Saturday, 10 August 2013

Money Saving Tips

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As last month ended up being so cash-strapped, we've really got to tighten our belts this month, in order to get our household finances and wedding finances back on track.
 
I'd thought I'd share some of my money saving tips with you.
 
Spend Less.
 
This is a bit of a no brainer really, but I'm a complete spendthrift. I often justify going into charity shops for my spending on the basis that they are so cheap, but sometimes I can spend £20 on clothes that often, I don't really  need. Currently my charity shop spending habits are to be limited to wedding buys only (crockery, teap cups etc) and certainly no more clothes shopping! I'm trying to re-think my wardrobe more, repair some of the clothes that have got buttons missing, or rips in the seams, and re-fashion some of the others into something more workable.
 
Frugal Food
 
As a couple our biggest spend is often on food. We will do the usual "big shop" about once per week, but then in between we will find ourselves 'nipping' back for some bits and bobs. A pint of milk usually ends up costing us about £20, due to the other bits and pieces we add in, magazine here, takeaway ready meal there. Often it's me not always wanting to eat what's in the fridge or freezer, but we've decided it's time to go back to the old meal planner and online shop!
 
Sell Stuff
 
I am a complete hoarder. Well, I'm not, as I go through my belongings regularly and send clothes to the charity shops, but I very rarely sell them. The obvious choice for selling clothes is Ebay, but MusicMagpie have also starting allowing you to sell clothes via their site. My friend often uses MusicMagpie to sell DVDs and CDs, the kind of thing I tend to hang on to for some reason, but I'm definitely going to have a go through some of them now and consider whether I really need them all - particularly as most of them are stored on my laptop and Ipod too!
 
Coupons/Vouchers
 
Have you ever seen those programmes with the crazy coupon people on? Well that will be me soon! Only kidding! But seriously, my Clubcard vouchers came through recently, and I always get extra coupons with them, and I realised I never ever use them! Yet they are all for money off things I buy on a regular basis! I've also got over £30 in vouchers I haven't spent, so we are going to save those for when we are super struggling food wise, or if we decide we want a nice treat, rather than using our cash. I'm also going to check online to see if there are any more I haven't used.
 
 
So that's a start towards (hopefully) the pounds starting to pile up! What are your quick and easy money saving/gaining tips?









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3 comments:

  1. I need to change my spending habits too.

    I think the easiest is to just avoid the stores in general and only go out for what you truly need.

    I always find myself dropping at least $100 every weekend because I think I tend to shop out of habit----not that we actually NEED anything.

    Clothing stores I really try to avoid because I have so much. My drawers and closets are exploding.

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  2. Food is my problem, majorly!

    xxxx
    Tasha

    www.wandincluded.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I'm trying to save a bit of cash atm too. I'm trying to eat food we have in the freezer and in the cupboards before buying more food.

    Nadia

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