For the 30th anniversary of the £1 coin MoneySupermarket have asked bloggers to come up with 30 ways to save a pound (or more). One lucky blogger will win £1000. Below is my entry. For more details visit MoneySupermarket
1. Meal Plan : I cannot tell you enough how much this has saved me over the past year. Plan your shopping exactly around your meals. It halved my shopping bills.
2. Buy own brands – for example the Sainsburys basic range is just as good as any of the more well known. I use chopped tomatoes and Passata at least twice a week – using the basics range for just these items saves me approx £2.00 per week.
3.Use chicken thighs instead of breasts in curries/casseroles. Not only are they tastier but they are approximately half the price. A saving of £2/3 on each meal.
4. Don’t forget to take your own bags! Plastic shopping bags in Wales cost 6p per bag. If you use 6 per week that’s a minimum of £18 per year.
5. Use comparison sites – we saved £120 on our car insurance and £50 on our home insurance by using various sites.
6. Look for voucher codes before going on holidays/ for family days out or for meals – I estimate this saves us about £250 a year.
7.Bulk buy at baby events – nappies and wet wipes in particular are far cheaper when bought in large boxes.
8.Use sites such as eBay,gumtree and similar when making a purchase. We bought a Mamas & Papas changing unit for £70 on Gumtree in impeccable condition. In store we would have paid £600.
9. Cook in bulk and freeze : not only do you save on energy costs but you have a handy meal for those nights when you just can’t be bothered.
10. Make your own – be it takeaway style food, birthday cakes or just plain old bread. It can save you lots and taste far better.
11. Change or at least threaten to cancel Internet/TV providers at the end of your contract. You will normally get a far better deal as a new customer elsewhere and if not your current provider will usually slash your current rate by £10 or more.
12. Go veggie occasionally – we have vegetarian weeks every now and again and it saves us quite a lot as good meat is expensive.
13. Buy lentils, rice and pasta in large bags a saves a lot and they are always handy for cheap, filling meals.
14. Grow your own – herbs especially basil can be expensive when bought fresh from your local supermarket but most grow very well on your kitchen windowsill and the seeds are normally far less than the price of one packet of fresh herbs.
15. Use free trials for film rentals, if you work your way around them all you could get approx 6 months free use. Don’t forget to cancel before the 30 days are up.
16. Use your local library. Free books!
17. Loyalty cards – nectar cards and Tesco clubcards in particular can make you money and cost you nothing at all.
18. Share bath water- Izzy always bathes with either her dad or me.
19. Companies often give you money off for paperless billing and its far less clutter!
20. Turn it off – before you go to bed make sure you turn off all your appliances.
21. Walk instead of using public transport or car whenever possible. Keeps you fit too 🙂
22. Take a packed lunch – to work or on trips with family.
23. Watch exercise programmes such as 30 day shred on YouTube instead of buying. After all it may not be for you.
24. Save money on gym membership by cycling, walking and enjoying the countryside.
25. Know where the reduced to clear sections are. We regularly buy close to end of date items and freeze them for later use.
26. Look for free eye tests – at present Tesco offer free tests,
27. Shop around for bank accounts. Some accounts pay you a monthly amount if you put in a minimum of say £1500 each month.
28.Try to use cash instead of your card, it’s far too easy to overspend when using plastic.
29. Take turns with friends coming over for dinner and you going to theirs.. Or each make different courses.
30. Use the money supermarket website and read the forum posts for news of flash sales or supermarket price glitches.