HERE is something to write home about. According to research by price comparison site Idealo, November is the most expensive time of the year to furnish your house.
But I know how to bring costs way down. Here’s how to give your rooms a makeover for absolutely nothing . . .
Face value: Head to Facebook Marketplace to find free furniture. People often want to get rid of stuff quickly, so they will give it away if you’re willing to pick it up. At a quick glance, I spotted a double bed, desk and chaise longue.
Free-for-all: Websites such as Freegle, Freecycle and Freelywheely are similar to Facebook Marketplace — I’ve found everything from paving slabs to filing boxes. You can also list items you need in “Wanted” sections and wait for people to get in touch if they have one. Don’t forget that you can shift your old homeware, too.
Try me: Head to freestuff.co.uk and magicfreebiesuk.co.uk to apply for free samples, including seed packs, candles and kitchen equipment. Paint tester pots are great for adding a splash of colour to a room. B&Q currently has a number of 10p pots in the sale — not strictly free, but it’s pretty close.
Up your game: Get creative and upcycle your furniture. Facebook groups such as Extreme Budget DIY & Life Hacks and Upcycling — Ideas And Advice are great for inspiration. I like the idea of turning a wooden stepladder into shelving or re-covering a lampshade with newspaper.
Picture this: Change up the pictures in your frames. You can print artwork from Wikimedia Commons and mrprintables.com for free. Other options include framing old wrapping paper, fabric or sentimental clothing, such as baby clothes.
Deal of the day
GET your kids into martial arts for FREE. Childcare.co.uk has teamed up with the Jiu Jitsu Foundation to give their first 1,000 members free Jiu Jitsu classes for their child for an entire month.
GIANT Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons are just £1 at Tesco, down from £1.50.
My Sun Savers fiver
PAULINE THOMPSON from Tipton, West Mids, says: “I’m saving my Sun Savers fivers to take my dad on a steam train before Christmas.”
- Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and get 28 codes, worth £5, if we print yours here. Please include your name and town.
WHO wouldn’t want a gin & tonic scented candle? Don’t fork out £19.50 for the one from Vineyard Candles, above. Instead pop to Poundland, where its similar candle, below, is just a quid.
Reader’s saving tip
CAROL HOLDSWORTH from Wakefield, West Yorks, says: “Baby wipes are great for cleaning horizontal blinds. Just wrap them round your fingers and the dust comes off easily.”
- Send suggestions to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and get 28 codes, worth £5, if yours is used. Please include your name and town.
Shop & save
PHILADELPHIA soft cheese is currently £1 at Asda. Usually it costs £1.95.
Hot right now
UPDATE your look for less and save up to 50 per cent in the sale on womenswear at George at Asda.
Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle
YOU could win £50,000 in our Sun Raffle – just by picking up The Sun paper.
Whether you’re saving for a new car or have started preparing for Christmas, we know just how expensive life can be.
That is why we’re trying to help by giving away £50,000 to one lucky reader every month in our Raffle.
To enter, download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk. Then, opt in to each month’s Sun Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the codes printed daily inside the paper – scanning in the app or entering online.
Today’s code is on Page 20 of the paper. Make sure you collect and enter your code today as the next giveaway is Saturday, November 30.
With every code you enter, you will earn a ticket into that month’s £50k Raffle.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month, so as November has just begun now is the perfect time to start entering codes to give yourself the best chance of winning.
Not already a Sun Savers member? Find out all about the great treats and rewards that you can earn with Sun Savers in the paper.
- T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk.
Fancy a free fiver?
YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.
Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.
Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have collected 28.
This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.
For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.
We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.
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