Saving money in the home is important. We all want to find ways to be more cost-efficient and to save on everything from shopping bills to heating and electricity. It can sometimes be tough to know where to start though. Confusing terms and conditions and misleading store policies can often lure you in and before you know it, you’ve ended up spending more money than you intended. With that in mind, we show you some top tips for simple ways to save money. Household money saving has never been this easy!
Shopping: doing your regular weekly shop can often be a painful experience if you are on a strict budget. No-one wants to have to scrimp and save just to get by, but with a bit of thought it doesn’t have to be so hard. First of all, take a calculator (or use the one on you phone!) and add up your spending as you walk around. Some stores also have handy gadgets to help with this. This will ensure that you only buy what you need and that you stick to a budget. Having a shopping list handy is also a good idea so that you don’t miss anything important.
Home heating and energy: heating and powering your home can often be expensive. Check out independent energy suppliers such as First Utility. Smaller companies can often offer you a great deal. Refer your friends, and you’ll sometimes even make money. Remember to switch off your appliances at night and unplug everything. This can save money on bills. Keeping the doors to each room closed and buying some draft excluders can trap the heat in and keep your home warmer for longer.
Family meals: creating cheap family meals can be a bit daunting. However, there are a few failsafe ways to provide your family with good, hearty meals each week on a budget. First check out your local supermarkets and find out which ones have the best offers on. Write a meal plan and buy only the ingredients you need to create each one. Cottage pie is simple to make, and you can often buy cheap frozen mince. Bulk things out with some fresh veg and you’ve got an easy and quick meal that won’t break the bank. Sign up for supermarket reward cards. These are brilliant when you shop at a store on a regular basis. You’ll earn points and vouchers back to claim money off your next shop.
Packed lunches: we all want our kids to eat well, even if we are on a budget. Look for deals on fruit and salad. These can be chopped up to make healthy lunchbox sized snacks. Bread rolls and fresh loaves can be bought when they are in the clearance section and frozen so that you have cheap items on hand.
Health and beauty: health and beauty essentials can be found in the discount sections of your local stores or buy checking magazines for vouchers. Sometimes it pays to sign up for the mailing lists of top brands as you’ll get regular updates and money off vouchers sent through to you. Print these off, and you’ll soon make a saving. Buying in bulk when there is an offer on and combining sale prices with cashback apps can save you even more money.