10 things I’ve learned about saving money



How good are you with money? Are you someone who loves to find a bargain or do you like splashing out? I discovered earlier this week (by taking this Financial Personality quiz from Aviva) that I’m brilliant at saving money but won’t necessarily know how to get myself out of financial hot water.

Aviva are on a mission to help Britain save smarter, and they have lots of advice on how to do this. They’ve asked me to share what I know about saving too.

So take the quiz, find out what your strengths and weaknesses are, and then come back to read about the things that I’ve learned over the years about saving money…

1. Work out a budget

List your income, list your outgoings, work out how much you want to save each week/month and then plan how you’re going to cut back on your outgoings, to reach your target. Don’t make it unachievable though – there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re never going to manage to hit your savings target.

2. Put your savings into a separate bank account

Being able to see savings add up is a great way to motivate you – and if the money is tucked away, you won’t be as tempted to dip into it.

3. Don’t spend money you don’t have

Sounds obvious but pay off your credit cards and loans before you start to save. It’s a false economy to be paying interest on debt, if you’re also saving money elsewhere.

4. Declutter your home and sell what you don’t need

Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo has been all the rage in 2016, and for good reason. Not only can her way of living give you a clutter-free home, but you can make some serious cash by selling unwanted items at car boot sales, eBay or Gumtree.

5. Make small changes

Those coffees you buy in Starbucks. The bus journey that you could probably walk every day, instead. That gym membership that costs more than a run around the local park. They all seem like tiny things, but if you make lots of small changes to your daily life, they’ll soon all add up!

6. Cut your household bills

There are loads of ways to cut your household outgoings, when you start thinking about it. Changing energy providers, calling your digital TV company to see if they can offer you a better package and using energy efficient lightbulbs are all a great place to start.

7. Shop smartly

Saving doesn’t mean you can’t spend – treating yourself from time to time can be a great way to spur yourself on. Sign up to retail store mailing lists to hear about sales and get discount codes. Check out cashback sites that allow you to shop and save at the same time. Split your supermarket grocery shop between stores, depending on their offers. All of these things take a bit of organisation, but should make a difference.

8. Make meal plans

Supermarket shopping is quicker and cheaper when you do meal plans. You’ll only buy what you need and there will be less waste too.

9. Do free stuff

Family activities don’t have to cost a fortune. Spend your weekends doing free things – taking your bikes to the park, feeding the ducks, going to a museum or the beach. If you take a packed lunch with you, you’ll save even more.

10. Work out whether you should save or invest

If you’ve got short-term saving goals (like a holiday) then saving is probably for you – however, if you’re saving for your child’s university fees or something longer-term, investing the money could be a better option. There’s loads of advice over on the Aviva website.

What tips would you add, for smart saving?

This post was commissioned by Aviva – for details of how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page. Top image: DTTSP. Bottom image of money: Shutterstock.

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10 Things I've learned about saving money



  1. March 24, 2016 / 11:41 am

    It’s so true about meal planning – I always used to think it was the most boring thing in all of boredom land, but it helps so much and stops you nipping out to the shop every five minutes to pick things up (which always results in you getting more things you don’t need).

  2. March 24, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    great tips! I’ve just paid off the last of my debt {woohooo!!} and meal planning is fab- saves money but also saves me time!

  3. March 24, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    I have to admit I’ve never been keen on budgeting – preferring to spend wisely and do everything possible to earn more money! That said, I do think meal planning is something I am going to try out whilst on maternity leave. Good post!

  4. March 28, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Oh my goodness I am terrible at saving money…I could definitely take some advice from these tips. Starting with selling a LOT of stuff and NOT buying new stuff to replace it! ha! x

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