As well as making extra cash I am also taking steps to cut down on my expenditure. The cost of living continues to rise and with some wages not keeping pace with inflation coupled with rising costs it is important to overhaul spending too.
I’ve read so much about living a frugal lifestyle that it now appears to be so cool – that must be a first for me!
In my quest to be more frugal this is up I’m up to:
- Yellow sticker hunting. Yellow sticker hunting is when supermarkets reduce food with you’ve guessed it – yellow stickers! These are often items that have best before the day you are shopping. The best time for me to go is around 7pm when they reduce the items the most. If you buy bread at this time, it’s a good idea to freeze it if you don’t intend using it all . You really can get some excellent bargains. Why not visit your local supermarket and see where they keep the reduced section.
- Buying second hand clothing. It’s not just something I have been doing recently, I have always done it. I love vintage items so the best way to buy them is in charity shops or car boot sales. You don’t have to visit a charity shop if you feel a little weird about it – why not visit Ebay or your local Gumtree site? Here you will also find people selling clothes including kids clothing – after all they grow so fast so why not save yourself a little money? These are fantastic ways to cut down on the cost of your wardrobe – call it going vintage!
- Never buy anything online unless I go through TopCashBack or Quidco. If you buy anything online don’t until you go through these two cashback websites. I have saved so much the past year getting back over £200 just for going through these sites. Cashback can be requested in to your PayPal account or your bank account – you decide.
- Take home extra condiments. This is probably classed as a bit extreme but each to their own I say! If we do go for a treat and there are jam or sauce condiments left at the end of the meal I take these home. They come in really handy if you run out of jam or sauce at home!
- Planning meals and Using Grocery Apps. We draw up a weekly menu to help cut back on our groceries, it means we only buy what we need when we go shopping. This also helps us to reduce food waste. We also use cashback grocery apps. These are fantastic as some items end up being free. I highly recommend reading my article on cashback apps: How to get money off your grocery bill by using apps.
- Grow your own. I am not a great gardener it has to be said but I do try and have become successful at growing herbs and salad leaves. They grow without much effort in pots just at the back door or on the windowsill. If you fancy giving it a go buy some seeds from your local pound shop together with a few plant pots and give it a go. You could also team up with family and friends to swap seeds. Honestly it is so satisfying when you grow something that you put on your own plate!
- Go for supermarket own brands. I have to admit to doing this on a regular basis and for a number of years. I never really could get used to being brand loyal when it came to things like beans! In fact when we switched to own label brands we found that some items tasted much nicer. During your next shop why not swap just a few items to see how it goes?
- Keep fit without joining a gym. I hate gyms, but I hate paying for gyms even more! There was a time when I paid a monthly fee and didn’t bother going. I might as well have thrown the money down the drain. Why not try keeping fit for free? There are so many couch to 5k clubs about or walking groups you could try. Alternatively you could download an app that will take you through an exercise programme. The key is to set yourself small challenges like walking the stairs instead of the escalator or getting off one bus stop early to walk the rest of the way.
- Use coupons and vouchers. I love shopping with vouchers / coupons. By keeping your eyes peeled in newspapers or magazines or indeed product websites you can save yourself hundreds on items. By registering with TopCashBack or Quidco you can also search for coupons or vouchers there too! Also remember to take advantage of store reward cards.
- Stop being a loyal customer. I hear it all the time, oh I would never leave (insert name here), I’ve been with them for years. I have to say this is one category where I have also saved a lot of money over the years and that’s switching providers for insurance, broadband, TV, mobile, gas and electric. Don’t be loyal to one company – shop around. Indeed you may find if you shop around and find a better deal then you go back to your current provider and explain you are ready to leave them for a better deal – more times than not they will match the deal! Why not visit Go Compare and find out how much money you could save by switching some of your providers?
These are the ways in which I am saving money at the moment. Why not give them a go and let me know how you get on.
Also why not visit a few of my other posts on how to increase your income:
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