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Online Shopping – How to Save Money

Online shopping is a huge business and with most of us, the ability to spend money is simply a few clicks away on the phone or pad. Most of my shopping (except groceries because I love food shopping) is done on the Internet and mainly via apps on my phone.

Here are my top tips to saving money when you shop online.

  1. Know what you are looking for? Google it and click the shopping tab. This will bring up loads of sites and prices where you can buy.
  2. Check eBay and Amazon. These don’t always show up in a search.
  3. Found the perfect site with the perfect price? Sign up to their newsletter – chances are you will receive an email with a code for money off your first order.
  4. Check cashback websites. Might as well earn some cashback on that purchase. I use TopCashBack and love it!
  5. Search for voucher/discount codes that you can use. There are loads of sites that can help you with this such as VoucherCodes and PromotionalCodes.
  6. No discount from the newsletter? Add the item to your basket and leave it there. Some sites will then email you offering an incentive to complete the purchase.
  7. Don’t forget to earn any points – check to see if they offer Nectar points on purchases. eBay does!
  8. Take advantage of free delivery. If your item isn’t urgent then take the free or cheaper shipping that takes a few days rather than the expensive next day delivery.
  9. A lot of items on eBay and Amazon are from China. Check Ali Express, the same item from the same seller may be on there at a lower price.
  10. If a site has a ‘chat now’ function, use it and see if they will offer you a discount. This often works on sites that sell electrical goods.

 

And none of these points even starts to go down the route of ‘do I actually need it?’

 

Just a few ways to save when you shop online! Let me know if you have any other ways!

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World Water Week

This week is World Water Week with today specifically (22nd March) being World Water Day

I’m one of those people who just pay their water bill month in month out (well, the husband does) and the most real water saving I do is turn the tap off full blast whilst the children are brushing their teeth. 

Then I was invited to take part in a water survey to see how much I could save. Oh my goodness! I waste A LOT of water and in turn a lot of money. 

Did you know 25% of your energy bills is spent on heating water? And cutting your family’s showering time by only one minute each can cut £120 a year from your energy and water bill?

According to my results I could easily save around 1,825 litres of water by simply turning the tap off when brushing teeth and taking two minutes less in the shower. I have also been sent some free items to help me save water when we flush the toilet and water our plants. 

 water saving free gifts My free water saving gifts
 
Give the calculator a go and see if you could save with a few simple changes. And don’t forget your free items to help you save!

It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and could save you up to £95 a year – giving you a personalised report including advice and, dependent on your water board, free products worth up to £58.

Click here to take the survey. 

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