With the continued rising cost of living, it can be very easy to feel overwhelmed. Making some changes around your home and keeping an eye out for better deals on bills is a great way to help put away some savings and reduce the pinch you’re feeling.
Here are some tips on how you can make changes and discover ways to cut down on unnecessary costs round the house.
Getting into good habits around the house sounds simple, but it can take time to adjust! Making small changes around the home can benefit you overall each year. To save money from your energy consumption, try:
It’s never a bad time to review your household bills! Use comparison websites to keep track of any deals that could help lower costs – even look at the providers that you’re currently with.
Also, make sure that the energy bill you are receiving is accurate to your energy consumption. If you have a smart meter your energy provider will automatically receive readings instead of estimates, but if you don’t, that’s ok! You can take the meter readings yourself each month or quarter and send them to your supplier for an accurate statement.
Another household bill you might not have thought about is council tax. Believe it or not, many people are in the wrong council tax band! Luckily it doesn’t take long to find out if you are paying the correct amount.
If you are paying the wrong tax bracket price, you could be saving hundreds of pounds each year moving on, and entitled to a repayment backdated to when you first moved into your home.
Keep an eye out on any rebates you are entitled to – only recently it was announced that households in council bands A-D would be automatically eligible for some money back in April.
One of the biggest hits to our bank account is food. We are all guilty of buying things we think we need, but we already have, and forgetting about food in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. Here are some ideas to help you save money on your food bill:
Keep an active shopping list – have a shopping list on your fridge, and when you run out of something, add it!
Limit the time and petrol spent by minimising the times you pop out to the shops - do your food shopping once a week!
Are you are looking to revamp your home or outdoor space, but worried about the rising cost of living and your budget? There are many ways to find furnishings and save some money on them, that will transform your living space.
Why not browse local auctions? They are free to attend, and you might just find what you’re looking for and get it at a fraction of the price. Remember to stick to a strict budget for what you want to buy, and watch out for auction fees!
You could also browse house sales, charity shops and the local waste collection centre for some hidden gems to compliment your home.
If you want to change things up but like what you already have, do some upcycling! It is amazing what some paint, reupholstery and a different finish can do to uplift a piece of furniture and rejuvenate your home.
As leading, local estate agents in Newbury, Didcot, Lambourn & Hungerford, Marlborough and Devizes and the surrounding areas, we are best placed to help you sell your property. We can even help you in finding your next home.
By offering a personalised service we can tailor the sale and timeline to your requirements as we don’t believe the “one size fits all” approach, works in this industry.
We are also very transparent with a clear sales process, so you know what to expect. This is especially useful if this is your first time selling a house.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you sell your home this spring.