SAVING MONEY AT HOME
1 Write it down Writethe end downof the every month, purchaselook at you your make.list andAt decide where you can cut down. 2 Weekly menus Plan out your meals for the week. That way you know exactly what to buy and won’t be tempted to fill up your trolley with things that are not needed. 3 Share the load Buy bulk with a friend. Bulk items are only worth buying if you use them before they expire. Shop with a friend and split the perishable items such as dairy products. 4 Homemade drinks Instead of buying expensive bottled drinks at the supermarket, flavour tap water with lemon, lime, or mint. 5 Stock up Instead of tossing them in the bin, save potato peelings, carrot ends, scraps of onions, etc. Boil them in water for a few hours to make a delicious stock and store it in the freezer for another time. 6 Contain your food Always keep your sugar, flour, and dry pasta in airtight containers. They last a lot longer that way and you avoid stale food going to waste. 7 Do it at night Run your washing machine and dishwasher at night to avoid peak energy rates. They also produce a lot of heat when running, so it will save on your heating bill in the winter, too. 8 Avoid impulse buying Wait 48 hours before clicking ‘buy’. If you force yourself to think about what you are buying online, most of the time you will realise that you didn't need it after all. 9 Make your own art Don’t by expensive art. Instead, print some of your favourite photographs in black and white and make a collage to put on your wall. 10 Save on your lunch Pack your lunch every day. You will save so much money by not buying readymade sandwiches five times a week.