Hello lovely readers! March is here and it’s finally starting to feel like spring. In this post we’re diving into some money saving tips focusing on ways to cut costs round the home. We’ve even included some ways to save cash on your annual spring clean!
- Make your own cleaning products: put common household items like vinegar, table salt and baking soda to good use by creating home made cleaners. Check out the Good Housekeeping site for some great recipes for everything from window cleaner to sink unblocker: https://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/institute/household-advice/cleaning-tips/save-money-on-cleaning-products
- Check you’re getting the best deal on your energy bills by using the free Home Energy Check tool on the Energy Saving Trust website.
- Use energy-saving light bulbs to illuminate your home. They may be more expensive than traditional bulbs initially but will last for far longer, saving you money in the long-term.
- When life gives you lemons… get cleaning! Discover 10 genius uses for this fruit you may not have thought of, including using it as weed killer and as an air freshener: https://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/institute/household-advice/cleaning-tips/11-genius-uses-for-lemons-all-over-the-house
- When buying appliances and white goods, make sure that energy efficiency is high on your list of priorities when it comes to choosing the model you want. This could save you a lot of money in the long-term!
- Think before you buy new toiletries – do you already have some you could use up before buying new ones? Many of us receive body-care as gifts for Christmas, make sure you raid your stash before buying new products.
- Deter thieves from stealing your wheelie bin by decorating it with stickers, paint… anything colourful and distinctive! This could also be a fun activity to do with the kids.
- Recycle odd socks, old towels and other clean scraps of fabric for use as dusters and polishing cloths.
- Get second-hand furniture for a fraction of the price by visiting auctions, house clearances and charity shops. You can often find some quirky, unusual pieces and even some high-quality gems that will look splendid and give your home character.
- If you’re a keen gardener, consider visiting a local seed-swapping event to exchange surplus seeds with other gardeners. Who knows, you may get the chance to grow something you’ve always wanted to without needing to pay a thing!
If you’re in need of advice to manage your money, help is at hand. The Moneywise Plus project can help you budget, manage your finances and make your money go further. Find out more and discover if you’re eligible for our service on our website, or call us on 0300 003 7004.