Sometimes we think of saving money as a slog after all its all about cutting costs and going without isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are plenty of ways to reduce costs and even make some additional money for the pot without feeling like you are in super-duper-economy-mode. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Sell unused items
Hands up who has a junk drawer, shelf, or even room in their home that is chock full of items that you do not use anymore? Well, you’re not alone, in fact, many of us have at least a few things that are doing nothing but using up space and making the place look untidy.
Of course, sometimes it is these very things that we think of as junk that could be making up some money if we sold them to someone else. In particular, old electronic items like smartphones and tablets can be reset and sold on to make a quick and substantial amount of money.
It’s pretty simple to sell iPhones and other makes like Galaxys too, as there are plenty of sites out there that will buy them off you. Something that means all you need to do is create an account, follow the instructions, and pop in the post. Easy!
Think about long-term savings
Another fantastic way that you can save money without even noticing is to think about the long term. This is something that is particularly relevant to energy use because there is a lot of tech that can seriously reduce your utility bills available now. Something that means you can pay less, but not notice any difference.
For example, installing underfloor heating can help you cut down on your heating bill in the winter because it transports the heat to where it will be felt the most, but costs a lot less to run than traditional radiators. In fact, it can even improve the heating in your home!
Similarly, you may wish to install solar panels on your roof, something you can often get financial assistance from the government to do. Then you will be able to generate free electricity and even sell any excess back into the grid. Something that can help you save money in the long term, once the initial costs have been paid off.
Shop the offers
If your family is anything like mine, then your food shopping will be one of the most substantial costs you have to deal with. However, there are some smart strategies you can use to lower this without having to eat value beans for ¾ weeks of the month!
First, always shop in the offers, so if you need chocolate biscuits for the kids’ lunches get the one that are BOGOFF, or 3 for the price of 2, because then you will have supplies that will last you longer.
Of course, it’s even better if you can use a coupon to get some money off of items that you need, something you can learn about here. Just remember that if you don’t need an item then it doesn’t matter how significant the saving is, don’t waste your money on it because you could be saving it instead!