08/09/2017 06:45 BST | Updated 08/09/2017 06:45 BST

How To Be Thrifty With Household Finances

Many people will know the misery of overstretched finances. In today's world, we often find that our income isn't sufficient to meet all of our outgoings. This is why it is important to find ways of streamlining your finances and be more thrifty when it comes to your spending. Saving a little money here and there may not seem as though it will have much of an effect. However, many are surprised at just how quickly these little savings add up. By exercising more thrift with your finances you can help to ease the strain of an overstretched budget. There are many different ways in which you can help to cut costs without having to go to a huge amount of inconvenience.

Some tips to help reduce spending

There are various tips that you should take on board if you want to be thriftier and cut your household spending. Some of these include:

Be meticulous with your budget: The easiest way to control spending is to know exactly how much will be coming in and how much is going out each month. Write down a month by month budget of income and expenditure or better still use one of the various budgeting software solutions available on the market. You will then have the data you need at your fingertips to ensure you do not overspend.

Use coupons: These days, you can get coupons for pretty much everything from eating out and day trips through to supermarket shopping and clothing. The latest statics shows that use of various coupons can help you to save considerable amounts of money on your purchases.

Do some switching: Many people end up paying over the odds for services and products such as energy bills, broadband, mobiles, and insurance services. It is now very easy to switch to cheaper deals, as you can use the various comparison sites that do most of the legwork for you. So, if you feel you are paying too much take some time to go online and determine whether you can get a better deal elsewhere.

Cancel what you don't need: Often, we sign up for memberships and subscriptions but then forget all about them even if we no longer use the product or service. Go through your outgoings and see whether you have any unnecessary or unwanted subscriptions and memberships that you are paying for. This could be anything from magazine subscriptions through to gym memberships. If so, make sure you cancel them right away.

Reduce costly habits: Habits such as smoking and drinking can cost a fortune, and you may find that these form one of your biggest outgoings. In order to cut costs, try to reduce these habits or better still kick them to the curb. Not only will you have more money available for other things but you can also benefit from a far healthier lifestyle.

All of these methods can help to reduce the amount you are spending each month, which means far less financial pressure on your household.