In today’s trying economy you need to save as much money as you possibly can. Whether this means growing your own vegetables or learning how to sew in order to save money, every little bit helps. You could end up with a holiday abroad which you would otherwise not been able to experience. With this in mind, we look at some of the best ways that you can save money, where ever you are. Want to get more for your money? Keep reading...
Tip One – Free Rewards Programs
We have all seen them in the shops: rewards programs offered by shops promising to give you money back after shopping there. While you might be reluctant to sign up due to the thinking that you will now be obligated to do all of your shopping at a particular shop, think again. Even if you only use a particular store on certain occasions, eventually all of those points will eventually add up and help you with your next purchase.
Tip Two – Grow Your Own
Even though it has already been mentioned, if somewhat briefly, this is an incredibly important point to remember. Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs can cost a small fortune. Not only that, they tend to go off quickly, probably have a number of chemicals added or sprayed on them and, if they have been transported to you from far away, have a high carbon footprint, meaning that they are not particularly good for the environment. You can avoid all of these issues by growing your own herbs and vegetables. You do not need a lot of space to do it either – a windowsill is all you need to get a herb garden started. This way you only pick what you need which also saves (but on waste).
Tip Three – Public Transport
We all have to admit it – fuel is expensive and takes up a lot of our household budget. Thankfully, the United Kingdom has one of the best public transport systems in the world and there is no need for you to use a car, especially if you live in the city. By walking and taking buses where ever you can you are not only helping your wallet, but the environment as well. If you walk or cycle, you are gaining something extra – exercise! No expensive gym contracts when you can exercise as part of your commute.
Tip Four – Do DIY
We all know how expensive repairs and alterations on our home can be. Hiring a contractor can cost an absolute fortune if you are not careful. Thankfully, provided you have a relative level of intelligence you may not need to hire a contractor at all. Thanks to the popularity of the internet and the way people love sharing information, you can easily learn how to do certain jobs on your own. This is also a fantastic way to spend one’s free time. Instead of going out and spending money, you save some by doing work you would have had to contract out otherwise causing it to be a double save.
Tip Five – Switch to Generic
We all like name brand products but the truth is that there is not much difference between name brands and the generic brands brought out by stores. If you really want to save money, consider the fact that you could end up saving as much as 20% by switching to no name products that are doing exactly the same thing. No one is going to go and look in your cupboard to see what type of cleaning product you are using and whether or not it is brand name. If they do, they are not your friends anyway.
Tip Six – Save on Your Car
Sometimes it is essential to own a motor vehicle. The problem with cars is that they have incredibly high maintenance costs. Thankfully, people are beginning to realize that not everyone can afford to check every little thing that sounds off in their car. It simply becomes far too expensive (and you need to eat). GEAR BOXES are one of the most problematic areas of a car, especially an old one and if problems are left unchecked, one may have to replace the entire gear box which is very costly.
There are FREE AUTOMATIC GEARBOX DIAGNOSTIC SESSIONS available from Automatic Man Europe that allow you to check what’s wrong with your car at no cost. This way you can take out the damage and decide what you can afford to do. There is more information here:http://www.ctauk.org/ It doesn’t hurt to take a look (and save money)...