Sep 12

25 ways to make and save money in Autumn

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Whether you’re planning on making some extra cash this Autumn, starting university, buying a new car or simply just want free chocolate, we have 25 wonderful ways to make money and save money along the way.

Autumn is here… so lets get going!


September – Summer is over and Autumn is here!

1. Cut your heating bills


Cut your heating costs now by making a few simple changes to your home before the really cold weather starts.

The first and most obvious way to cut your bills is to switch to a cheaper provider. Nine out of ten people who use our energy comparison tool can save money, so the most urgent thing you need to do right now is to switch to a cheaper energy company.

Take a look here for some more money saving ideas to save money this Autumn.

2. Christmas savings

Christmas piggy bank

September 16th marks 100 days to Christmas so it’s time to start saving for the season (if you haven’t already).

When it comes to saving money it’s all about cutting costs and finding the right discounts, offers, vouchers and sometimes even freebies.

Take a look at the A-Z of saving money with these 26 tips.


3. Grab yourself freebies and discounts.

FREE stuff sign

If you’re looking for some great freebies then websites like Gumtree and Freecycle have loads of adverts for free things – quite often they might need a bit of repairing or doing up, but you could find a real bargain.

For group discounts and deals check out great sites like GrouponMighty Deals and Wowcher. Also, take a look at this article which shows you 66 ways to live for free.


4. Money saving for students


Summer is over and university starts again this month which means debt, debt and more debt.

Being a student doesn’t have to clean you out financially, though. There really are a lot of ways you can make and save money while studying.

So if you’re a student looking to make extra money, here are 41 fun money making ideas for you.


5. Make money dog walking

Dachshund on lead

How about walking dogs for extra cash? It’s getting more and more popular as people realise how much you can make by having fun with our furry friends.

In London you can earn up to £15 per dog per day. Whether you do it through an agency or ‘freelance,’ it can be very flexible and good for your health!

Have a look at our very popular dog walking article to find out more.


6. Make money from your sofa

Older woman using laptop

With the weather getting colder this month and the days turning darker earlier we’re guessing you will be spending a lot of time indoors. Online surveys can be a great way to earn a bit of extra cash from the comfort of your sofa. We have a full list of online surveys sites for you to try out here. 

It’s possible to earn around £50 a month if you sign up to a few sites and have the time to regularly complete a few surveys (most take between 10-40 minutes to finish).

InboxPounds lets you earn cash for reading emails, taking surveys, watching videos and more.

You’ll even get a pound just for signing up, so sign up now!

Others we recommend are:


7. Make money showing people around

London tour guide

Are you passionate about your local area? Would you like to make money showing visitors around it? There are still tourists coming to Britain in September – particularly older ones with no kids at school – so you could make some money from them.

The website ToursByLocals allows you to sign-up as a local tour guide in your area and market your service through their website – you get all the fun of being a guide without having to worry about the hassle of the admin.

Find out more about how to make money showing people around your local area here.


8. Make money from your home

Room for rent sign

Fancy making money without even stepping outside your house?

Of course you do, so we have some ideas that will put some pounds in your pocket with a little help from your most valuable asset, your home.

September is a time when people look for somewhere to stay and, of course, a lot of students are looking for somewhere to rent. How about renting out your spare room? Or turning your front room into a pop-up restaurant?

Just remember that any extra income you make will need to be declared to the tax man (apart from the amount you are allowed tax-free when you rent out a room), and make sure to find out what, if any, are the legal and insurance implications of your money making plans.


9. Buy a new car now

Couple buying a car

September is a good time to get a deal on a second hand car.

There are more used cars on sale in September as people trade in their vehicles when new registration plates are issued. You will be able to haggle harder as there’s more competition for sellers.

Here are our tips on getting a good second hand deal.


October – Spooky savings

10. Get free dental treatment

woman at the dentists

October 7th is World Smile Day and we all want to have great healthy teeth all year round, which could be expensive.

If you’re willing to have a student work on your teeth you could get some expensive dental treatments for free.

Find out from the British Dental Association which universities and colleges are looking for local patients. Find more ways to get cheap dental work here.


11. Set up a standing order into an ISA 

You have six months until 5 April 2017.

The earlier you put money in your ISA, the more you’ll make.

Don’t leave it until the last minute – set up a standing order now to put money into an ISA of your choice. Find out more about how to choose the best ISA account here.


12. Make money delivering post

Postman in English village

Do you want to get paid to deliver leaflets, newspapers, catalogues or brochures?

October 9th is World Post Day so we’re showing you how to make money from delivering.

