It’s no secret that a lot of families are
harder up than they’d like at the moment, and many are looking for every way
they can to make their money go that little bit further. However, we don’t want
to stop enjoying the nice things in life completely.
With that in mind, here are some easy ways
families can save money without stopping doing the things they enjoy.
Shop around for holidays
Holidays are a luxury but it’s important
for families to get away every now and again, so it’s something that shouldn’t
totally be foregone if you can help it. It’ll make the whole family happier if
you can get away, even if it’s just somewhere in the UK. If you keep it in the
UK then you reduce travel costs and if you shop around then there are some
fantastic deals to be had. Websites such as www.ukbreakaways.com, for
loads of great deals so you can do a holiday on the cheap.
Get stuff for free
The best way to save money is not to spend
any! It is very possible to actually get thing for around the home for free if
you look around the right places. Look at the notices in the Post Office and
supermarket to see if anyone’s giving anything away, or there are a number of
websites that do the same thing, such as Gumtree
and Freecycle. There’s a lot of
rubbish on there, but there might just be a few gems to help you do up your
Upcycling has become really trendy over
recent years, and it’s a fantastic way of repurposing items or getting extra
life out of your old stuff. It essentially involves turning something old into
something new, so you could sand down an old bookcase and paint it to give it a
new lease of life. Alternatively, you could take empty jam jars, fill them with
fairy lights and you have a lovely lantern decoration. Just type ‘upcycling’
into Pinterest and you’ll be flooded
with amazing ideas.
Renting out the space in your house
It might be a slightly strange concept, but
you can rent out pretty much any part of your house to other people in exchange
for money, although you’ll probably have to own the property to do this. You
can obviously rent out a room for people wanting to stay in the area, but you
can also rent out rooms for people to store things in, as well as renting your
drive out for people looking for parking. If you have unused space in your
house then it can be an easy way to make a few quid.
Reduce food wastage
Families waste a surprising amount of food.
In fact, it’s a good few hundred pounds worth of food each year, which could
really go towards helping out with bills and the like if you cut down on it.
Plan meals in advance so you know exactly how much you need to buy and cut down
on what gets wasted.