As a SAHM Mum of 4 children I am always looking at ways I can save a little here and there, every penny saved gradually builds to a pound and when the pounds build up I can take the children for an extra day out somewhere nice. There are a few ways in which we save money and I am going to share them with you.
Recycle Everything - If we aren't using it its getting recycled! There are many ways you can recycle and make money nowadays. There are clothing banks where you can take your old clothing and they give you a few pounds per pound of weight. There are technology sites where you can recycle your old games consoles and DVD's. We even have a toy clear out every few months and put bundles of toys on Ebay or local selling sites.
Meal Planning - I have meal planned for as long as I can remember, I think I do it because I always saw my Mum do it. I hate to waste food so I only buy what we need. Meal planning means I only buy what I need and none is wasted. We sit down together on a Thursday evening and decided together what we will have each night and compile our shopping list.
Walk It - I live pretty close to the town centre, its about a 15-minute walk from where we live. If I need to go into town we don't drive and its is now £2.10 one way on the bus or £4.10 for a day-long bus ticket. I would much rather walk and add the bus fare money to the savings pot.
Switch To Vaping - Mr RTR is a smoker and he spends around £100 per month on tobacco. If he switched to vaping with cuttwood e liquids he could save £70 per month! That's a massive amount for the savings pot.
Use comparison sites - I use online comparison sites as part of daily life, if I am buying anything I will get on google first and find the ultimate deal to make sure I am saving the most. There are comparison sites around for everything from house insurance to your weekly food shop.
Use Cash Back Sites - I do all of my shopping online, so I joined a cashback site. In the 3 months since I joined, I have earned over £60. I can choose to be paid into my bank, my PayPal and even in Amazon or gift vouchers.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products - My Grandma used to say there isn't much that cant be cleaned using lemon juice and vinegar. She wasn't far wrong, it gives your windows a fab shine. There is a whole host of recipes out there for home made cleaning products that save you money.
Bulk Buy - Anything I can bulk buy and save on gets a thumbs up here. As a large family, we use lots of household essential like toilet paper, laundry detergent and fruit juice. I do my shopping online so I can source the very best deals, it always save me a few pounds and it also means we never run out of anything.
Do you have tried and tested ways of saving money, I would love you to share with my some of the ways you save the pennies. I am always looking for new ones to add to my list.