5 Jul 2010
It seems that the cost of living is just getting higher and higher in Australia so for a lot of Australian families it is very important to try and cut costs where possible.
Here are some of my tips on how to save money on those pesky weekly bills, but feel free to send in some ideas of your own.
Tip #1 – Budget! When you are trying to save money there is nothing more important than keeping track of your outgoings and incomings. Have a look at what you are spending money on and see where you can cut back. For instance if you get a coffee every morning for $4 then you could be spending about $80 more each month then you need to.
Tip #2 – Save on your electricity use. Electricity is expensive, so by turning off lights and appliances when they’re not in use or using items like dishwashers and washing machines less we could be saving quite a bit of money every month.
Tip #3 – Use less and recycle. Quite simply the less we consume the less we pay for. Do you pay for more groceries than you use? Do you buy things you don’t really need? When buying something new ask yourself whether you can fix it or whether you already own something that does the same. For example using leftover containers as lunchboxes, or using both sides of a notepad before buying a new one.
Tip #4 – Use rebates and offers – The Federal and State Government offers rebates and incentives for a number of things around the house so try and find savings when you can. And if you get coupons or discount offers don’t be afraid to use them too.
Tip #5 – Shop around for things – It is amazing how much money you can save if you look around. Often shopping online will help you find great deals on just about anything, especially things like electronics. So before you go and buy a product check around and see if you can get it cheaper somewhere else or better still ask the store if they can do a better price, because often they can.
The above tips are a few good ones that if followed should help you save your pennies so you can stress less each month, and spend your money on the experiences and things in life that you really enjoy and cherish.