There are plenty of unexpected ways to save money around the house, you just have to know where to look
You could be saving money with holiday deals, cut-price energy bills and handy apps that help you compare prices on the go.
And don’t forget, if you take good care of things, you can cut back on the cost of replacements.
From Barbies to batteries, read on below for tips on how to help your household items last for longer, saving you cash in the process.
Don’t get caught out by your smoke alarm
We all know it’s important to have smoke alarms and to check they are all working for safety reasons. But how many of us have taken out the batteries when it starts chirping?
Chances are, you don’t know that doing this can leave you out of pocket should you need to make an insurance claim for fire damage.
If you say you have smoke alarms in your insurance application but it’s found they are not working, your insurer may not pay out on a fire claim. So, check those batteries!
Bag a bargain abroad
Whether you fancy lounging on a beach or something a little more energetic, there are some great late holiday deals to be had.
You’ll find discounts of up to 70% at Secret Escapes, which offers flash sales to registered members.
Give Barbie a new look — and a new life
Are you fed up with finding Barbies banished to the bottom of the toy box, simply because these dolls are having a bad hair day? Give them a new life with an at-home deep conditioning treatment.
Simply grab whichever product you have in the shower and slather it on Barb’s hair. Let the conditioner sit for an hour or so and then gently rinse, leaving a little in so the hair feels slick. Comb out straight and let dry. Voilà!
Your child’s favourite doll’s hair will be less ‘Monica from Friends in the Bahamas’ and more something that your little one will happily brush and braid — meaning you might have a chance to enjoy a cuppa while they are at it. Winning!
Handy app with big savings
This little guy enables you to point your phone at something or search by a photo and Google will identify the item.
The best part? If you sort your results by shopping, the app will show you where the same item is stocked elsewhere — and can save you a fortune.
For instance, a table lamp you love is selling at £225 but by searching Google Lens with the pic from the brand’s website you’ll find several identical options for a fraction of the cost at smaller retailers — in this case 40% off with a £139 price tag.
Find it by tapping the camera icon on the Google search bar.
Wrap it up to save
Are you trying to find ways to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that you are buying?
Maybe you have switched from purchasing bottles of shower gel to the more traditional bar of soap?
If so, you might find that this environmentally friendly option just doesn’t go as far as you’d like.
But if you put a piece of aluminium foil on the bottom of a bar of soap, it won’t sit in a puddle of water, and will last longer. Bingo!
It’s time to seek out a good energy deal
Thinking about your energy bill might seem a bit premature as we are on our summer hols, but this month Ofgem announced a rise in the price cap for standard direct debit tariffs from October — meaning households could see their bills rocket by an average of £139 this year.
So now is the time to make sure that you are on the best tariff — visit a comparison website to see if you can save.
Buy books at a fraction of the cost
If you love reading but don’t want to spend a fortune on your habit, check out Books2Door for bestsellers at a quarter of the price.
There is a wide range of adult authors available, but if it is children’s books you are after, check out the Collections section, where you can find a 21-book Jacqueline Wilson set for £45.99 as well as works by the likes of Roald Dahl and James Dashner.
Further add to your savings and visit the retailer via a cashback website such as Quidco, where you can earn 8% per cent cashback on your spending.
Rediscover your sparkle
Do you feel like your jewellery has lost its lustre, but you’re hesitant to get regular, professional cleans because the cost is off-putting, even if you hate being left bare-handed?
The good news is that if your diamond ring has been dirtied by cosmetics such as hairspray, lotion, make-up, or perfume, a simple at-home cleaning will bring back its sparkle.
Simply make a solution with warm water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap, shampoo or body wash.
Always avoid anything that is moisturising as these products tend to leave a film on the ring, which will scupper your shine.
Soak your ring then gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, and rinse under warm running water.
Never use any kind of abrasive products such as toothpaste, baking soda, or any powdered cleaners, which can easily scratch metals, particularly gold.
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