With rising inflation placing pressure on household spending, and talk of excess debt making headlines, UK families are in the market for frugal solutions. Consumer optimism hasn’t wavered as much as analysts have expected, but there are some signs families are tightening their belts in response to rising costs. Fortunately, with proper planning and commitment, it’s possible to reduce spending in nearly every household category.
From the supermarket to the airport, frugal families keep to their budgets, without compromising their household needs. These are only a few of the effective strategies helping skint Britons defeat swelling costs.
Asda Price Guarantee
Supermarkets are highly competitive, continually striving to build a stronger customer base and stimulate loyalty among shoppers. Asda puts its best foot forward with an across the board deal for its customers. The market’s price guarantee means that your shop is at least 10 per cent cheaper than buying similar items at major competing stores – Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, and Waitrose – or Asda will make up the difference.
According to bloggers unveiling the best ways to save cash, you can save more than £1,000, using the Asda guarantee. By planning your shop ahead of time and using online resources to compare prices before leaving home, you’ll have a targeted shop list capable of cutting costs. For the most significant savings, get to know the terms of the price guarantee, using the rules to your best advantage. When a buy is on for multi-piece orders at another store, for instance, Asda’s policy sometimes opens doors to substantial savings.
Don’t “Pass” on Savings
Some money saving opportunities are well-known, having been promoted for years. Making your morning coffee or tea at home, rather than spending £2 on takeaway every day is a good example of a quick fix circulated many times. But a unique website can help you take a bite out of another kind of spending, offering up to date information about funeral costs. It might seem a morbid approach, but for those planning their final arrangements, the site shares valuable pricing information about the costs involved.
FuneralPlanMarket.com not only helps visitors save their friends and family the trouble of bringing together the details, but it also ensures planners get the best price for related expenses. According to the founder, the niche is underserved, because many planning their own funerals are older people, sometimes unfamiliar with digital technology. As more and more people over age 60 find their way to the World Wide Web, the site hopes to serve their needs and save them money at the same time.
Burger King Hack
Indulging yourself with meals from Burger King and other fast fixes has gotten more expensive in recent years. If you’re a fan of the fare, you’ll be pleased to know the King provides monthly money-saving vouchers on both its website and for users of the restaurant chain’s app. The offers can be downloaded and printed from the website, or users can grab them through the app, receiving a code to show the cashier at the time of purchase. The codes are only good for 15 minutes, so be sure to get right down to business, once you’ve downloaded an offer.
Save at Stansted
Stansted airport may be the most expensive airport at which to drop off holidaymakers. Charges can be as much as £25 for just 16 minutes. If a trip to the airport is in your future, a discount might be available. And if you need to leave your car for an extended period, making arrangements to park away from the airport can save you a sizable sum.
Stansted offers discounts for those living close to the airport. If you qualify, living within a 5-mile radius gets you a 10-minute drop-off window for £.50, opposed to up to £3.50 for others, living farther out. Live within a 5-10 mile radius? You can expect to pay £1.00 for the same privilege. Don’t linger beyond 15 minutes though, or your drop-off charges will jump to £25.
Traditional money-saving strategies help keep more of your hard-earned money in the bank. But when money is particularly tight, creative approaches uncover savings where you least expect it. The key to making a difference to your bottom line is matching cost-cutting opportunities to your spending habits; you might be surprised by the frugal savings found off the beaten path.