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How To Save Money Around The House


You may be sitting at home twiddling your thumbs and wondering how you can make a few extra bob around the house. With Christmas being one of the most expensive times of the year I have put together a little insight of tips which will hopefully give you some ideas and save you some money in the long run.

Sell your valuables 

Have you been through your boxes of valuables in the attic? You may have forgotten what gems you have hidden away up in your attic. You can then sell these Antiques at auction and at places like Value My Stuff for valuations.

Keep the heating down this winter

There's nothing worse than getting a huge heating bill after the winter and all because you had the heating on all day every day. Learn to compromise, have the heating on for an hour in the morning to heat up the house and then for a couple of hours in the evening if it is really cold. Ensure you are wearing enough layers so you won't be tempted to put the heating on.

Make batches of meals

This is an easy way of saving money, make up a bulk batch of meals and freeze them for example chicken currys, chills, rice dices etc they can all be easily stored in the freezer and then defrosted when you're running short on cash. Bulk up your meals with plenty of vegetables as they are much cheaper than meat or fish and will make the meals more filling saving you more money.

Recycle your old phones

Over the years you have probably collected many phones and if like me and you buy new ones every couple of years then thats a lot of phones. I never tend to sell them on as they are usually nackered or broken but you can recycle these online to make extra cash. For older phones you won't get much but I just put my old iPhone on there and got £150! It all adds up in the end especially if you have a fair amount of phones lurking around your house.

Save on electricity

Make sure you turn off all your appliances when not in use and before you go to bed. You many not think by having your TV on standby that it's using up any electricity well it is. I always turn them off everything we go out and before bed. Same goes for the majority of switches in our house. Here is an informative infographic I recently posted that you may find interesting.

Use cash back sites when shopping online

This is another great way of saving a bit of cash. When shopping online shop through the cash back sites. You can earn a percentage of your final costs back and even though sometimes the amount will be small it all adds up in the end. Think of times when you are buying a new appliance or doing the Christmas shopping you can get a decent amount back from those. You can then use the money you got back to purchase new items you need.

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163 comments

  1. could be doing with trying some of this :)

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  2. Pam Francis Gregory11 November 2013 at 13:08

    Some great tips - Thanks

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  3. Good to make the most of money-savings tips. What is difficult is when no or low income, when already being careful regards spending etc. Heartfelt thought to those who require services of Food Banks etc. Government action is needed.

    Rachel Craig

    Rachel Craig

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  4. Great tips....you need all the help you can get with the electric and gas price hikes. Thank you :)

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  5. great tips here..will be using them

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  6. I have found having an electric heater works well rather than heating the whole house

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  7. really good tip's will recyle my old phone after upgrade in January Victoria hine

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  8. My hubby every evening goes around switching off all the appliances. Not only does it save you money, but it's safer too x

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  9. Some great tips! I am always looking to save money around the house through the year. This year we had a couple of car boot sales and go rid of lots of items we havent used in a long time. We also make the most of vouchers and coupons and collect through the year with supermarket schemes like Nectar at Sainsburys (I used my points on the toy sale for xmas) and Tesco (which I will be using my points for Clubcard Boost to make the most of them for a xmas present for my daughter). I have also been batch cooking, and whilst Halloween was here which meant plenty of cheap pumpkins, we stocked up and made lots of pumpkin soup and pumpkin curry YUM!

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  10. Will be utilising some of these, can never be too stingy around Christmas time especially with rising heat bills!

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  11. great tips :) i'm just buying my first house so every penny is counting at the moment!

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  12. Some great tips there, especially saving on utility bills, I dont think anyone can afford to have their heating on all the time now, its unfair really, especially when you have little ones at home all day. I always put thermal socks and a jumper on before turning the heating on and usually only have the heating on a couple of hours in the evening.

    @tjsi1963

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  13. Excellent ideas.Thank you very much :)

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  14. Very handy, I need to safe as much as possible :) x

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  15. great advice, one winter my bill was 200 pounds just because heating was electric and i was freezing(

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  16. Shower less. Not only do you save money, fewer people will bother you.

