Do you feel like no matter how smartly and diligently you try, it’s difficult to find ways to save money? Something always comes up- the car needs its MOT, the fridge needs fixing or the garden needs a new fence, and just like that, saving money seems to be impossible. Fortunately, we are here to share some money saving tips that you can try around your house.
INSULATE – TRAP HEAT AND MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT
Insulation reduces the exchange of heat through a surface. In a well-insulated home, less warm air escapes from the house during the winter, and less cool air escapes during the summer, reducing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. By installing insulation and sealing air leaks, homeowners can save a national average of 11% on total home energy bills and around 15% on heating and cooling expenses alone. Insulation also plays a major role in making your home climate more comfortable by significantly reducing carbon prints!.
SAVE ENERGY BY REPLACING BULBS WITH LED BULBS
LED bulbs are more energy efficient. Therefore, whenever you have to replace your bulbs make sure you do so with LED.This switch could save you £9 a year per LED bulb so it’s worth doing. It’s also good practice to turn off lights when you leave a room, and also switch electrical goods off around the house. By practising these energy saving tips, you should notice a difference in the long run.
FURNISH SECOND HAND
Making secondhand purchases is naturally eco-friendly: You're giving new life to something destined for landfill — and likely saving some money and supporting a good cause too. You don’t need to go to Barker & Stonehouse or Wayfair, instead you can get yourself down to your local charity shop or furniture outlet to nab a bargain!. Buying items made with recycled materials or second-hand items reduces your overall carbon footprint. It’s great for your wallet and the environment!
GROW YOUR OWN HERB GARDEN
Are you tired of constantly buying herbs from the supermarket? Why not grow your own! For less than the price of a jar of dried herbs, you can plant fresh herbs. Taking the time to plant a herb garden is very satisfying and easy, and if you don’t have enough space in your garden, you can simply use small pots and put them in your balcony! By starting a herb garden, you can add beauty to your garden, flavour to your kitchen, and savings back to your pocket!
NATURALLY DRY CLOTHES
It’s no secret that using tumble dryers can be very expensive, therefore we recommend trying to naturally dry your clothes where you can. It’s always best to hang washing outside where you can, however you can also use clothes horses indoors in case the weather isn't cooperating!
MAKE YOUR OWN HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
You can help the environment and save a few pounds by making your own household cleaners. For instance, instead of using store-bought glass cleaner, mix two cups of water with a 1/2 cup of vinegar to create your own. Another easy formula for all-purpose cleaning is mixing 4 tablespoons of baking soda with one quart of warm water.
DO IT YOURSELF – A BIG WAY TO SAVE MONEY
When you do it yourself, the price of a labourer is removed. DIY allows you to choose the cost of everything for your renovation. Buy a tool kit, drill and paintbrushes, and save yourself countless handyman and decorator charges that build up over the years.
BUILD A FINANCIAL PLAN AND REVIEW IT REGULARLY
While they may seem boring, financial plans are a great way of preparing for the unexpected, and saving along the way. Establish goals for spending money on a monthly basis, plan for the future, plan for the unexpected, monitor your finances on a regular basis, and save as much as you can.
When it comes to saving money, small changes can add up quickly. Adjusting a few daily habits, cutting monthly spends on non essentials and leveraging tools that automate savings can collectively make a big impact. The truth is, there are many ways to save money. Find the ways that work for you, and slowly start incorporating the strategies into your life. Saving can be fun!