My Top Money Saving Tips from 2016

So I know 2016 isn't quite over with yet but I thought I would share a few of the ways we have saved money this year. I wont lie, it has been a tough year money wise, we stuck our heads in the sand with a few bills and, as we know, sticking your head in the sand soon catches up with you, so this year we pulled our heads out and started sorting out our finances. No more skipping that bill so we can have that day out. No more ignoring that red letter so that we can have a holiday. We have had less days out, less weekends away,  less treats, less meals out. As well as becoming more responsible, it has also made us more grateful for the days out, the weekends away and the treats.

So where to start? You see, we are in no way saving hundreds. We are living on a tight budget, we don't have savings and sometimes we still have to borrow money from parents to help towards our rent.  Its lots of little things that make up a big picture, so whilst these next few steps may seem like very little, in OUR personal picture they help us. Let me know how you save money in the comments below, but here are the top 3 ways we saved money this year.

1) Swap to e-cig's.

Earlier this year Dean made the swap from cigs to e-cigs. This saves us a good chunk of money as it was costing £10-15 a week for his cigarettes. Vaping is not only more economical it is said to be a safer alternative to smoking. E-cigs come in a variety of designs and you are sure to find a flavour to suit even the fussiest of fussers (believe me if the hubby can find a flavour you can!!)
2) Meal Plan.
We save so so so much money by meal planning! It literally makes all the difference. At the begining of our meal plan journey we ate for a whole month using what we already had in the house, with just a small top up shop for milk, bread, fruit etc each week. Our first meal planned shop cam in and £15 FOR A MONTH! After that an we were out of most stuff our shop went up to £60 a week, but lately we have managed to dwindle it down to less than £40 a week for 6 of us. Find out how in my little video below...

3) Become a camping convert!

Did you know that camping costs, on average, around £20-30 per night? Compare this to a £150+ hotel stay you can make some mega savings! And with these savings probably be able to afford more than one holiday too! So OK, you need your equipment, but we went to carboots, searched internet selling sites and all that jazz and we picked up a 6 man tent for £20, we picked up sleeping bags for a couple of quid each and our BBQ cost just a tenner from Wilkos. Right now is the perfect time to pick up such bargains too as they are not in very high demand so there are plenty of bargains to be had!

How do you save money? I would love to hear your tips so leave me your messages below!

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1 comment:

  1. Omg definitely meal planning!!! Saves an absolute fortune for me! I also use shopping apps to see what I can get money back on 😂 And Groupon for weekends away!!


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