We were recently sent a Soda Stream Power as a way to encourage the kids to drink more water (because it’s fun when it’s fizzy) and also to help with the monthly cost of buying carbonated water. The machine has been used everyday and personally it has been pretty great at encouraging me to drink more water let alone the kids!
As part of the campaign Sue Hayward shared a few family money saving tips to also help you to save a few pennies too. We all know that we are in uncertain times and with this we all want to tighten the family purse a little bit more without compromising on family treats too. A few simple ways that you can do this but also manage those little treats are discussed by Sue in this video.
So what other tips can help you?
- Switch supermarket brands– If you always buy brands, swap them for supermarket versions. And if you already buy those, give the ‘budget’ version a go. Swapping brands in your trolley can knock a third off your bill and save £1,700 a year.
- Buy ‘wonky’ veg– Buying boxes of ‘wonky veg’ or budget brand salad and vegetables can save over £100 a year. They may not look pretty but once sliced and chopped you won’t tell the difference in a salad or stir fry.
- Plan ahead– Pack drinks and snacks for days out to save tantrums in traffic jams or forking out at swimming pool vending machines. Stock up on multipacks of juice cartons as these can cost £1 a go at petrol stations or cafes; that’s equivalent to £200 a year.
- Stock up on frozen food– Frozen mince and fish are great for quick dishes like bolognaise or fish pie and save money. You’ll pay £5 for a fresh pack (500g) of lean mince in Tesco, but the frozen version is £2.80. That swap alone saves over £50 a year.
- Switch your fizzy drinks– Try using a SodaStream for fresh sparkling water on tap, making water more exciting, as well as keeping the kids entertained. Add your own choice of flavours or fresh fruit like a slice of lemon and save £300 a year.
- Stop those impulse buys– Never go to the supermarket without a list, or when you’re hungry and save £150 a year. Chances are, you’ll end up with a trolley full of ‘impulse buys’ and there will probably be an expensive sandwich in there too!
- Ditch your Friday night takeaway– You won’t get much change from £40 ordering pizza for four so if you still want that weekly treat, stock up in the supermarket for under £10. This would save over £1500 a year.
- Stock up on supermarket ‘meal deals’– Find out about meal deals where you can pick up the mains, sides, dessert and wine. You could bag up to £20 of food for £10 and freeze what you don’t need. This saves £120 a year if you did it once a month.
- Save on waste– We throw away around £50 of food every month and doing a ‘big shop’ once a week may mean fresh food won’t last. A supermarket delivery pass costs £6 a month and saves time and money as you can do two smaller shops each week, saving you over £500 a year.
- Shop late in the day– Most supermarkets start reducing the prices of fresh food from midday onwards if it’s got a short shelf life. Check the bargain sections in the fridge aisles for those yellow stickers! From midday you can get around 25% off with discounts of up to 75% from 7pm onwards. You can easily save at least a couple of pounds a week popping one or two items in your trolley ready for the freezer which adds up to around £100 a year.
Aren’t these such brilliant tips? And ones that we will be following too. Have you tried any of these?