And when shopping? Easy! Only buy what you need, buy better.
All the advice we can give you for saving on what you spend is based on two ideas: only buy what you really need and be a bit organised. But how? Here are some“ ”tips that are so simple you won't realise you are doing anything.
- Get in the habit of keeping lists. You are bound to save money and something else you also value, time:
- When you are tempted by an offer, count to 10. Then ask yourself again whether you need it. Is it something you use regularly? Or are you buying it just because it's cheap?
- Never, never, never shop when you're hungry. If you do, you will buy more and be disorganised about it. You will fill probably fill your basket with sugary snacks and things to eat straightaway.
- Buying unpackaged items is often an option; and it is cheaper and more ecological. You only buy what you need.
- If you have space, set up a pantry or store cupboard. Then you can buy your everyday items when they are on sale: olive oil, coffee, nappies... Because they are everyday products, small savings on many units soon build up.
- Try to use what you have at home before considering buying new things.
- Think about own-brand goods. Their quality has become comparable to other brands over recent years, and they often offer great savings.
You can also use price comparison apps to compare prices in different shops. There is no need to go crazy comparing everything, but this is useful for things you buy every month or week.