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13 Home Saving Tips To Save Money After Lockdown

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Lockdown has affected so many people, in so many ways. Physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. Some of us may have been focusing on saving money. Others might have been focusing on getting fitter and exercising more regularly. And for some, our sole focus was simply getting through the day. Wherever you fall, know that it’s okay. We don’t get a guidebook on how to deal with a global pandemic, after all.

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But with so many people on furlough and not receiving the full 100% of their income, freelancers who’s workload dropped dramatically within the first few months after lockdown (my April was shocking!) and some people losing their jobs completely, going forward, a lot of us are going to want to be saving some money to try and counter-act that period where income was much lower (or barely existent) than normal.

We’re halfway through the year and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us again. Although I have a pretty good money mindset myself, thanks to the Manifestation Babe podcasts, I’m not ignorant and understand that so many people struggle. Have struggled. And are still struggling due to this COVID situation that nobody could have predicted would get so bad.

So with Christmas just around the corner (lols) and Winter like, next week, it’s time to focus on saving those pennies and what better place to start than your own home? Here are 13 home saving tips to help you boost your bank account again:

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Monitor your heating usage

When the weather starts to get chiller, one of the best ways you can save money at home is by monitoring your heating usage. Consider whether you REALLY need the heating on or whether an extra jumper will suffice. Do you turn it off when you go out? Or when you go to sleep?

Switch to LED lighting where possible

This is easy enough to do at Christmas as there are so many possible LED light options available which not only save a TON of energy and are better for the environment but also save you money – which is what you want! But you can also switch to LED lighting such as lightbulbs and lamps for any room in the house!

Get rid of unnecessary subscriptions

This includes streaming services, magazine subscriptions, beauty boxes that you don’t really need or anything else that’s coming in on a monthly basis. Be ruthless and really consider whether you need so this thing or whether it’s just burning a hole in your pocket.

Shop second hand for clothes

Since starting my sustainable fashion journey, I’m doing most of my shopping second hand and I’m finding some absolute BARGAINS. Remember, you don’t need new clothes all the time – it’s not necessary. But if/when you do, consider second hand first. Not only will it save you money but it’ll also help the environment!

Buy supermarket own brand

You know what, most of the time, I can’t tell the difference anyway. There’s nothing wrong or shameful about supermarket own brand products. They taste just as good 99% of the time and if it’s basic ingredients of things that are going to be thrown together anyway, why not? This is a great way to save some cash at home.

Shop for Christmas in the sales

Yes, it’s only June and yes, I’m talking about Christmas. But as this post is saving money AFTER lockdown, Christmas will be upon us quicker than we can jingle our bells. I’m all about shopping early to avoid doing everything in one bulk. And as you have PLENTY of time to do your Christmas shopping, utilize all the sales you can!

Make lists and stick to them

Especially with food shopping. We all know how difficult it is when you’re wandering around the aisles and everything looks so good and you’re just aimlessly throwing things in your basket. Well… don’t. Write a specific list and stick to you. You’ll know exactly how much you’ll be spending AND it’ll encourage against food waste.

Use survey sites and money saving apps

Survey sites have allowed me to earn some extra cash quite a few times a year and I wrote a post here about 3 survey sites I’d recommend! I’ve also been recently loving Shoppix – an app that pays you in rewards for uploading your receipts and TopCashBack, which pays you cash back for purchases you were going to make anyway. Ker-ching!

Sell unwanted things

Instead of just leaving them to pile up a great way to save money and make extra money is by getting rid of things you already have. Ebay and Depop are great for clothes, the Facebook marketplace for any larger items and even consider doing a boot sale for unwanted bits and bobs!

Shop around for insurances

We have a lot of different insurance policies on a lot of different things and it can be TOO EASY to keep our current plans just because they’re easy and reliable. But they might not be the best value and you might be spending more than necessary. So definitely do a bit of insurance shopping the next time one is up for renewal!

Save the lose change

One thing I’ve learnt this year, particularly from the Manifestation Babe podcasts is to RESPECT MONEY. Whether that’s £100, £10, £1 or 1p. Whatever the amount, it all adds up and it all deserves respect. So instead of throwing out those pennies or not putting much thought into them, make sure you’re saving every last one.

Ditch the gym membership

If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t need that gym membership and we can workout just as effectively and efficiently at home, if we have the right tools to do so! I love to workout at home using Holly Dolke’s YouTube channel and Yoga With Adriene for some amazing free Yoga videos.

Use the library

An super duper easy way to save money on books. As an avid book reader and book lover, I know how much it costs when you go on a book binge. Especially when the books are so beautiful that you just want them all. But instead of buying more clutter on something you MIGHT only read once, utilize your local library instead.

How are you saving money for the rest of the year? Do you have any of your own tips to add to this list?

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81 Comments

  1. Adam says:

    I really do need to “tighten the purse strings” I’m already looking at what subscriptions can go. Other ways to save or make money are definitely things I need to have a look at.

    1. Hope these tips helped!

  2. Giulia says:

    I upped my subscriptions to streaming services during lockdown LOL But I think you have some good tips, a lot of which I try and these are very good ways to save money. One I hope to adopt is to start saving change however, my hubby to be does this and I swear he has two hundred bucks just lying in change on his nightstand.

    1. So did I if I’m totally honest haha! But there’s other things I don’t pay for to compromise.

  3. Great tips here and yes I already cancelled my NF account. I found it harder and harder to find something to watch so I just cancelled it. And oh yes I have been doing the Christmas shopping in July thing for quite some time now.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    1. Haha that’s my kind of organisation!

