You’ve probably read through 101 different ways to try and save money. Most of them seem like they’re just too much hassle to bother with. Plus, time equals money. So are you actually saving anything by spending hours trying to cut costs? To help curb this problem, here are some amazing ways to save money. That will take you 10 minutes or less!
Write a Shopping List
Before you ever go on a shopping spree you have to make a list! This takes 5-10 minutes and could save you a fortune. Most of us do this anyway when it comes to grocery shopping. However, you should be writing a list for everything. Why? Because then you’re less likely to impulse spend. And let’s be honest, that’s when we tend to spend the most. Write up a shopping list and stick to it.
Keep Your Receipts
This takes no time at all! You simply have to keep all of the receipts for whatever you buy. At the end of each week take a look through all of those little bits of paper. Were there things you spent too much money on? You’ll be able to come up with ways to cut down costs, by keeping an eye on your spending. You’ll also be less likely to impulse buy if you know you’re going to tell yourself off at the end of the week.
Print off Vouchers
This is something that will take no more than 10 minutes out of your day. Before you go anywhere, have a look to see if there are any vouchers available. Use a voucher website and see if the place you’re visiting has any offers on. This is particularly useful if you’re going out to eat or drink. Plenty of retailers have offers running through the week, so keep your eyes peeled.
Make Some Calls
As long as you’re not on hold for half the day then this is another quick way to save money. Call up all of the companies you have services with. Mobile phone operators, broadband providers and cable TV suppliers. Talk to them and let them know you’re trying to cut down costs. You’ll be surprised at how many will have special offers to keep you as a customer. It’s a good idea not to call during lunchtimes or after work, as this is when they’re the busiest. Also, make sure you check their call rates so you’re not forking out extra on your phone bill.
Double Check ‘Cost Per’ Labels
This is a really handy trick if you’re out grocery shopping. It doesn’t take too long, either. Before you get sucked into special offers or deals, have a look for the ‘cost per’ on labels. This is usually cost per unit or cost per kg. You can quickly price match all of the different brands to see which one is the cheapest. You may find that those special offers aren’t as cost effective as you once thought.
Last Minute Dash
Want to grab yourself something nice for dinner without going on a long shopping trip? Head to the supermarkets around an hour before they close. They will be putting out all of their reduced items. You can pick up a bargain for dinner, in under 10 minutes.
And there we have it! Some super quick ways to save money on everyday essentials. Make one of these changes every day and see how much money it can save you.