Ban the bulk
Bulk buys from supermarkets are a great way to save cash, but only if you actually use the stuff. Take a good look in your cupboards and if you see a mountain of unused kitchen rolls or toothpaste, they were not a bargain. This goes doubly for fresh food that will never get used.
Bin the air fresheners
If your house stinks, clean it. There should be absolutely no need to cover the place with expensive small plastic boxes filled with chemicals.
Ditch the gym
OK, you started off with good intentions, but how often do you really get down to the gym? If you are not sure, keep a diary for a month and then check against your annual membership to see how much each visit is costing you. You won’t be able to cancel your subscription fast enough.
Give home exercise equipment the heave-ho
That doesn’t mean you should shell out on large items of home exercise equipment instead. As most people who have taken this path will tell you, it will end up unused, monopolising a spare room. There are far cheaper places to dry your wet socks.
Invest in a good quality, sturdy, water flask and keep it with you at all times. That way you will take a good amount of water on board and save a fortune by not shelling out for plastic bottles of water whenever you get thirsty.
Eat no junk
Quite apart from the fact that home cooked fresh food is just better for you, it also works out cheaper than junk food. If you can’t give it up altogether, resolve to cut your intake by half. Every week.
Jilt the jeans
According to research, we own, on average, eight pairs of jeans. So, even if you see a pair in a sale at 75% off, do not buy them. In fact, that goes for any item of clothing. Think before you buy because you probably don’t need them.
Prohibit pointless potions
Give anything a miss that promises to detoxify your body, whether it is tea or colonic irrigation. Your liver and kidneys should do the job just fine.
Support your local market
Eat healthily for less, and support your local economy by shopping at market stalls in your area. They have lower overheads than the big supermarkets so their produce can be significantly cheaper.
Practice saying ‘no’
How often does a ‘swift half’ with a mate turn into a £30 drinking session? Or a quick trip to the shops with a grandchild turn into a trolley full of toys and treats? Learning to say ‘no’ even now and again will do wonders for your finances.