Lifestyle hacks to help save you money in the cost of living crisis

You might not have heard of these penny-saving pointers (Picture: Getty Images)

We all know to head for the reduced section in the supermarket if we want to save money.

But did you know that there’s a trick to keep your avocados fresh for longer? There’s also hack that will stop you from losing socks, as well as a nifty tip on how to make your mobile costs cheaper.

Here is a round up of the lesser-known lifestyle hacks that will help keep your spending to a minimum whilst prices soar in the cost of living crisis.

Make your mobile bill cheaper

Mixed race woman paying bill with cell phone

Don’t overpay (Picture: Getty Images / Tetra images RF)

Want to bring down your mobile bill each month? Try O2 Airtime Rewards and earn cashback by shopping with retail partners, in-store and online, using the payment cards linked to your account.

The app will work if you’re on Pay Monthly, Pay As You Go or Business (although for Business it’s a slightly different process upon claiming the reward). You can download the app on the Airtime Rewards website.

Once you start shopping in the qualifying retailers you will start to generate a rewards balance.

Once the balance hits £5-plus you can redeem it towards your next O2 mobile bill. It’s worth noting also that O2 customers will exclusively earn a £3 bonus on their first purchase.

Keep your avocados fresh for longer

6 Banish brown streaks Woman cutting avocado

Come and avo go (Picture: Getty Images)

Preserve an avocado with a glaze of olive oil.

The oil keeps the air from the part of the fruit that’s been exposed, preventing oxidation. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and boom; no more brown streaks.

How to stop losing socks

Socks appeal (Picture: Getty Images / EyeEm)

Never misplace your sock’s mate again. Hang a mesh bag on your laundry hamper with clothes pins and fill with socks. Throw the entire bag into the wash and your pairing is practically complete.

Clean your chopping board for pennies

Chop down on your spending (Picture: Getty Images)

Lemon, rock salt and a bit of elbow grease are fantastic for getting the grime out of wooden chopping boards, leaving them fresh for the week ahead.

The natural scouring method can help lift stains and remove lingering odours from plastic boards, too.

The great thing about this cleaning tip is that you don’t need to waste a fresh lemon either, you can simply repurpose a mostly squeezed lemon to achieve the same results.

Get extra leg room on a plane for free

Try this cheeky leg room hack (Picture: Getty Images)

If you’re flying with one other person and the rows are three seats across, choose the aisle and the window seat. If the flight doesn’t get fully booked, the middle seat is less likely to be snapped up.

It could backfire if someone does take that seat, but they might be willing to swap if you offer them the choice of the window or aisle, so at least you and your travel buddy can sit together. Alternatively, increase your chance of getting an entire row by booking seats near the back of the plane or opting for row 13, as people think it’s unlucky.

Propagate your spider plants

Grow your spiders extra legs (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

If you’re looking to increase your collection of houseplants without spending any money, propagating spiderettes (spider plant babies), from an existing plant is about as easy as it gets.

When choosing spiderettes for propagating in water, look for offsets that at least have some small aerial root buds developing already, if not larger roots.

Stick the spiderette in a glass of water for a week or two, then plant the rooted spiderette in a pot of soil. If you want a thick, bushy plant, start several spider plant babies in the same pot.

Similarly, if your adult spider plant isn’t as full as you would like, plant a couple of spiderettes alongside the mama plant.

Prolong your paint’s life

Paint away (Picture: Getty Images)

The right way to work with a can of paint is to pour out as much as you expect to use during a session into a separate container, then work from this instead of the original can.

However, if you are working from the original can, there is a simple trick to save waste: punch a series of holes around the rim at the bottom of the groove or recess. Then, if any paint does accumulate in the rim, it will drip down into the can.

Toddler-proof your loo roll

3 Toddler-proof your toilet tissue Child pulling toilet roll

Don’t waste toiler paper (Picture: Getty Images / Peter Dazeley)

Does your little one ever drive you crazy by unwinding the toilet roll? Keep a hair scrunchie on the side of the toilet roll holder to stop toddlers from pulling on the paper.

Simply slide it across the roll and keep that paper in place until needed.

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