Last year was a strain on everyone’s wallets. This year is not looking like we will be rolling in dough either. Let’s look at some ways you can save money while we go through this difficult time:
- Yellow Stickers
Getting reduced food with a yellow discount sticker is a great way to save money. Supermarkets often reduce the food that is nearing its sell-by date. Items can be up to 70% off, though often they are around 50. Items are often in a designated ‘reduced’ section. But it can be dotted around the shop with the fresh stuff so keep an eye out.
Some online research shows that a good time to look out for reduced items in the supermarket across the board is about 7 pm. If you change your shopping time, so you go at 7 pm every trip, you will likely save a lot of money over the year. It also means you might get some of the more luxury items at a hugely reduced rate so you will afford a better standard of food in general.
- Save Energy
If you have some money set aside, you might want to think about replacing your central heating system. Old radiators can get full of ‘sludge’ and not work well at all. They are also thicker than modern ones so take longer to heat up. Modern radiators can be bought online. You can get tall radiators to fit snugly in a small apartment and fit it yourself. Boilers need to be fitted by a gas-safe engineer.
Watch some YouTube tutorials and learn how to fit them, you will feel excellent afterwards and your DIY skills will go up. Replacing your radiator will not only give you more heat than your previous one but is likely to use a lot less energy.
Solar lights and fairy lights can be a great way to save money. Some are really bright these days and if you aren’t running your lights in your house, you can save a lot of money on electricity that you can then spend on other things. You can also get LED bulbs, which last a lot longer than regular light bulbs.
- Ride a Bike
Get a bike and ride it everywhere. If you have a car, sell it. Use the bus or tube – don’t. Riding a bike will make you healthier and happier, fitter and have a lot more money than you did before when you’d spend money on cars, busses, tubes, and taxis. Make sure you have high viz on if you are biking through winter as even in the middle of the day, it can be hard for cars to see you.
These three money-saving steps are just the start. There are so many ways out there that you can save money and at the same time live a better life. It feels good when you swap out spending money you don’t have to for a money saver that makes you have a higher quality of life, be it a healthier you, a warmer you, or a richer you!
*Photos by Vlada Karpovich