Reduce the Cost of Purchases by 10% with 30 Money Saving Tips!
August 13, 2011
It’s tough out there and we all need to find ways of making our money work harder. To help you save £££s on your purchases, we’re pleased to provide a list of 30 savvy shopping tips.
CHEAP DAYS OUT
1. Be The First To Hear About Offers: Join the mailing lists for the major theme parks well in advance of the Summer Holidays, and you’ll be the first to know about available discounts and offers. If you don’t want your inbox to be bombarded, set up a free email account on Hotmail or Yahoo Mail for these kinds of offers.
2. Be Web Savvy: Disneyland, Alton Towers and other theme parks offer big discounts for buying tickets online in advance. It’s also worth subscribing to their Facebook and Twitter sites to get instant notification of the latest deals.
3. One Step Ahead: Most theme parks offer Fast Track tickets to help you skip the queues for the most popular rides. Although these can be costly, skipping the queues means that you’ll have more time to explore the rest of the park and a more relaxing day out!
4. Food, Glorious Food: Many families get stung by the high prices on food, drink and snacks while on days out. However, significant savings can be made by taking your own packed lunches or by filling the kids up with a hearty breakfast beforehand.
5. Head for the Beach: Britain has hundreds of miles of stunning coastline, and children are often at their happiest when padding in the sea, making sandcastles and exploring rock pools. Best of all – a day at the beach is completely free (except for maybe an ice cream or two!) Check out the best beaches at www.goodbeachguide.co.uk
6. Take in the Views: It is estimated that 20 million Britons live within an hour’s drive of a National Park – fresh air, invigorating walks and beautiful landscapes are there for the taking. Take a picnic along for low cost lunch ‘al fresco’.
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TOP TRAVEL TIPS
7. Stay on the Edge: When planning a city break, don’t shy away from booking cheaper hotels on the outskirts of town rather than the expensive tourist hotspots. Most big cities have excellent public transport systems, enabling you to travel to the major attractions easily and cheaply.
8. Points Mean Prizes: Many hotel chains including Choice Hotels, Marriott and Hilton offer loyalty points which can be redeemed against future stays, shopping, gifts, air miles and more. Even if you don’t travel that often, once you’ve registered for a card you’ll be mailed special offers and exclusive hotel rates.
9. Save on Insurance: Don’t sign up for a travel insurance package which automatically renews each year. Buy cover as and when you it to save cash – there’s no point being insured if you don’t have a holiday booked!
10. The Early Bird Gets the Worm: While low cost airlines have revolutionised cheap travel, their policy is to increase ticket costs week by week until a flight is sold out. Therefore, try and book well in advance – as much as 2-3 months ahead if possible.
11. Be Flexible: Use a flight comparison site such as Skyscanner or ask for advice on attitude Travel’s Facebook page to get the cheapest flights to and from your chosen destination, including some airlines which you may never have heard of! They will also check prices for the days either side of your intended travel dates, to see if you can make further savings. Price comparison sites for car hire can also save you money.
12. Cut out the Middle Man: While high street travel agents have been the traditional way of booking your holiday, most of the big tour operators now offer discounts for booking online.
13. Don’t Be Lured by Designer Labels: All clothes, shoes and handbags are designed by somebody! Many UK high street stores produce excellent ‘copies’ these days which give you all the latest celebrity looks without the huge price tags. If you really must have designer brands but don’t have the funds to match, join online members-only discount clubs such as Achica where you can snap up desirable clothing and home wares at bargain prices, or try TK Maxx which stock top designer labels at a fraction of the price.
14. Buy Clothes Out Of Season: ‘Winter’ items such as thick wool coats and knee-high boots are slashed in price during the summer months. Invest in some airtight storage bags from Betterware and put them away until the cooler months to save yourself a fortune.
15. Swap Shop: Its becoming increasingly common to ‘trade’ clothes, which means you can get all the latest looks for free! Register with BigWardrobe.com to see what’s on offer.
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SAVVY SUPERMARKET TIPS
16. Let The Deals Come to You: Dedicated money saving websites such as DiscountCodes.TV take the hard work out of bargain hunting by providing subscribers with a weekly email digest of the latest money saving tips and deals.
17. Buy Supermarket Own Brands: It’s no secret that many of the supermarkets’ own ‘budget’ food and drink products are made in the same factory as their branded counterparts, so pick them up next time you’re in store. The same applies to unbranded medicines as well.
18. Supermarket Sweep: If you’ve never done your supermarket shopping online, look for discount vouchers which give you a hefty saving on your first shop, often with free delivery too.
EATING OUT FOR LESS
19. Share and Share Alike: Fish and chips remains one of the most popular takeaways in Britain – and portions are always on the generous size! If you usually end up throwing half of your chips in the bin, consider sharing a portion next time you’re in the chippy… a ‘large’ fish supper is plenty for two, and a lot cheaper than buying two portions separately.
20. Restaurant Reductions: Many discount portals such as Cashbackhub.com list all the latest deals from popular family restaurants and takeaway outlets including Zizzi, Pizza Hut, Cafe Rouge and Pizza Express. Print off the latest voucher codes at home and keep them in your wallet to take along on your next visit.
21. Show Favouritism: If you have a favourite restaurant, be sure to go online and sign up to their customer newsletters too. Some chains regularly send out 2-for-1 offers and vouchers for free starters and desserts, while others may offer free food and drink on your birthday!
22. Savour every Bite: It may sound obvious, but taking time to chew your food properly is not only much better for your digestion system but can help you feel fuller for longer, which means you may not need to spend money on dessert. Try to leave a 10-15 minute gap between each course – and let your stomach decide whether you’ve had enough to eat before ordering extras.
23. Age Doesn’t Matter: Don’t be shy to ask your waiter for dishes off the kids and OAP menus – they’re often just smaller portions of the same dishes you’d find on the main menu at a fraction of the cost. Your waistline will thank you too!
24. Go for H2O: You go to fancy restaurants for the food – so it’s fine to ask for a jug of chilled tap water rather than buying wine or alcohol. Ask the waiter to add a few slices of lemon or lime for a refreshing alternative to costly fizzy drinks.
HOME AND LEISURE HINTS
25. Review Your Direct Debits: Many of us take out magazine subscriptions and club memberships throughout the year, but rarely get the intended value out of them. Cancel any subscriptions that you’re not using – you can always re-subscribe at a later date.
26. Subscribe to Save: On the flipside, if there are magazines that you buy every month, you can save lots of cash by taking out a 12-month subscription. You’ll get your favourite titles delivered to your door hassle free. Check out the latest deals here
27. De-Clutter and Do Your Bit: It’s very therapeutic to have a good clear-out from time to time, and you can make cash too. Sell, exchange or swap unwanted CD’s, DVDs and Games via the retailers on www.billybargain.co.uk and consider giving unwanted items away on sites such as www.freecycle.org and www.gumtree.com
28. Think Ink: Replacement ink cartridges can be very expensive, so set up your printer to produce copies in black and white ‘draft mode’ unless you need a fine quality copy for business purposes.
29. Cheaper Mobile Phones: When it’s time to upgrade, ask your provider whether they have any refurbished stock that’s been returned within the 30 day trial period. You can often get the very latest phone handsets in brand new condition at a heavily discounted price, with a full guarantee.
30. Keep Motoring: Petrol and diesel costs keep rising, but consumers are fighting back! Use a site such as www.petrolprices.com to find the cheapest fuel in your area.
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