The recession has hit people across the UK in a number of different ways but in one way or another we’ve all been affected. The good news is that the economy’s on the up, but many of us are still looking for ways in which to get our hands on a little extra cash. If you haven’t got time to take up another job, don’t fret – there are plenty of ways to free up a little spending money which require very little work at all. Here, I’ll be taking you through just a few of these.
Switching Energy Supplier
Maybe you’ve already looked at your usage and made the relevant adjustments, but are still unhappy with the size of your energy bill. If you’ve never paid much attention to where your energy comes from, the chances are that you could be getting a better deal for your utilities, thus freeing up some much needed cash.
Make use of any one of the many online comparison tools, matching the tariffs shown with your current usage. A few months down the line you could well be enjoying lower energy bills than ever before.
Clearing Out the House
We’ve all got drawers, or perhaps cupboards, full of things we don’t really need or want, but few of us take the time to go about sorting through it all. Making a decision on whether each item should stay or go isn’t always easy, but it’s one you’ll have to make sooner or later. Not only will you end up with a clear home, but you’re more than likely to stumble across a few valuable items along your way.
Whether you’re selling online or running a small local garage sale, the key to making money is in letting go of old items. Perhaps the hardest decision I had to make during a recent clearout was to sell my iphone rather than hanging onto it in case my upgrade stopped working.
If You’re Buying, Buy Smartly
When finances are stressed, it can be frustrating having to hold back from making key purchases. However, this needn’t always be the case. One of the best ways to make your upgrades financially viable is to take advantage of the option to trade your old items in. This can put your old items to good use and make those key upgrades infinitely more affordable!
If there’s something you’ve got your eye on buying in the long term, be sure to monitor the price. There’s nothing more frustrating when your finances are tight than seeing an item you’ve just bought fall in price. Stay one step ahead of the game and you’ll be able to afford to treat yourself once in a while.
My name’s Ken Brook and I’ve been offering casual financial advice online for as long as I care to remember. From decisions on whether to sell my iphone to where to park the car on family holidays, I believe that planning the smaller things in life can help ease the stress in the bigger picture.