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Saving on clothes
71. SHOP AT SECOND HAND STORES
You can pick up great individual items that no-one else will own, and for a fraction of the price of the high street. Look at charity shops as well.
72. FIX CLOTHES OR ALTER THEM IN RATHER THAN BUYING NEW
If you have lost weight, paying someone (or learning how to do it yourself) to take in that dress you love will cost a lot less than buying new.
Try and fix holes, sew hems back, reheel shoes etc… before you look to buy new, and you can save money.
73. DON’T BUY CLOTHES THAT NEED DRY CLEANING
Dry cleaning costs money – your clothes will therefore cost you ongoing – worth thinking about!
74. AIR DRY WASHING WHENEVER POSSIBLE
Use the washing line – or an airer rather than your tumble dryer whenever you can to save a load of cash.
75. WASH CLOTHES ON THE COOLEST POSSIBLE TEMPERATURE
There are lots of detergents that work well at 30 degrees now. Also don’t use quite as much conditioner – you’ll barely notice in your clothes but it will last longer.
76. WASH CLOTHES WHEN THEY’RE DIRTY
I mean visibly dirty! How often have you washed clothes that really don’t need to be washed – be honest!
General ways to save money
77. LEARN TO BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
Probably the most important advice I can give is that its not worth trying to keep up wit the Jones’ as they will always have something bigger and better than you.
The grass is always greener, isn’t that the saying? Buying more isn’t always the answer – so questioning whether you really need something is the first way to save. If you don’t spend then you save!
78. CUT OUT THE “IT ONLY COSTS A FEW PENNIES” MENTALITY
A few pennies every single day soon adds up to many many pounds.
If you manage to cut your spending down by just a pound a day – that could pay for a holiday by the end of the year – think big and you’ll save loads.
79. HIDE THE CREDIT CARD AND PAY CASH
If you only pay by cash then you are much more likely to be able to save money.
You won’t have the means to overspend as easily, and paying by cash has been proven to make you think more about what you buy, as it feels more like real money when you see it leaving your purse.
80. MAKE A BUDGET – AND STICK TO IT
Creating a budget is one of the most important things to do when trying to save.
If you can balance your incomings and outgoings then you should naturally be able to save a little extra each month, and you’ll be more in tune with what you have.
There are loads of ways you can save money without even really changing your lifestyle that much -so why not try a couple this week and see what a difference it makes to your pocket – you may just be surprised! I am going to be tackling loads of ways to save money in my own home this year and writing some more posts on it – I want to challenge myself to save as much as possible – so watch this space!