Every week I share five frugal things that I’ve done during that week just to show you that the small things you do all add up to a great frugal lifestyle where you can learn to live a fabulously frugal life.
I can’t believe how fast the days are going at the moment and I’m not going to lie, anything money-saving that I’ve done this week hasn’t been down to me really. The shops are off-limits for the most part, I’m working super long days with free food and drink at work and the kids are confined to the house so there’s very little that they need money for.
All that means that I honestly don’t have very much to share with you this week so I’m not even going to attempt to find five things. Instead, I’m going to share five things that you could be doing during lockdown to give your finances a bit of a boost!
1) Now is a great time to review your finances and make sure you have an updated family budget! I have a fab little free budget planner that you can download to use so sit yourself down with that and your last few months of bank statements and write yourself up a budget that includes absolutely everything that you spend each month. It’s practically impossible to know where you need to start saving and cutting back if you don’t know what your budget looks like before you start.
2) Cancel any Direct Debits that you don’t really need to be paying out for and look for better deals on everything you have to pay for – insurances, phone contracts and anything else you pay out regularly for.
3) Get all those odd jobs done around the house that you’ve been putting off! A dripping tap, for example, will cost extra on your water bill if you’re on a water meter (it mounts up super quickly) and the worse it gets, the harder and more expensive it could be to fix. YouTube is amazing for tutorials on how to fix things and it could be something as simple as tightening something up.
4) Go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and use the extra time you have at home to make some creative meals to use up the things you have in. Use up
5) Get signed up to a site like Swagbucks where you can earn points which you can then convert to gift cards to use in places like Amazon. You can earn points doing surveys, watching videos, searching online and signing up to free trials (there are loads more ways but that’s pretty much all I do). Here’s my refer a friend link: Sign up using my refer a friend link and get 500 Swagbucks bonus. Money’s probably going to be tighter than usual for lots of us this Christmas so start earning points now and you’ll have enough to buy some treats at Christmas.
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