January is usually synonymous with scrimping and saving – life normally looks a lot more dull compared to the glitz of December’s festivities! This January, why not make a change? You can still save money, but it needn’t be boring. Here are 10 simple ways to streamline your spending, without even really realising.
Join the Ashleigh Shopping Club
The Ashleigh Shopping Club lets you make exclusive savings at 100’s of your favourite retailers – you can get great discounts on everything from your weekly food shop, to your summer holiday, and everything in between.
Explore the great outdoors
Looking after your Grand kids for the day? Instead of taking an expensive trip to the bowling alley or cinema, bundle up and get outside! The whole family can enjoy a free trip to a nature reserve, or a lovely woodland walk.
Write a meal plan
A really simple way to make a saving is to get structured in the kitchen. Sit down on a Sunday evening and plan everything you’re going to eat for the next week. This is a great opportunity to try some new recipes, too! Include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, then compile a thorough shopping list of everything you need to buy – remember to take a look in your cupboards first to ensure you don’t make any repeat purchases.
Walk more often
Just popping to the corner shop for a pint of milk? Walk, don’t drive! Not only is cutting down on driving your car for short journeys really great for your bank balance, but you’ll be more active, and doing your bit for the environment too.
Use up Christmas vouchers
Everyone is guilty of forgetting about gift vouchers, and finding them months later in the bottom of your purse – by that time they’ve expired! Make it your mission this January to use any vouchers you may have received for Christmas. You can treat yourself to a lovely new garment or meal out, without spending a penny.
Switch up your grocery shopping
Why not make it your New Year’s Resolution to give Lidl or Aldi a try when it comes to your monthly shop? You’ll be amazed at the value for money, without scrimping on quality!
Ditch the coffee shop or cafe
If you meet up with your friends on a weekly basis at a coffee shop or the local cafe, perhaps try hosting them at your home instead of having the added expense of eating out on a frequent basis. Pop the kettle on and get chatting, knowing you’ve saved a few quid.
Buy ‘yellow sticker’ foods
Do you know about yellow sticker products at the supermarket? Well, at a certain point every day, some supermarkets will reduce a lot of their produce. There’s nothing wrong with the food itself, but it might have a short use-by date or the container it comes in may be slightly dented. These items often have a huge discount applied to them, and if you stumble across yellow stickered meat, you could make a family meal for a lot less money. Members of the Ashleigh Shopping Club get instant exclusive discounts at some supermarkets such as Tesco, too!
Re-evaluate your direct debits
Schedule an hour into your diary to look through your monthly outgoings, and focus on your direct debits. We’re talking gas, electric, internet providers, phone bills, that kind of thing! Lots of these companies will be willing to cut the cost of your bill, if you’re willing to phone up and do a spot of haggling.
When was the last time you stepped in a charity shop? These stores are somewhat of a goldmine in January, as people donate unwanted gifts, or items they’ve decided they no longer need after a New Year clear out. You never know what goodies you might find!
So, are you feeling motivated to streamline your spending? By incorporating these handy hints and tips into your everyday life, you’ll be amazed at how much you can save this month! Get 2019 off to a savvy spending start.
This article was written exclusively for you by Megan Fife at Ashleigh Money Saver.
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