Weird and won­der­ful ways to save cash

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

ITH many peo­ple feel­ing the squeeze from the cost of liv­ing, look­ing for ways to save cash here and there can re­ally help – and, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey, we’re find­ing ever more cre­ative ways to do this.

Car­phone Ware­house quizzed more than 5,000 peo­ple about the lengths they go to to save some pre­cious pen­nies.

How­ever, we’re not al­ways shout­ing about our thrifty ways: nearly three-quar­ters (73%) said they like to keep how much they’re sav­ing, and the best deals they’ve found, to them­selves.

So how are peo­ple sav­ing cash? While some meth­ods on the list may seem fairly stan­dard, oth­ers might be less ob­vi­ous to many peo­ple (and just to note, this is not a list of rec­om­men­da­tions – and some of the meth­ods re­vealed may re­quire per­mis­sion from oth­ers to avoid get­ting into trou­ble!).

Here is a se­lec­tion of some of the weird and won­der­ful ways peo­ple say they are sav­ing cash... A great way to save fork­ing out, as well as do­ing your bit for re­cy­cling. Build­ing up loy­alty points can help you save money at your favourite stores.

Keep­ing your coupons or­gan­ised will re­duce the chances of you for­get­ting when you make a shop­ping trip. A good way to make tasty sav­ings. It helps to be handy with a nee­dle and thread for this money sav­ing trick. While this may give un­wanted goods a new pur­pose, you may run the risk of of­fend­ing the orig­i­nal gift-giver. Get­ting to know the time of day your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket makes mark­downs, and keep­ing an eye on so­cial me­dia and emails for alerts about stores’ up­com­ing sales, could help to save a for­tune. You may want to come to an agree­ment with any fel­low house­mates about this first. Just be care­ful you don’t end up need­ing to fork out for some­one to put your ‘on-trend’ new hairdo right. A healthy and re­ward­ing mon­eysav­ing op­tion. You can grab a one-off bar­gain and put money to­wards good causes at the same time. One in five peo­ple thirsty to make some sav­ings have tried this one out. One in five say they have tried out this one – but it’s wise to check with the boss first or risk get­ting into trou­ble at work. Plus your col­leagues may not take to kindly to trip­ping over a mass of wires plugged in at your desk.

How ap­peal­ing this is to some peo­ple may rather de­pend on who you’re shar­ing with. This could save you cash – but at some­one else’s ex­pense. If you start turn­ing up to a loved one’s house with a knife and fork it could be a fast way to ruin a friend­ship. If you love a tip­ple and you have the space, this could be a good op­tion. A quick win to get in­stant money off an in­ter­net pur­chase. Good ne­go­ti­a­tion skills can go a long way when it comes to sav­ing money. Money can soon add up.

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