1. Check out the new trend in Facebook 'car booting' Via Facebook: thebestonlinecarbootincannockandsurroundingareas Recently, a whole host of local community based Facebook groups have popped up. They are just run by normally people, are not for profit and can save you a few quid. The groups average at about EIGHT THOUSAND members - Expect to find lots of baby clothes and console games - you can often get a great deal pretty cheaply! 2. Get your stationery from a local company Via productnation.co.uk It's a shame we've all been made to believe that all the big suppliers and even the supermarkets are the cheapest ways to get our essentials. But companies such as ProductNation are giving local customers free next day (and sometimes free same day) delivery. Plus, as they are real people you can ask for the best price - so you're supporting a midlands business and saving quids at the same time. Win. 3. Don't be so quick to leave... Via wolverhamptonart.org.uk There are so many places in the Midlands that can offer a great day out for next to nothing. Birmingham has a fantastic set of galleries and museums and the Bantock House museum in Wolverhampton is worth a visit! 4. Don't buy costly replacements of expensive household items, get them repaired at a fraction of the cost. Via elec-tronic.co.uk The Midlands is home to a wealth of experienced traders. None more so than the folks over at Elec-tronic. A new plasma TV can cost a small fortune these days - just get your old one repaired! As we say in the midlands 'it'll stop the kids having a mardy...' 5. Stand up for the little guy In Fact... Support local businesses all over! The Midlands is home to a wealth of local businesses and young individuals just trying to go it alone. Before going to a big retailer for your next purchase try to find a local provider.