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  17. Great tips Kerry, I'll have to start using them. Especially with the little one on the way xx

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    1. Thanks Kelly, ahhh yes its going to get very expensive soon lol! xx

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  18. Great advice. Always looking to spare a few pennies round our house! xx

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  19. I've never uses cash back sites...time to look into that one! Thanks for sharing some great tips.

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  20. fantastic tips x

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  21. batch meals is a good idea trouble is I find I dont like seeing cold soup/stews so hubby has to reheat it as it makes me feel sick
    @bella97p

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  22. I love money saving tips :)
    Recently I've been making batches of meals both for myself and my little one. Saves money and more importantly time.

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  23. really handy info any tips that can save money is always a good thing

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  24. These are such great tips, especially when you have a family to look after xx

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  25. Will definitely be putting a few of these into action now!

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  26. Thanks for some really good ideas :)

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  27. Batches of meals are a lifesaver - my freezer is full of bags of chilli and other eclectic dishes. So much easier when you get home at the end of the day too!

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  28. some very useful tips thankyou and i shall keep them in mind :)

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  29. I make batch meals in my slow cooker - I use in expensive cuts of meat and freeze the meals

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  30. I am bookmarking this to come back and read again at the weekend when I have some time to action these.

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  31. Excellent tips, especially the heating ones.

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  32. Turn the heating down one degree, you won't notice the difference and it will save money, after a month turn it down another degree to save more.
    If you have an immersion heater for your hot water turn down the thermostat on that too, most of us heat water to a much higher temperature than we need it to be and then cool it down with cold water

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  33. The heating is a big one for us at the moment - it's not so easy to turn it down with a newborn in th ehuoise! I think it might be an expensicve winter!

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  34. great advice we all need the extra help to save money in current climate

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  35. Fab reading Love anything that can save me and my family money :)

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  36. Christine McCormack14 November 2013 at 21:30

    Great tips :) I'll be using these to try and save some money. Thanks

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  37. Really useful tips there, especially the heating, thermal socks are brilliant x

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  38. I'm a massive tight wad but called my energy supplier for helping cut down our bills, they went through everything and declared I could do no more! Officially tight!!

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  39. I turned my heating off back in march and it's still off, i was just thinking tonight how i will have to turn it back on soon because it's so cold but i really don't want to. Need to save money where ever i can at the moment x

    Tiffany Oconnell
    @toc83

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  40. Great advice and tips, thanks!! (",)

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  41. great tips with a family anything to save money is awesome!

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  42. Some great money saving tips, I'm pleased to say that I am doing most of them. Heating was our biggest expense but we invested in a wood burner last winter - it was our best investment ever!

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  43. brilliant thanks will come in handy :)

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  44. Some very useful tips

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  45. Great tips!! I will definitely be sending the hubby up to the attic! :)

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  46. thanks for the great tips

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  47. Brilliant info thank you! - Amy Ripley

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  48. another great blog entry! thanks x

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  49. great tips - i know we have some stuff in the attic to sell ( if my hubby lets me as its his comic collection lol )

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  50. I'm with you on the batches of meals, great for when I don't want to cook

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  51. Some really useful tips that I will be following, thanks

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  52. very helpful as i am looking into economising at the moment! with love, faye xx

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  53. also just doing housework really fast helps keep you warm!

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  54. great tips, especially about saving money on heating, winter is a brutal time for heating bills!

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  55. Great tips, thanks! Its always good to be reminded to the simple ways to save cash. @criscurran

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  56. really good tips here thank you x

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  57. Great tips. Not sure how many I can do.

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  58. You have a beautiful blog, I wanted to vote for you, top baby blogs. The link did not seem to take me to your link, but the home page. Impossible to locate you. Shame as I said your is great :)

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  59. fab tips - bexy boo

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  60. Will have to put some of these into practise, thanks for the advise. x

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  61. Great tips. I think we all need them with the way finances are going!!

