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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.
But while we wait for the Government to sort this out, it helps to scrimp and save where we can.
And if we can do that without any drastic measures, that’s a great thing.
To help us out, the experts at NetVoucherCodes have shared their top 21 tips and tricks for saving some extra cash.
John Stirzaker from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: ‘The cost-of-living crisis is hitting most of us hard.
‘It’s unrealistic to think we’re going to save hundreds of pounds over the coming months, but a few simple changes will see you save a few pounds here and there. That cash soon starts to add up.
‘These are simple solutions on how to save those extra pennies, such as freezing food before it goes out of date, creating a monthly budget and batch cooking.
‘Even little stuff such as turning off all the plug sockets when you leave the house can make a massive difference.’
Ready to make some small changes? Let’s get into it.
Fill up at the cheapest petrol station
Do some searching online to find the cheapest local fuel prices, rather than just going to your usual petrol station out of habit.
Budgeting is key (Picture: Getty)
Create a monthly budget
Now is not the time to be spending with wild abandon – we need to get strategic.
Create a budgeting spreadsheet that outlines exactly how much you can spend in different areas – then stick to it.
Make a cash envelope for certain buys
Have a labeled cash envelope for certain purchases and don’t go over it. For example, snack allowances could contain a tenner, which has to last all week.
There’s something about having physical cash that really hammers home what you’re actually spending.
Get a cash lockbox
Out of sight, out of mind. Lock any cash you get away in a locked box at home, then vow to only open it in an emergency.
Try a no-spend weekend
Give yourself a challenge to not spend a penny for two days. That means no takeaways, no impulse spending, and only activities you can do for free.
Transfer money between bank accounts
Having a ‘daily spending’ account and a separate saving account can be a massive help in feeling more on top of your money.
This way you can send an allocated amount of money to your spending account, depending on how much you plan to spend on that day/week.
Get batch-cooking and freezing
‘Prepare cost-effective meals for the week by freezing your food to save the weekly food shopping allowance,’ say the experts. ‘To further save, take these meals to work for lunch instead of buying a meal deal.’
Sell old clothes you no longer wear
Is your wardrobe bulging at the seams? Time for a clearout.
Use a resale app like Vinted, Ebay, or Depop to get some cash for stuff you know you don’t really need or want.
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Allocate times to spend
The experts suggest: ‘It’s easy to do late night buying out of boredom, so to stop this, allocate time where you can and can’t spend.
‘Make a simple rule such as no spending past 6pm when at home.’
Use the 50/30/20 saving strategy
Divide your income into three simple categories: 50% on needs, 30% on wants and 20% on savings.
Suss out your supermarket’s reduced section
This’ll take a couple of trips, but it’s worth doing. Supermarkets typically put out their yellow label reduced price items at a certain time each day. Once you’ve figured that out, you can time your shopping trips accordingly to pick up a bargain.
You know full well that your takeaway habit is needlessly costing you loads of cash.
Scratch that itch by making your own special treat meals – fakeaways, if you will – that are just as tasty but half the price of ordering in.
Plan your meals
Planning out your meals for the week ahead is a great habit to get into. Not only does it avoid the faff of deciding what you fancy eating, but you’re likely to cut down on food waste, as well as saving money.
Think through each spend (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Sell unwanted items
‘Getting rid of that old chair by selling on a popular selling site or taking it to a cat boot can help you make a decent profit,’ say the experts.
Downshift branded food and drinks
Whatever food item you usually buy, go one ‘level’ down. So if you’re getting a big brand tin of beans, try the supermarket version. If you get the supermarket version, try their ‘basic’ range.
If you hate the taste, you can always shift back up, but if you like it, hooray – you’re saving money without being bothered.
Use saving points
Most shops and supermarkets have point systems to get you rewards and discounts for buying bits. Make use of these.
Cancel unnecessary subscriptions
If you don’t use a streaming service or magazine subscription as much as you used to, simply cut it out and make the one-off purchase instead.
‘Present buying is one of the biggest worries, but sometimes materialistic gifts don’t have the most thought put into them,’ say the experts. ‘A DIY gift can mean so much more to both receiver and maker.’
Don’t worry if you’re not the craftiest person around. It’s the thought that counts, and everyone is aware that times are tough.
Work out if special offers are really all that special
The experts note: ‘Not all offers are as good as they seem, sit back and calculate whether the two for £1.50 offer may be a simple marketing ploy rather than a viable way to save spending.’
Turn off all the plug sockets in the house
‘A classic hack, but one which benefits the most,’ say the experts. ‘It’s not just about turning off your lights, it’s also turning off your TV, gaming console, toaster at the socket when you’re not using them.
Pause and think
Before every purchase, take a minute to think about it. Ask yourself: ‘Do I really need this?’.
It can help to physically walk away, have a ponder, and then come back if you decide to go for the spend.
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