Blog spot: Saving money

Blog spot: Saving money

Mummy blogger Sally Whittle shares a few home truths about managing the household purse.


I know that there are people in the world who never get parking tickets. But I have to confess, I’m not one of those people.

Instead, I’m one of those people who can’t find a parking space on the high street so double parks outside the bank for five minutes, only to find a shiny penalty notice on the windscreen when I return five minutes later. Oops. I’m also – as it turns out – the sort of person who then forgets to pay that ticket for a whole year, resulting in the council enforcement team threatening to clamp my car last weekend unless I handed over more than £350. Like I said, oops.

Now that I’ve spent all our spare money on parking fines, we’re going to be trying to save money like mad this month. Like many people at the moment, our finances are tight, and if there’s an easy way to cut the cost of something, I definitely want to hear about it.

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Here are my 5 favourite money-saving tips
– but I’d love to hear yours (especially if I get another parking ticket).

1. Sign up at the Voucher Codes website, which automatically pulls together all the latest vouchers for the UK’s major retailers. Perfect if you know you’re going to have to buy something, and want to get it a little bit cheaper.

2. Shop around for the best supermarket prices in your area. Challenge your own preconceptions and your diehard habits and you might be pleasantly surprised. When I did a product for product comparison, changing where I shopped saved me 30% on my groceries each week. I’ve saved enough to buy two air tickets to New York this Christmas.

3. Shop around for phone and internet services. Until recently, I was paying around £80 a month for two phone lines in the house, one with broadband – it never really occurred to me that was expensive. By switching to a new service that offered free phone calls and broadband, I managed to save £60 a month. 

4. Sign up to receive the Money Saving Expert newsletter – by capping my electricity and gas when the newsletter advised me to, I managed to save £30 a month on my utility bills. And you’ll get news of other discounts and special offers, too.

5. Don’t think saving money always means not spending. I have a friend who thinks I’m extravagant because I paid a decorator to paint and wallpaper the house this year. But I knew that if I took on the work myself, the time I’d need to take out from working would actually cost me more than the decorator. It’s all about opportunity cost. Also, he did a much better job, whereas I might have devalued the house! 

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thankyou for the tips i will sign up so i can get the voucher codes thanks

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Love this! Thank you for the tips.

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