Top tips for saving money
Top tips for saving money
Saving money can be simple when you know how, and where, to cut down. At the beginning, it can seem like a big task, but with these useful tips, we hope to simplify it for you.
- Open a savings account
Opening a dedicated savings account for a deposit for your home is a good place to start, as you can add money into it and watch it build. There are a range of saving accounts you can open, so it’s a good idea to do your research first.
- Plan and budget
Reviewing your monthly income, bills and non-essential outgoings can give you a much clearer view of what you spend each month. It can also show you areas where you could back cut-backs.
You can do this by adding your most important payments and commitments, such as your mortgage, bills and other monthly subscriptions, and taking it away from your monthly income. Start planning a monthly budget and what you want to save at the end of each month.
Having monthly savings goals can help as it gives you a target to aim for. You can create spreadsheets and documents that gives you a visualisation of bills to pay, where you spend your money, and how much.
Banking apps allow you to keep track of spending, so you don’t have to keep hold of loose receipts. These apps can help you keep on top of your spending habits and gives you your total savings at a glance. Depending on the app’s features, they can even put money away for you that you can withdraw at any time.
- Review and cancel any subscriptions you no longer use
There are alternative ways of staying active and healthy without a hefty monthly gym membership. This could be exercising outdoors, using household equipment as weights and YouTube which has endless workout videos depending on what you enjoy. Reviewing your streaming services is also useful to see which services you use the most and least.
Planning your meals in advance, batch cooking and freezing meals are all great ways to cut the weekly food shop spend, as you’ll only buy what you need, which will also reduce food waste too. Taking a packed lunch or leftovers to work can also save you some money, if you tend to buy daily lunches. Buying frozen items, such as fruit and veg, will last longer than fresh and they even come chopped and ready for cooking. Or how about trying to grow your own vegetables and herbs in your garden or windowsill?
- Cash back and credit card rewards
It’s worth getting a credit card that you can earn cashback and rewards on, if you use a credit card regularly and responsibly.
- Use a budget calculator!
We have a range of calculators, from mortgage repayment calculators to budget calculators. Just enter your monthly income after tax, your household essentials, such as rent, mortgage, food and groceries, bills, leisure activities and insurance. It’ll then give you a breakdown and show you what you could save monthly and yearly. It also gives you a chart to show how much money goes into each category.
To speak to a professional about how to get on the property ladder, please contact our friendly mortgage advisers. We have access to over 90 different UK lender, so we’re perfectly placed to find the right one for your needs.
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