Septem­ber’s Home saver

Our top fixes for com­mon house­hold dilem­mas plus expert money-sav­ing tips to keep your house run­ning smoothly

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To-do list A few things to try this month...

cut diy costs Save money on your dec­o­rat­ing projects by teach­ing your­self some ba­sic DIY skills. Have a think about what needs do­ing around the home – can you do it your­self it or do you need to call in a pro? It may seem nerve-wrack­ing to wield a power drill, but it’s easier than you think. A sim­ple search on Google will bring up a list of DIY classes near you. Why not try Jo Be­hari’s in-depth cour­ses – you’ll be an expert in no time. See skill­sol­ogy.com

Get Jam­min’ Beat the birds and start pick­ing black­ber­ries to make your own jam. If it seems like a chore, think ahead to win­ter when you’ll be en­joy­ing the taste of sum­mer berries on toast! It’s great fun for all the fam­ily, too – just grab an empty tub and head out to­gether to wood­land ar­eas to gather fruit. Back at home, try mak­ing your own pre­serves. We love Lake­land’s pre­serv­ing starter pack, £19.99.

look to au­tumn Sum­mer is draw­ing to a close, so turn your at­ten­tion to get­ting your home au­tumn-ready. In the gar­den, now is the time to plant your spring bulbs – tulips, cro­cuses and daf­fodils. In­doors, have a de­clut­ter and sort out your wardrobe – switch your san­dals for wellies! Lastly, do an en­ergy check – is your boiler in tip-top con­di­tion and ready for colder weather?

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