Ten Ways To Cut Your Monthly Expenses

Save cash without missing out on enjoyment

15/06/2016 11:47

Running out of money before running out of month is a massive pain point. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a wedge of cash left at the end to spend, enjoy, or even – horrors - save? Well, you can. It just involves being a bit more savvy with your dough. There are loads of ways of cutting your monthly expenses, and some even bring health benefits as standard. So read on and get saving.


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  • Get your own gym
    Forget pricey gym memberships and queuing for sweaty treadmills. It’s free to go running, power-walking or just walking the dog in our fantastic open spaces, parks and countryside. Evidence shows that walking or running through nature is good for us and boosts mental health. If you prefer to exercise indoors, dust off that old Wii Fit, or look on YouTube for free yoga and Pilates videos to follow in the privacy of your own living room.
  • Cycle to work
    How far do you reckon you could cycle? Ten miles? Many of us live less than 10 miles from work, yet we either drive or cram onto packed, expensive public transport. By ditching the travelcard and commuting on two wheels (even an electric bike to take the pain out of hills), you’ll save money and really feel the health benefits.
  • Turn the tap on
    Do you buy bottled water? You will pay between 50p and £1 for a litre. Did you know that one litre of Thames Water costs 0.097p? Lobby group says that the average British consumer guzzles £25,000 of bottled water and similar drinks in their lifetime. Considering UK tap water is among the safest in the world, and there is no plastic wastage, it seems madness to drink anything else. Freshly-drawn tap water generally tastes better too, so fill up your bottle from the mains.
  • Be your own barista
    Most of us love a warm, frothy cappuccino in the morning. But we probably don’t love the monthly price tag of about £44 for takeaway coffee, that’s for sure. With the price of a latte averaging £2.20, you could give it up for a month and with the savings buy a perfectly respectable coffee maker for less than £50 and a flask. Fresh coffee at a fraction of the price.
  • Stop wasting food
    The best way to avoid food waste is by loving your leftovers. See the remnants of a roast chicken as next week’s sandwiches, and potential stock to make soup or risotto. Leftover veg can be stirred through couscous to make healthy salads, and bread crusts whizzed in the blender make delicious crunchy breadcrumbs for fish or chops.
  • Come dine at home
    Have you ever just paid a large restaurant bill and felt that, actually, you could have cooked a better, cheaper meal at home? While you might not want to invest in all the ingredients and time to create an authentic Thai, it’s much cheaper to buy a beautiful steak and cook it yourself. Serve with your favourite veg and an indulgent patisserie pudding. If you usually socialise in restaurants you could do it at home instead. Suggest everybody brings one course and some wine -  a decent bottle of supermarket Chateauneuf-du-Pape could be even cheaper than a restaurant’s house wine.
  • Go dry for a month
    Alcoholic drinks can easily leave you £276 out of pocket each month, possibly more, if you count drinking at home and going out. If you need to make some swift savings, say no to the swift halves.
  • Avoid paying top dollar for designer threads
    You love your labels, but you don’t need to pay full price. Charity shops usually have a designer rail – sometimes you can find new, unsold pieces donated by the manufacturer at a fraction of the boutique price. You can look on eBay and Gumtree for designer bargains, and if you want a beautiful dress for a one-off occasion, you could even rent one.
  • Get cashback with shopping apps
    Save with your smartphone using apps such as Shopitize and Checkoutsmart. Buy the featured offers in the shops, photograph the barcodes and receipts and cashback is credited to your account. Savings soon repay your efforts.
  • Revisit your utility suppliers
    According to the Competition and Markets Authority,around 70% of the domestic customers of the six largest energy firms are still on the more expensive ‘default’ standard variable tariff (SVT).” If you’re one of the millions who have never switched utilities suppliers, you could save a substantial monthly chunk. Check out for the right deal and choose an online account with Direct Debit payments to make the best savings.
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