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5 summer saving ideas

With the cost of everything skyrocketing at the moment. We are all trying to be a bit more frugal. it feels like every time I turn on the TV all I hear is that this is the calm before the storm in winter. So now is the time to start to implement some easy changes in our lifestyle and spending habits to save us some money. 

Some summer-saving ideas. 

1. Ice lollies

It's time to stop buying ice lollies and ice cream. Wow, I was shocked when I saw the price of these. I love ice lollies in the summer. I have invested in a little ice lolly mould and I am now making my own ice lollies. These are so simple to make. 

One of my favourites is to get a fruit tea and make it into an ice lolly. All you need to do is make the tea like normal and wait till it is cold and add it to your mould. This cost so little and they taste so good. Plus you can get the fruit teas with added vitamins and it's a win-win. 

2. Outfits

One of the biggest savings I have made is I have started to buy outfits I need for special occasions from places like Vinted and Depop. Buying second-hand or vintage clothing for events like weddings has saved me a fortune. Normally I would buy a new outfit shoes and a bag. But I am trying to save money and buying an outfit I will only wear once seems like a good place to start. 

3. Cards and Wrapping paper 

I have so many events this summer from weddings to birthdays and engagements you name it I have an invite popping through the door. I realised pretty early on this year I was spending a fortune on cards and wrapping paper for gifts. So I decided to make my own and I honestly don't know why I haven't been doing this for years. It is so simple and saves me a fortune the last card I bought was £5.99 for a card what on earth how can a card be that expensive? 

So what I do now, is I buy a nice card and paper online and I print it myself. I have found beautiful paper patterns on Creative Fabrica they have so many options and styles and they are so cheap. Honestly, why haven't I don't this before? I make the card and the wrapping paper out of the same pattern so it is easy for the person to know they are from me. 

4. No impulse buys

So I am the queen of going to the shops hungry. I do it all the time. Then I fill my trolly with rubbish all the food I don't want to be eating or shouldn't be eating. Dont get me wrong I love the odd treat or two but honestly, I can be the worst at buying unnecessary food. Now I make sure I go to the supermarket after I have eaten. Now, this might sound simple. But I have noticed my shopping bills have been down £20 since I started doing this. It is simple to pack a snack or go shopping after a meal. This will be a game-changer. 

5. Switch things off

I would like to take a moment for one of my worst habits. I am terrible at leaving things on for example I will leave the TV on in the living room with all the lights of course then go for a bath. I do stuff like that all the time and just don't think about it. I also put my phone and iPad on charge when it doesn't need them and I have even been known to leave lights on when I am out of the house. 

I am making a big conscious effort to stop doing this. I mean have you seen the price of electricity at the moment and it's only going to go up. In this modern world, we rely on electricity to power our lives. I mean I am writing on my laptop, I watch tv I cook with electricity and I even work out on an electric turbo trainer. 

Now when I go on trips I make sure that parts of the house are completely turned off at the mains to make sure we are not wasting energy. Of course, make sure your intruder alarm still works if you are doing his and things like your fridge and freezer but it is good to have a sweep round before you leave the house to make sure all unnecessary things are turned off. 

I hope this has helped you to save some money and make better choices. 

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