The idea of January saving always seems like hard work after all that Christmas overspending but you can start chipping away at your bills in 2019 with some simple tricks.
Here’s my round-up of Sun Savers’ easy, pain-free, savvy tips to get you started . . .
Cook savvy: Angela Thomson from Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, says: “When cooking a roast joint in the oven, I always cook an additional roast then freeze the second joint of meat for later.
“It saves me on the costs of heating my oven, you can benefit from supermarket offers, and it means I have a meal ready, so no last-minute rushing to the shops.”
Be a clean queen: Catherine Blenner-Hassett from Sandbach, Cheshire says: “Forget about buying expensive cleaning products. Instead, always keep a bottle of washing up liquid and a clean cloth nearby.
“Use it to clean your bathroom, hard surfaces and much more, not just your dishes.”
Shop around: Janet Rogers from Hornchurch, Essex, says: “Head to eBay and shop at the discount outlets from top stores like Argos, Lakeland and Currys where they sell end-of-line or discontinued stock and returns.
“It’s great for picking up bargain birthday presents now to plan for the year ahead, and most now offer free delivery.”
Go budget for beauty: Lisa Yong from Kingston upon Thames says: “If you want to make posh body lotion or face cream go further, add a little aqueous cream (from 99p for a 500ml pot at chemists).
It will still smell strong but will last longer.”
An all-year saving tip to finish: Susan Chapman from Newcastle upon Tyne, says: “I buy a large washing basket and snap up ‘buy one, get one free’ offers through the year and save spare items in the basket.
"Then I have Christmas hamper ready for my daughter.”
Deal of the day
GET this Club Petz Lucy sing and dance toy from Very. Was £44.99, now £14.99.
- All prices correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers subject to availability.
ENJOY Bam organic milk drinks from Morrisons. Was £2, now £1.
Reader's saving tip
THOMAS Salter from Penarth says: “Always buy the same colour socks, it makes sorting laundry quicker and you never have to throw away a pair if one is worn out, you just substitute another of the same set.”
- Send tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you will receive 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used.
- Include your name and town please.
RELAX with the Twilight lavender bath bomb from Lush, below, for £3.95, rather than this £16.97 lavender and lemon bath bomb from royalessence.co.uk.
My Sun Savers fiver
DEBBIE Brewster of Nottingham says: “I’m saving mine for Sun Hols from £9.50 weekend in Norfolk for me and my husband.”
- Send Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and get get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used.
- Please include your name and town.
Shop and save
TUCK into Cathedral City mature cheese on offer at Morrisons until Sunday. Was £3.50, now £2.50.
Hot right now
SAVE up to 50 per cent and more on selected items at The Body Shop.
Frosted Plum hand cream was £5, now £2.
Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle
JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.
Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.