Happy New Year! With most of the planet pleased to see the back of 2020, why not make 2021 a year to be happy and save up for your future.
After the popularity of my post on how to save money in 2020, to keep things fresh, I’ve reached out to some top UK money bloggers to bring you new money-saving tips for 2021. Even if you are low on funds or furloughed, there are ways to save money on a tight budget.
Use these “how-to” save money tips for 2020 from the leading UK Money Bloggers. They each provide their best tip for 2021 for you to follow below, so you can save money the easy way:
Do an account tidy each day
Nicola from thefrugalcottage.com recommends transferring the odd amount from your current account to online savings accounts. This can add up surprisingly quickly. GreatDealsMadeEasy Tip: Round down your current account to the nearest £10. So, if the amount left was £202.98, transfer over the £2.98 so then £200 was left. That £2.98 can go into savings accounts, like Plum.
Try Zero-based budgeting (ZBB)
This is a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. Steph from fundingherfreedom.com encourages you to “dictate where your money goes, rather than having your money (or lack off) dictate your life. Through ensuring every single one of your hard-earned pennies has a role throughout the month, you can not only make it to the end of the month with spare change, but also identify areas you might be able to cut back on.”
Use money savings Apps
Sara from Debtcamel.co.uk explains that even if you normally have no money left in your account at the end of each month, you can build an emergency fund with Apps like Chip and Plum. For more information on starting an emergency fund online, read my article on starting an emergency fund.
Expect the unexpected with an emergency plan
Emma from beeemoneysavvy.com plans ahead for the unexpected by building an emergency plan. An emergency is a financial buffer in the case of any financial hiccups (such as loss of income or major car/boiler repair) and will prevent you from getting into debt. GreatDealsMadeEasy Tip: Various research says at least three month’s salary should be the baseline for your emergency fund. But this does not mean you need to stop putting aside savings after three months. The more you put in, the more prepared you are for a rainy day.
Automate your savings
Collette from cashbackcollette.co.uk says to “activate the ‘save the change’ feature on your online banking to automate and round up savings without you even thinking about it”. She also uses supermarket cashback apps like Shopmium and receipt scanning apps like Shoppix to save money at the supermarket and on all essential purchases. Dan from thefinancialwilderness.com suggests “setting up an automatic transfer on payday to your choice of savings, be that top-paying savings account or investment fund. It’s much easier mentally too then budget as you’ve already accounted for saving at the start, rather than what you have left.
Don’t let any contracts automatically renew
Pete from householdmoneysaving.com doesn’t let his contracts new automatically. he advices “when a deal ends, negotiate a better deal or look for a cheaper alternative. This ranges from TV, energy or any kind of insurance. An hour of work would save you £100s each year”. GreatDealsMadeEasy Tip: If you have finished your contract with an energy provider, consider Octopus Energy, a popular renewable energy company. Read my Octopus Energy review here.
Start with saving small amounts
Katie from the-twenty-per-cent.com treasures the small change. She recommends “If you only feel you can afford £1 or £2 a week, it’s still worth doing. If you build the habit with small amounts, it will stick when you feel able to put aside more money. As Tesco say ‘every penny helps’. Apps like Plum mentioned above can facilitate this.
Rename your savings account to something fun
Eileen from yourmoneysorted.co.uk has fun when saving money. How? By changing the names of her accounts, “Imagine having an account called “We’re going to Disney” instead of “Savings account”. A name like that is purposeful can be really inspiring and motivating. Opening your bank account feels more exciting and seeing withdrawals that say “transfer to We’re going to Disney” is motivating.
Do you need this purchase?
Kemi from finestewards.com always asks herself “Do I really need this?” and “is it worth it?” (worth taking away from my retirement fund) whenever she is shopping. For unplanned shopping. outings, simply checking in on and engaging with yourself in this way makes you think again about buying things you don’t need. Wise words Kemi!
January no spend month
January is the perfect time to start a money-saving challenge. Claire from moneysavingcentral.co.uk always does a no-spend month in January and will also be partaking in the spare change challenge throughout 2021. It’s a really easy way to save cash throughout the year.
Use a cashback site
Amandeep from comparism.com has noticed “we buy more and more online, thanks to the surge and habitual changes due to the pandemic. Make sure to sign up to cashback sites (Topcashback or Quidco)”. There is also the newish My Money Pocket cashback site, attempting to compete with the big two. For ideas on how to earn free money when you are buying things, check out my article.
The 1p challenge
The popular 1p challenge and reviser 1p challenge are still popular with money bloggers like Halimah from Koody.co. For the 1p challenge, you start at the beginning of the year, and save 1p on day 1, 2p on day 2, 3p on day 3 and so on. After 365 days, you could end up saving over £650. The reverse 1p challenge is the same thing in reverse. She uses Monzo automates this and you can start at any point during the year, ideally the start is the best.
£5,000 savings challenge
Maria from Brokegirlinthecity loves this cashless savings challenge. How does it work? If you save £13.70 a day for 365 days, you will save £5,000 by the end of the year. It does mean that you will need to save £400+ a month. She recommends to only commit to this challenge if you have this money to spare each month. It’s a tough savings challenge, but you will end up with this lump sum at the end of 2021. It is good for you those who want to visualise a lump sum at the end of the year, especially for something like a deposit for a house or something else that you need.
Be a conscious spender
Jane from shoestringcottage recommends starting a year of conscious spending. She advises to “really think about each and every purchase. Then, to save even more money, consider whether you could pick it up second hand or even free. She is doing a year of buying only second hand and have a post about it here.
Get the most from your bank
Money saver Andy from Becleverwithyourcash gets the most from his back. Andy mentions from “switching bonuses to cashback bonuses to cashback on bills to 0% overdrafts, it can pay to move your current account”.
Check for promo codes when shopping online
When shopping online Hayley from Missmanypennies always checks for a promo code or discount. The Honey browser extension is great for this, as it automatically searches for you to find the best discounts.
Hope these savings tips were useful. For even more tips, read the top 20 saving tips for 2020. Other useful posts include how to start an emergency fund online in the UK, ideas on how to earn money from home in the UK, a guide to ethical shopping in the UK
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