As households continue to struggle with the rising cost of living, it has forced many of us to rethink the way we live day to day.
And it seems that no part of domestic life has escaped the huge price increases of recent weeks.
Whether it’s fueling up the car or getting ready for the weekly shop, it’s safe to say that this is an adjustment that many of us struggle with.
As part of our ‘Your Money Matters’ campaign – which launched last week – we thought it would be a good idea to ask our readers to share helpful tips and advice on how households can reduce their bills and save money.
Here’s a roundup of some of the ways our Argus readers are doing just that.
Claire Boon-Ingham said, “The community fridge really helps. Not only do we reduce landfill, but it helps to avoid going hungry.
Toni Evans highlighted the reduction in some of her subscriptions.
“I went through my banking and canceled all the subscriptions I could,” she said.
“I reduced the use of my electric shower and completely switched off my boiler. I canceled future plans, reduced my food intake and found cheaper canned food.
Many other readers also limit their use of appliances that could otherwise drive up energy bills.
One reader said: ‘We had to have a tough conversation and limit showers to 15 minutes at a time.
Matthew Evans said: ‘I wait until the sink is full of dishes to make it worthy of running hot water. I turn off wall sockets, kettle, microwave, TV, Sky, WiFi booster and mobile chargers.
Caroline Cole is changing the way she does her laundry.
“I only wash clothes on a 15-minute cycle, twice a week, unless they’re really dirty, then soak them in the sink overnight. No dryer and I prepare meals three days in advance,” she said.
Ann Porter thinks meal prepping is a big help.
“Plan your meals!” she says.
“And when you go out shopping, only buy what you need.”
Derek Andrews said, “Make coffee with cold water, it saves a fortune!”