50 ways to save money – 50 moneysaving tips

Now is a great time of year to work on your finances. With payday in sight, so many people are thinking about ways that they can make money go further. I’m a HUGE fan of making extra money, rather than being skint, but I also love moneysaving tips too. Personally I feel that saving money is almost as important as making money. I often find that it takes less time to earn more money than it does to put moneysaving tips into action, however, DO BOTH! I do and it has been working out fantastically for me in recent years! Here are my 50 moneysaving tips – all designed to help you maximise your moneysaving and make things last longer.

50 moneysaving tips

50 moneysaving tips

  1. Meal planning. Follow my meal planning tips.
  2. Use a slow cooker. This uses less energy than an oven and it requires minimal effort!
  3. Batch cook. Buy mince and cook a ton of different dinners with it.
  4. Avoid peeling carrots, potatoes and more. Use a chipper for potatoes. Scrub them well.
  5. Set your fridge at the correct temperature to avoid food wastage.
  6. Water your vegetables (celery, broccoli etc) to make them last longer in the fridge.
  7. Freeze your leftovers.
  8. Make vegetable stock from your old peelings. This vegetable stock recipe is so simple.
  9. Check your vegetable drawer twice a week and use up items passing their best.
  10. Place a piece of kitchen towel inside spinach, kale and salad bags to keep them crisp.
  11. Blend old veggies into a pasta sauce.
  12. Turn old bananas into banana bread.
  13. Freeze stale bread for toast. Turn it into croutons or breadcrumbs for cooking.
  14. Cook from scratch (pizzas, tortillas, pasta, bread, slow cooker dinners etc)
  15. Stock your pantry up for last-minute meals and avoid the takeaway
  16. Make a shopping list and stick to it!
  17. Never shop when hungry! Have a snack on your way if possible or even when you arrive.
  18. Take lunch, snacks or drinks with you everywhere you go.
  19. Use TopCashBack when you shop online.
  20. Check the price per 100g of items on special offer and do comparisons.
  21. Make soup with fridge leftovers. I love this parsnip soup.
  22. Prepare food after you shop to cut down on food waste. Chop veggies etc.
  23. Buy meat in bulk (5% mince for example – 250g might be £3 750g £5-6. A big saving!)
  24. Eat leftovers for your lunch. Cut back your night-time portions slightly to save enough.
  25. Switch down one brand at the supermarket.
  26. Use more vegetables and less meat in your meals.
  27. Buy frozen fruit & vegetables. Less waste this way.
  28. Add pulses to your cooking to bulk out meals.
  29. Try a cheaper cut of meat if you are slow cooking.
  30. Reduce your portion sizes.
  31. Check loose produce cost vs pre-packaged.
  32. Stop buying luxury items in the supermarket and shop around for the best price.
  33. Visit during yellow sticker times to incorporate bargains into your meal plan.
  34. Try a budget supermarket such as Aldi. I did and I saved BIG!
  35. Use shopping apps such as Shopmium.
  36. Check out what is in season and look out for super 6 special offers in Aldi.
  37. Visit the World Food aisle to find items like chickpeas, pulses & tinned tomatoes cheap.
  38. Take your own bags to the supermarket.
  39. Buy tinned foods to avoid fresh items going to waste.
  40. Don’t be a slave to best before dates.
  41. Store your food properly. Use containers and wrap items in the fridge.
  42. Grow your own vegetables from scraps.
  43. Use dried beans instead of tinned. These can work out cheaper if you’ve time to soak them.
  44. Buy spices in bulk (garam masala for example) – in the World Food aisle.
  45. Set yourself a challenge to eat out of your cupboards for a week to use up items.
  46. Use new customer offers to shop at supermarkets online and get a discount.
  47. Cut all soft drinks out completely or switch to squash.
  48. Stop buying everything pre-packaged or processed. Learn to cook.
  49. Track your spending to see what areas you are overspending in.
  50. Leave your child, or partner, at home when you go grocery shopping.

I hope you’ve found these moneysaving tips helpful. Also, if you’re looking to make some extra money I’ve got a huge list of ways to make and save money.

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33 Responses

  1. Rachel January 27, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Some great tips, Katy 🙂 I keep meaning to check the world food aisle but always manage to forget. I’ll be sure to check it out next time I shop.

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      There are always some great bargains to be had, at least in the one in Sainsburys!

