1. Kitchen Towels
This one always struck me as a strange one as I grew up in a household where rags were used to wipe down surfaces all around the home. So going over to friends’ houses and seeing rolls and rolls used to wipe down tiny spills always puzzled me.
My family have always used cotton or microfiber cloths as they lasted for months on end and could be rinsed and reused regularly or thrown into the washing machine when they were dirty. With the option of bamboo microfiber cloths available to purchase these days, there are lots of styles, colours and sizes to choose from, making it easier to differentiate between uses – I colour code mine for floor use, bathrooms, kitchen counters and general.
Standard microfiber cloths can be picked up at your local supermarket for as little as £1.
2. Shopping Bags
This is a no brainer! If you live in the UK or Europe, plastic bags cost 5p which doesn’t seem like much but it can add up over time. So why waste your money on boring (and sometimes not very durable) bags when you can choose a bright and colourful long lasting option for around 45p more – depending on your supermarket.
You can fit more in the larger shopping bags and they can fold up to be placed in your handbag or rucksack if needed.
I try and find quirky ones as I am more likely to remember them.
3. Coffee Cups & Water Bottles
I’ve seen lots of different options on the market, starting at the cheap and cheerful price of £1 going all the way up past the £20 mark. However, you don’t need to break the bank for this one.
There are lots of varieties out there depending on your needs and you can even get sustainably sourced cups and bottles from high-street shops. Flying Tiger have a fantastic bamboo range, with travel cups starting at £3.
You’ll save money at coffee shops and you can fill up your bottle for free at all cafes and restaurants when you are on the go.
4. Pre-Packed fruit and Veg
Loose fruit and vegetable tends to be cheaper than pre-packaged options however, you have to be ready to let go of your judgments and sometimes do a little rummaging to find the cream of the crop.
If you are able to why not try a green grocers or local farmers market – you usually get more for your money and you can guarantee fresh, quality products.
Check out my tips and tricks for this one here.
5. Soap Bars
This is probably one of my favourite tips as it is cheap and anyone can integrate this into their daily life. First of all soap bars are available at all supermarkets and beauty shops meaning you don’t have to go out of your way to make this a habit. Secondly, they are significantly cheaper both initially and in the long run.
There is lots of variety out there and you can get different types depending on your skin.
Check out my top 3 here.