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Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Falcon

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10 Things You Spend Too Much on

There’re too many every-day things we fail to factor in to our analyses when we attempt to re-evaluate our unnecessary expenditures; things eating up entirely too much of our expendable income, that slip right under the radar when we’re cutting costs.

I implore you to think critically about the following 10 points, and you could end up decimating your outgoings. Sound good?

Magazine

1. MAGAZINES

The information found within the pages of any bi-weekly or monthly periodical I hazard a guess might equally be found dotted about the internet, perhaps in even more abundance, and certainly for a small percentage of the price.

water

2. BOTTLED WATER

Here’s a novel idea- you buy a bottle once, and refill it from that magic tap in your house that kicks out water that works out at a price of about 1p for a hundred bottles. How on earth do they continue to charge more than they do for Coca Cola, for a liquid that regularly falls from the sky?

office

3. OFFICE SUPPLIES

Whether you’re buying too much, buying what you never end up needing, or simply paying too much for what you do use- we’re all guilty of it. Dodge all the expensive retailers and go straight to the source, Internet-Ink does all kinds of office supplies and printer stuff for cheaps.

beer

4. BOOZE

Before a night out, pre-drink at home.

If you’re buying at the store, try homebrew.

If you don’t even like drinking that much, stop doing it!

sandwitch

5. SANDWICHES

Pre-made sandwiches at the supermarket trick you with their ‘Meal Deal’ label; the mark-up is still hundreds of percent! Even Subway sells you butties you could be making at home for about 80p.

gym

6. THE GYM

Whatever your discipline you’d be better served migrating it to a home gym set up. Years of gym memberships far outweigh the cost of equipment in your own space. Plus you can exercise come rain or shine, whenever you get a spare hour, travel-free.

shave

7. RAZORS

It costs the price of a haircut to buy a pack of about 3 face razors these days, and they become blunt after a handful of uses. I’m not saying eschew the ritual of shaving altogether, in favour of a comely beard; I only suggest learning how to make use of the straight-razor (or cut-throat), so that not only need you never again pay for a packet of little throw-aways, but also you’ll be able to scrub up charmingly on any intrepid guerrilla mission through the jungle.

candy

8. BRAND SWEETS

“£2 for about half a bag of fizzy somethings?!” (And that’s supermarket prices, forget cinema rates). Try pick ‘n’ mix or your local sweet shop, or better yet switch to dried fruit so you don’t have to shell out for dentists down the line.

coffee

9. STARBUCKS

Come to think of it, if you’re replacing buying bottled water with bottling tap water, you would be well advised to consider also swapping those soy-chocca-mocca-latte-frappe-caramel-americanuccinos for a flask of homemade if you want to save pounds and pounds a week.

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10. TELEVISION

By the same token, shows you must wade through channels and never-ending adverts for on your tele-box will, if they are of any value, undoubtedly be available on their respective websites. Also if you somehow haven’t heard of YouTube, there’re 100 hours of video uploaded to it every minute… surely that trumps TV.

 

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