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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Money Saving Tips and Going Green

A lot of us are often trying to save money (we've worked out by now that unfortunately it doesn't grow on trees), but are we doing all we can to save our money?

The best part of saving money? It often goes hand in hand with saving the environment, and who doesn't love the planet, sure it's easy to take it all for granted but where would we be without it.

Money Saving Tips and Going Green

I love discussing bargains on my blog, and in this post I'm going to remind you of some money saving tips you might have forgotten or inform you of some you don't know about yet.

Firstly, while we're all caught up in the latest mobile phone releases, how many of you check mobile phone recycling services (Like Music Magpie and Envirofone) to see how much they'll offer you for your old mobile phone before you throw it into a drawer never to be found. Mobile phones also represent a great proportion of toxins in landfills, that isn't good for our planet is it? You can also find similar gadget recycling services for all your unloved gadgets.

A lot of us may also throw out old CDs and DVDs, which can also be sold on Music Magpie.

There is also the issue of books, you can sell them on websites like Amazon but sometimes you find you don't get anywhere near what you paid for them. This is especially the case with Uni textbooks (seeing as they're constantly updated), so I'm going have a go on ebay which may help someone else.

I haven't personally tried this, but a lot of people sell their old clothes on ebay to make some money to buy new clothes. This could be great if you have lot's of unused clothes in the back of your wardrobe.

However, with ebay fees on the rise a lot of people have also turned to car boot sales. This could be a great way to offload your old items without postage costs, and you may also nab a few bargains whilst you're there! Let me know in the comments if you've ever been to one!

Ebay can however be great for beauty bargains!

Also, how many of you have been awakened by scrap metal collectors in the morning*? Scrap metal can be quite valuable (as a lot of you will know), so instead of throwing it out why not offer it to stainless steel suppliers for some extra money.

Then there are supermarket programmes too (aside from the Boots advantage card!) You may get points per £ you spend, special offers in the post, points for using your own carrier bags and some supermarkets even pay cash for aluminium cans.

Also, Samples! Why buy something only to realise it's not for you, and waste a lot of money. You should never be afraid to ask for samples at makeup counters!

Promotions and sales are a great way to save money too! Websites like Voucher Codes have a lot of promotional codes you can use to lower the cost of your shop, plus waiting for promotions can also save you a lot of money (you only need to look at the amount of orders people were doing when Debenhams had £5 off all lipsticks on National Lipstick Day).

Using cashback sites when you shop also gives you a percentage of your spend back.

Other tips can also be to contact you water providers for free water saving tools, cut down on your water usage, check price comparison sites, shop at Price Discounters (Poundland), don't buy things that are practically identical to what you already have and make informed purchases.

I hope you found this post useful!

What other methods do you use to save or earn some extra money?

13 comments:

  1. I LOVE this post it's such a great idea I defo love trading in books and old technology, but need to use cashback sites so much more than I do its terrible xx

    Blonde of carbs

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    1. Thank you so much! That sounds great, I really need to do something with my expensive uni books. I've saved a lot using cashback sites, on smaller shops you can save a few pounds, but when buying technology/broadband bundles you can really save so much! It's really easy to forget sometimes, but I've found just stopping before you click checkout can remind you to go check out the cashback :) xx

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  2. Great tips! I'm certainly gunna need these when I start uni in September ;)

    Elesaurus | elesaurusrawr.blogspot.com
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    1. Thank you! Yes and a lot of budgeting! ;) Good luck :) xx

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  3. Thanks for the tips, I use a little money box that I can't open, and put any change i have in it! X

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    1. Thank you! I've tried that a few times but I always need to open it when I run out of change ;) xx

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  4. These tips are great! I need a lot of money managing help....so this post was great! Hope you continue this series.

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    1. Thank you! Aww that's so nice, hopefully I can find some more deals that I could do in later posts :) xx

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  5. These are all great tips. I definitely try to spend my money wisely and save money whenever I can.

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    1. Thank you! That's a great approach! :) xx

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  6. i love samples!! I'm so grateful that Sephora gives samples and I found that even though NARS Sheer glow works for a lot of people, it doesn't work for me. Glad I didn't pay for the whole bottle!

    Arianne | http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

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    1. So do I! Wow a lot of the time if you ask here in the department stores they just say they don't have any! Or we don't do them!! Definately if something is so hyped up you feel it must be good, lucky you tried it first :) xx

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  7. Useful... yep!
    Cashback sites are a great deal these days. I have even posted about these on my blog for saving money. I am a spendthrift and therefore, you can guess how often I need to mend my ways to save some bucks. Posts like yours help.
    I have never thought of selling books. I have a lot of them on my bookshelf but I just find it difficult to convince myself to sell them. I need a change!
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