Slash repair costs like Jay Blades with these six brilliant DIY tips

TONIGHT millions of us will be tuning in to the new episode of The Repair Shop.

Recent surveys have said that by following the example of its presenter Jay Blades — watch him on BBC One at 8pm — we could save thousands of pounds a year by upcycling instead of throwing away and buying new.

Here’s how to make do and mend without so much spend.

SCREEN SAVER: A smashed phone screen can cause all sorts of agony, so it’s best to get it fixed quickly. Book in two items to repair at and get £10 off, or if you’re a student, get £20 off iPhone repairs plus a free screen protector worth £15.

STICK THE BOOT IN: Repairing shoes can be difficult without the right glue. Pick up the Loctite Power Gel Super Glue. At Sainsbury’s the glue is £3.50 but right now you can get it at Wilko for £3.

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FIX IT UP: Car trouble can be costly. Learn how to fix basic problems yourself, such as changing tyres, checking fluids and more with the Car Maintenance Anyone Can Do course on, down from £24.99 to £19.99.

Be prepared for breakdowns. You can get a year’s breakdown cover with Be Smart for £9.95 via instead of £47.70.

SMOOTH IT OVER: Got a tear in a leather armchair? There’s no need to chuck it! Grab the super-popular Sugru leather repair kit, usually £25 but currently £20 at

WATCH OUT: Fixing your timepiece is simple with Timpsons online watch repair service, with prices starting at £25. But if you feel confident following YouTube videos, pick up the Vivo 144-piece watch tool kit from Robert Dyas for £18.99.

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MOP IT UP: If you’re likely to shed a tear at The Repair Shop tonight, head to Morrisons. Pick up a pack of its three-ply facial tissues, reduced from £1 to 50p.

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