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Are you looking to reduce or slash your spending?  For me I review our bills every 6 months to see how things are going and if I need to look at ways of cutting down on items.  This can be a simple process from having a chat to our broadband provider and seeing if we are on the best rate or simply making some life changes to cut down on what we are spending on non essential items that may have started to creep up.


Whatever reason you decide you need to slash your spending now, these 10 proven ways have helped me and I’m sure they will help you too.  Let me know what you think of them in the comments section below.


1. Telephone, mobile phone & internet

You can often get a great package deal on these.  First step is to find out what you are paying and what contract you are on.  Phone your company up and explain you are looking to reduce your bill so what is the best deal they can give you.  It may even be better buying a mobile phone and paying a reduced tariff.  Do your homework and out the details out and compare all the different options.  For us it was a matter of phoning up our providers and asking for a better deal which we did get.  Our internet was reduced by 25% which was a great saving all from the cost of a phone call.There are


2. Electricity & Gas suppliers

There are so many different tariffs which can be confusing.  Look at your bill and see what you are on.  Then head to some of the price comparison websites and see what options you have available.  Then go back and phone your supplier and ask them to either match what you have found or give  you a better deal.  We did this and received a 15% discount from our electricity supplier for signing up to another 12 months with them.


3. TV Packages

No matter who you have for your on demand services.  Give them a call and see what offer they can give you.  Be prepared to cancel your subscription if they don’t budge.  I received 75% off my satellite package after going through the cancellation process.  They initially only offered me 25% over the phone.  I declined.  After 3 weeks of waiting for my package to cancel they offered me 75% off!  It really was worth sticking to my plan to get the best deal I could.


4. Food & Toiletries

If you haven’t switched to own brand products then give them a go now.  I would also recommend meal planning. It saves time and money in the long run.  It also gives you a chance to use up your store cupboard ingredients meaning you don’t waste money on products you don’t need.  Toiletries are another expense each month.  Head to the likes of the Pound Shops where you can get branded products cheaper.  I would also highly recommend other bargain stores such as B&M.  I’ve often found items such as toothpaste even cheaper than the Pound Shops!


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5.  Transport

Do you have a car?  Do you use public transport?  I recommend you sit down and work out the best option for you.  We have one car in our household as it was cheaper for me to use public transport to get to and from work rather than another car.  I also buy a monthly link card that allows me to use the trains and buses as many times that month for a set price.  It also means I can use it to nip in to town at the weekend too!  Check your transport needs and adjust them to make savings.


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6. Meals at Work

I have written about my lunches over on this 3 Frugal Things I’m Doing Post.  I have discussed how I sometimes go to the supermarket to get the reduced vegetables and then make soup that evening.  The soup does me for lunch that week.  Often one pot would do me 3 days in a row.  This cost of this could be as low as 30p for a packet of soup vegetables that has been reduced.  I highly recommend visiting your supermarket in the evening when they have reduced produce.  You are sure to get some great bargains.


7.  Insurance

It often annoys me when the yearly insurance bills come up and they have gone up again.  What annoys me even more is that a lot of people accept that as the price.  I don’t know how many times I have phoned my insurance company after comparing prices on all the comparison websites out there, only to be offered a lower price!  Why they can’t give me the reduced price in the first place is beyond me.  Maybe they are relying on people not comparing prices!  I highly recommend you compare your insurance prices to ensure you get the lowest price.  I do it all the time and it keeps our costs down.


8.  Clothing & Shoes

We have two teenagers so I totally understand the cost of items.  Especially when they want branded clothes and footwear.  I highly recommend you shop in the sales and buy items that will last all year.  I start planning for Christmas as soon as the summer sales start.  This often reduced the costs of designer gear for our two boys.  I also give them a budget so they can purchase shoes in the January sales too.  A few days after Christmas isn’t long to wait for 50% off a pair of trainers!


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9.  Magazines, Coffee & Other non-essential items

I get you.  You love your shop bought coffee.  Keep a track of what you are spending on the likes of magazines, newspapers or coffee.  See if you can cut down.  You could even swap coffee shop items a few times a week.  Magazines you could change to a cheaper alternative or see if you can get it online for free.  I stopped buying coffee and instead buy a tin of a brand I really like.  I do still buy the odd magazine but I go for the cheaper one.  This has saved me a small amount but it all adds up.


