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Saving on luxuries
31. CUT DOWN ON NON ESSENTIALS
If you don’t really need something , ask yourself if you will really miss it. Are you just buying some things or specific brands out of habit?
32. SWAP CINEMA FOR FILM NIGHTS AT HOME
An easy swap as you can create a cinema feel at home – get some popcorn and make yourself comfy!
33. MOVE HOUSE
OK so your home isn’t necessarily a luxury – but where it is located may well be.
Are you spending lots of money for location? Could you lower your mortgage and bills by living a couple of miles from town? Are you driving too far to work/school and could you relocate nearer to save travel costs? It’s worth looking at for potentially huge savings.
34. EAT OUT LESS OFTEN AND MAKE SPECIAL MEALS AT HOME INSTEAD
Eating out has become a lot more common nowadays – but why not substitute at least one meal a month for a lovely meal at home? Light candles, get a nice bottle of wine and create a great atmosphere – you can usually make great savings this way.
35. QUIT SMOKING
Or at least cut down….
Limiting drinking as well will save a lot over time.
36. BUY FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES FOR THE HOUSE FROM ONLINE STORES
37. DO THINGS WITH YOUR CHILDREN THAT ARE FREE
Often a trip to the park, a picnic, feeding the ducks, window shopping in town etc.. are all as good as anything you could pay for in your childrens eyes.
Don’t feel you have to spend on expensive days out to have fun…
38. USE GROUPON FOR TREAT HOLIDAYS AND DAYS/EVENINGS OUT
Voucher websites offer great deals – so subscribe to a local one and see what they have to offer. The offers could make great presents, or treats for you – just don’t overdo it!
39. HOLIDAY OUT OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN
Even if you have school age children, sometimes their holidays don’t fall in peak travel times (as they could be a slightly different half term week than most for example) – so do your research!
40. IF YOU ARE A REGULAR PUB GOER – HAVE FRIEND TO YOUR HOUSE AND GET THEM TO BRING A BOTTLE
Socialising at home means you can usually hear yourselves talk a bit more as well! (and a bottle of wine at home costs less than a glass at the pub more often than not!).
41. USE THE LIBRARY
Don’t spend loads on books – the library can often order the book that you want in if you can’t find it on the shelves – take a look and see what they have to offer. (an added bonus is you don’t end up with book clutter after you have read it either!).
42. TRY A STAYCATION RATHER THAN A HOLIDAY
Holidays can cost a lot – so why not just stay at home instead?
Turn off all the usual distractions and take a look around your locality with a tourists eyes – you will see things in a new light, explore places you’ve been meaning to, and get to sleep in your own bed each night – bliss!
I love the idea of a staycation and we want to try that this year as a really inexpensive relaxing few days. The idea of not having to travel and pack sounds amazing to me!
Next up are two categories that you can save big – they are beauty and fitness – places where you again could spend a LOT very easily.
Let’s get going, shall we..