British life-style: Misery – Brits hanging up teabags to use again

8:55 20.04.2024 •

Brits appear to be taking cost-cutting methods more seriously than ever from re-using old teabags to cutting our own hair and eating out of date food to save some pennies

Hard-up Brits are hanging teabags on the washing line so they can use them again to save cash.

A shocking study has found skint people are also cutting their own hair, swiping condiment sachets and eating breakfast cereal for dinner in a cost-cutting drive.

More than one in seven – some 15% – leave teabags out to dry so they can use them more than once, revealed the survey of 2,012 UK adults by

Women are more likely to hang out teabags to dry with 16% confessing to the habit - compared to 14% of fellas. The practice is most rife among over-55s, with almost a fifth of the age group (19%) reusing bags multiple times, while for Brits aged 45 to 54, the figure drops to 18%, and 15% for 35 to 44-year-olds.

Younger people are the least likely to use old teabags again, with just 7% of Gen Z (18 to 24-year-olds) and only 9% of Brits aged 25 to 34 doing it. Meanwhile almost a third of us have turned to DIY crimping to avoid costly trips to the barber or hairdresser.

People have admitting to giving themselves haircuts to save money.

And the same number nab complimentary pouches of ketchup, mustard and mayo from eateries, so they can dodge forking out for supermarket bottles. More than a quarter admit eating up random combinations of food to limit buying more groceries or munching on out-of-date produce.

Almost as many sniff their dirty laundry to see if they can wear stale clothes again, while 13% don pants an extra day to escape putting a machine on.

Meanwhile some 24% chow down on cornflakes for their evening meal as a cheaper alternative to a pricey cooked feast and 17% dilute the washing up liquid to make doing the dishes more cost-effective.

Oh, Mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done,
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun…


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