In a bit of a financial pickle? Or just want to save a few extra pounds? Either way, there are lots of things you can save money on with minimal effort. Here’s our favourite 8 quick wins to save hundreds of pounds this week.
1. Pack your work lunch
Meal deals may seem like good value, but they’re really not. Buying products to make lunch for the week is much cheaper than buying lunch out.
2. Put change to one side
You hand the cashier a fiver and get £2.34 change back. Where does that change go? Instead of cramming it into your purse (or jean’s pocket), add it to a jar. Just a few pounds every week will add up in the long run.
3. Start going to the library
Stop paying to read and watch movies! Lots of people are joining their local library to borrow books and DVDs for free. Some libraries even run events for children.
4. Start ‘yellow sticker’ shopping
Timing your supermarket shop just right can save you £££s! A member of our Facebook group recently posted that they purchased £68 worth of shopping for just £18. That’s quite a saving! Most yellow sticker products have a short use-by date, so just make sure you’ll use them in time or they’re freezable.
5. Stop overpaying for utilities
Utilities is a touchy subject. Most people believe it’s too much effort to change providers. However, new research suggests that loyal customers are being overcharged by £690 a year on broadband/TV and around £150 for gas and electricity. With auto-switching on the rise, it’s so easy to switch with minimal effort.
6. Sell unwanted items
Have a clear-out and find items you no longer want. When you have a few items, start listing them on sites like eBay, Gumtree or Facebook’s marketplace. Old phones, laptops, and furniture tend to sell well. You could also consider heading to a car-boot sale.
7. Start clipping coupons
You can easily find coupons for all of your favourite brands. MSE have a useful section of their site dedicated to tracking coupons. You can also find them in supermarket magazines (which are free to pick-up, usually after the checkout).
8. Workout for free
Consider cancelling your gym membership. Check out local exercise groups, or visit your local community fitness center for free exercise classes. If you’d rather exercise on your own, check out YouTube videos on how to workout.