5 Everyday things you're wasting stupid amounts of money on

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5 Everyday things you're wasting stupid amounts of money on
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Artwork

You don't need to buy expensive works of art to liven up your place. Flea markets usually have things at incredible prices that would look amazing hung from your walls, sometimes much cheaper than at home décor shops. Can't find anything that suits your taste? Make your own art! It's not that difficult, just grab a few metres of a cool looking fabric and staple it to a wooden rectangular frame. Cut the rest of the fabric off, hang it and enjoy your very own masterpiece!

Air-freshener

You can make your own air-freshener and you'll never have to pay a cent for air-freshener for your home or car again! And it's amazingly simple, just grab an empty spray bottle, throw in a couple spoonfuls of baking soda, a squirt of fabric softener and fill the rest with water. Stir it around and you've got your very own multi-purpose air-freshener!

Medicine

According to Jennifer McCarthy, a health insurance expert at TheSimpleDollar.com, you can avoid overpaying for your prescription medication. "If you're prescribed medication, it's very likely that there's generic alternative that is significantly cheaper than the one your doctor prescribed," says McCarthy. "When the active ingredients are the same, then the only thing you're paying for is the laboratory's tag on the box." However, she also advises to check with your doctor before getting a generic alternative.

Bath cleaning products

Avoid spending on products for cleaning tiles, bathtubs or toilets by making your own all-purpose cleaner. All you need is a piece of unscented soap and two parts vinegar. If your soap is in a bar, you'll need to chop it, but you can just dissolve it if it's in liquid or powdered form. This combination achieves the best cleaning at a very low cost compared to shop-bought products.

Music

Many music services charge about £10 (U$17) for monthly subscriptions, and that adds up to £120 (U$200) a year. When you've got all the music you could wish for sitting right there in YouTube, why pay?

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