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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published May 4th 2014
Source: Treasurer Joe Hockey is warning the Government has "run out of money". Source: News Corp Australia

Things are going to a lot tougher after the next budget, for a whole lot of us, so here are some valuable tips that just might help you trim your own household budget down to size.

1) Have some stay at home days. It is a wonderful chance to get things done. I find cleaning out cupboards a great way to save money mainly because I find all the multiple items I have bought and forgotten about. I just did my pantry and discovered I had a life times supply of olive oil, five tubes of toothpaste, and a mountain of pasta in all shapes and sizes. Cleaning out cupboards can make you realise all the stuff you don't need to buy and that is great for the hip pocket.

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2) Cut next week's shopping bill by building the meals around what's in the cupboard. There are a few pasta meals coming up in our household.

3) The world is full of free tours and events. We recently did a great free ghost tour (click here). Tomorrow night we are going to see a free film as part of the Bridge Road Film Festival and we recently attended another free film at Southgate's free cinema.

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4) Here is a map of all the free things to do in Melbourne.

5) Subscribe to the free category of WeekendNotes. Here is a sample. If you subscribe to the free listing then knowledge about all these free events will arrive in your inbox.

I write a lot about free stuff to do for WeekendNotes. Subscribe to my articles here. Writing for WeekendNotes has really cemented for me the fact that you don't have to be rolling in money to go out there and have a crashing great time.

6) There are often some good free movie and play tickets through an organisation called On the House, although to get tickets to some of the more costly shows requires you to pay a yearly subscription fee. However there is enough free stuff to warrant subscribing to their free newsletter.

One of the films at the moment with tickets from On the House

7) As a family there are lots of ways to get free meals. (click here). Usually adults have to pay and then their kids eat free.

8) Volunteer. A friend of my daughter's just volunteered at the The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS). She will work behind the bar and then she gets to attend some great events for free (one includes a paddle of beer). Similarly volunteering at places like the Emerging Writers Festival will get you into loads of free workshops. Volunteering opportunities are endless just follow your interests and check related websites for opportunities. Check out WeekendNotes articles on volunteering.

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9) Be a shopaholic at your local library. There isn't a restriction on the number of items you can borrow. Stock up with videos, music, books and magazines - you will feel like a millionaire. Also look out for free talks and events. There are some great ones that involve free coffee as well at Melbourne libraries.

10) Bulk buy specials from supermarkets (just don't put them in the cupboard and forget about them) but do your weekly shopping at Aldi. It is significantly cheaper, probably about $50 or so a week. They have also really got on board with things like gluten free options, grass fed meat and green cleaning products, and you do get accustomed to their brands. For some further advice on shopping at Aldi click here.

For some other ideas on saving money on food shopping from me and others click here.

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11) I am an op shop tragic. In some ways I don't think it saves me much money because I buy lots of things I really don't need. But next time you need something for the home such as towels, sheets, glasses, crockery or storage solutions, check out a couple of op shops before going and paying full price. There really are some amazing finds out there and it is quite common to find new items in op shops.

So what are your ideas on saving money? Love to hear from you.
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