MoneySupermarket.com have challenged bloggers to come up with 30 ways to save a £1, you can read all about it here.
Having set a personal challenge at the start of the year to live the life of thrift throughout 2013 I thought this would be a perfect challenge for me to take part in, especially as we approach midway point and motivation is dipping slightly.
So here it goes...
- Save all loose change - 1's, 2's, 5's they all add up!
- Collect £2 coins.
- SELL SELL SELL - If you don't need, want or use it then get rid.
- Remember to use loyalty cards at all your favourtie shops and cash in the rewards.
- Use cashback sites when shopping online.
- Search for discount codes when shopping online.
- Remember to price match. A lot of companies will now match prices if you can show the same product at a different shop for less.
- Use PetrolPrices.com to find out where to get the cheapest fuel in your area.
- Take a packed lunch to work and save money on buying dinner each day.
- Meal plan and always make a shopping list - this helps avoid those impulse buys!
- When doing the weekly shop, go down a brand or consider going to a 'cheaper' supermarket. We love Aldi in our house!
- Use coupons - cut them out of papers, magazines or print them off the internet.
- Search Groupon for cheap days out / products.
- Challenge yourself to have a no spend day,
- Batch cook food and freeze it to avoid it going to waste.
- Enter competitions, you never know you just may win!
- Consider a second / part time job.
- Buy Christmas presents throughout the year, you can pick up some fab bargains in the sales this way and spread the cost.
- Suggest doing Secret Santa to family and friends this Christmas.
- At the end of each day transfer the odd pence in your bank account into a seperate savings account and watch the amount build up.
- Visit a college salon to get your hair cut.
- Instead of having a take away enjoy some yummy shop bought treats such as pizza, wedges etc.
- If eating out look out for 2 for 1 deals or 2 for £10 etc.
- Shop around for utilities such as gas and electric and make sure that you are getting the cheapest insurance available.
- Car share where possible.
- Buy second hand - you can get some good quality stuff on selling sites, at carboots and in charity shops etc.
- Search Freecycle for any wanted items.
- Swap unwanted clothes, bedding, rags etc for cash. Search online for the nearest clothes for cash store near you.
- Keep a spending diary to keep track of your money and to see where it goes, chances are after a few weeks you will see a pattern and will be able to cut your spending somewhere.
- Always ask yourself do I NEED this - if not you can probably leave it and save a bob or two!
Can you think of any more ways to save a £1?