One of the ways to save money that I started doing was consolidating my monthly utility bills into one payment by joining a discount club. Utility Warehouse provides over 600,000 customers throughout the UK with substantial savings on a wide range of utility services including home phone, mobiles, broadband, gas and electricity.
One of the best ways to save money without realising you are is by joining a salary sacrifice scheme. I couldn't believe the difference it made when I started sacrificing my NHS wage to pay for childcare vouchers. There are a number of different causes you can sacrifice your salary for including paying for your car finance or topping up your pension. The benefit of not paying tax on the sacrificed money soon adds up.
One of my less conventional money saving tips would be to look in the mirror. Until I admitted to myself that I needed to tighten my belt to achieve what I wanted to, I simply couldn't do it. Not in a way that felt empowering and life-improving. Addressing your ego and the feelings associated with doing so was the first positive step I took to taking back control of my finances rather than living a life where my finances controlled me.
I believe the best way to save money has to be using a round-up app. Online banks such as Monzo give you the option to round-up the cost of every purchase you make from your current account and have the money automatically transfer into a savings account on your behalf.
GoHenry have a fantastic bank account for kids aged 7+ which is managed through an app on your phone. They can set savings goals and have pocket money automatically transferred. Every time they use their card you will be alerted as to where they are and what they've bought.
This may not seem like the best way to save money but when it comes to going on holiday abroad it could be one of the best money saving tips! Thanks to the likes of HomeLink and LoveHomeSwap you can go on holiday and experience living like a local by temporarily swapping your home for theirs. Holiday swap companies can save you up to 90% of the cost of holiday accommodation, leaving you more money to spend on mojitos once you're there!
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