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Picture the scene. you’re watching eastenders in your living room when something catches your eye... is it? Could it be? oh, happy day – it’s a £10 note peeking up from behind a sofa cushion! Forget ordering a takeaway, that right there is the real mini fist pump feeling, and it’s this penny-pinching elation that has powered every single page of our mini mag. For starters, you’ll learn how to fill your home for free (p. 2) with ideas from superstar upcycler Charis Williams, and we’ve boycotted the high street with easy (and safe) diy alternatives to cleaning and beauty products on page 4. next, head to page 6 to claw back the cash on your bills, then flip over to our Beat The supermarket feature (p. 18) and slash your food shop without even trying. We’ve also found the best sites to sell your stuff (p. 26) and have even sussed out how to generate income from your home (p. 21). all together now, *mini fist pump*!

The Home Style Team

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May 2016

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