Even if you think there is nothing that you can be doing to save money around the house, you may be shocked to find that there are a few things that you have missed. Saving money on essential household things will mean that you have more money to put into your savings, or to use on something you want. Below are a few tips that will help you on your money-saving journey:
Switch to own brand
If there isn’t much difference in taste, when you are buying food, it is better to purchase own-brand versions of branded foods. Branded versions of food can be significantly more expensive than own-brand, so by making the switch, you could save a bit of money on your weekly shop. If you don’t want to switch everything, that’s fine, but it makes sense with things such as tinned tomatoes and any other ingredients that you use within recipes as you will be adding other elements to them for your meal.
Air dry your clothes
If it is a warm day or you have the room for a clothes rack, you should try to air dry some of your clothes. It will help keep your clothes in better condition for longer because they won’t shrink or get overheated, but it will also mean you are saving money on your electricity bills by not using a dryer. There are also other ways that you can reduce your energy bills.
Use an energy comparison website
To make sure you are getting the best deal on your energy bills, you should use an energy comparison website such as Switch My Energy. You will be able to see if there is another company you would save money with so that you won’t be paying more than you need.
When you aren’t using an electrical appliance, take the time to unplug them or turn them off at the switch. Many people think that when things aren’t in use or on standby, they aren’t using much if any electricity. However, they do still use power, and if you start turning them off at the socket or unplugging them, you will begin to see a difference in your energy bills.
Save your spare change
If you have a purse full of small change that you don’t use, put it in a jar at home. If you get in the habit of putting your small change into the jar before you know it, you will have a pot full of change that you can take to the bank. You may be surprised at how much you have managed to save.
Make a shopping list
Going to the supermarket knowing what you need to buy for the whole week will help you to save money. You will be able to ensure that you have the ingredients to make enough meals for the week and ensure you aren’t purchasing things that you already have at home. It will also help you to resist items that aren’t on your list, and make you less likely to order takeaway because you know that you already have food in the house.