The start of a new year is a great time to review all of your household’s out goings, for most people the largest household expense will be food, followed closely by energy. If you can reduce both you will really be able to benefit from some great savings.
One of the easiest ways to save money, if you haven’t done so already, is to make sure that your properties loft space and cavity walls are well insulated. According to The Energy Savings trust it costs around £500 to install and can save a typical three bedroom home around £160 per year on energy and to properly insulate a loft it costs around £300 and can save £140 per year. If you are on a low income, less than £16,010 you might be able to benefit from free insulation, call the Energy Saving Trust to find out 0300 123 1234.
If you have a fireplace which isn’t in use then you could be losing some of your homes heat, if this is the case buy a relatively inexpensive chimney balloon, available for around £20 and insert it into your chimney.
If you have hard floors in your home, then put down some rugs to help absorb the heat. Line your curtains, closing them at night time.
Make sure you are getting the best energy deal for your home – go to comparison sites, paying for your energy by direct debit each month will also reduce your bill.
The easiest way to save money on food is to control portion sizes, which reduces waste and therefore money and by planning what you are going to eat each day, writing a list and sticking to it, really helps to.
If you like to buy branded products try out some of the cheaper brand alternatives to see if it makes a difference. Avoid buying expensive sauces, instead make your own, that way you can save money and know exactly what is going into your shopping trolley.
There are some really easy ways you can save money, here are a few of our tips…
• Left over wine – put this in ice cube trays and add to sauces when needed
• Lemon and Limes – if you don’t use all of these pop them into a freezer bag and into the freezer, they work really well as ice cubes once frozen.
• Left over sauces, such as ketchup or BBQ sauces can be used in stews to enhance the flavour.
• If you have any left over food then pop it into the freezer for another day
• If you can use up all of your meat before the best before day then make sure this goes into the freezer, it’s also possible to freeze milk and cheese. Just make sure you mark the contents clearly.
For some more money saving tips why not check out the Love Food Hate Waste website.