Today I’m going to talk about something that is extremely relevant in January, as everyone’s feeling the post-Christmas pinch – I think we could all use some extra cash right now. I’m going to tell you some of the things I do that helps me save money, enjoy!
Sell your clutter on eBay
Old clothes that no longer fit you? Items you forgot to return to the shop? List them on eBay, Vinted or even Depop and you can earn money for all of your unwanted items. If you’re a shopping addict then you can even invest the money you make from selling your old clothes in new clothes – like a trade. I also buy clothes on eBay because it’s much cheaper, it’s like shopping in a constant 70% off sale; you wouldn’t believe how many dresses you can find on eBay that are still in pristine condition with their original tags on. One person’s cast-offs is another’s treasure…
Buy a piggy bank
You can find a variety of designs for piggy banks or money boxes in lots of shops for really reasonable prices. I also enjoy the coin tins that you can only open with a can opener, this ensures you resist you urge to take money out of it. Start by saving pennies and work your way up to putting notes in there. You could even put a label on your money box such as ‘HOLIDAY FUND’ or ‘NEW CAR’, for example, so you can keep what you want to save for in your mind…
Ask yourself: do I really need this?
For this tip, I remembered a film called Confessions of a Shopaholic and it make me smile. In the film, the main character eventually learns how to stop splurging on bank-breaking designer clothes. Repeatedly asking yourself this question will encourage you to only buy staple pieces that you’re actually going to use. For example, when in Topshop, ask yourself: do I really need this? The answer is probably: “No, I already own 10 pairs of Topshop jeans…”
Book trips early
A business trip, a holiday, a family visit – all of these journeys could involve a plane or train. In that case, I find the cheapest solution to expensive trips is booking your tickets in advance. Make plans. In the long term, it’ll cost you a lot less. Also, if you’re a regular train-journey-goer, invest in a membership railcard, mine costs £30 and it made my first train journey to London using it over £30 cheaper. It cancelled out the money I paid for the rail card in one use, think of the savings I’m going to make when all of my commutes throughout the year are added up…
Make a shopping list
When you need to do your food shop, make a list of all of the absolutely essential items that you need. This may include: milk, bread and eggs. Leave yourself a certain amount of money, such as £5, for luxury items such as chocolate or whatever you prefer to indulge in. this means that when you go shopping, you can only search for the items you need and won’t be caught into the net of BOGOF crisps or 3 for 2 skincare products.
These are some of the things I’m going to be doing to save money this year.
Thank you for reading!
What’s your advice for saving money?
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