There are all kinds of leaflets and forms that need to be delivered to homes in your area. It’s an easy way to get your hands on some extra cash. Often you don’t have to spend anything, and even better, it doesn’t even need to take up much of your time.


13. Get some free chocolate

Woman eating chocolates

October 10 -16th is National Chocolate Week and there are free tastings (and some paid-for events) around the country.

Find out where you can go for free chocs at Chocolate Week.

Alternatively, you can find out how you can get paid to eat chocolate!


14. Make a budget

Couple making a budget

Sounds dull, but with Christmas around the corner doing a budget – even a basic one – will help you deal with debts this winter.

Use an online budget planner and simply enter your expenses and income and you’ll see what you have left over to spend each month.

It should spur you on to cut your expenses and increase your income too.


15. Make money from your old mobiles and gadgets

Gadgets with recycle symbol on

If you have a brand-new iPhone 5s now, make cash from your old one by selling it online.

Get cash for your old phone – even if it’s broken – through a mobile recycling site, which lets you get the very best price from a database of the top recycling companies.

Here are more ways to make money recycling your old gadgets.


16. Buy cheap Christmas presents

Christmas Presents

It’s still possible to get cheaper stuff for Christmas at the end of summer sales and your local car boot sale or charity shops.

Get them now before everyone else starts thinking about buying gifts.

Check out our guide to car boot sales here.


 17. Prepare a budget Halloween. 

Children having fun at halloween

Halloween isn’t far away! Prepare a budget Halloween party by revamping your costumes from the previous year and cut out silhouettes of cats, witches and pumpkins and hang them from the ceiling with string.

For food, add ketchup to the end of chips to make them look like bloody fingers. Lychees with a raisin in the middle and Ribena drizzled over them look like bloodshot eyes.

Get a pumpkin but keep and use the flesh and seeds to cook with when you’ve carved it.

For more ideas take a look at our sneaky tips for Halloween bargains here.


18. Get ready to make a will. 

Senior woman writing

November is Will Aid month where some solicitors will write your will and give their fee directly to charity. The slots they have available for consultations fill up very quickly though, so get in now to organise your affairs and give to charity at the same time.

The suggested minimum donation is £90 for a single will, £135 for a pair of mirror wills and £40 for a codicil. If you don’t make a will your inheritors could pay thousands in tax and if you’re cohabiting your partner won’t automatically get your money or property.

Find out how to get a will at a reasonable price here and read our easy guide to getting a will written here.

November – Bonfire bargains

19. Grab a few freebies with mystery shopping

Young Asian woman with shopping bag and shhing

Mystery shopping is a fun way to earn some extra money while shopping, or testing services at local restaurants and pubs. Sounds like a dream job!

TNS is looking for new shoppers nationwide to assess a variety of different businesses such as shops and restaurants.

Read our essential article about mystery shopping for more useful links and information.



20. Keep the cold at bay

woman warming hands on bowl of soup

As it gets colder you’re going to want to keep warm, so we’ve compiled these 3 tasty Autumnal recipes which will help keep you warm.

We have a starter or small meal, a main and a dessert, so you could even have a lovely Autumnal dinner party and, best of all, it won’t cost a bomb!


21. Commute for less

Business man commuting on the train

It’s an unavoidable fact of life that we have to work. That means we also have to get to work, and the commute can eat up a fair whack of our hard-earned cash.

Prices are likely to go up in January (they always do!) so get prepared now to find cheaper ways of getting around.

Find out how to save money and commute for less here.


22. Do some winter cleaning


November 15th is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day (yes, really!).

Cleaning products can be expensive and often contain as much as 90% water.

If you want to do some winter cleaning, take a look at out cheap, green cleaning products that you can make at home here.

Or if you would like to pay someone else to do it for you (there are lots of good reasons to pay someone else to do it if you can afford it) speak to Mrshunts Agency about getting a regular cleaner or housekeeper.


23. Bonfire night on a budget 

People watching fireworks

With Bonfire Night just around the corner, parents everywhere will be succumbing to their children’s desperate pleas for the biggest and loudest fireworks imaginable.

Fear not, though, we’re going to show you that it’s possible to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night safely and without spending a fortune.

Take a look at our tips on how to celebrate bonfire night on a budget.


 24. Reduce the cost of your smartphone

Hipster man using smartphone

Cheap isn’t exactly the word that comes to mind when you think of owning a smartphone, but there are ways of keeping the cost down.

Take a look at our top tips to reduce the cost of your smartphone and put some cash back in your pocket here.


25. Sign up to our newsletter.

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