Wednesday, October 12, 2011

10 usefull ways to save money!

1. Make a shopping list

Food shopping forms a significant part of our monthly outgoings and the supermarket is where the bulk of the money is spent. Tesco takes £1 in every £8 spent by UK shoppers. But be warned, stores spend a small fortune studying ways of making us part with more of our money than we would otherwise intend to. Have you ever wondered why your favourite song is playing in the background as you navigate the aisles? Have you even noticed the background music? Possibly not, but you will have noticed at the checkout that the bill is often more than expected. To circumvent this, simply make a shopping list. Dig out the cookery books, plan a few meals and only buy what you need.
Saving: £10 a week = £520 a year

2. When was the last time you went to the market? 

One way to beat the supermarkets - that is, to eat healthily for less - is to use your local market stall. Lower overheads should mean lower prices. At the time of writing, cherries were on sale in Asda for £2.99 for 400g, the equivalent at the local market was going for just over £1. 
Saving: £100+

3. Use your talent to earn extra cash

Let's face it, if you're not a pop star by the time you reach your 20s you're never going to be. But you may be able to use your talent as a guitarist to teach other wannabes the rudiments of the 12-bar blues.
Income: It's not unreasonable to charge £20 an hour

4. Shop around for the cheapest household insurance

Unless you drive - car insurance is mandatory - you don't need insurance. But it's strongly advisable. Can you afford to foot the bill if your house burns down? Probably not. Similarly, can you afford to pay over the odds for the same policy available elsewhere because you can't be bothered to shop around? Possibly, but it's not advisable. The internet has made finding cheaper insurance easy and you can compare hundreds of policies in minutes. 
Saving: £100s

5. Learn to say 'no'

It's easy to capitulate to the demands of a screaming child in a packed Woolworths on a Saturday afternoon. But don't do it. Similarly, how often does a 'swift half' after work turn into a £40 drinking session? Saying 'no' a few times a year will do wonders for your bank account. 
Saving: £100

6. Ask yourself: do I really need this? 

Imagine the scenario. It's lunchtime and you've got an hour to kill. You find yourself in a department store and there's a sale on. You pick up a beautifully packaged selection of barbecue tools and associated garden paraphernalia. And it's half price. Now, stop! Ask yourself: Do I really need this? Exactly. Now, put it down and walk away.
Saving: £100

7. Walk/cycle to the station/work

It maybe a bit of hippie notion to many people but it's free. 

Saving: £100

8. Take up a money-saving hobby

Hobbies not only open your mind to new experiences but they also take up your time - important if you would otherwise spend it in the pub drinking away your hard-earned money. If a painting takes 20 hours to complete, and you normally get through a pint an hour. That's a saving of a least 40 quid a picture. Think about it. Get painting. Go fishing. 

9.Cook instead of ordering

Although this might be a little difficult for individuals or in a setup where the husband and wife both work, but it’s still a great way to save that hard-earned money that you spend on pizzas and Chinese each month just because you won’t get up to whip up something healthier instead.

10.Stick to a budget

This is essential for individuals as well as families. In order to figure out what’s the ideal amount you can spend, you need to keep track of your earnings as well. Unless you know what’s coming in, it’s difficult to determine what goes out. Another reason why this is a great idea is because this puts your monthly expenditure and savings in perspective and step one becomes much easier to take care of with the help of a budget.

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