Saving money, tips

Whether it concerns shopping or saving energy: you can save in all kinds of areas, starting with everyday life. By applying these tips you will not immediately turn into a miser, but the effect will be noticeable in your wallet.

Bake your own bread

What’s more wonderful than the smell of freshly baked bread? By purchasing a bread maker yourself and becoming your own baker, you save money. Not at first, due to the purchase of the machine, but this certainly pays for itself. You save even more by getting the flour from a miller. A bread maker has many functions and you can also bake cakes or dough for pizza with it.

Don’t throw away leftovers

Cooked too much? Store leftover food in the refrigerator. Preferably not in a can, but in a closed Tupperware container.

Groceries

When you do the weekly shopping, make a list in advance so that you are less tempted to make impulse purchases. Never go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, because then you are quickly tempted to buy food that you don’t actually need. The most expensive items are often at eye level and the cheap products, such as the own brand, are on the bottom shelves. Often the quality is fine, but the packaging looks cheap and unattractive. With certain products this difference can be quite significant. For a 200 gram bag of roasted peanuts from a certain brand, you can easily pay around 1 euro 50. The house brand is around 40 to 60 cents. Count your winnings. Pay attention not only to the price, but also to the weight of an item. Check the brochure to see which products are on offer, and feel free to stock up. Meat, for example, lasts a long time in the freezer. Fish is expensive, but there are relatively cheap types, such as panga fillet and coalfish. You can also save money by setting a meat-free day once a week. You can also take a meat substitute, such as egg or nuts. Don’t buy customer and ready meals, because they are expensive. If you live alone, you can freeze vegetables, for example. Cheap supermarkets are Aldi and Liddl. The products are usually of good quality. These supermarkets can keep prices low because they import products from Germany and cut back on personnel costs. The disadvantage is that the choice is limited. You won’t find branded items here either. Other supermarkets with low prices are Jumbo and Boni. Jumbo has a wide range and customer service is of paramount importance.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are quite expensive. You can save money by buying these on the market. The price can be negotiated on the market. It is best to go for the end of the market, because then the products are often discounted. A tip that is slightly different: Do not store fruit in the refrigerator. In a way it makes sense, because the orange comes from a warm country, such as Spain. Fruit spoils faster in the refrigerator. Keep bananas separate from other fruit so they don’t discolour as quickly.

Subscriptions

You often read magazines, and then they end up in a pile somewhere. It is cheaper to take out a subscription to the library and borrow magazines there.

Presents

Are you always showered with bath foam, body lotion and shampoo on your birthday? Start with a gift cupboard, where you keep the presents that you received twice, or that you really can’t use. It may not be nice, but who knows, you might make someone else happy with it!

Clothing

If you buy clothes, try to do so as much as possible when those clothes are on sale, i.e. at the end of a season. At C&A you can often buy nice, affordable clothing. The same applies to H&M, only this is more aimed at young people. For children’s clothing, stores such as Wibra and Zeeman are recommended. In these stores they sometimes also have nice jewelry, for a small amount. You can also go to a thrift store for second-hand clothing. There are also clothing stores where second-hand clothing is sold. Surfing sites such as a marketplace is often worthwhile.

Heating

Even if you are a cold person, it is not necessary to set the heating to 20 degrees in winter. You can save a lot on your energy bill by setting it at 18.5 or a maximum of 19 degrees, for example. If necessary, put on an extra piece of clothing.

Energy and water

Energy-saving light bulbs are not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet. Furthermore, many people have the habit of leaving their PC on all day. This sucks power. Limit PC use and watch TV rather than rewatch the program you missed later via the Internet. A laptop is more energy efficient than a PC. As for water: limit shower time to five minutes and purchase a water-saving shower head. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.

To play sports

In this day and age, a gym has become a real trend. A gym membership is quite expensive, even if you have opted for limited. Why wouldn’t you exercise in the great outdoors? Almost everyone has a bicycle. To go jogging, you only need to purchase sports pants, a T-shirt and a stopwatch. Or choose inline skating: purchasing inline skates and protection is a one-time purchase, and you can enjoy it for years to come.