Whether it’s bargain hunting or making smart financial decisions, here are some top tips to help ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible and saving some money in the process.
1. Bargain hunting
Everybody loves a bargain, but this is where it usually ends. Getting the best price is about taking the time to look, and most of us just don’t have that time. However, it’s not as tricky as you’d think, you just need to know how to do it. Sites like Hot Bargains are great for finding the latest deals and freebies.
There are lots of other tips to help you find the best deals online, including the trick of abandoning your shopping basket to get yourself a discount code and signing up to newsletters.
Also, don’t forget the power of loyalty cards. A whole host of major retailers and supermarkets reward their customers by allowing them to collect points. These points can usually be converted into money-off vouchers in store which can prove to be a great way to save on your shop
2. Travel & commuting
There are big savings to be made on travel – you just need to know where to look.
If you are a regular train user, Trainline is a brilliant site which allows you to book cheap tickets in a very quick and easy way. The more in advance you book, the more savings you make. But on average, you can save 43% when you book UK rail in advance.
Not only can you make massive savings through Trainline, but you’ll also benefit from 2for1 deals to major London attractions when you book your train tickets.
We know that it can get very expensive when it comes to going out – particularly when you have a family. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to have fun without having to pay full whack.
Many restaurants offer online promotions – for example, Pizza Express regularly run 2for1 offers on main courses. You’ll also be able to find voucher codes and deals in the newspaper, so be sure to check there too.
4. Food & shopping
This is a big one. And I’m sure a lot of you would agree that food is one of, maybe even the biggest, monthly outgoing. The Office for National Statistics revealed that the average amount spent by each family in 2016/17 was £536.80 per week.
Whether you’re eating in, eating out or grabbing yourself a coffee in the morning – there are lots of ways to save money.
Buying supermarket-own brands can positively impact your spend – and in a lot of cases you’ll find that you won’t even need to compromise on taste, just on brand.
As I mentioned previously, make sure that you sign up to reward schemes so that you can collect points that you’ll be able to use in store at a later date. Major retailers like Tesco and Sainsbury’s are great at rewarding customers with money off vouchers.
And finally, keep your food fresh for longer and don’t be wasteful. Freezing leftovers will save you money AND time. Ensure you store food properly and check dates so that you don’t get caught out.
Are you a master of saving money? We’d love to hear your top tips today. Let us know in the comments below.