September’s Home saver
Our top fixes for common household dilemmas plus expert money-saving tips to keep your house running smoothly
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?