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Last Updated on February 22, 2021
The last year has been hard for most people. The coronavirus pandemic struck at the very heart of families leaving people furloughed and unable to work, and with reduced income everyone has been looking for ways to save money. The light at the end of the tunnel does seem to be getting nearer but there’s still a long way to go before we return to anything close to normal.
To help you get to grips with a reduced household budget we have put together a few useful tips that should give you an idea of what you can do. All are simple, each will save you money, and some might even find you great bargains you never knew were available. Let’s start with one that too few people use – coupon websites.
Why don’t more people use coupons? Is there a stigma attached to legitimately getting a discount? There are some serious bargains to be had if you visit Coupon Dad which is one of the leading names in coupons and discount codes. You can find great discounts on meals at popular restaurant chains, for example, and also superb deals on holidays.
There’s such a lot of variety and they update the coupons and codes regularly so you will find what you’re looking at is current. We seriously advise you check out Coupon Dad because you are spending too much if you’re not using coupons on regular purchases and other products.
Buy in Bulk
Not being able to indulge in the weekly shopping routine has had a major impact on the household budget as have many other factors. However, if there’s one advantage to online retail it’s the convenience of buying in bulk. Order more than you usually would when buying your essentials and you will find you pass the limit where you get free delivery. That’s just one benefit.
Online retailers also often offer discounts on bulk purchases of some goods, so it’s worth getting that extra one they offer as you will use it at some point. Get everything you need from one retailer, cut down on the delivery charges, and you’ll find you save money.
Switch Energy Providers
Many people don’t consider switching energy providers as they believe it to be complex. There are websites that not only do the comparisons for you but will also take care of the switch itself. Usually, all you need to provide is your address and personal details, your energy provider and your recent bills, and they do the rest.
Is switching worth it? Right now you probably use more electricity and gas than normal due to more people being in the home for longer. That means you’re likely not on our ideal tariff anyway, so it’s definitely worth checking out the switching websites. Households have made serious savings on energy bills this way, now it’s your turn!
Short Dated Goods
What do we mean here? You know that ‘Best Before’ date that appears on everything? There are retailers who specialise in selling goods that are close to or – where safe – past the best before date at seriously discounted rates. Many products are fine after the date – especially canned goods – and the savings you can make are sometimes quite amazing.
If you have a family that eats their way through bags of crisps or chocolate snacks you find these cheap close to the use by, so why not try it and see how it works out?
That’s a few ideas that should help you save money in these and other times of hardship, and we hope we’ve given some ideas to work with.