1) Second hand clothing for kids and myself. We are really lucky that we get given lots of hand me down clothes for DD2 and DS.
2) Meal planning and cook from scratch. I try to cook the amount needed to avoid leftovers.
3) Grow as much veggies and fruit as possible. Preserve gluts of this food by making jam, chutney or freezing. If all else fails feed it to the chooks.
4) Swap/barter for things. I recently swapped homemade jam for some bookcases for my sons bedroom. But my favourite swap ever was eggs for Eco tampons. That one never fails to raise a smile from others.
5) Looking in skips. Some of the raised beds in my garden as made with wood from a skip, same goes for my garden table. In the past I have picked up a table lamp from an expensive High Street retailer, complete with a £55.00 price label.
6)This is one that everyone is talking about at this time of year, but keep the central heating turned down as low as you can cope with. We have cavity wall and loft insulation, which help a bit.
7) Saving water. Last year our water company were offering free water saving devices to all of their customers. I jumped at the chance, and they were fitted for free to. These included tap aerator inserts, aerating shower heads and water saving bags that go in the toilet cisterns (we already had these). We also only run the dish washer and washing when they are full. Sorry to gross anyone out, but we stick to the old rhythm of "if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down". We try to only shower, but sometimes as we all know only a bath will do. We also have a water butt in the garden. Last month we received our water bill, and our water usage is the same amount as the average two person household. I was thrilled with that, clue smiley face.
8) Save electric. We don't own a tumble dryer, many of my friends can not fathom this at all. Instead I line dry, or hang over the banister or clothes horse.
I would love to hear anyone else's money saving tips.