10.  Prescription charges

If you are not lucky enough to live in Northern Ireland or Scotland where you get free prescriptions, then you may save money by getting a Pre-Payment Prescription Certificate from the NHS.  You can get a 3 month or a 12 month.  So if you buy 4 or more prescriptions in 3 months or 14 or more in 12 months it may be cheaper for you as the PPC costs £29.10 for 3 months or £104 for 12 months.  Check out the Government website for more information to see if you could save money.


These are proven tips on how you can slash your spending now.  I’ve tried and do them all.  Well apart fro the prescription charges as I am lucky enough to live in Northern Ireland where the prescriptions are free!  So what other ways have you been able to save money?  I’d love to hear from you.



Need help to reduce your spending? These tips will help you cut down on your spending now. They are tried and tested by me so I know they work! #budget #budgeting #spending #spend


I’m taking part in the Monday Money linky with Lynn from Mrs Mummy PennyFaith from Much More With Less and Emma from EmmaDrew.Info

Comments (17)

  • Emma

    March 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Some good tips on here. A lot of them I know, I just struggle to implement them 🙁
    I have a car but take the bus to work probably four out of five days a week – although this week due to having things on in the evening I had to drive three times which meant a cost of nearly £30 to fork out for parking! It’s only £66 a month for the bus travel so it’s easily a lot cheaper to get the bus, I just hate it haha!
    I am saving to go travelling at the end of the year so I need to get my butt in gear to sort out my savings – much needed advice 🙂

    1. admin

      March 26, 2018 at 9:26 am

      It can be tough but keeping them in mind often helps. Little and often is my motto!

  • Dan

    March 25, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Some really good tips here.

    There’s a lot to be said for knowing where to shop. I’ve found places where you can get meals and toiletries at a fraction of their average prices.

    When it comes to my phone, I always like to have more data than I actually need as I’d worry about running out but everything else I’m quite careful about.

    http://www.somethingmoreweekly.com is the ongoing story of my actual life in South London

  • nessjibberjabberuk

    April 23, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Our broadband is in my husband’s name and I keep telling him we can get a better deal as we are out of contract but I haven’t been able to wear him down yet!

    1. admin

      April 24, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Oh dear! I have to say I would never pay full price anything!

  • Emma Drew

    April 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    These are great tips! We got rid of our Sky TV package almost 4 years ago now and I’m surprised at both the savings we have made, and the fact that we don’t miss it at all!

    1. admin

      April 24, 2018 at 8:14 am

      Yeah, Netflix is so much cheaper!

  • Ruth Makes Money

    April 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Great advice here! Switching to own brand products is something I’ve been doing a lot lately, and I’ve definitely noticed a big difference in my grocery spending. I’m also hitting Aldi much more often, and I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by just how good lots of their stuff is!

    1. admin

      April 24, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Ruth. I couldn’t afford do buy myself anything if I didn’t go with own brand products. I just wish Aldi was here in Northern Ireland!

  • Alison

    April 27, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Good tips here, I’ve been thinking about getting rid of Virgin Media for a while now as we mainly watch Netflix. I just can’t quite bring myself to do it! Lol

    1. admin

      April 30, 2018 at 8:29 am

      You could try it and then if it doesn’t work subscribe at a better deal!

  • Faith @MuchMoreWithLess

    April 29, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Really shows how ringing up about your bills can make big savings! Impressive how much you’ve got your costs, thanks for the tips and for joining #MondayMoney.

    1. admin

      April 30, 2018 at 8:28 am

      I love phoning to see how much I can get off!

  • Abigail

    April 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

    My favourite of these tips of the one about the prescription pre-payment certificate – I feel like it’s a really well-kept secret!! I only recently found out about it, unfortunately too late for me because I’ve already bought loads of prescriptions over a couple of months (a 3-month PPC would’ve saved me so much cash!). But in the future I will definitely remember it.

    1. admin

      April 30, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Yes it is a good one but then we don’t need it here in NI as we get free prescriptions! Feel sorry for those in other nations that have to pay.

  • Katie Rose

    June 18, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    This was such a great help – thanks for the insightful blog post.

    Kate – http://www.okkate.com

    1. admin

      June 19, 2018 at 8:18 am

      You are welcome Katie. Thanks for stopping by.

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