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  62. Great advice xx

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  63. Brilliant tips! I already do a couple of these. I'm so stingy on the heating! Always been taught to wrap up warm.
    Will definitely be doing a few more. Always one for saving money :) x

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  64. Some lovely tips there, thank you! :)

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  65. I lik ethe idea of bulk cooking to save money- I'd never thought of that before. :)

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  66. (scott broomhead) I never think about turning off appliances. I always wonder if switching off my electric sockets does any good....hmmm

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  67. i enter a lot of competitions and visit freebie sites for household items

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  68. Should really take some of your tips on board and make some extra Christmas pennys!

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  69. Some great tips! Will come in very handy in the new year when dealing with the financial aftermath of the holiday period!

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  70. I'm a big fan of cashback sites too and using voucher codes and always search before I buy online. If you get into the habit of using them, it soon mounts up.

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  71. Keep meaning to cook in bulk more

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  72. I always cook or 4 even though there's only 2 of us and freeze it :)

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  73. great site explains everything in detail

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  74. All good advice. We have already sold what we can but unfortunately the heating has to stay on as we live in a converted church hall with high ceilings which can get very cold in winter!

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  75. Very helpful, I invested in a dehumidifier which has made a difference as well

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  76. Very helpful indeed...

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  77. Loving the tips!

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  78. very useful tips, thank you,
    can i just add: if youre not a fan of frozen food, you can always plan meals for a week ahead before you go shopping, this way you buy stuff you need for preparation of those meals

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  79. Great money saving tips thanks

    @toc83

    Tiffany Oconnell

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  80. Great tips, I sold my old phones last year I had quite a few lying around, they funded much of Christmas!!

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  81. iv been using cashback sites for years they are so handy

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  82. soda crystals make a great cheap grease buster

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  83. Great tips! I also use YNAB software to track household spending. It's has really changed the way I manage my money. I don't think I could ever go back to not budgeting now, I'd feel too dangerous!

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  84. amazing thanks so much with 4 im always lookin to find ways to make n save money x

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  85. definitely be trying these thanks

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  86. Lots of money saving ideas. @kidsdogsandcats

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  87. shut curtains stops heating go out

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  88. some great ideas

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  89. Useful tips here. Difficult to sell valuables though. I have lots of jewellery that has been given to me and although I don't wear most of it, because it was a gift, I would feel bad about selling it.

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  90. Great tips

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  91. money saving tips are always useful

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  92. good tips - I always forget about the cashback sites.

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  93. Great tips that do make a difference, thank you :)

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  94. Lovely stuff, keeping my fingers crossed. x

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  95. Fantastic tips! Really needed this, thank you :)

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  96. Good review and reminder we sometimes know these things but 'forget to put them into action'
    Now where that stash of 'old gold' I have for sale mmmmm in my dreams! LOL

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  97. Some useful tips, I will have to remember them

    Trevor Linvell

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  98. Some great tips ... Thank you :) - Samantha Doherty

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  99. All advice on saving money and energy is very much appreciated ,thank you

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  100. Sensible saving techniques we can all use..... Thanks

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  101. brilliant tips thankyou xx

    nicola white

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  102. Some handy hints, Thanks. I have a friend who when they (her family) update mobile phones, she regularly gets on line to sell on the old models. I think those who are familiar with the internet do sell off unwanted items. As another friend sold off her maternity clothes, baby's cot etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  103. Gorgeous stuff - be great in time for Christmas too

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  104. great tips, going to put a couple into effect

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  105. Pam Francis Gregory10 December 2013 at 20:25

    Some good tips - Especially turning off all switched - Shame Sky box won't record with no power!!

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  106. Definitely need to look into this more! Thanks X

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  107. Very helpful tips. It's so easy to let the electricity bill add up with the heating on

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  108. Tobys Proud Mummy Toys10 December 2013 at 22:11

    fab money saving tips

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  109. I'm freeing the pinch so l will be using these as much as oossible

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