A quick summary on how I’ve saved money over the last couple of weeks.
- Walked to work
I travel a lot for work and appreciate this isn’t always a viable option but I really like it when it is! In the last 2 or 3 weeks I think I have caught the bus once due to heaving rain costing me £2 and otherwise I have walked the 45 min trip to work. It’s resulted in free exercise and saved me lots of money so I’m really pleased.
- Car shared lifts home
I met a friend of a friend who was staying nearby to where I am currently living for a fortnight and she kindly gave me lifts home when possible. This again saved me buying bus tickets or doing two 45 min walks a day!
- Discount food shopping
I always make a bee line for the reduced sections before filling my basket around my money saving purchases. This week I grabbed some 5p scones on clearance for the freezer and some other reduced bargains. I also picked up this new flavour of malt loaf which was on a “try me” offer of 50p.
The pizza had a 2 for 1 voucher for Pizza Express restaurants with no expiry date I could see on it which was another plus. I intend to use this in the near future when having lunch with a friend who doesn’t have the brilliant £5 meal deal code through O2 priority moments.
I also bought individual veg items rather than large half kilo bags or packs to save money and reduce potential food waste. By looking for wonky items and shopping seasonally you can also save lots so I picked up some smaller odd apples for 55p for 6 as opposed to the larger more uniform looking ones for £1.60.
- Taking lunch to work
I always pack lunch as it’s a great way to save money. I tend to vary up sandwich fillings and take apples, bananas, crackers and cereal bars to snack on. I generally grab cereal bars from Poundland or Home Bargains as they tend to be cheaper than the supermarkets.
- Making the most of work’s free tea and coffee facilities
I never buy take away coffee so usually just have a hot drink before work but my current job has a fully equipped kitchen with cooled water filter, instant boiling water machine and tea, coffee and milk available so I’ve been enjoying the small luxury of a mid morning coffee and mid afternoon tea!
- Picking up freebies
In the last month I have received at least 3 perfumes in the post as well as face masks and time of the month items by signing up to online free giveaways. I’ve also grabbed other beauty items in stores by having loyalty cards for The Body Shop and Debenhams. See my monthly freebie haul posts for further details!
- Mid season sale shopping
I had my eye on a beautiful printed striped top a month back in Cath Kidston but hung on hoping it would go into the sale which it did. By not buying it full price I saved £15 and the money I made from selling unwanted items on eBay covered the cost.
- Shopping in outlets
I picked up two skincare items from The Body Shop with 30% off and gained 3 free samples in an outlet. I also was able to pick up some early Christmas presents with 50-66% off meaning the recipient will get gifts from some great quality brands and I’ve saved some pennies.
- Buying magazines for the freebies
I recently picked up a copy of Elle as it had a Benefit Hoola bronzer miniature sample with it which I have been looking into trying for quite some time. Buying the small size of the product costs around £12.50 and I paid £4.40 for my magazine and product. Considering I perhaps wear make up twice a week I’d much rather pay prices closer to £4.40 and know the item will still last me a long time!
- Travelling with a railcard
This saved me 1/3rd on a recent trip to London and also saved me 1/3rd off any off peak travel on the tube making trips as low as £1.60 which is fantastic.
- Eating out
I’ve had a couple of meals out lately and saved by avoiding starters when having a Sunday roast and picking up buy one get one free cupcakes in a bakery as opposed to ordering dessert at a steak restaurant. I ordered tap water to go with both meals to quench my thirst and help me stick to drinking just one nicer drink instead of several.
- Cooking my own dinners
Apart from 2 meals out, both of which happened during my weekend in London, I have cooked at home. I never buy takeaways as I prefer to eat at home and save the money for a nice meal out as a treat.