Four Quick Money-Saving Shopping TipsPosted: 12th of February 2015 by
Unless you happen to be Bill Gates or someone similar, chances are that you could do with a little bit more money in your pocket. While we can’t offer you any more money, we can perhaps offer you some quick and simple advice to help you make more of the money that you have. Making your cash go further for life’s essentials means that you will have more to spend on the luxuries – and who doesn’t like that?
Making the best use of the money you have needn’t mean doing without, but can be achieved with just a little organisation and forward thinking. And so, we present four quick money-saving tips for February (and beyond).
1. Meal Planning
Take-away food and ready-meals are expensive. While they may be a nice treat now and again, if you frequently find yourself ordering out you will soon find that your money is depleted. However, this is easily remedied with a little forethought. Whether it is lunch at college or work, or even your main evening meals, it is worth thinking ahead. You know that you will need to eat every day, so don’t leave it until the last minute but instead plan your meals for the week ahead. By looking at what you already have in your cupboards you can plan your meals in advance and shop accordingly. Not only will it prove cheaper than spending your money on take-away meals or trips to a café, but it could also be better for your health. Rather than grabbing some chips or a take-away, you can make sure your meals are balanced and healthy. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the occasional treat take-away, but it is surely better to prepare your own meals and know exactly what has gone into them – not to mention cheaper too!
2. Loyalty Cards & Money-Off Offers
As a certain supermarket chain declares, ‘every little helps,’ so why not get a loyalty card for when you are at the shops. It may not give you much back, but why would you want to turn down the chance of getting something back for your shopping? Loyalty cards allow shops to track what people are buying – which does them a favour, and in return they offer you loyalty points which can be converted into goods or money off in store. Also don’t be afraid to take advantage of any offers that may be running in your local supermarket or shop. If you are fairly open about your meals you can take advantage of any offers. Use your freezer to store items for later, and take advantage of money off on non-perishable items that you know you will use later. However, as a word of warning, don’t be tempted to buy something you would not normally just because it is on offer. Likewise, if you only need one item don’t be tempted to spend more on 3-for-2 offers unless you genuinely think you will use them.
3. Off-Season Shopping
Think ahead and take advantage of out-of-season offers. Whether you are buying Christmas decorations, summer clothes, or a new coat, they will always be cheaper when demand drops. By thinking ahead you can save lots of money on items you may want later. So, while everyone else suddenly realises that they need a new jumper to keep out the cold, you canbe looking at shorts for summer!
4. Recycle and Reuse
Finally, for a little outlay at the start you can end up saving money by picking up reusable products. Instead of buying a bottle of water every day, why not buy a reusable water bottle and just fill it up? Equally, you can save money by getting refills for things like washing liquid, rather than buying a plastic container each time. Not only will this save you money in the long run, it will also do a bit to help the environment! Rather than buying throw-away products, see how you can change your life and save some money by buying something that you can reuse – even if it costs more to start with – such as choosing cloth napkins over paper ones.
These may not be the most challenging ways to save some money, these tips will certainly help out, and are easy to action next time you head out to the shops!
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