I have been discussing some simple life hacks with my fellow money bloggers, and we have come up with 20 great life hacks to live by.
Have you ever just wished that there was an easier way of doing things? Going the long ways round and then someone letting you in on the shortcut can be life changing and make you wonder how on earth you got by before!
Not only will you save money by using some of these, but you will also make life easier, and that is something that all of us want.
Why do things the hard way!
- Freeze a bottle of water that is 2/3 full – then top it up just before you leave home. You’ll have cold water for hours, save money on buying a drink and won’t have to use single use plastic – Katy Kicker
- Kids who wear school uniform? When sorting the laundry, roll up sets òf pants, socks, tops and trousers together. Saves time in the morning, when kids can just grab a ‘sausage’ to get dressed – Much More With Less
- Travel-size toiletries cost a fortune (relative to their size). Instead of buying that tiny, expensive shampoo/shaving cream/etc’, buy a small plastic bottle for a few pennies, and fill it using your everyday regular-size toiletries – Cord Busters
- To chill a bottle, wrap it in tissue, use cold water and wet the tissue and put it in the fridge. It will chill the bottle so much faster – Matts Cafe
- Put clingfilm in the fridge so it’s easier to use. That way you won’t waste clingfilm, time and money! – Lous News
- Slow cookers are the ultimate life hack. Just bung it all in, turn it on, leave for hours, feed hungry family, wash up one pot. Happy days – The Money Whisperer
- For high heel shoes wearers- stretch them out around the house with a pair of men’s socks on as far in advance as possible and always stick some cushioned pads in the base of them. I also carry blister plasters for sore spot emergencies and I absolutely always carry a pair of ballet flats in my handbag. There’s no way I’m doing the bare foot walk of shame when my feet can’t stand it anymore. It’s the only way I’ll go out in heels now! – The Female Money Doctor
- A standing up desk is expensive, so instead get a small tray table/tv table and pop that on top of your desk. If you need more room for a mouse or keyboard you can use a cardboard box and even wrap it in wall paper or gift wrap. A standing desk for a fraction of the cost! – Emma Drew
- Save money on work clothes by creating your own work uniform thus keeping your best clothes for leisure time. Choose a couple of base colours for your staples (trousers/skirts/jackets) and rotate shirts/blouses with them. Saves you time in the morning and you never have to think about what to wear for work – Tuppenys Fireplace
- Never let your bills automatically renew. Use price comparison sites and you will end up paying less than the year before for most of them. Also, it pays to complain sometimes. You might just get a refund or complimentary service/product – Joleisa
- My greatest recent hack is when you are meal planning, intentionally designate one night as leftover night, and don’t plan for or buy anything for this night. This is the night that we use up all the last of the bits and bobs in the fridge and cupboards. We see it as a free meal and it reduces waste, and really cuts down our shopping bill – Wanna Be Debt Free
- Brew your own coffee, buy generic medicines if you can, price check your utilities and tv/phone/internet packages regularly, use coupon and cashback apps when shopping – Utterly Scrummy
- If you can’t get the right angle to light a candle in the bottom of a jar, just light a piece of spaghetti as it can reach much further – Skint Dad
- Like iced coffee but don’t want to pay cafe prices?
Make a mug of very strong instant coffee and pour into an ice tray. When frozen, pop a couple into a glass of milk and stir in.(Add in a splash of your favourite liquor for an extra treat!!) – Skint Dad
- Clothing – Use beeswax to waterproof your suede shoes. Simply rub on and then dry with a hairdryer – Not Taught at School
- Use your consumer rights and never be fobbed off and out of pocket when purchases go wrong – The Complaining Cow
- Clothing – use the local clothing alterations service for repairs to clothing, rather than buying new again. New zip £20, but a new coat of same quality could cost £60 upwards-Budgeting is a challenge
Cut your dishwasher tablets, dryer sheets and anything else you can in half. Gives you twice as much for your money – Time and Pence
- When stop caring what other people think, you can just about do anything
- Plan your meals and only buy ingredients for those meals – combined with online grocery shopping (less distractions!) you can easily save ££££ – Money Nest
So there yo have it, 20 simple life hacks that will hopefully save money and make your life so much easier.
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