Friday, 4 March 2016

Five Easy Ways to Cut Costs at Home

Running a household can be difficult. With three girls to raise and several cats to keep in the lap of luxury, I know just how tight money troubles can get. If I’ve learned anything over the years about balancing the books, it’s that every penny counts, and there are a lot of simple ways to cut costs out of your every day life.  Here are a few of our top tips for being more efficient with your finances.


Buy clothes in the sales

I’ve found this strategy to be a great way of preparing for the future as well as cutting costs. Pick up everything from school uniforms to summer dresses in the sales and you’ll get a lot more for your money, but look for sizes that are a little bigger too. They might not fit into them now, but come next year they’ll have a brand new wardrobe without you having to spend anymore. I always pick things up as and when I see them, so I have a little stock pile of clothes for the future.

Energy saving tips

There are so many ways that you can lower your energy costs, and stash the pennies away for that big event you have coming up. On the one hand, make sure you always keep an eye out for deals with new providers, and don’t be afraid to switch gas and electric suppliers if it’s a great deal. If you don’t want to move but aren’t happy with your tariff, you can always ring your current provider and tell them you’re thinking of switching due to a recent rate you saw. Ask them what they can do for a loyal customer like you.

On the other hand, switch to energy saving lightbulbs, and use rugs and draft excluders in winter instead of putting the radiators on permanently. Look into energy controlling apps too, so you’ll always know which appliances and have been left on. You can find lots more tips like this right here.

Look out for bulk buying deals

The best products to do this for are ones you either use a lot of or ones you rarely use at all. For example, buy toilet roll and shampoo in bulk when they’re on offer so that you get way more for your money. You can either look out for supermarket deals, or join shops like Costco where they do almost all products in multi-packs.

In terms of things you rarely use, buying them on special offers online can save you huge amounts of money, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you won’t run out of it for a while. Printers are a great example; I always buy our Canon ink cartridges in bulk because I frequently have to print off bills, documents for the kids, or work.

I hope you found these tips useful. Do you have any advice of your own? If so, I’d love to hear them in the comments section.


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