5 tips for saving money during lockdown
Lockdown may have completely changed your daily routine, but it can be looked at an opportunity to stay at home and save money. We’ve put together a few expert tips to get you started.
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During lockdown, a lot more of us will be spending more time at home and less on going out. We spoke to the team at Widilo who have compiled some top tips on how households can ensure they save money while on lockdown.
1. Increase your savings
No matter how much you’re currently putting aside a month – whether it be £50, £100 or more – make a conscious effort on pay day to put a little more away; try to double the amount you’re setting aside if you can. You can of course still dip into that pot if you need it, but hopefully that won’t become a necessity and you’ll have a nice little nest egg to enjoy after lockdown has been lifted.
2. Create your own fakeaways
If you’re craving your favourite takeaway, but they are either shut right now or you don’t want to spend a large amount for one meal, consider making your own ‘fakeaway’ from home. Not only is it likely to be cheaper, it is also a good way for couples and families to spend time together and is also likely to be a healthier version.
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3. Cancel any irrelevant payments
While many gyms around the UK have been proactive in pausing memberships, there are other ways to cut costs right now, from calling Sky to temporarily pause your sports subscription, through to pausing any monthly memberships you may have to attractions around the UK.
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4. Search for discount codes
With so much spare time on our hands, we’re all spending a little longer online than we were previously, and therefore we’re seeing more adverts than ever before. If you are going to make an online purchase for home delivery, be sure to shop around for discount codes, deals and cashback offers before checking out to either get money off or make a little money back.
5. Resist the urge to splurge
Although we’ve got a lot more time at all and it can be hard not to browse online at the various shops that are still trading, it’s important to resist the urge to splurge. We are all in uncertain times right now and it would be wise to be a bit sensible regarding our frivolous spending. It might be a good idea to set aside pocket money each week so you can keep track on how much you’re spending.
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