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Make Your Own Chocolate Gifts: I usually watch these 'money saving' programmes and become utterly aggravated when they tell you to DIY gifts or home wares or even cleaning products, and it costs you more to buy the ingredients to make the home made version than just buying the ready made version from the shops. However, a while ago I bought a silicone cat mould from Muji and it's literally been the best investment ever for impromptu gifting. Although the initial purchase set me back about £10 and I really didn't think I would use it that much when I bought it, but it's certainly paid for itself in the years I've had it now! The best bit is that you can make the chocolate especially to suit the person you're gifting it to aswell. I've found my personal favourite combination is melting down Yorkie bars and popping some Marshmallow Fluff in the centre. At first I didn't think this would work, at all. The Fluff didn't seem to settle right in the mould, but some how it works every time - FOOLPROOF. With Easter coming up I've decided to crack out my Easter Egg Moulds again and make some special handmade chocolate eggs for people who deserve one. My main aim in life is to fill an egg just with Fluff, but I wouldn't ever be giving that one away. To anyone. Apart from myself and my tummy. If you're struggling for idea's of how to present some handmade chocolates to someone, then I found that a mug is your best friend. Simply line it with a little bit of brown parcel paper and pop you choccies in. You can get chocolate moulds from loads of places nowadays, even some simple heart shaped ones from Poundland. As long as the chocolate's are tailored to the person who you're giving them to, the shape doesn't matter too much, it's the thought that counts after all! You can see an example of how I made my Easter Eggs and gifted them out here. I'm absolutely itching to make some again, right now!
Don't Be A Shop Snob: I find it a little flabbergasting that some people would refuse to go in to a shop based on the fact it may sell budget items?! I'm sure we all know the types; the ones who choose Waitrose over Aldi, the ones who choose Boots over Poundland, because they have a preconceived idea that these shops must sell below quality items because they are budget prices. I never even noticed that people thought like this until I went to uni and I was going to Aldi to get some shopping and people literally turned their noses up?! Soz, but have you tried their Potato Gratin? And I would much rather bag a cucumber for 29p than £1. I also reckon some of the food is much much nicer in Aldi than other supermarkets. Granted, they don't have the range of products on sale other supermarkets have but that's also a great thing as you're much less likely to make impulse buys and waste money on things you don't need. I can't say the same for Poundland though as I am forever making impulse beauty buys in there! The main obsession is the nail varnishes, as they always have some big name brand or another in there. And if you're worried about the quality or age of the products then don't. Most are imported and the nail varnishes I purchased in the image below actually have 2013 on them, so recent lines! Although I do buy a lot of stuff for a £1 it could be worse as I can easily stroll in to Boots and do the same, but at Poundland I can buy 5 nail varnishes for the same price as most in other shops. You will also find unbranded fashion shops often stock things you can find on Asos and Boohoo! If you're in Manchester try Shout in the Arndale Centre and Birmingham you will get a load of items from Hypnotic for £7.99.
Listen To Affordable Music: I guess this ties in with the above idea. Gone are the days where buying a CD for £12.99 in HMV is the norm, and as much as it is a shame for musicians, for us of little cash there are other ways to listen to music for cheaper and sometimes for free. Using services such as Spotify or Last.FM is a free way to get your ears around some of your favourite bands and discover new ones. But another cheap way to get your mitts on some ol' fashioned CD's (remember them?) you can head to Poundland! I picked up a heap of CD's recently from Poundland for, well, £1 a pop. It turns out the selection is pretty awesome too. I remember when Catatonia International Velvet came out in 1998 and I BORROWED IT from the LIBRARY and recorded it to TAPE. But now I can relive my youth and whack it on in my car! I also remember buying The Rapture album Echoes in 2003 when I was at college and being SO disappointed because it was a time before youtube and such and I got confused thinking it was Hot Hot Heat because I heard two songs on Scuzz. Damn, they were the days. But alas, brilliant retro life hack here - Poundland CD's!
And there we have my top 5 'Life Hacks' bought to you in collaboration with VoucherCodes.Co.Uk Which is obviously another place to head to if you like saving money shopping online! I can easily tell you more than 5, but I think I've waffled on far too much in this one post! So moving forward I think I might do another, because I literally have 10 more I can tell you off the top of my head now! So keep a look out if you liked this one.