Weird and wonderful ways to save cash
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.