Money-saving is the new trend. This lockdown has led us thinking about all the unnecessary expenses we use to carry out. How do you keep a check on your spending habits after the lockdown ends? ⭐COVID-19 ⭐Money Management
The Coronavirus pandemic turned a ‘YOLO spending’ Britain, into a nation of savers. Many of us who dreamt of saving for future funds, got this chance only because of the pandemic. Being locked indoors is taxing, but there’s a glimmer of hope to this situation – the amount of money you are saving amidst the lockdown. Saving has never been Britain’s cup of tea, but a crisis like these compel us to invoke our inner saver and secure some pounds for the rainy days. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.
We believe that this newfound habit shouldn’t just be limited to the lockdown. Therefore, we’ve come up with 8 ways to help you save money even after the lockdown is over!
1. Probe into your Direct Debits
Auditing your direct debit will require you to put those blazing spending habits under scrutiny. Look for any direct debits than you can pause for the time being. For instance, a gym membership that you’ve barely used, or a club membership to visit attractions. Think of it this way – any expenditure that you’ve survived without during the lockdown, is basically a leisure expenditure. This time around, avoid renewing unnecessary subscriptions. Perhaps try picking a new hobby to replace those activities.
2. Price Tracking – A Smarter Way to Buy
Price tracking websites are a saving grace, as they notify you whenever your favourite retailers slash their rates. All you need to do is lookup for your retailer online and track them through one of these websites, for instance, Alertr. Andy Barr, co-founder at Alertr explains “You can even set a price limit on these sites so that you get notified only when the price has dropped to where you want it to be.” Additionally, these sites can help you stay updated about all the sales being held by your favourite brands. It’s a win-win!
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3. Using Points
We often ‘obliviate’ the concept of points, when it comes to shopping. A large number of stores provide ‘Point cards’ or ‘loyalty cards’ to keep track of the points that a person earns on each of their purchases. You have to spend a certain amount of money to earn points. Once you meet their reimbursement criteria, you can use these points to shop. Chains like Boots, Debenhams, Tesco and Nectar, etc., are among a number of places offering point cards.
Another hack is often known as ‘Wombling’, can come in handy even in the long run. Wombling simply refers to picking billing receipts of people who left them behind and using them resourcefully. You can scan these leftover receipts and points to your shopping cards. After all, why waste points when someone may not even need them. This technique is popular among students and youngsters who’re trying to use cash judiciously. If you don’t fancy hunting for someone’s discarded receipts, you can ask your friends and family to preserve their bills and hand them to you.
4. House-party Games and Zoom Quizzes
Video conferencing apps seem to have found their niche amidst the lockdown. Not only are corporates switching to these apps, but they’re also equally popular for ‘socially distant game nights’, ‘movie nights’ or ‘friends pop quiz’ among others. Social distancing is anyway advisable for the time being, even with the lockdown being relaxed. So the next time you feel like hitting the neighbourhood pub but feel apprehensive about socializing, gather your friends in a video call and organize an online party. According to a survey held by The Deltic Group, on an average, Brits spend £70, on a regular night out.
5. At Home Salon
With the wide variety of products available on the counters, creating a salon-like experience at home is no biggie. With a relaxed lockdown, you may feel tempted to treat yourself to a manicure. But, ask yourself if it is really necessary. Instead of getting regular beauty treatments, consider them as a way to incentivize yourself. Making beauty treatments a treat, rather than a necessity, is a good step towards becoming a saver.
6. Recycle! Don’t Let that Slip
An interesting skill that we all acquired owing to the lockdown, is up-cycling. While recycling is a great practice, up-cycling is something that we can do even with damaged, discarded products. So next time you want to decorate your house with something new, consider creating something at home with cheaper alternatives, rather than splurging on expensive show-pieces.
7. Discount Coupons are a Holy Grail
With the emergence of Covid-19, people have replaced outdoor shopping excursions with online shopping. With the number of discounts coupons offered by third-party websites, online shopping might actually save you the extra bucks. So put on your searching hats and look for discount coupons before checking out and paying for the products in your cart. If not all, at least some products will be covered by relevant discount coupons.
8. Cutting the Commute Cost
Travel plans seem to have already subsided for 2020. That doesn’t mean you can’t explore your city anew. We say that you do it on a bike, instead of your car or the tube. Investing in a bike is a great idea, even in the long run as you save money on fuel, cab, bus and tube costs. For a lot of us, we couldn’t use the money that we added to our oyster cards, most of Q1-2020, due to the pandemic. Bikes are a good alternative to this as you can avoid that ride in a packed tube, which could potentially expose you to the risk of acquiring the infection. And our favourite upside of bikes is the fact that they’re absolutely eco-friendly!
The pandemic has drastically affected our spending habits but turns out there’s a silver lining to it. Ever since the Virus hit home, it has inspired us to not only save money but has also taught us to spend judiciously. An online survey of 2000 adults, revealed that 77% of Brits have saved close to £480 in the lockdown. This amounts to over £1.8 Bn of savings as a nation. Perhaps it is safe to say that the pandemic is a nudge that we desperately needed, to mend our spending habits. So we can’t help but ask ourselves if Britain becoming a Nation of Savers, is actually for a greater good?