Resolutions for 2016 #17

In 2016 we will…

Save money.

I’m sure most of us could do with saving the pennies a little bit more in 2016 especially after the mass splurge of Christmas, so let’s make a vow right here, right now to start being a little bit more mindful with our money.

Here are a few suggestions of things you could try living without in order to save money:

  • Take a packed lunch – Buying a pre-packed sandwich or a fresh salad from that deli round the corner from your office is both convenient and tasty, but do you realise just how much it’s costing you each year? Research undertaken by vouchercloud.com revealed 62% of workers in the UK spend approximately £1,840 on their lunch every year a figure which would drop to just £552 if they were to get themselves organised and make up their own packed lunch.  The figures speak for themselves! 
  • Buy own brand medicines – Take a branded headache tablet and compare it against a supermarket own brand tablet and you’ll see that there’s barely any difference in the ingredients. Where you will notice the difference is the price. Big brands can sometimes cost up to ten times the amount of the much cheaper own brands and quite frankly as long as it’s going to get rid of your headache, why pay the extra?
  • Cashback sites – Sign up to cash back sites such as TopCashback and Quidco and every time you do online shopping you will earn money. Sign up is free and as long as a retailer is listed on the site you can claim a percentage of your shop back.
  • Drink tap water – We are fortunate enough to live in a country that has fresh, clean water literally on tap so please make use of it.  If you live in a hard water area and are concerned about the level of minerals in tap water, or you simply don’t like the taste, it is worth investing in a water softener jug such as Brita, which you fill up with water from the tap and through the use of special cartridges, filters the water to purify it further.
  • Go meat free – We’re not saying go completely vegetarian, but why not have 2 or 3 meat free days a week? Meat is incredibly expensive so just cutting back a little on the amount you eat each week will really make a difference. So, not only do you save a bit of money, but you should also notice you are hitting your 5-a-day quota on those veggie days a lot more easily.

These are just a few ideas of ways in which you can save money, but we’d love to hear some of your top money saving tips to help us stick to our resolution.

What do you do to save money?

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