With the rising prices of goods affecting all of us, we are constantly looking for ways to save money. Changing small aspects of the way we live can make quite a difference when they add up without disrupting our day to day activities a great deal. Looking for ways to re-use things or repairing them to make them last a little longer is something we are all getting used to doing.
Here are a few suggestions of other ways to save the pennies.
Start making things instead of buying them wherever you can. This can be great fun and you will learn new skills in the process. This will impress people and also touch them if you start giving out personalised hand-made gifts at birthdays and Christmas.
Look to sites like craftsite.co.uk to get you started and give you some inspiration to get your artistic juices flowing! Birthdays are a great time to save money whilst exercising your culinary skills so why not consider giving home-made cakes as a gift this year? They are always likely to be appreciated and are cheaper and healthier than store brought items which may contain a high volume of E numbers of artificial preservatives.
If you can spare a little bit more time than usual to shop around when purchasing things you might be surprised about how much money you will end up saving. This can apply to your food shopping and you can always look on the internet at what is cheapest before placing your order or hitting the shops.
It is also a good idea to check out the tariffs of different energy companies. Many people could save a substantial sum of money each year if they made the effort to find the right tariff for their home and lifestyle and price comparison sites are a great place to start when looking to do this.
There are even smaller steps which you can take to save money. These may seem obvious but they really can make a difference. When it starts to get colder, persuade everyone in the house to put on some more clothes before the heating goes on. Turn lights off when you are not in a room and when you use the oven, try to cook a few things at once as the oven uses quite a lot of energy so the less times you turn it on the better.
Don't overfill the kettle either, but simply boil as much water as you need. These create a surprisingly large surge in your electricity consumption so making small changes can be highly beneficial.
As the financial climate is yet to improve, businesses are also feeling the pinch. Consequently many places are putting on offers and giving out vouchers to encourage people to come and spend their money. Keep an eye out for these both when out and about but also look online to ensure you never pay more than you have to.