As the cost of living continues to rise while wages remain stagnant, social media has been flooded with budgeting advice and cost-effective tips.
One savvy mother recently took to a Facebook group to share her frugal household rules, which include using candles instead of electricity and only washing clothes in cold water.
The post generated a huge response from users, who replied to the post by revealing their own ingenious hacks for serious saving.
Savvy mothers have been sharing their ingenious saving tips which include using candles instead of electricity and only washing clothes in cold water (stock image)
‘Confession time: I might be an extreme cheapskate,’ she began, before revealing her laundry list of penny-pinching practices.
‘I love the idea of becoming financially independent and will do almost anything to make that happen.
‘I turn the shower on just enough, off to scrub and on again to rinse, and I have a bucket in the shower which I use to flush the toilets.
‘When I boil the kettle I put the leftover water in a jug, wait for it to cool and put it in the fridge as filtered water.’
The super-efficient mother also uses water from her washing machine to water plants in the backyard, and admitted to using candles to avoid ‘running up power bills’.
She also charges her mobile and other small appliances on her work computer to conserve electricity at home and gets value for money from toothpaste, shampoo and conditioners by cutting open the bottles.
‘I have a slushy ice straw with a little scoop on the end which I use to get the last bit of food out of the jar, and I take a collapsible Tupperware container in my bag wherever I go.
The fiercely frugal mum said she takes collapsible tupperware (pictured) to restaurants for leftovers
‘If I eat out I never finish the meal, and leftovers are great – I also take frozen cordial with me everywhere so I won’t buy a drink while I’m out!’
The woman confessed to unplugging appliances ‘even on the odd occasion people are still using them’ and washing clothes in cold water only.
She even went so far as to disobey doctors orders to avoid hiring a gardener to mow her lawn.
‘I will never pay someone to do something I can do for myself, like taking care of the garden – even after I had an operation I couldn’t bring myself to pay someone, so I went and mowed against doctors orders.’
A bevvy of mums agreed with the post, revealing they also conserve electricity and water as part of their strict budgeting habits (stock image)
A bevvy of mums agreed with the post, revealing they also conserve electricity and water as part of their strict budgeting habits.
‘My seven kids all bathe in the same water at night, youngest to eldest – we just top up with a bit more hot each time!’ one user wrote.
‘Nothing as great as all of your ideas, but I use cloth nappies instead of buying pricey disposables,’another said.
‘I’ve saved so much money it’s unbelievable, and am putting it all away for a family holiday which is the best feeling.’
Others said they re-use tea bags up to four times and take plastic cutlery home from fast food restaurants to save on washing up.
A sizeable number admitted to watering down washing detergent, shampoo and conditioner as well as creating their own cleaning products using vinegar and lemon juice.