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!