Thursday, 9 February 2012

Guest Post - 5 Money saving steps starting with the letter A



5 Money saving steps starting with the letter A

Being a mum is a full time job and keeping a growing family clothed and fed can be expensive. But don’t panic, there’s help in store with the following 5 money saving tips starting with the letter A. …Enjoy! 

Agriculture 

A garden is not only a place to can sit and relax in, it can also be a valuable money saving space that can provide you and your family with cheap, tasty, organic produce. So, if you owe a garden fork and have access to vegetable seeds, simply start digging and begin planting. There’s no greater feeling than seeing the first stork or potato poking through your soil. A small garden can accommodate a large variety of vegetables, so do not panic if you do not own a hector of land. Furthermore, if you do not have a garden you can still grow a few vegetables on your window ledge. I often grow chives, cress and carrots by my window which is handy, especially when you are cooking and need to reach over from the pan and pick some freshly grown greens! You’ll be really surprised at the large savings you will make. 

A draft Excluder 

Did you know that the average individual saves £25 each year draft proofing their property? It’s one of the most efficient ways of saving both money and energy in your home. Find the gaps in your home that are letting cold air in and warm air out and make sure that a draft excluder is fitted. In the long run you will use less energy warming your home as less warm air will be escaping. 

An Energy Saving Light-bulb 

What’s not to love about energy saving light bulbs? They are cheap, reliable and help reduce carbon emissions in comparison to your more standard ones. Energy saving blogs also produce the same amounts of light as ordinary ones and last 12 times longer. 

Amazingly warm Loft Insulation 

With January being bitterly cold, it really makes sense to consider having a loft insulation fitted in you home. By insulating your loft you are maintaining warm air within your property and making sure there is no heat loss. By having your home insulated you can stop nearly a quarter of your total heat being lost through unwanted gaps. 

Always by materials in bulk 

In my home, I always make sure that any DIY jobs are made from materials I buy online. Recently, my husband wanted to sound proof his study but the cost local builders were charging us was far too expensive. However, being a money magpie, I went online and bought some acoustic foam and the two of us spent the day soundproofing the walls. Similar to regular packaging foam the material did the job and helped us save a lot of money when compared to the prices charged by local building firms. Always be prepared to find cheaper deals online and don’t hesitate at buying in materials in bulk online. It may take a little longer doing repair or DIY jobs yourself but it is so rewarding and a lot more cheaper! 

There you have it. My five money saving tips starting with the letter A. Did you find these useful? 

Do you have any yourself to add? 

 You only have to compare gas and electricity prices today to realise how expensive it is to heat and light your home. If you are not happy with your energy bill tariff, then shop around and find yourself a better deal. You’ll be surprised at how much money homeowners have saved through switching energy suppliers! 

Final Thoughts…. 

Saving money in your home can be easy and doesn't have to cost you the earth. Just keep focused on achieving your financial goals by following these 7 helpful tips and you’ll soon see yourself saving plenty of money!

This is a guest post written by Hillary Thomas
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