A new month means a new opportunity to save money! This March we’re looking at Spring Cleaning your finances with the award winning blogger: Frugal Queen. This thrifty blogger loves to live happily and comfortably without breaking the bank. She can be found blogging at www.frugalqueen.co.uk. Here she shares her top money saving tips and advice with mySupermarket to help you make your spring a savvy one!
Frugal Queen’s Top Tips to Spring Clean your Finances
Feed your family the thrifty way!
Always check what you have in your house first. Can you create meals from what’s already in the fridge, freezer or store cupboard?
Next create a simple meal plan. Work with your family and children so everyone is involved.
When you’ve taken stock of your cupboards and made a meal plan, use www.mysupermarket.co.uk to shop around for the best deals.
Please Freeze! Also make the most of your freezer and save any leftovers!
Power up! Check your energy suppliers and usage.
Simple changes to LED lighting will reduce your electricity bill.
Get the slow cooker out and use that for a few meals a week.
You can cook two meals at once and keep one in the fridge or freezer ready to be microwaved when needed.
Hang your clothes outside to dry whenever you can, even if only for a while and finish them in the tumble drier.
Shorten your showers by one minute, I promise you won’t notice the difference.
Bright Idea: Use price comparison websites to compare energy suppliers and find the best deals for your area. Switch if you have to.
Make yourself at home and save on essentials.
Check out price comparison sites to compare your phone and broadband. Are you getting the best deal or can you reduce this monthly bill?
Mobile phone tariffs. None of us use all the minutes, texts and download that we pay for. Contact your supplier and renegotiate a cheaper deal. Or, if they can’t offer you anything, give notice and go to another supplier altogether!
Tune in to savings on satellite TV. If you live in a cable area, look at price comparisons to see if you can get a better deal. You could also get a ‘Freesat’ box and enjoy all of the available channels for free!
Hit a savings Home Run: Ensure your Household insurance is right for you. Never just renew your boiler cover, your home and contents cover or accidental damage cover. Always pay for one year only and ensure you check you’re getting the best deal before you renew. Keep paperwork proving your no claims and if you’re a careful householder, look at raising your excess if it’s within your budget so you pay less for the insurance.
Simple Swaps for Super Savings
These won’t hurt at all!
Treat out – If you eat out, cut it back to once a fortnight or once a month.
Take aways – Try the supermarkets Chinese or Indian ready meals. You could fake it altogether and buy frozen battered fish fillets, frozen oven chips and tinned mushy peas. All of a sudden the Friday night fish supper will be a fraction of the cost.
Clever coffee – Can’t do without your coffee? Taking your own coffee to work will save you hundreds of pounds a year. If you do have the occasional coffee out with friends, see it as a treat!
Pack a lunch – even if you just pick up a supermarket meal deal of £3 a day this works out at £730 a year! Why overspend when you can pack a lunch from home and take it with you?
Gym membership – it is time to swap any membership that doesn’t get used. Instead use weekly passes when you have the time or use YouTube and exercise at home. There are hundreds of trainers who want to share their fitness tips with you for free!