I like spending money, maybe a little more than is good for my bank account sometimes, but since becoming a mum I do try to make sure that I don’t spend more money than necessary and that I get something back for it. We are all aware that money doesn’t grow on trees and I’d rather save my hard-earned cash and use it up for a nice treat than waste it for something that isn’t good value and quality. Over the last couple of years, I have learned to be more aware of hidden costs and surfing the internet has been a great help when searching for great deals and offers.
I would even go as far as saying that the internet has helped me become thriftier. Seeing that thriftiness is a great thing and sharing great things makes happy, I thought I’d share my favourite thrifty tips with you. They are really simple and make a great impact, so here we go:
1) Start writing a meal plan and stick to it. There are so many websites out there that can give you ideas for tasty meals on a budget and even better, meals that you can create with leftovers or the contents of your storage cupboards.
2) Read magazines and newspapers online or if you have to have the paper version, check the internet for deals on subscriptions. They are usually cheaper online and you often get a nice present for subscribing, which can use to treat yourself or pass on as a birthday present.
3) Compare home insurance, car insurance as online and check, if there are better deals out there for your gas and electric and your broad band and phone. It’s always good to see competitors’ rates, so you can haggle with your provider.
4) Use cashback sites. There are many out there and if you have to spend money, why not make sure that you get a little percentage of it back?
5) Voucher codes are another great way to get some money off when you shop online. We ordered a takeaway last week (I know not very thrifty!) and using a voucher code, we saved over 50% off our bill.
6) Use a spending diary to keep track of your in and outgoings. There are spending trackers available online and they are a simple way to analyse your spending and help you budget and plan with more confidence.
I hope these tips helped you. How are you using the internet to be thriftier and save money? Please, do share your tips and tricks. It might be your tip that helps me save up for another pair of shoes!
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