Money, money, money. The solution to a lot of problems but a problem in it self when you don’t have a lot. As most of you are aware I’m on a budget now as I’m on maternity leave. Maternity leave isn’t great money wise but amazing that I get time off with my lovely Lily. I’ve started picking up little bits to still enjoy life and scrimp while having less money coming in.
//01 Free days out
One of the main problems since being on less money is feeling like you can’t do anything, go to the cinema, go out for dinner or even getting a coffee with a friend can be a stretch sometimes. You can make small adjustments to be able to do this. There are offers all the time for cheap meals like wowcher and o2 priority. You can go to majority of museums for free and it’s an interesting fun day out. Instead of going to costa and paying upwards of £6 for a coffee and cake have friends round, have a drink and catch up at home, maybe even a movie night with a bottle of cheap wine from Aldi.
//02 Freebies and offers
Always keep an eye out online, there are always offers and samples up for grabs as well as competitions on companies instagram and twitter. The famous Freebie Friday hashtag which has so much up for grabs just by retweeting something. There is so much free stuff as well so have a look around online.
//03 Store cards
Store cards are something you don’t really need to think about, they do pile up in your purse and become a pain to carry around but if you have them for your go to stores they can really help you out. Boots is a good example, if you are part of the parenting club then you get extra points when buying anything baby related which I do, ALOT. I’ve totalled up £10 of points just from when Lily was born.
//04 Bulk buy
Buying in bulk can save a lot of money, I’ve been buying massive 3kg of pasta and rice to stock up in the cupboard rather than buying little and often. If you have a costco membership as well they are perfect for buying in the masses but you can also find big quantities of products on amazon like coffee and sweets.
What are your tips for scrimping and savings? Let me know in the comments below.