I asked you to send me your top frugal tips this winter and I had such brilliant responses, thank you to everyone that emailed.
And the Winner is......
IONA MILLER for her hilarious money-saving tip. The fact that it made me laugh out loud was definitely a winner, I think Iona should also be up for entrepreneur of the year! Here was her tip:
"I am a complete shoe lover, as well as a baker. So, I bake cakes and bring them into the office, where I have a 'shoe fund' and people can have a cake in exchange for a little donation into my shoe fund! Slowly but surely, I am building up a little kitty...one day those Charlotte Olympia 'Dolly' courts, will be mine!!!"
|Worth saving for...'Dolly' court, Charlotte Olympia|
So congratulations Iona - I will be in touch via email to discuss details. And if you have any queries instore (or advice on how to spend the voucher), Kaisa Larkas (the store owner) will be happy to help.
And now for the five runners-up with excellent tips (a very little something will be heading its way to you also):
"This Christmas, I will be making my own wrapping paper – using big rolls of brown paper (which you can buy quite cheaply at the Post Office or in supermarkets) and then using a rubber stamp (I have a star and a Christmas tree) with gold ink to brighten it up. I like to use real fabric ribbon to tie the presents up. It’s quite simple, and the paper is more recyclable than the plastic/metallic stuff which often gets used, so it’s cheap and better for the world, too!"
|One of The-Frugality's recently wrapped presents, using Knot & bow neon stickers to decorate brown paper from 99p store|
"My top frugal tip recently has been finding alternate uses for items I already own. For example, I had a two-drawer box from Muji which I was using to store earrings. Some of them hadn't been worn for ages, so I had a clear out, gave some to charity and stored the others close to where I get ready each morning. I'm now using the drawers to store my everyday make-up. I've also used empty candle jars to store make-up brushes and cotton buds."
"Anyone who know me, knows I'm obsessed with the perfect cup of joe, so this year I will be gifting people with my own personal coffee beans. I've bought cheap brown paper bags from ebay and will be filling them with coffee beans, along with vanilla pods and cinnamon sticks for an added festive flavour, then sewing the bags closed with red cotton, and finishing with a homemade stamp or sticker (still to be designed!)"
|Love these Kraft bags, £0.99 for 10 on eBay - might be buying some of these for my wedding!|
Gabriella (I thought this was so clever and savvy!)
"I listed each credit card expense from 2012 and at the beginning of October, with whole 9 months of available data I started doing some analysis. I realised I spent a lot of money in a fashion shop near the office buying little things.
My objective for the winter will be to go home immediately at the end of each day and use the money saved to buy something gorgeous (like a real leather yellow bag that I want since forever) in a real shop!"
"My frugal tip is to get the 'Stumble Upon' App, which I did last night. I came across amazing pages and gifts you can make for under 5! With christmas coming up and an extremely large family - 10 nieces/nephews and 5 brothers/sisters, frugality is the way forward. I am especially looking forward to making photo tiles - basically print photos and stick to ceramic tiles and glaze - they look fab on the website - I will be trying next week"
Well I DID download this App (it's free!) and it is great! It basically helps you find great websites - and you can select what topics you're interested in so you only get shown info that is interesting to you! The crafts section is particularly good!
And that concludes the runners-up. So sorry I couldn't include everyone in today's post -there were so many other good answers! Hana taking her own teabags into work, Beccie switching all the bulbs in her house to LED, Fiona investing in a seamstress to give new lease of life to unworn clothes, Amanda for completing online surveys (need to look that up!), Fera for making gingerbread + biscotti for people as presents and Becky for making her own crafts to sell at a fair.
All your answers have inspired me this week and I am so appreciative that people took time to email me. I hope you also got something out of other people's tips :)