Unfortunately, we are in a global recession and many of us are still feeling the heat of this. Whilst the economic downturn rages on, you may be surprised to learn that there are many things you can do to actually save on your monthly expenses without having to sacrifice the things that you love and enjoy doing.
For many people, hitting the high street is not just about buying new stuff; it’s about feeling good and being sociable. In this article we look at 3 ways in which you can save money yet continue to do the things you love!
1. Clothes shopping
It had to be number 1 didn’t it! Everybody loves splashing out on some new clothes, but unless you are something of a fashionista you probably don’t care too much for the very latest trends. This means you have a whole world about to open up in front of you in the form of charity shops and market stalls.
Buying second hand clothing is NOT the negative thing is may be perceived to be. In fact, it requires a more creative mindset. Think about it – instead of splashing out on the latest lines fed to you by the high street chains, why not take a more creative stance and shop around to create your own outfits? It’s not just clothing either; high quality apparel can be found in second hand stores.
2. Food shopping
If you have yet to go to your local food market, you are seriously missing out. Particularly if you want to buy fruit and vegetables; this is so much cheaper than retails stores and it’s often produced locally too!
Many times I have shopped at the market and spent less than £10 on a large back of fruit and vegetables. This would have cost me at least £20 in a supermarket!
It would be easy to suggest that you simply cut down on your energy usage but this is not always practical, especially if you have a family to care for. Instead consider how much you could save by switching suppliers.
The competitiveness of the energy industry means that providers are always trying to get you to switch to them, and they’re often more than happy to charge you LESS than what you currently pay – so take advantage of this!
Keep your eyes peeled for offers from mainstream energy suppliers and you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much you can save in the long term.
So there you have it – 3 great tips for saving money in this awful recession. Spend well, but have fun doing it!
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