Simple ways to spend less every day
We seem to be living in the age of austerity and are all feeling the pinch in our pockets. Looking for ways to save a little money and become thriftier is becoming an increasingly more important part of our lives. We have created a list of 20 tips for being thrifty, which will not only help you save money but may also get you thinking about the way you spend it!
- The simplest tip of all but one we regularly forget – switch off all lights behind you and unplug all electrical items by the main switch as standby still uses up a lot of power
- Wash your clothes at 30c – saves money and helps the environment
- Use large electrical items such as a dishwasher or washing machine during off peak hours. Contact your energy provider to find out when and if you have peak/off-peak hours
- Changing all your bulbs to low energy bulbs- they last longer and will reduce costs on your energy bill
- Turning the thermostat down on your heating – most households have it set too high without even realizing
- Check out the reduced shelf in the supermarket for a bargain, you can always freeze products that are close to the sell by date so you have them for longer
- Add vinegar to an almost empty bottle of mayonnaise and season with some Italian herbs for a lovely, fresh salad dressing
- Take your own shopping bags as some supermarkets offer loyalty points and/or charge for bags
- Plan your weekly diet ahead and stick to the shopping list
- Check BOGOF offers before you get fooled by the packaging and advertising. Is it really financially better for you? Do you even need two of the same product?
- Cut back on costs by taking a packed lunch to work. Prepare your lunch the night before to make sure you have enough time in the morning.
- Invite your friends round and buy a bottle of wine from the supermarket or off license to save costs
- Find out when your local pub or favourite bar has a happy hour and make the most of the offers
- Organise a ‘come dine with me’ competition with your friends and family to save costs on eating out and socialising
- Consider using film clubs for entertainment i.e. Amazon Prime Instant Video or Netflix instead of going to the cinema or buying DVDs
- Check sites such as Groupon, Living Social and Wowcher for low cost deals on days out and adventure activities.
Beauty and Fashion
- Throw a ‘clothes swap’ party with friends and families to freshen up your wardrobe instead of buying new clothes
- Save money on conditioner by investing in hair oil products such as coconut oil, argan oil or even amla oil. These cheap and natural products can be used on a regular basis and if left on overnight, will work wonders on the condition of your hair
- Sea salt is great for adding intense flavour to your food but can also be used in a body scrub mixture. Mix sea salt with coconut olive oil and add a few drops of essential oil. Leave it in a lovely jar on the edge of your bath!
- Hairdressers usually offer first time customers a big discount. Why not try that new luxury hair salon for the first time and see what they can offer you?
So why not try some of our ideas and see if they can help you save a few pennies here and there? We also have Money Saving Tips for homeowners, car owners and new parents for more thrifty inspiration.