5 ways I save money

I’m 25 and I’m currently trying to save for a deposit for a house. Let’s be honest, house prices aren’t cheap in Devon! I need around a £25,000 deposit and my wage really isn’t that great… Over the past couple of years I have come up with some a few simple ways to save money and I thought I would share these with you.

1 – I Make lunch to take to work

I can’t even stress this enough! So many people I work with buy lunch EVERY SINGLE DAY and it’s such a waste of money. They usually spend about £5.00 a day on food and drink. Over the cost of a month that adds up to £100. That’s £1,200 a year that could go towards a deposit. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; most days I just take a sandwich, packet of crisps, some fruit and a yoghurt and that’s a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a meal deal every day.

2- I no longer waste money on makeup 

I used to be the same as every other girl. I always wanted to try the latest foundation or the latest blusher. I used to read blog posts about these wonderful new products that had come out and I always wanted to get my hands on them and try them. As I’ve gotten older I care far less about make up. I’ve used the same foundation and powder for years because it works well with my skin type. I have a favourite mascara and a couple of favourite blushers which I always use. I realised that buying all of these new products was such as waste of my money as most the time I would use them a couple of times and then return to my trusty staple pieces and the new bits would sit in a drawer and not get used.

3 – I don’t drink alcohol 

People often think I’m strange for this, I never drink alcohol and I don’t plan to start anytime soon. I HATE going to parties and hanging out with drunk people, I hate the taste of alcohol and I hate feeling out of control of what I’m doing. This saves me SO much money when everyone else is buying expensive drinks and I’m sat sipping my lemonade that only cost me £1.50. And I get to wake up on a Sunday morning feeling totally refreshed whilst everyone else is hungover.

4 – I don’t tend to buy expensive clothes 

My attitude towards clothes has changed so much over the last few years. I used to LOVE going shopping with my mum nearly every weekend and I could easily spend about £200 each time. Don’t get me wrong, I still love shopping, but I guess I just don’t have the time for it as much anymore. I used to always shop in places like Topshop and Debenhams which were expensive. Of course, I still go to these places occasionally and for special occasions, I’ll happily spend a little more. But Honestly, I love places like Matalan and Sainsburys. It’s usually half the price and the quality is equally as good.

5- Date night doesn’t have to be expensive 

When I first met Shaun we would eat out maybe 3  times a week. We’d also go to the cinema or go bowling. As fun as this was, it used to cost us a lot of money. Over more recent months we’ve cut back a lot of these things and we still have just as much fun. Often date night will consist of cooking dinner and sitting down to watch a movie together or playing a board game. We still have a great time and it’s so much cheaper.

What are your tips for saving money? I’d love to hear.

‘See ya real soon!

Charlotte xx

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  1. July 13, 2017 / 9:41 AM

    I love these tips! I am bad myself for not always making lunch for work and it does waste so much money! I agree with you on the makeup side of things too, it irritates me when I see people with HUGE COLLECTIONS (to be fair people probably get most of this for free) but – it’s the fact that most of it will go to waste and will pass its use by date! It’s unhygienic. My other tip would be to shop around on your payments like car insurance, phone bill etc – never let them auto renew as you would get a better deal shopping around!

    hayley // hayleyxmartin.com

  2. Laura
    August 7, 2017 / 9:41 PM

    I love these tips! I’m on a tight budget myself, so these posts always come in handy for sure! x
    Lauraconteur ♥

  3. October 1, 2017 / 10:30 AM

    I love these tips! I used to buy a Tesco meal deal at £3 every week day for work, now I make my lunch at home to take to work. I save so much money every month, although to begin with I still bought a 500ml bottle of diet coke everyday (they’re about £1.50 each)! Now we buy a big pack of diet coke as part of our bi-weekly food shop, so much cheaper – 24 cans for £6? Yes please.

    I don’t buy expensive clothes either! Also I only tend to go clothes shopping once clothes have worn out. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing?!

    Another tip would be to shop around for insurance and utilities and to do it regularly, we do our electric seasonally.

    • Charlotte Shares
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      October 1, 2017 / 6:08 PM

      It’s crazy how much money buying lunch can cost!! 24 cans of coke for £6 is really good!
      Haha I’m pretty much the same and wear clothes until they’re totally warn out and then I buy new! Xx

  4. November 6, 2017 / 10:11 PM

    I think #4 is the hardest for me! I also need to get better at making lunch. House prices in Bristol are sooo expensive!

    • Charlotte Shares
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      November 7, 2017 / 8:56 AM

      Yeah I found number 4 pretty hard at first, but now I don’t take any notice! 🙂

  5. February 26, 2018 / 7:36 PM

    Some of my friends wonder how I can go on holidays so often. I’d much rather spend my money on a hotel and plane than going out every weekend and drinking. Great post! Xx

    • Charlotte Shares
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      February 26, 2018 / 9:47 PM

      I completely agree! 💕

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