6 Clever "Hacks" That Will Save You Enough Money For Your Summer Holiday
By Jessica Truss | Published February 20, 2020
Winter is a bleak time of year - freezing temperatures, pouring rain, and darkness in the afternoon. You find yourself looking forward to a summer holiday… if only you could afford it.
What if we told you there are 6 things you could do right now that could save enough money to afford a week away in paradise?
1. Save On Your Supermarket Shopping
Supermarkets are very clever at separating their products into different categories, using language to give you the choice of how ‘luxury’ or ‘basic you want to be. Often a manufacturers’ brand and own brand may well be made in the same factory!
A recent story online showed that Aldi’s ready to roast vegetables were made in the same factory as the same product from Waitrose. Aldi’s version was over HALF the price.
Next time you shop, swap one of everything to something just one brand level lower. So if you usually buy Lurpak butter, this time buy Tesco’s own brand. Many can save £1,000s when dropping a brand level on everything!
2. Get HUNDREDS Back On Your Energy Bills
Did you know that greedy energy companies are ripping us off to the tune of £300 or more every single year? With another round of price hikes just around the corner, it could be a brutal winter for millions of us.
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3. Sell Unwanted Items On Ebay
Whether you have unwanted presents or are planning a clear-out, here are a few tips I used to maximise my Ebay profits:
- Close auctions on Sundays: Avoid ending auctions at weird times (e.g. 2am) when fewer people will be up and about in the UK - bidders often prefer to swoop in the last few minutes, hoping others won’t have time to fight back. According to eBay, its busiest time is Sunday evenings, so aim to end your auction then.
- Use eBay as a free removal service: Don’t pay the council to collect old sofas or broken washing machines. Put them on eBay for 1p and people with the skills to fix them may buy them, and collect them from you.
- Use tracked postage to beat the cheats: One problem for sellers is a buyer winning a pricey item, then saying it never arrived and claiming the cash back. If a buyer doesn’t receive their item, they’re entitled to a refund unless you can provide tracking information.
4. Drive Down Petrol Costs
The easiest way to find the cheapest forecourt in your area is by comparing prices using a free tool. Go to PetrolPrices.com and after registering, enter your postcode and tell it how far you’re willing to travel. It’ll list the cheapest petrol stations in your area.
5. Quit Buying Expensive Coffee
Yes, we all love a Starbucks Latte every now and again. However, buying coffee from your favourite barista everyday will quickly add up.
Let’s do the math… £3 per latte 5 days a week will cost £15. That’s £60 across the month! You could brew your own coffee at home and add that £60 into your holiday savings instead.
6. Cancel Unused Subscriptions
It’s easier than ever to rack up monthly subscription bills since many products and services offer monthly plans. But the problem with those is that you tend to sign up and forget, or you get “cancel remorse” and keep subscriptions you don’t really use.
Go through your bank statements and review your subscriptions immediately! Don’t forget to check your Direct Debits too.
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