So, you think you can beat me at tightwaddery? There's a challenge. Do you recycle laces? Make your own dishwashing liquid? Had the same car for 15+ years?

I once lived with a flatmate who reused matches, by lighting one from another when starting gas elements, which was possibly a step too far. This week I've spent time browsing blogs and forums in search of new tips that even my old flatmate would admire.

There are ethical and moral questions around being a tightwad. Be careful of doing things that cost others money, such as holding your wedding on


Question every purchase

Don't even visit the Joneses

Want less

Be resourceful

There is always a cheaper way

Cut 'em

Spend only cash

Think outside the box


Think green

Google everything

Make friends with second hand

Buy nothing