I’ve teamed up with Scottish Friendly and their #ThriftyFamily campaign to bring you today’s post about money saving tips!
With the cost of living increasing all the time and wages staying pretty stagnant here in the UK, it’s safe to say that we could all do with saving money nowadays (debt or no debt).
The good news is that there really is no shortage of ways to do so. Here’s a little video I made about one of my favourite money saving tips! It’s a simple tip, but one that’s very effective and could save you a ton of money…
Yes indeed – turning the thermostat down over the Winter months is one of the best money saving tips I’ve found. Did you know that turning your room thermostat down by just one degree could result in savings of around £75 per year on your heating bills? I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t mind wrapping up in a few more layers to benefit from that kind of saving.
More money saving tips that I use
1. Make your own gift tags and reuse gift bags
If you’re trying to save money, splashing the cash on gifts for friends and family is something that you’re probably cutting back on. Most people do end up buying gifts at some point during the year though, so why not save money on gift accessories? You can recycle old birthday or Christmas cards to make your own gift tags and keep little gift bags in a safe place to reuse at a later date. Going one step further, you can use old wallpaper or craft paper offcuts to wrap presents!
2. Save money by fixing things yourself
Rather than rushing out to buy something new that has just broken, you could try fixing it yourself. The hubby managed to do this with his mobile phone which saved him a fortune. You can learn how to fix just about anything by watching a YouTube tutorial. If you’ve got something that’s broken, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone will have posted a video on how to fix it!
3. Use half your dishwater tablets for each wash
If you use dishwasher tablets, try breaking it in half if you have a small to medium load of dishes that need washing. You can also set your dishwasher cycle to a lower temperature to save water and energy too. If you use washing powder for your washing machine, try using less or better still, make your own!
4. Mix together old tubs of paint for redecorating
Redecorating can really leave a dent in your budget. But if you have half full tubs of interior paints leftover from last time, you could mix a few together and make use of your old paints to give your home a fresh new look. Always make sure you have enough to do a whole room before starting this, otherwise you could end up in a pickle! Also make sure your paint is still good to use and that it hasn’t dried up. Usually giving it a good stir will bring it back to life.
5. Potty train your cat
Ever seen Meet the Fockers with the clever little cat called Jinxy who takes himself off to the toilet? Well, cats can actually be potty trained in real life! Ok, I don’t actually use this one myself seeing as I don’t have cats anymore but this is a really good tip that can save you a huge amount of money in cat litter bills each month. Just do a google search for tons of information and tutorials on how to encourage your cat to use the toilet. Probably won’t be easy but well worth a try!
Do you have a money saving tip to share? By filming your favourite money saving tip for the #ThiftyFamily campaign, you could win a £100 My Rewards card prize! Connect with Scottish Friendly on Twitter for more details.
*Photo courtesy of Flickr – amended by Disease Called Debt