Recently, I have decided to really spend my money more on experiences than things. I have been trying to cut out as much material buying as possible or to simply do that stuff on the cheap. I have a few travel plans/ideas for next year and even though my leave hasn’t been signed off yet (yikes!) I am 100% fully into the saving game!
Here are just a few things that I have already done to save myself money or that I continue to do so:
- Cancel that subscription – wether it be the magazine subscription you have but never seem to read, the netflix that doesn’t get used or the spotify that has taken a backseat to Apple Music. Cancel all subscriptions that you no longer use or that you use minimally but no where near enough to make the cost of the product back.
- Use cashback sites and employee discount programmes – this is one I have been extremely lax on but I have just relooked on my Quidco account and there are a lot of shops on there that I use. It’s worth getting money back or money off purchases you are going to make anyway.
- Read via the library, overdrive or PDF’s – This is one major way I have been saving money recently. Books are not cheap nowadays and once I have read them I don’t tend to read them again unless they are my faves so having the physical copy really is of no use to me. I have been loving popping into my local library to get books and using their online rental service, overdrive to read books. I haven’t spent money on books since January and its awesome!
- Watch old movies/tv shows on the subscription service you already own instead of buying DVD’s or going to the cinema – Now I am not saying don’t go to the cinema as a treat but at about £15 a pop, work your way through the extensive list of netflix picks you have before you look at other options.
- Make your own food for work – This is a no-brainer and something I have been trying really hard with. Recently i looked at my bank balance for the month and found I had spent £45 in the co-op that month on literally tuna sandwiches, water and crisps! Get a refillable water bottle and make your own sandwiches, pasta, salads etc for the fraction of the cost!
- Wait longer between appointments – can you last a few more weeks until you get your hair dyed or your eyebrows threaded? I’ve found that postponing an appointment even just a few weeks will save you money as you will not need to get that said thing done as often!
- Try beauty treatments at home – I have always ALWAYS sucked at painting my own nails which is why I would always get shellac done at a salon. Now after a couple of weeks practice i have found that i am actually not that bad at painting my own nails and do it every week myself now. I have had the nail polishes for a while so there was no real upfront cost to it. In one month alone that has saved me £40.
- Shop your Stash – Another way I have been saving money recently is to use up everything I already own before purchasing replacements. I have just bought a perfume for the first time in forever! And cleaners, well through blogging I have enough samples to last me to at least the end of the year if not longer! I haven’t bought a cleaner in almost two years!!!
- Save a set amount each month – this can be as big or as small as your budget allows. I always move £50 into my designated travel savings account at the beginning of the month and then I always have about £150 left at the end of the month that I will then move this into their too.
- Use Vouchers, codes and discount cards – I always dine out on vouchers and go shopping with vouchers. It is great to save money wherever you can and if you can get a meal for 40% off you should totally do that. If I am buying anything online I will always google ‘shop name voucher codes’ and see what comes up – I have made some pretty good savings this way. I also use my railcard to get cheap train tickets.
- Payment upfront if you save money – If there is something that you know you are going to be using a lot of and it saves you money to bulk buy upfront do so. My bus fare was cheaper to buy for a year at £400 a year than buying the £30 weekly ticket.
What are your best money saving tips? Share them with me in the comments below – id love to hear them
Until Next Time,