Tuesday, 14 May 2013

30 ways to save £1 (or thereabouts)

Like so many other families, since the credit crunch we have had to tighten our belts. I am always looking for new ways to save money and so are the lovely people over at Money Supermarket.

They want to find 1000 money saving tips to help us all, whether it is reducing our outgoings or saving to afford that holiday, new car or house deposit.

 And to help them out here are 30 of my money saving tips :)

  1. Cook meals in bulk and freeze leftovers to reduce waste
  2. Try having a vegetarian meal each week as meat is so expensive
  3. Have one or two really cheap meals each week
  4. Buying frozen veg will help you reduce waste
  5. Try buying supermarket own brands instead of top brands, the quality can be very good
  6. Don't be tempted by buy one get one free offers if its not something you would normally buy
  7. Always meal plan and write a shopping list to avoid impulse buys
  8. If you really can't avoid temptation, then try shopping online
  9. When shopping online, always search the internet for voucher codes for money off or free delivery
  10. Try the budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl - we recently tried Aldi and the quality has been great
  11. Buy non-perishable items in bulk to save money - just make sure it is something you will actually use!
  12. Freeze fruit and veg if it is close to its use by date. Frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies.
  13. Make extra for meals and use for packed lunches, or dinners the next day
  14. Use up veggies that are about to turn in soups
  15. I always make a tomato pasta sauce the day before shopping day and use up whatever veg I have left in the fridge
  16. Use natural cleaners such as vinegar and lemon juice rather than expensive shop bought cleaners
  17. Dried pet food often works out cheaper per meal than tinned food
  18. Make a picnic, grab a football and head down to the local park for a free day out with the kids
  19. Always take a flask of hot water out for the day with you to save on expensive cafe prices
  20. Look on discount sites such as Groupon for cheap days and meals out
  21. Take advantage of kids eat free deals in restaurants
  22. Go to places with a salad bar included in with the price and fill up
  23. Drink tap water or refillable soft drinks, restaurants make a massive profit on drinks
  24. Take advantage of cheap online photo processing deals
  25. You can buy canvas kits online and print your own photos on them, they make great gifts for family too
  26. Make Christmas and Birthday presents for family and close friends, or make up hampers with things you know the recipient loves
  27. Get the kids to make cards for family
  28. Look out for local nearly new sales for kids clothing
  29. Do toy swaps with your friends rather than buying new toys when the kids get bored
  30. Always shop around for bigger purchases, you can get some good deals on the internet and can also use cash back sites and collect loyalty cards

Happy money saving!


  1. Some great tips - especially the food shopping ones :) I too am a massive fan of bulk cooking and taking meals into work with me - it has saved me a fortune!

    1. Thanks! I have recently bought a chest freezer to keep 'ready meals' in for when me and my partner work opposite shifts