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7 Easy ways to get your money to stretch further

05 Feb 2018

There are loads of ways to save money each month – from planning your meals so you don’t get tempted by a takeaway when the cupboards are bare, to taking up couch to 5K instead of paying expensive gym membership fees. But one of the best ways to save money is to make the most of the money you’re already spending and get more from your pennies. But how? Our simple tricks have loads of easy ways to stretch your money a little bit further – giving you a little bit extra at the end of the month.

Use your leftovers 

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In 2015, we Brits threw away 7.3 tonnes of food, which isn’t only terrible for the environment, it’s bad for your bank balance too, with the average household throwing away £470 of food that could have been eaten! Instead of heading to the shops at the end of the week, check out Love Food Hate Waste for ideas, or use the Tesco Leftover Recipe Planner and put in whatever you have hanging around your fridge for instant dinner inspiration! Turn leftover veg into a soup or stew, stale bread into croutons or leftover herbs into a pesto, and suddenly you’ve got a meal! 

Bulk out meals with vegetables and pulses

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Vegetables and pulses are much cheaper than meat, but there are loads of ways you can make delicious meals if you can’t give up meat! Try Meat Free Monday once a week, or substitute half the mince in a bolognese or shepherd’s pie with mushrooms or cooked lentils. 

Buy in bulk (where appropriate!)

bulk buy

Buying in bulk can be a blessing and a curse – if you know that second cauliflower is going to go mouldy in your veg box, step away, but two-for-one on tins, dried pasta and pulses or frozen foods can be a great idea. Pulses and grains can often be bought in huge bags, and as long as you have the space to store them, work out loads cheaper than smaller bags, and last ages.

Take advantage of meal offers

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Fancy a break from cooking? Make sure you check for any discounts or vouchers at local restaurants before you decide where to eat. Popular chain restaurants in particular often have offers for multiple courses and in particular, discounts on midweek dining, so have a look around before you book a table.

Look for discount codes when shopping online

online shopping

Before you click “checkout” when shopping online, have a look online and on social media channels for any discounts or free delivery codes!

Take advantage of rewards for switching

From changing your checking account to switching electricity suppliers, if you’re savvy you can definitely put some extra money in your pocket with a simple change! Find out how.

Get more trips from your megarider

With a megarider ticket you can travel all week with just one ticket – so why not make one more trip per week to really stretch your money further? Leave the car at home for a night on the town, or jump on the bus after the gym – the more you travel the cheaper your cost per trip! 

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