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We’re all painfully aware of the economy and the impact it has on our day to day lives. While we’re in the middle of summer now, Christmas will soon be here and our bank balances and wallets will soon start to look a little worse for wear. While we can, it’s a good idea to start saving up so come December we’re not in the usual financial quandary. Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your money go further.
People have noticed their food bills steadily rising over the past few months. You can save money on the weekly shop and still eat healthily and keep meal times interesting. Green grocers and indoor markets often sell fresh produce and cheaper prices than some of the big supermarkets. This gives you a great opportunity to get your 5 a day without breaking the bank balance.
If you make a large serving of food for tea and there’s left overs. Why not save the leftovers and reheat them for your lunch? Stir fry’s, pasta bakes and rice dishes all taste great the next day. Some dishes like stews and spaghetti Bolognese taste a lot better the next day because the flavours have had time to develop.
Tired of your wardrobe? Attend a swap party, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and your jumper or jeans might be exactly what somebody else is looking for. If you’re feeling brave you can rejuvenate any item of clothing, it all depends on your skills with a sewing machine. Adding pockets, zips or changing the lining of a jacket can easily reinvent a piece of clothing you thought was past saving. Plus, with your new found sewing skills you’ll be able to repair your favourite jeans and t-shirts and keep your clothing in perfect shape for longer.
When it comes to saving money around the home by cutting your energy bills there are a few simple things you can do. Draft excluders stop heat escaping under doors and they come in a range of styles to suit all tastes. Investing in thick curtains can also keep the heat trapped in your home and save you money. However, if you really want to keep in the heat and save money on your energy bills it is time to invest in energy efficient windows.
Energy efficient windows not only keep the heat in but they prevent those drafts getting in and turning your home into a walk-in freezer. Now is the perfect time to invest in new windows, you’ll be all set up for the winter and snug as a bug by the time the cold weather hits the UK.
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