Save money by mending damaged clothes and make-up with our great DIY hacks — plus win £50,000 in the Sun Savers raffle – The Sun

I TREAT getting new clothes and make-up as a luxury. It feels such a waste when something gets damaged.

Luckily, I have learnt a few DIY fixes. All are super-simple and will save your favourite buys and your bank balance. You won’t need to go back to the shops for ages.

Knit a problem: There is nothing more annoying than having a jumper go bobbly after a few washes. JML’s bobble remover is £8 at Argos. For cheap knits, use a single-blade razor to gently shave away pills. Try running a Velcro hair roller through more delicate pieces. A fine-tooth comb — such as Amazon’s 99p nit comb — can also be used.

Save: £7.01 on a bobble remover

Cracked it: Smashing your powder or blusher is annoying but there is an easy way to fix it. Put broken pieces of make-up back into the container and crush it all up. Then add a few drops of rubbing alcohol — £1.79 on eBay — let it soak in and use the back of a spoon to smooth down. Leave overnight.

Save: Around £10 on powder

Shining example: Got a Pandora bracelet in need of a clean? Squirt washing-up liquid in freshly boiled water and soak the bracelet for five minutes. Dirt will float away. That is far cheaper than buying Pandora’s jewellery cleaner set, £15.

Save: £15 on cleaning equipment

Hot tip: Broken the end off a lipstick? Don’t head to Boots just yet. Use a match or lighter to melt the ends of each piece and press them back together. Pop the re-built lippy in the fridge to let it set.

Save: Around £10 on a lipstick

Mark my words: Shaving cream is great for getting foundation stains off clothes. Cover the mark with cream, leave for two to three minutes and work it in. Rinse with cold water. If necessary, repeat with hot water. Sainsbury’s Basics shaving cream is 50p, far less than a new T-shirt.

Save: Around £5 on a T-shirt

Deal of the day

TAKE out an Apple iPhone 8 contract from £49 with Carphone Warehouse and you will get the Michael Kors Runway smartwatch in rose gold, FREE.

Cheap treat

FOR chocolate with a hint of orange, head to Tesco, where Terry’s ­Chocolate Oranges are half-price at just £1.

Save: £1

My Sun Savers fiver

DENISE Thomson, from St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex, says: “It is our silver wedding ­anniversary next month. I am saving for a meal to celebrate.”

  • Send your Savers fiver stories to and get 28 codes, worth £5, if we print yours here. Please include your name and town.

Top swap

I HAVE been on the lookout for a classy Christmas jumper. Nutmeg at Morrisons’ £12 Fair Isle sweater, below, is far cheaper than Barbour’s similar effort, £89.95, above, at Harrods.

Save: £77.95

Shop and save

GET Christmas tree ready with a new set of lights from The Range. Bag a box of 150 LED Ice White lights for £5.99, down from £7.99.

Save: £2

Reader’s saving tip

DOUGLAS McLeod, from Morpeth in Northumberland, says: “Mop floors with a little clothes ­conditioner in the water to give the room a nice smell. Beats spending on expensive fragranced floor cleaner.”

  • Send suggestions to and get 28 codes, worth £5, if we print yours. Please include your name and town.

Hot right now

SAVE up to 80 per cent on selected gifts at

Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

YOU could win £50,000 in our Sun Raffle – just by picking up The Sun paper.

Whether you’re saving for a new car or have started preparing for Christmas, we know just how expensive life can be.

That is why we’re trying to help by giving away £50,000 to one lucky reader every month in our Raffle.

To enter, download the Sun Savers app or sign up at Then, opt in to each month’s Sun Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the codes printed daily inside the paper – scanning in the app or entering online.

With every code you enter, you will earn a ticket into that month’s £50k Raffle.

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month, so as November has just begun now is the perfect time to start entering codes to give yourself the best chance of winning.

Not already a Sun Savers member? Find out all about the great treats and rewards that you can earn with Sun Savers in the paper.

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Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

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