Getting into a healthy savings routine is a habit instilled in us from a young age, yet it’s very easy to lose track of our outgoings. With a series of lockdowns and social distancing measures keeping us in our homes over the past year, most of us are guilty of over-indulging on food, entertainment and online shopping. At Electric Ireland, we are ready to kick the lockdown spending to the curb and have outlined five money saving hacks to help get you started.
Five money saving hacks from Electric Ireland
- TURN OFF SWITCHES
We are all guilty of leaving the lights on when we leave a room, phone chargers plugged in, TVs switched on and spending an extra five minutes in the shower when it’s cold outside. By turning off all unused switches your household can easily save pennies without realising.
2. SHOP SMARTER
Before running out the door for the weekly shop, there are a few things to consider. Having a detailed shopping list will help you focus on the task at hand without getting distracted by the impulse items that you just don’t need. Another great tip is to look at the items on your list and browse for lower cost alternatives – they taste just as good as the expensive brands!
3. DECLUTTER DIRECT DEBITS
Bank statements are not exciting reads by any stretch of the imagination, but it is important that we do not neglect them. Every year, you should take some time to look at all your subscriptions, memberships and direct debits to cancel any you no longer need. By doing this, you stand to save big in the next year!
4. GET CREATIVE
With most of us spending copious amounts of time at home, redecorating seems inevitable. If you wish to change things around, remember that a little can go a long way. Take a look on Instagram, YouTube or Tik Tok to find cheap and cheerful ways to up-cycle furniture, shop Facebook Marketplace for preowned items and how to find ‘dupes’ of your favourite designers for a fraction of the RRP.
5. REVIEW YOUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION
The amount of energy you use directly affects how much you pay on your electricity and gas bills. Understanding how much you use of each is useful if you want to reduce your bills. If you are an existing Electric Ireland customer, you can review your energy consumption with your latest bill.
In the spirit of saving money, new customers can opt to save £50 off their first bill or 10% off the first 12 months! If you are an existing customer, you can refer a friend for £20 to spend or save as you please.