There’s never a wrong time to start saving money, whether it is for a holiday, a rainy day, or an upcoming splurge day. This article reveals the best ways for keeping your hard-earned money in your account with minimal consequences on your day-to-day living.
Cook Once, Eat Twice
Make your money last longer with batch cooking.
If you plan ahead to make a larger quantity of one meal, you will save money on the cost of cooking with different ingredients and the electricity used to create the other dinners. Purchasing your ingredients for bigger meals often means you will have a greater chance of claiming deals and discounts at supermarkets.
You can choose between storing your leftovers to eat later in the day or bring them to work or freeze them for another time. Also, when you already have delicious and nutritious meals prepared, you’ll have less of an urge to order a takeaway or go out for a meal.
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Buy Basic Store-Brand Versions
Resist the temptation of selecting the nicer-packaged items, and instead, look for the generic and store brands.
Kitchen staples, such as rice, bread, and milk should be inexpensive as they taste exactly the same as those from well-known and heavily marketed companies. It may not seem like a huge change at first, but compare the new price to previous shopping trips and you’ll see that it all adds up.
Other items that you could slash the costs of are painkillers and hayfever tablets. Just be certain that the active ingredient (and its amount) and the effects are identical. But if you have any allergies, double-check the inactive ingredients too to avoid problems.
Tip: Big weekend hauls are more effective than unlimited, shorter trips to express shops.
Click and Collect
While having packages delivered to your home or place of work is a great convenience, it usually comes with the burden of an added fee.
Many online and land-based retailers offer a Click and Collect service and you can use this to your advantage for dodging postage and packing prices. On occasion, this approach is beneficial when you want your order asap because shops can provide as soon as same-day pick-up. There are no limitations and this can be organised for orders of any size.
Popular stores which cater to free collections are Debenhams, River Island, MenKind, Next, The Works, and more.
Save £10 a week
Create a sizeable savings pot by putting away a tenner for 52 weeks.
Here are a few examples that you can cut down each week which are equivalent to £10:
- 10-can pack of Strongbow Cider
- 3 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Tubs
- 1 Lunch Bundle from Starbucks
Treat it like another bill and set up a standing order to a separate account that you will not touch, then when next year comes, you will find that it has accumulated £520.
If you’re looking to acquire a bigger amount, then you can extend the time i.e. two years is £1,040, three years is £1,560, etc.
Thank you for reading! I have personally used these easy methods and found them effective for saving some extra cash ♡
If you have any other frugal habits to recommend, please feel free to share and leave a comment below!