Do you sometimes wander round the shops thinking that things are so expensive that someone, somewhere is making far too much profit?
I know I do….and it seems like we’re right.
There really are quite a few things in the UK that we pay more for here than in other countries.
Find out what you pay more for here in the UK:
- 1. Britain is ranked among the most expensive in the world for this
- 2. It might be a good idea to ditch this mode of transport
- 3. It’s an unavoidable expense that we all have to pay
- 4. The finer things in life are costing us Brits a fortune
- 5. Everyone loves this, but why are we paying more for it?
- 6. It’s an every day essential that costs us £250 more than Americans
- 7. Micky and Minnie seem to be charging Brits more for this attraction
In the last five years, the price of part-time nursery care for a child under two has risen by 27% so it’s not surprising we are all looking for ways to cut the cost of childcare.
Childcare can be quite a financial burden for most families, particularly in the long summer holidays, Easter half-terms and Christmas breaks.
The cheapest form of childcare you can get is grandparents. If you’re lucky enough to have parents nearby who are willing and able to help with the kids, at least some of the time, then you’re definitely quids-in.
If you’re not so lucky, take a look at our guide for working parents with a run down of all your childcare options as well as a host of top tips to help you cut costs throughout.
If you add up the costs of breakdown cover, insurance, servicing and maintaining a car, you’ll see how much of a dent in your wallet it makes but if you can’t give up your beloved car you can find ways to save to make life a little easier.
For cheap car insurance shop around on the net and save yourself a load of cash. Our car insurance comparison site powered by our friends at Gocompare.com will get you a good cheap deal – we know, we’ve tried it. Also did you know you can often get a discount on your premium if you take advanced driving qualifications. You will genuinely be safer on the roads too. Take a look at our article on how to cut the cost of your car insurance here.
Reduce the cost of travelling with these 13 practical ways to cut your driving costs.
Earlier this year London overtook Hong Kong to be named the most expensive city in the world for workers to live. It’s not that shocking that almost half of non-homeowners aged 25 to 34 don’t think that they will ever be able to buy.
We can’t do anything about rising rent costs but we can show you how to save in all other areas of your life.
Here at Moneymagpie, we’re experts at city living on a budget. Across the UK there are loads of great cities with fabulous shows, amazing restaurants, fantastic bars and boundless shopping possibilities.
See how to get free food, free nights out and loads of free stuff in our guide to free city living here.
Sure, designer goods aren’t exactly considered to be an ‘essential’ living item but it’s nice to treat yourself sometimes. So find out here how to get discounted deals on popular make-up brands and expensive designer clothes.
For fashion start with Brand Alley who sell end of season stock for leading designer labels so you won’t necessarily get the latest lines but you’ll be saving yourself a wad of cash.
John Lewis also have a range of designer bags and clothes so make sure you sign-up for their emails and take advantage of sale prices when they arise. For more fashion bargains take a look at our list of top 10 money saving fashion websites.
A report last year showed that in the UK we pay on average more for milk, cheese and eggs than the European Union average.
To help you save money here are 5 essential dos and don’t of supermarket shopping:
- Do not buy pre-packed or pre-prepared food. Instead try to buy loose fruit and veg and cook from scratch instead of paying for unhealthy and expensive ready meals.
- Do go shopping with a list. Plan meals for the week and only buy what you need according to your list.
- Don’t get being tempted by buy-one-get-one-free offers. Is it really worth it? Do you really need it? Ask yourself these questions before you pick up these items. If it’s something you’d buy anyway then go for it but put one of them in the freezer if possible.
- Do shop late at night or early in the morning. We all know that supermarkets reduce their perishable products in the evenings to get rid of them before they go off and have to throw them away. Supermarket sell-by dates are often far off the date when the food will actually go off, so you can buy many products without worrying.
- Don’t impulse buy. Chocolate and magazines are strategically placed near the till for some last-minute grabbing, leading to the inevitable impulse buy. Exercise some self-control and ignore the treats the next time you’re queuing!
Sounds crazy, but products such as an iPad can be up to £80 cheaper across the pond and iMacs are over £250 cheaper!
If you want to save money on technology we recommend skipping the extended warranty and insurance deals you get offered at the till.
Not only will these increase the cost of the product, but they just aren’t always worth it. Take a look at the video below to see what Jasmine thinks about extended warranties for electrical items.
If you’re planning a trip to a Disney attraction we recommend you take a look at Mousesavers.com first.
The site is full of information on saving as much money as possible attending the Disney parks and they provide a whole range of discounts including money off getting into the parks and codes to make buying food and drink cheaper. For more money saving travel tips click here.
Love everything Disney? Find out how you can make money from the Disney vault here.