  4. These are some great ways to save money, after lockdown is over, I think we’ll all need to be careful with our money, particularly those who will be seeking work after all of this is over! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. We definitely do. Some people are going to be in pretty tight situations after all this, sadly x

  5. You got me at “with Christmas just around the corner”. And I was like. WAIT, WHAT MONTH AM I IN?!?! Haha. Great tips!!

    1. Hahaha whoops xD

  6. Great post! Using the library is a great idea, I used to go all of the time whilst growing up. Definitely need to head back xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

    1. It really is. I can’t wait for the libraries to re-open!

  7. sarah says:

    Im forever turning lights off after my husband haha xx

    1. Bloody annoying isn’t it!

  8. We have, like everyone else, our “sins.” My husband, for example, always forgets the lights on in the house. I make even worse mistakes – I turn off my PC only once a month, when it shows signs of fatigue.
    The biggest mistake we make is not just buying what we have written on the shopping list.

    1. Well we all make mistakes!

  9. These tips are great, I already do a few of these things but I can see a couple that I can add to my list. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome!

  10. Great tips. Me and my boyfriend have been saving for a house deposit. Something that really helped us was putting a budget spreadsheet together. It really helped because we could see exactly what we were spending our money on. x

    1. A budget spreadsheet is a great idea!

  11. Thanks for sharing, I all ready do a couple of these, which have been useful including getting magazines from the library on my ipad which have saved me a little bit, also not going clothes shopping.

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. That’s a great idea. Cutting down on the clothes shopping is great too!

  12. I was like OHHHH ditch the gym! Then remembered that I need it more than anything else right now!! I miss swimming!

    I have been trying to save as much as possible during this time, although can I tell Rob that Jenny TOLD me to start christmas shopping in a bid to save pennies…. He won’t know that I actually started last week!

    In my defence though, its because of the wedding! Although I said the kids would be getting 4 presents, one thing they want, one they need, some clothes and then money to buy their own in the sales, I already seem to have forgotten my own rules.

    I love the library idea, I am so quick to go and buy new books which is silly really.

    Great advice, thanks Jenny x

    1. Hahaha yes you may tell him that it’s my fault you’re Christmas shopping in June xD

  13. Great tips thanks for sharing 🙏🙏

    1. Thank you!

  14. I’m saving for a house deposit so these tips are really useful! I have been cancelling old subscriptions I forgot about and really trying to budget my money and stick to shopping lists! And so true about the gym membership if we have managed this long without it do we really need it!

    1. Exactly! Think the same can be said for a lot of things after the last few months!

  15. Great tips Jenny! A do a few of these already, but I’m certainly going to try and add a few more from your suggestions. I like the idea of respecting money, no matter how small the amount. And I’m totally with you on writing shopping lists! This massively reduced my grocery shopping bills…and my waistline. I recently wrote a post about saving more and spending less, so the tips I would add are moving money to your savings as soon as you are paid. This has worked so well for me in terms of meeting my savings goals. Also don’t be afraid to ask for discount! I’m amazed at how much money I’ve saved by just asking if there’s any discount they can offer. I usually save this tactic for when I’m buying more expensive items. But it does often work, even if it’s just free delivery thrown in. You feel like you’ve won if you’ve saved something, no matter how small.

    1. Oh yes I’m BIG on respecting money! I move my money to my saving ASAP too and it really helps, doesn’t it? As soon as it’s in my savings and I see that number go up, it instantly makes me not want to spend it!

  16. Fab tips! I actually do a lot of these anyway, so good to know I’m doing something right! I sold a bunch of clothes on ebay and made a bit of pocket money for myself and have bought some little gems from there too!!

    1. That’s great! eBay can be so useful for extra cash!

  17. Money saving apps are probably my favourite for saving, especially when they show you reports of where you’re spending the most – a real eye opener!

    1. It really is!

  18. Great tips, I really need to eBay some clothes, I’ve been putting it off ALL lockdown 😂😂😂

    1. Do it this week!

      1. I will, I’ve been saying this since April – there is literally no excuse ha, ha, ha

  19. Some great tips! I need to cut down on my subscriptions xx

    1. They definitely build up, don’t they?

  20. bathisolo says:

    Great article, thank your for sharing. After going less often to the market during lockdown I’ve save a lot of money. Usually I go to the market just to buy milk and come back home with two bags.

    1. Oh no!

  21. This is exactly what I need! Have honestly spent way too much money during lockdown under the reasoning that I wasn’t out so j wasn’t spending money. But tbh I’ve definitely spent way more than I would have!

    1. Oh no! Well hopefully you can cut back a bit now 🙂

  22. Great tips thank you! Survey sites and lists, I really need to look into these!

    1. Yesss! Survey sites are fab x

  23. sreidy17gmailcom says:

    Great tips! Shopping second hand is a good way to save money!

    1. It really is!

  24. Great tips lovely! I *really* need to start saving again – I feel like lockdown has just encouraged me to order more stuff online to compensate for not being able to go outside which sucks xx

    1. I can definitely understand why!

  25. These are some really great tips. I’m planning on using the library more as soon as I’ve got through reading all the books I own. Once I’ve read them, if they are in good condition, I sell them so that someone else can enjoy them too.

    http://www.thekellydianereport.co.uk

    1. That’s a great idea!

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