Savings expert Minke van Kuijen, better known as Stingy Gerda, was ready for an hour to answer your questions about debt. These are the best answers. “Cut your dishwasher tablets in half.”
Reader: Is it really worth unplugging those chargers and other devices every time they’re not in use or turned off at the moment?
“YES! Pulling plugs really yields a lot. Removing your telephone cable when you have finished charging can save you fifteen euros per year, per charger. Leakage current is a shame. Putting your devices on a timer can also cost a lot, unfortunately. with current energy prices.”
Reader: What can you do if you have a hole in your hand? How can you stop wanting to spend money?
“I used to be a bit of a shopping addict. I didn’t judge bargains on quality but on price. Now I always wonder whether I really need it. If not, I’ll sleep on it (at least) overnight . The higher the amount of the item I want to buy, the more nights I sleep on it.”
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Reader: What’s in your top three things to start saving the most? And what is your personal favorite saving tip?
“You can save the most on the most expensive products from your shopping cart. For me, that’s detergent, toilet paper and coffee. And my favorite saving tip (just for this) is not to linger in the supermarket. Big discounts are at the supermarket in fact often on small packages. If you go to the discount drugstore, you pay less for a large package without an offer. For exactly the same product!”
Reader: How do you best combine green and cheap?
“A lot of budget options are already green. How about going with the seasons and eating locally? Preventing food waste, both in your household and by using Too Good To Go, for example. This is an app that allows you to save food at shops and restaurants from the garbage can. Oh and just be careful with everything. Did you know that you can easily cut dishwasher tablets in half? Make sure you add salt yourself so that your machine doesn’t break down sooner, because that is of course always more expensive.”
Instagram reader: What are the cheapest supermarkets?
“The cheapest supermarket is not one size fits all. That depends on your location, family composition and what you buy. It is always smart to divide your purchases between a supermarket for special offers/A brands and a budget supermarket for private labels. “
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