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Blogger turns to upcycling to save cash for a house deposit

Jenni works upcycling a chair that she found on the roadside.

Jenni Hill, 25, is blogging about her self-imposed challenge to save £10,000 in one year in order to be able to move out of her parents’ house. She has turned to upcycling to help her on her way, visiting charity shops, being thrifty and finding creative ways to save cash.

She set up the blog,, to document her experiences and encourage others to give her money-saving methods a go.

“I decided to move home because I was tired of living in a rented flat and constantly having to pester the landlord to arrange for things to be fixed,” Jenni told 

“I soon decided that I could be saving up for a place of my own and paying off my own mortgage rather than paying off my landlord's mortgage. I realised that saving up while renting would be extremely difficult, so when my parents offered to let me move back in with them I obviously couldn't say no. I've been back home for a year now, and I didn't think I'd be here that long, but I've done really well saving so far and when I eventually move out and buy a place of my own I certainly won't turn my back on my thrifty ways.”

As well as sourcing hand-me-down pieces of furniture from relatives, Jenni has taken on upcycling projects, spotting likely items in second-hand shops and online.

A stunning chair after Jenni has worked her magic, and a table ready to be upcycled with a few repairs.

“I was really excited to find a broken chair at the side of the road a few months ago. One of the legs was hanging off and there was some damage to the back of it, but after repairing it, sanding it down, painting it and covering the seat cushion with new fabric, it looks as good as new. I'm now looking for my next upcycling project.”

Jenni, who lives in Manchester and works as a copy writer, is a fan of resources such as online second-hand marketplace Preloved, as well as Facebook buy and swap groups. She also frequents charity shops, even taking time to volunteer at one herself and blogging about the experience.

“There's definitely a feel-good element to upcycling a piece of furniture or rescuing something from landfill. This is something you can't get from buying new furniture. It felt great fixing that chair when I knew it probably would have gone straight to the tip otherwise. 

“Another perk of recycling and improving old furniture is that you end up with something unique that no one else will have. I can't wait to get my first house and hopefully fill it with quirky items that I've tweaked to suit my own taste.”

By Lucy

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