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Dec 18

21 ways to save in the home

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You can save in the home every day without much effort at all if you know the tricks.

Here are 21 ways to save in the home, but if 21 aren’t enough for you then why not check out our article on 50 ways to save in your home, as well as checking out our ebook on 101 tips on how to save money in the home.

1. Actually ‘Do It Yourself’

You’ll be surprised how easy some DIY tasks are to do at home and don’t require a handyman. But if you don’t have the confidence to carry out these tasks yourself then why not take a local adult education course on DIY to help boost your confidence and most importantly, your skills. At around £100, we feel that this is a sound investment.

2. No more TV

Before you panic, this does not mean that your TV habits have to go out of the window! The beauty of the internet is that you can watch whatever you want on TV and more, without having to pay the additional expense of getting a TV. To get the full TV experience you can even buy a television aerial which handily plugs into your USB port on your computer. The best place to check these out are Amazon.

3. Use everything

4. Make your own cleaning products

5. Give your old clothes a new lease of life

Fashion fads come and go, but that doesn’t mean old clothes have to go too. From cutting up old jeans to make shorts for the summer to cutting t-shirts into vests, you could even start your own fashion trend! But don’t just take our own advice, see what you can do with your own clothes!

6. Make your own cosmetics

7. Make your own takeaways

8. Furnish for free

9. Run a family business

10. Drink straight from the tap

Contrary to popular belief, tap water is perfectly safe to drink. In fact we are incredibly fortunate that in the UK, we have some of the safest tap water in the world. So what is your excuse for buying bottled water for your home?

11. Visit your local library

Libraries are not just books, books, books. In fact, libraries are a great way to read not only your favourite books but watch your favourite DVD’s for absolutely free, provided you return them at the due date! And if you want them for a little longer, all you have to do is renew. Say goodbye to paying over the top for books and DVD’s!

12. Stop doing the lottery

The lottery may seem like a cheap and easy way of making millions but the reality is that you are more likely to be struck by lightning than you do actually winning the lottery itself. Instead, why not put the money that you would spend on the lottery each week into a high interest savings account for example. You’ll be surprised how much you can save!

13. Bulk buy to save

14. Swap and barter with neighbours

15. Turn your home into an entertainment zone

You don’t have to go out to have a good time. By merely dimming the lights and renting a DVD or two from the library (as spoken about earlier) you can turn your home into a cinema and have a fun-filled movie night with family or friends.

16. Cut energy use throughout the home

17. Say no to baths

Did you know that the average bath uses around twice as much hot water as a mere 5 minute shower? This means that it takes twice as much energy to heat the water, the impact of which is sure to be felt on your energy bills. Instead, why not stick to a few 5 minute showers every day, something that will really bring down your energy bulls. The Shower Coach timer is a great way to keep track of the time you take in the shower. Check it out here.

18. Switch and save in one go

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19. Get the sewing machine out

20. Get as much as you can for free

21. Watch Aldi and Lidl for special buys

When it’s gone it’s gone with these stores so keep an eye out for their special buys – whether it’s briquettes for the BBQ, ultra cheap plants, camping essentials or anything else. You can go in, hoover up the cheapest stuff and store it for later.

Which ways do you save money in the home? Let us know by commenting in the comment box below.

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