to the supermarket and sticking to it is no extra. I only go into the aisles of the supermarket when necessary.’

“Stop buying books, magazines, cookbooks and only borrowing from the library and using apps to download magazines and books to read through the library.”

‘Go to the Op Shop. You’d be surprised what you can buy for very little money.’

“If you just turn off the power, you’re still paying your electric bill because it’s plugged in and needs to be unplugged,” another commented.

“They call them vampire gears because they soak up the power. Here I thought I was doing the right thing by just turning off the power,” said a third.

A savvy saver said they’ve started using half the recommended amount of toiletries and cleaning products.

“Usually the recommended amount is way too much. It’s also fun to take apart layers of toilet paper, I don’t do it to save money, although you need a lot less,” they said.

Another said they had stopped smoking, while one mother said they were going to use half the recommended amount of toiletries and cleaning products

“I bought a used electric bike for $1300 just before fuel prices skyrocketed as I live about 3 miles out of town and it saved me a huge amount of fuel,” said one woman

One member said they saved a fortune after quitting smoking in March, while another biked to work to cut fuel costs

Budget veggie swaps to save in store

❌Instead of broccoli for $12 per kilo

✅Buy cauliflower for $4-$5 each

❌Instead of fresh tomatoes for $10-$14 per kilo

✅Buy canned tomatoes for $1-$2 per can

❌Instead of lettuce for $6-$12 each

✅Buy kale for $4-$5 per bunch or $1-$2 frozen

❌Instead of red bell pepper for $10-$12 per kilo

✅Buy canned beetroot for $3 per kilo

Another said they had stopped smoking while a woman told how she bought an electric bicycle to save fuel.

“I bought a used electric bike for $1300 just before fuel prices skyrocketed as I live about 3 miles out of town and it saved me a huge amount of fuel. I ride in all weather conditions and have barely had to refuel since then,” she said.

“Meals, buy seasonal fruits and vegetables (or frozen), make things from scratch instead of convenience options, cancel subscriptions, walk more (drive less), use the library for books and toys, use blankets and warm clothes from stoves,” another recommended.

One frugal man said he saved a lot by switching to LED lights and another advised people to stop drinking alcohol.

Other tips included layering blankets instead of electric blankets, planting herbs and vegetables, preparing and planning meals ahead, using appliances at night during off-peak hours, and buying specialty items in bulk from the grocery store.

‘I now buy budget detergent and refill my bottle. We have canceled unnecessary insurance. I recycle because it costs you absolutely nothing unlike garbage bags. And I’ve taken out the sewing machine and repaired things instead of replacing them,” said one mother.

“I throw all my coins into a jar and once I’ve filled the jar, I save them. For anyone who is in debt, the coins in the jar can be taken out once a month and pay a bill,” wrote another.

“I cook larger amounts of food and freeze a lot of meals so I only heat overnight instead of cooking, roll on deodorant instead of spraying on it, split a third.

‘Provide cozy blankets in the lounge when it gets a bit cooler in the evenings (Qld) so never use a heater, no lights at night – just the light from the TV, and I’ll keep food if I can buy it’s cheap ,’ they continued.

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for Winter: Your Go-to Guide

Fruit

Apple

Grapefruit

kiwis

Lemon

limes

Mandarine

Oranges

Papaya

pears

Pineapple

pawpaw

Pomegranate

Quince

Rhubarb

Vegetables

Artichoke

Asian Greens

Avocado

Beetroot

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

cabbage

Roots

Cauliflower

Celeriac

Celery

Fennel

Garlic

Ginger

Kale

leek

onions

Parsnip

Peas

Potato

Pumpkin

silver beet

Spinach

Swede

Sweet potato

turnip

chicory

Source: FrugalAndThriving.com.au

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