Frugal Everyday Living

I can’t even pretend that I don’t get excited about end of season sales or bargain hunting because the truth is, I just LOVE it. Being able to buy what you want and saving money at the same time brings me immense joy. It brings me such joy that I rarely pay full price for anything and I enjoy searching for the best deals available.

In 2020, I really upped the ante when it came to bargain hunting and I want to tell you of all the hacks I have been using that have saved me those extra £££. The age old saying “look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves” could not be more true.

The reality is, taking pictures of receipts, grocery shopping in the sale aisle and researching what produce is in season is not for everyone. Everybody places different values on time and money and everybody has different amounts of these available to them. After all, they are our most precious commodities and whilst we all have them, we all have different perceptions on how we spend them.

I am going to give you a breakdown on all of the hacks I have picked up along my journey. Some of which will be obvious to some but there could be a few that have slipped through the cracks.

Loyalty Cards

Costa, Subway, Boots Advantage Card, Tesco Clubcard, Nectar, Waitrose, Shell

I bet most of us have these loyalty cards misplaced or forgotten about at the bottom of your handbag. I now have them all stored on my Apple Wallet which makes it so much easier and quicker to physically collect the points as well as being able to keep them all in one place without having to carry a separate card wallet around with me. Look out for times when stores are offering extra points and any combined offers with other stores that there may be available.

Shoppix App

Available for download on smartphone. I found Shoppix last year and I love the sleek design of the app and how quickly the points build up. All it requires you to do is snap a picture of your receipt and you get points. The two catches are: you can’t use receipts that are more than 7 days old and receipts must be paper, not electronic. Additional points are given if you take a picture of the receipt on the same day as purchase and surveys and bonus points are available to help build up your collection. The points add up fairly quickly and can be redeemed via PayPal, Amazon or other store vouchers. This App is actually my favourite as it’s interactive and the surveys are super quick to complete.

Shopmium App

Admittedly, this one has been hit and miss but it’s good to have on standby. Shopmium works with all the major supermarkets: Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Ocado and gives its users free or discounted products providing they take a picture of their receipt and the product barcode. It takes approximately 3 working days to get your cashback which is then withdrawn from the app into your bank account. I have received 2 free full size plant-based milks, vegan cheeses and household products for free or massively discounted so for me, it is worth having and checking the available offers weekly which takes roughly 2 minutes of time but be warned, the discounts aren’t always huge or exciting for that matter.

Quidco

Quidco is a cashback website that gives you money for purchasing products via their website. Last year I received £118 cashback for taking out: home insurance, internet, mobile phone contract, gas + electricity tariff, purchases from online retailers. This website is brilliant because although, it is a little clunky at first, you get money back for purchasing products and services you were going to buy anyway. This one is a no-brainer to me and I would 100% recommend.

I hope you enjoy this post and if you have tried any of these money saving hacks or you have a hack that you think I need to know about then please let me know in the comments section or send a message directly. It would be great to share our tips on sustainable living.

Peace to the planet and peace to your pockets!

Love always, The Humble Avocado x x

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to come and check out this blog. May you find peace and tranquillity and temporary escapism from the never-ending pressures of our modern day lives. The purpose of this blog is to share with you the art of sustainable living which is is both sustainable to the planet and sustainable to your pocket. I am on this journey with you and I want to share with you the new ideas and perspectives taken on board. I welcome your feedback and would love to hear your opinions, ideas and thoughts on the content added, as well as what you would like to read more of. Peace to the planet and peace to your pocket! Love always, The Humble Avocado x x

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