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CREDIT CRUNCH CRUSADER; Turn over a new leaf and swap unwanted books and plants, and get more for supermarket points..

Byline: Siobhan McNally

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If you've read all the books on your shelves, trade them in for some new reading material at the book exchange website

It's free to join and allows you to swap your books for others in its library of 247,593 titles. Of course you'd first have to find people with the same taste in novels as yourself, which probably rules out finding a new home for that tome on All You've Ever Wanted To Know About Linear, Quadratic And Cubic Equations.

Won't cost the earth

No need to dig deep to fill the garden because it's not just book worms who love to swap. The green shoots of recovery have started at where gardeners can go online and swap plants and seeds for free with other greenfingered folk - although when I checked, many prospective swappers were looking for a plant called "Surprise me".

Drive a hard bargain

Following on from a reader's letter last week about the savings to be had by ditching the motor and using car clubs, a not-for-profit firm called Commonwheels is offering even better deals on wheels.

Based in Oxford, King's Lynn, Reading, Portsmouth, High Wycombe and other towns, the eco-minded company charges just pounds 4 an hour, or pounds 12 to use a car overnight. Visit for more info..

More in store

Most people save the points from their supermarket loyalty cards to get a sizeable chunk off their next shopping bill.

But instead of taking the cash, you're better off redeeming them against store offers - such as meals out or getting your car serviced - because the points are often worth at least four times their face value.


Our reader Jenny Peel from Runcorn, Cheshire, believes charity begins at home. She emailed to say: "I used to donate my old books to charity shops, but last time I had a clearout I approached a secondhand book store to see if they'd give me any money for them. The owner offered me a tenner. Only trouble is I ended up spending it in his shop!" MONEY SAVING SECRET?

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2009
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