Winter money-saving tips
18 December 2023
We’ve already mentioned some cost-effective ways to stay warmer at home without spending more on heating bills, but there are other ways you can save money and energy at home too. These include:
- Wait until washing machines or dishwashers are full before running a cycle, and use eco settings (if available) whenever possible. You might also want to take a look at our clever ways to dry your clothes indoors.
- Save leftovers from meals to eat another day, but make sure you let them cool fully before putting them in the fridge or freezer, so the appliances won’t have to work any harder than necessary.
- Make changes to the way that you make your meals, such as using less meat and more lentils and pulses so that you still get the protein you need. Vegetarian mince and other meat-free alternatives can often be cheaper than meat and taste great in bolognese, casseroles, chilli-con-carne, stews and soups. These are all great meals for cold winter days.
- Planning your meals ahead of time and using economical methods to make them can make a big difference. Our guide on how to save energy when cooking might be helpful.
- Use apps to save on food costs. There are several apps available that can give you access to heavily discounted or even free food, which reduces waste and can also help you save money. Two of the most popular are ‘Too Good To Go’, which involves buying a ‘surprise’ bag of discounted food from a shop or restaurant near you that would otherwise go to waste, and Olio, which is an app that shows you if any of your neighbours or people in your local Community have unwanted food or other goods to give away.*
- Consider buying refurbished or second-hand goods. If you’re in the market for new electronics as festive gifts for loved ones or for yourself, many retailers now offer refurbished goods (usually products that have been previously sold and returned) that can bring big savings on the standard price, and you still get the benefit and peace of mind of a warranty. For clothes and accessories, buying second-hand is becoming more and more popular, as it not only saves money but is also a much more sustainable way to shop. You can also sell on marketplace apps and websites as well as buy, so it can be a good way to make a little cash if you’re having a clear-out this winter at home.
- Rent winter party outfits rather than buying them. Many people buy new party clothes during the winter for things like work Christmas nights out, New Year’s Eve, costume parties and other social occasions, but the chances are that you’ll only wear the outfit once. Renting party clothes instead can be a great way to save money and create less waste. Take a look at sites such as HireStreet or HURR, which offer rentals of designer party clothes for people of all shapes and sizes.*
Winter can be a season that sometimes stretches the wallet, but we hope that our top tips will help you to save money during the colder months of the year. With some planning, shopping around and making a few small changes at home, you can make savings and still enjoy spending time and making memories with the ones you care about this winter.
We hope that you’ve found this blog useful. You can find more helpful tips and how-to guides for home and life at My Place.
*Places for People has no affiliation with any of the apps, brands or websites mentioned as examples in this article and do not endorse or recommend their services.