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Cost of living stressing you out? Try these 7 clever ways to save money

In Features, Home + Living, Stories by Nicole Fuge

The struggle is real when it comes to the rising cost of living. But fear not, because we’ve rounded up some top-notch tips to help you flex those money-saving muscles like a pro!

By Ava Wilde

All right, my savvy savings squad, gather ’round because I’ve got the lowdown on how to keep those pounds in your pocket without sacrificing your latte fix.


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1. Plan ahead

First things first – let’s tackle those daily expenses, shall we? Meal planning is your secret weapon, my friends. Picture this: you strut into the supermarket armed with your shopping list, ready to conquer the week ahead. No more last-minute takeaway temptations or wasted groceries – just delicious, budget-friendly meals on the table every night. Batch cooking? More like batch saving, am I right?

2. Bills, bills, bills

Now, let’s shine a spotlight on those sneaky utility bills. We’re talking about energy-efficient appliances, LED lightbulbs, and giving your curtains a little TLC by letting that glorious natural light flood in. Oh, and don’t forget to give those energy vampires a swift kick to the curb – I’m looking at you, standby mode.

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3. Shave subscriptions and save

Next up, let’s declutter those subscriptions faster than you can say “Netflix and chill.” Seriously, do you really need five different streaming services? Take a Marie Kondo approach to your subscriptions and keep only the ones that truly spark joy and fit within your budget.

4. Stay loyal

And speaking of budget-friendly hacks, let’s talk loyalty programs and cashback apps. From earning points on your morning brew to getting cash back on your online splurges, these little gems are like a secret handshake between you and your bank account. Just remember to read the fine print – ain’t nobody got time for sneaky fees.

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5. Maximise that discount

Now, let’s give a big shoutout to our unsung hero – the discount code. Before you hit that checkout button, take a quick detour to Google and see if there are any sweet deals waiting to be snagged. Trust me, those few extra seconds of searching could save you some serious dough – and who doesn’t love a good bargain?

6. Make some quick cash

And let’s not forget about the power of decluttering. Not only will it clear your space and soothe your soul, but it can also fatten up your wallet. Sell your unwanted items online and watch those pounds roll in – it’s like spring cleaning with a cash bonus.

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7. Autopilot payments

Last but not least, let’s talk automation. Set up automatic transfers from your checking account to your savings account – it’s like magic, except with money. And while you’re at it, automate your bill payments too – no more late fees or frantic scrambles to pay the electricity bill on time.

So there you have it, my money-saving maestros – a treasure trove of tips to help you navigate the wild world of personal finance. Remember, saving money doesn’t have to be a chore – it’s all about making smart choices that align with your goals. So go forth and conquer, my friends – your bank account will thank you later.

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