Does anyone else get a little tense around this time after Christmas?
All the festive happiness has dissipated, the Christmas food dwindling, and your waistline has grown three inches at least. And the state of your bank account leaves you reaching for the left over mulled wine.
On top of it all payday feels like it's six weeks away still, and you're rapidly getting into the single digits and on the cusp of eating beans on toast for the remainder of the month. Just as well you put on that extra cheese weight over Christmas, as meals are looking less and less comforting.
Luckily there are a few ways that you can save some money this time of year.
So a girls got to eat right? One of the best money saving tips for us is batch cooking. Yes on the outset you are still spending money, but a huge pot of chilli con carne or vegetable soup is not only great for your tummy (fill up on lots of veggies for the soup - think cheap, carrots, parsnip, celery for your base to bulk out. And chilli can be bulked out with tinned beans, tomatoes, mushrooms rather than the more expensive meat) but a great money saver. Team with bread/toast/baguettes (all cheap as well bread) and you have lots of homely meals, that are quick and simple in the evenings and taste great, meaning you're much less likely to go out for dinner or grab a take away.
Speaking of takeaways - put them on a ban in January. They may be 50% off, but that's still money that you could be using to keep petrol in the car! We like to make our own takeaway. It's a fraction of the price, and so much healthier, and decorating your own pizzas brings out the child inside everyone.
Next, shop local. Now I know you're thinking, that makes no sense, local businesses are usually more expensive as it's just one person or a small team, but hear me out. Popping to your local farm or farmers market could save you a bundle on your fruit, veg and meat. Most sell their wares at a great price anyway, and it's a nice feeling knowing you're helping an individual rather than a corporation. But if you hit them up towards the end of the day, you're more likely to snag a deal. Many fruit and veg sellers have to sell off everything on the same day, especially if it's towards the end of the week, so discount their prices further to make money, else it's just wasted. Some even put together random veg boxes for about a fiver which makes up about three carrier bags full of veg! Perfect for soups and roasts!
Or how about go all American (sorry stereotyping, but it's kinda catchy!). Everyone loves a bargain right? And nothing beats a freebie, and the internet can lead you to all the best freebies for your home. Gratisifaction free stuff* is the home of UK free stuff, linking you to home essentials, cosmetics, fashion and kids stuff, plus a whole host of other things. Just click 'get freebie' on the campaign that takes your fancy, follow the instructions, and await your items. Plus who doesn't love getting free stuff in the post?
So that's my top tips for saving money this January - or any month for that matter - what do you do to save money after the Christmas period?
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