30 Ways to Save £1

I'm forever on the hunt to save a couple of quid, I learnt my penny pinching ways from my dad who's never been keen on handing over cash to people (I think my filthy beauty product habit is excluded, I somehow always manage to justify spending ridiculous amounts of money on that!) I spotted that moneysupermarket.com have a competition running to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the pound coin where they want people to share some of there ways to save a £1 (or thereabouts). I decided to get in on the action so here are some of my top tips for saving a pound or two!

You can find out more about it here - come on, join in on the moneysaving fun!

1. I know this may be quite an obvious one but shop in charity shops, you really can find some great things for a fraction of the price.

2. Check out the discount section of your local supermarket, they tend to have things going out of date today or tomorrow there with a big discount, most use by or best before dates are precaution only anyway. 

3. Have a clothes party with your friends, all bring some clothes that you no longer wear and swap them among yourselves. 

4. Always check online for discount coupons before eating out. 

5. If you get bored of a piece of clothing, try customizing it and making it look completely different, customizing is a lot cheaper than buying something new. 

6. If you can't customise it, try selling it on eBay, things that you want to throw away might be someone else's idea of treasure.

7. This is a random one but if your umbrella or water proof coat is getting old and starting to let water through, give it a spray with hairspray and it will help make it waterproof again.

8. Go for a run in the park or a long walk around your town rather than spending money on expensive gyms. 

9. If you know your prescription, buy your glasses online, they tend to be lots cheaper than high street stores. 

10. Ring up your telephone or cable provider and try and barter your bills down, if you're a loyal customer they can do good deals, I recently shaved £16 off my phone bill. 

11. Shop in the sales, you always find amazing bargains. 

12. Take advantage of half price and buy one get on free deals especially if it's on essentials like toothpastes or shower gels, you will use it and it saves you buying it full price. 

13. Use Skype and Whatsapp to keep in touch with friends abroad (and here at home), it can save big money on expensive phone bills. 

14. If the weather's nice, always dry your clothes outside, tumble dryers cost a lot of money to run, sunshine is free :)

15. If you're feeling brave, cook at home rather than eating out, it's a lot more satisfying knowing that you made it with your own fair hands. 

16. If you don't feel up to cooking and are hankering after a take away, check out the supermarket versions, they tend to be a lot cheaper than  ordering from a takeaway.

17. If you're off out for a day, take a picnic, that way you can find a nice park or a pretty spot to sit and eat it in and save money at the same time. 

18. Turn plugs off if your not using something, it's pointless paying an electric company to keep your TV on standby. 

19. Use points cards, Most supermarkets and the likes of Boots and Superdrug have them, it's a great way of getting something back when you buy things. 

20. Check online cashback sites, you can link your card to them so that when you buy things online or in store, you're making money from them. 

21. Car share - if you work with other people, why not take it in turns to drive so your not all using up petrol etc, it saves money and you get to chat to friends on the way to work. 

22. Make sure that when you use up beauty products, you've got everything out of the bottle or tube, most people will throw away but you'll find that if you cut open the top, there's still a lot of product left inside. 

23. Check that you can't buy something cheaper online, it's not great for the high street but it might just help your wallet. 

24. Why not start a vegetable patch and grow your own veg and fruit, you'll get a huge sense of achievement and have some delicious, fresh things to eat!

25. Save money on an expensive night out by inviting friends to your house for drinks. 

26. Find restaurants that have a "BYOB" policy, that way you can save on buying expensive bottles of wine and drink. 

27. Left over veg? Make up a soup or stew and freeze it, that way you can get it out and eat it as and when you need. 

28. When it's chilly outside, throw on an extra jumper instead of turning up the thermostat, it will save you a lot of money in gas bills. 

29. Downsize your morning coffee, it might not seem like you're saving much but when you save 50p per coffee each day, that's almost £180 per year.

30. Rather than buying expensive hair oils and moisturisers, give a multi purpose product a try like coconut oil, it works as a cooking oil, hair oil, moisturiser, it's a bit of wonder product.
2 comments on "30 Ways to Save £1"
  1. You've got some great tips here :) I did this same post a while back on my blog!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

  2. Good one with the hairspray, never would have thought of that one. I don't use hairsprays though. Great tips by the way. I'm not sure about downsizing my coffee and I don't drink coffee only in the morning :D