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Top 5 ways to save money on household bills

by LaurettaCWright
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As we all know household bills can mount up over time, especially when there are just so many of them. That's probably one of the most common reasons why most of us just let the payments leave our accounts each month without a second thought. However, you could be missing a trick and may not need to pay out as much. Want to know how you can save on your household bills? Here are my top five ways to do just that….

1. Making your home more energy efficient

Our energy bills can be quite high. Which is why it’s important to look at our home and see if it’s working for you. Is it energy efficient or potentially wasting money each month? Check out things like insulation and whether your windows are energy efficient. Even updating some older appliances could help save you some money. This is because in theory having an eco-friendly home should reduce the amount of energy you use, therefore costing you less.

2. Meal planning

The food bill is a big expense each week and month. Sometimes, if we don’t spend time save money on household billsthinking about it beforehand, we can spend more than we need to. This is where meal planning can save you a fortune. It’s all about investing a little time into planning your week. Thinking about the ingredients you have in, making meals out of them, and then writing a list for the rest. That is the key point. The list is what helps you spend just what you need to. Doing this each week could save you a small fortune over the course of a year. Oh, and never shop on an empty stomach – the temptation is just too much.

3. Consider an eco-friendly life

You could take the whole eco-friendly thing one step further and try and reduce your Save money on household billsoutgoings that way. This might mean setting up a vegetable patch and growing your own food. Or even considering trying to generate your own water supply.

If it’s something you want further information on, then seek out some advice. Companies like www.nichollsboreholes.co.uk can help. Other things to consider would be saving your rainwater, generating a supply for things like watering your garden. 

4. Reduce luxuries

Finally, things like TV packages and broadband can be costly over time. So if you aren’t using what you are paying out for them reduce those packages.

It might mean reducing the download amount on your broadband or getting rid of channels on your TV package. If you don’t use it, you won’t miss it. But you will enjoy the extra money in your pocket.

5. Switching suppliers

Save money on household billsWe all know there are good deals out there. But some people have the impression that switching suppliers takes time, effort, and could even cost more.

This is where websites like www.uswitch.com can help you out. They compare all the suppliers and work out the cost based on your usage. Do this often to make sure you are not overspending.

I hope my top five ways have inspired you to save some money on your household bills. Good luck in generating a big saving by making some changes yourself!

34 comments

ELTEC 13th February 2020 - 6:07 pm

Do you really save money by lowering your thermostat?

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Fritha 18th February 2018 - 1:47 pm

I really need to meal plan more! We waste so much each week it’s such a waste like you say! x

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Fritha 18th February 2018 - 1:47 pm

I really need to meal plan more, its such a good idea and we waste so much food each week its awful! x

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LaurettaCWright 19th February 2018 - 10:12 am

We used to waste a lot of food, but we’ve been a lot better in the last few months. Shopping when you are not hungry is a good tip!

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Becca Talbot 17th February 2018 - 3:58 pm

Some great tips here for saving money on your monthly household bills! I used to work at MoneySavingExpert, so a lot of this stuff now comes second nature to me actually lol. Meal planning is a time saver and a money saver 🙂 x

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LaurettaCWright 19th February 2018 - 10:18 am

I use MSE all the time – great site and brilliant advice – I can see why you’d be thrifty Becca!

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Nikki 17th February 2018 - 11:09 am

Great tips! We are in the middle of changing supplier to hopefully save us a bit of money!

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LaurettaCWright 19th February 2018 - 10:01 am

Ah nice one Nikki – it’s a great way of saving money.

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Charli 17th February 2018 - 9:34 am

Meal planning is such a great way to eliminate waste – both of food and time. Its something I’ve been trying to implement more in my weekly routine!
C x

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LaurettaCWright 19th February 2018 - 9:59 am

I think one of the hardest things is coming up with different meals that the whole family would like.

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Chrissy Faery 16th February 2018 - 5:03 pm

Ooh! Great tips – I especially love the ones about eco-friendly living! You’ve reminded me that I need to get outside, and start planning this year’s veggie garden! <3

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 5:46 pm

Good to hear it! I think I might give mine another go this year too!

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Harriet from Toby & Roo 16th February 2018 - 2:04 pm

Oh these a re fab tips – bills are a the bane of our lives! H 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:29 pm

Glad you like them Harriet – thank you!

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Helen 15th February 2018 - 9:49 pm

These are all great ways to save money. I’m quite good at meal planning and cutting out luxuries we don’t need (apart from holidays…we need those haha!) I’m noticing my energy bills shooting up recently so will definitely look at switching and seeing if there is a way to reduce what we are using.

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:28 pm

I’m sure you’ll be able to Helen. I’m quite vigilant about switching suppliers every year and have managed to save quite a lot of money.

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Nicolette Lafonseca 15th February 2018 - 8:32 pm

Meal planning has literally halved our food bill and we eat super nice stuff with less waste and less waste is better all round. Batch cooking and freezing has been a godsend too

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:21 pm

I love the idea of batch cooking and freezing – I’ve done it a few times, but I think for me it needs to become a habit rather than a chore!

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Jen 15th February 2018 - 6:58 pm

Always nice to know ways to saving a little here and there. I am so guilty of not planning enough for meals, and living day by day. It is awful. I know that when I actually stick to a plan, it saves so much.

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:20 pm

It’s harder when you’re raising a family and working full time – lots to always been thinking about and planning for!

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Sam Jeffery 15th February 2018 - 6:15 pm

I am always looking for ways to save money around the house, so this is just what I needed!

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LaurettaCWright 19th February 2018 - 7:52 pm

Great to hear Sam – it’s great to get in the habit of saving money where you can to treat yourself to the things you really need.

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Helen Costello 15th February 2018 - 6:05 pm

Switching supplier is something I really need to spend time thinking about. Just seems like such a minefield that I admit to putting it off.

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:24 pm

I tend to switch suppliers every year once I know I can save money by doing so – it really does pay dividends.

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Rhian Westbury 15th February 2018 - 10:10 am

I do find when I meal plan I don’t throw as much food away so I do save money x

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:27 pm

I think making double to amount and then freezing comes in handy when you meal plan – especially if you’re a family that eats similar foods every week.

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The London Mum 15th February 2018 - 9:59 am

I think living more eco friendly definitely helps reduce cost.. something I need to really consider for us!

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:27 pm

I could do more of this too if I’m honest!

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Laura Dove 14th February 2018 - 11:03 pm

Great tips for saving money! Meal planning is a big one for us, I really need to try harder with planning in advance!

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LaurettaCWright 16th February 2018 - 2:19 pm

If you can keep on top of it (easier said than done), then it definitely helps.

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Sarah Bailey 14th February 2018 - 9:19 pm

Now these are some awesome tips for saving money from day to day. It is amazing how much switching suppliers and cutting back on luxuries can save you in the long term.

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LaurettaCWright 14th February 2018 - 9:49 pm

Thanks Sarah – it’s all about living by your means isn’t it?

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Carol Cliffe 10th August 2016 - 8:44 pm

These are great tips, I really must try a few. We especially need to start meal planning – we spend far too much on food. Maybe we should combine it with a bit of ‘grow your own’?.

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admin 10th August 2016 - 8:47 pm

The meal planning takes a bit of practice but does help with budgeting & waste xx

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