Wouldn’t it be great to have a bit of extra cash to spend on fun stuff? Well, if your answer is "Yes," you've come to the right place. Below, we've rounded up the top things you can do right now to save money on necessary-but-dull bills.
Get rid of your landline. Can you remember the last time you used your home phone? Do you even know what your home phone number is? If the answer is "No," then it’s time to ditch the landline. Instead, download a free calling app—you’ll be able to make calls (including international ones) at no cost.
Switch utility providers. We can think of more fun ways to spend an afternoon than researching utility providers, but it’s definitely worth doing. If you’ve been with the same company for years, you’re probably tied to an old deal. Shop around, and you’ll find other companies offering you much cheaper deals if you move over to them.
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Pay by direct debit. This is the simplest way to save money on your bills without even trying. You’ll know exactly which day the money will come out of your account if you agree to a fixed monthly direct debit. Plus, you’ll probably get a cheaper deal, and you’ll never incur a late payment fee. It’s a win-win.
Lose any add-ons. We're sure you can recall a time when you've been on the phone with someone who's trying to persuade you to add an extended warranty or get extra insurance coverage, and you say, "Yes" just to get them off the phone. Well, it’s time to get rid of all those extras if you don’t need them. For example, if you are a homeowner and have house insurance, this basic policy will cover most everything you need.
Do it yourself. It’s tough to find time to do chores around the house, but if money is tight, you may have to reconsider. Do you really need to be forking out, say, $40 a week for a cleaner? If you share a property, write a list divvying up all the cleaning duties in order to save money.
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Barter your services. If you’re a useless gardener but handy with a screwdriver, why not swap skills—offer to put someone’s bookcase together while they come over and sort out your garden. You’ll save money on a gardener and have some spare cash to spend.
Be clever with your food shopping. Clear some space in your cupboards, then shop online for good deals on non-perishable food (rice, pasta, canned tomatoes) and other household goods (toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.). If you bulk-buy essential items that are on sale, you’ll end up saving a significant amount on your weekly shop.
Check out our list of things that go on sale in June.
Turn off the lights. Doing little things such as turning off the lights when you leave a room will have a positive impact on your gas and electricity bills over time. If you have a spare room or dining room that you don’t often use, turn off the radiators there.
Change your mobile phone plan. If you’re not using up all your free minutes or data every month, it means you are on the wrong plan—a quick look at a price comparison site will tell you which plans are the cheapest. If you choose a plan with a different provider, you can switch over and still keep your mobile number.
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Slash your memberships. Make a list of all the "extras" that you pay for monthly—gym membership, TV streaming sites, food delivered to your house weekly, etc. Put them in order of how often you use them, and then cancel the ones you use the least.
This post was written by the editors of Closer. For more, check out our sister site Closer.
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