Ways to save and make money around the home
Published Thu, Aug 22, 2013 Updated Tue, Feb 16, 2021
Reducing your outgoings in order to save some money usually starts with the luxuries. You might scour charity shops for high street brands or just cut down on going out for meals. However, saving doesn’t have to mean you can’t enjoy yourself anymore, as a lot of cash can actually be saved (or even earned) right under your own roof and it can be lots of fun!
Grow your own veg
You can reduce your weekly food bill buy growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs in your own garden. A small vegetable patch is relatively cheap to set-up and will save you money in the long-run. Gardening is clinically proven to lift our spirits too, so it’s the perfect money saving pass-time if you’re feeling a little down and stressed out about your financial situation. If you don’t have much outdoor space, then just setting up a window box for herbs and small veggies will still save you money on buying them from the supermarket.
The initial cost of having solar panels fitted usually causes savers to immediately write them off as something they can’t afford. However, what many don’t realise is the extent of the long-term savings you can make by switching to solar powered energy in your home. Not only will your electricity bills be dramatically reduced, but you can actually get paid for the energy you produce. The government’s Feed-In Tariffs allow producers of solar powered energy to be paid by their electricity company for the energy they feed into the Electric Grid, as well as any they use in their own homes. If you can’t afford to have solar panels installed but still want to save in the long run, you could consider taking out a low interest loan. It doesn’t even have to be from a bank, as independent companies like 1st Stop can lend you money without a bank’s approval.
Sell your stuff
If you have access to the internet, then making money from under your own roof by decluttering can be extremely profitable! Anything that’s in reasonable condition that you don’t use, want or need can be sold on sites like eBay and Gumtree. Anything from clothes and furniture to retail vouchers and concert tickets are all items people regularly buy from the sites, and you never know, you may even be able to sell them for more than what you paid in the first place!