  2. Rachel January 27, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    These tips are really useful! I don’t have a freezer so often buy lots of fresh food that I can’t eat quickly enough! The idea of watering veg is a good one as is trying to remember to take your own bags to the shops – I always forget!

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      I’m getting much better at remembering to take my own bags! x

  3. Angela Milnes January 27, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    These are great ideas. I will be pinning this on my money and budgeting pinterest board.

  4. Lisa Valentine January 27, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I’ve just started meal planning, batch cooking and freezing veg (red peppers, who knew?! i have always binned them as I was unaware they’d freeze well). I also shop online so I’m not tempted at add extra bits to my trolley. Saving a small fortune. Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      The worst that is going to happen with veg is that the quality is lessened slightly. Definitely not worth binning any old veg. I chop and freeze it all! I love wasting as little as possible x

  5. Victoria January 28, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    These are great tips. I find that I end up wasting so much food each week, so I’ll try some of these tips!

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much Victoria! Hope they can help you x

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      It’s a great way to save money isn’t it. Thanks for stopping by! x

  6. Ger (It's Me & Ethan) January 28, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Great tips , all very practical and helpful. I’m a devil for the lack of wrapping food correctly..I must get better or pay more attention !

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      If in doubt just wrap it a little extra! x

  7. Elizabeth January 29, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Great tips, these! It really is quite simple to save a few pennies here and there when we put our minds to it.

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      It sure is. I found that I just built up the moneysaving gradually and I wouldn’t go back to wasting money now! x

  8. Claire January 29, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    Some great tips here. I love my slow cooker in Winter 🙂

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Me too. It is fantastic isn’t it! x

  9. The Frenchie Mummy January 29, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Leaving the child at home when you go shopping is s very good one as they can desire so many things. I need more ‘quick to go’ stuff too so we don’t do takeaways too often

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Takeaways are the devil aren’t they. Taste good though! x

  10. Emily Leary January 29, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I knew I’d like this list as soon as I read the first item (huge meal plan fan here).

  11. Katie January 30, 2018 / 9:58 am

    These tips are great! I’m with you on the world food isle, coconut milk and tins of beans are so much cheaper in that section.

    Katie xoxo

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      There are some real bargains to be had aren’t there!

  12. Beth @ BethinaBox.com January 30, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Great tips! I bulk buy my meat online which saves me a shed load of money. (I even bought a chest freezer so I could do it!) I buy the plastic tubs that you get at a takeaway and freeze any leftovers in them. They are the perfect size for one adult meal. 🙂

    I wish we had an Aldi closer though.

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      I have a fridge/freezer and a chest freezer too. Great for saving money isn’t it! x

  13. Joleisa January 30, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    One of my favourites is #40 although our kids hate that! As much as we educate them, they can’t get used to the fact that these dates are only guidelines. We often buy stuff even when the date is near as we can cook, cool, and freeze them. Great tips, Katy. Thanks for them.

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks so much! I think it is really important to teach our children they are just guides.

  14. Mudpie Fridays January 30, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I never go with the boys now as they cost me so much more money! Hubby works opposite a low cost supermarket so will pop there some days for steak and red wine which although is a luxury also saves money! x

    • katykicker February 4, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Bet it is miles cheaper than going out for a treat night too! x

  15. Joraffe January 30, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    I really like the banana bread idea – thanks!

  16. Elaine Livingstone February 14, 2018 / 9:02 am

    some brilliant tips here, have to say I do a lot of them. Have never thought to water my veg when I get it home, will give that one a try.
    I have never meal planned and I am tend to see what is on special and then decide what we are eating. Do you meal plan to what you buy or do you meal plan and then write a shopping list?
    Firm believer in bulk cooking then freezing food for busy days.
    Always take my own food to work.
    I now buy sparkling water as my fizzy juice fix, much prefer it to anything else and at about 17p a bottle in the supermarket much cheaper than fizzy juice

    • katykicker February 17, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Sounds like you are a seasoned money-saver Elaine! Well done to you!

      I love to look at what we have in the cupboards and what meat we have then I think about our schedule for the upcoming week, plan the dinners we fancy/I want to make, and then make a list for the items. If I’m short on time or money then I’ll look at what we already have and what dinners I can make from that to last a few more days without a ‘big’ shop. Hope this helps!

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