Winter is coming, in fact, it’s pretty much here, and that means two things for parents. First, it’s time to switch to high gear when buying those Christmas presents because you know we’re in the midst of the sales. Second the house is going to be quite chilly without the heating up, and that means big house bills. So, it’s largely to do with money. Don’t get me wrong I love winter and the snow. I can’t wait for the little ones to go out and enjoy it. I love seeing Santa in the malls, and I adore getting my home all Christmassy. But, it’s also a good time to start think about saving money without ruining the magic. That means cutting back on spending in areas that don’t relate to Christmas. You may not realise this but most of the time my life is jam packed. I don’t usually have time to think about these savings in great depth. But this year that’s going to change because I’ve written this fantastic list on how to save money without thinking about it too much.
Get The Deals
I know on Friday the malls and high streets were packed with crazy moms and dads desperate to get everything at floor pricing. But I wasn’t in that massive crowd I promise you. I don’t have time for Black Friday, and I don’t have the patience or the bravery. Instead, I wait until Cyber Monday. All the online stores step in and slash their prices for a good week. I love this because it means that I can shop at bargain value from the comfort of my own home. It’s no sweat at all, and there are always great deals to choose from.
Use The Vouchers
Of course, it’s not just the deals that you need to look out for. You should also think about looking for online vouchers. These vouchers can be used during the sales to cut the prices down even further, and I’m a sucker for seeking them out. One of my favorite websites is discountrue.com. There you’ll find savings for shops like Kohls. They’ve got great deals on everything from clothing to appliances and anything in between.
Buy In Bulk
When the deals are on you’d be crazy not to buy in bulk. Particularly, if it’s something that you know you’re going to need and that doesn’t have a use by date. I know it sounds crazy but if there’s a great deal on it’s smart sense to buy things like tea bags, coffee and whatever else you can find in large quantities. That way you’ll always have it in, and you can cross it off your weekly shop.
Cut Energy Costs
Remember I mentioned winter and high energy bills? Well, there are easy ways to make sure this isn’t a problem. First, you need to think about easy ways you can keep your home warm. The best way is to improve your home insulation, but this is quite expensive. You’ll probably need to upgrade your windows, and that can cost a couple grand. This sounds counter productive, but you will see how much you are saving by doing this, quite rapidly. At the end of December, your home bills will have been slashed.
You can also consider just using simpler energy saving methods. For instance, I’m planning on getting some LED lights for my home and my Christmas tree this year. It will save huge amounts on electric costs, and they last for thousands of hours. So, you won’t have to worry about replacing them every few months. LED lights are even better than the halogen energy saving brands.
Of course, the easiest way to save on energy prices without any hassle is to check your energy provider. It’s possible they’re not offering you the best rates for your electric and heating. If that’s the case, it might be worth switching to a cheaper provider. You can price check your energy rates at eonenergy.com
Since I mentioned price checking, I have to point out how much I actually price check products. You might have noticed that I’ve been posting about Skylander toys recently. They’re sure to be popular this Christmas, and I know my little boy wants a couple. But before I buy them you can bet I’ll be price checking them online to find the best deals. But you should do this with all your purchases, not just presents. Price check everything from insurance to films, and you’ll save a lot of money over the year.
I hope you find my cost cutting ideas helpful looking after your home and family.