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Ways to save money in 2022

Make 2022 the year that you regain control of your finances - many people make New Year’s resolutions to be more savvy with their money, but in reality they hardly ever get round to doing anything about it, we're here to help you change that!

1. Use your ISA Allowances

Lots of people aren’t aware that they can save up to £15,240 a year in a tax-free savings account called an ISA. It basically means that you don't pay any tax on the interest accrued, so if you have some spare cash in your current account, this is the difference between earning next to no interest and up to £150 a year. The ISA year runs from April to April, and the 2017/18 ISA allowance is going up to £20,000 a year. 

All things around money, ISAs, savings and so much more just confuses you? Well, don't worry speak to one of Bristol's best financial advisors HERE and they'll help clear anything up that you may be confused about.

2. Cut the Cost of your Fuel Bills

Prices are rising but that doesn't mean that you should get ripped off. The market for fuel suppliers is a highly competitive one and changing supplier can be as easy as clicking a mouse. Suppliers usually offer incentives for you to switch with them and you don’t have to worry about the formalities as your new supplier will take care of all of the finer details, you’ll just pay less every month! Money Super Market provide energy healthchecks so that you can ensure you're paying the price that's right. 

3. Buy Own-Brand Goods

There’s plenty of brand snobbery associated with buying store branded goods, but in the current climate can you really afford to be so picky? Many of the essentials can be bought for a fraction of the price and the only major difference is the packaging, and a lot of the time the goods taste exactly the same.

4. Use eBay

You can sell almost anything for a small commission fee. So, have a rummage around your house for any old belongings that might be worth a bob or two. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

5. The art of Saying 'No'

It can be pretty easy to give into the demands of a screaming 5 year old on a busy Saturday afternoon in Smyths Toys. But don't do it. Saying 'no' a few times a month will do wonders for your bank account.

6. Keeping up Appearances

Trying to keep up appearances can be very costly, especially if you're trying to impress friends or neighbours. However, we've got a list of some of the BEST beauty salons and hairdressers in Bristol that offer a 5 star service for an affordable price, just click here to check them out. Plus, so many of these gorgeous places do sensational deals so always keep your eyes peeled.

7. Quit Smoking

Smoking can't just cause health problems, it can cause financial ones too! Your 20 a day habit is expensive and could be costing you anywhere between £2,000 and £2,500 a year.

8. Change your TV Package

900+ channels and still nothing to watch, which begs the question, is it really worth paying through the nose for expensive digital and satellite like Sky and Virgin when options like Freeview are free? Choose wisely.

9. Take out Premium Bonds

Instead of wasting money weekly on the Lotto, why not invest in Premium Bonds instead? NS&I Premium Bonds give you the chance every month to win £1 million. Instead of paying interest, they hold monthly prize draws with a £1 million jackpot and over a million other cash prizes.

10. Clear Credit Card Debt

Although credit cards are a convenient way to pay for goods, it's far too easy to stick it on the plastic and forget about it until the end of the month. If you can't clear your credit card balance every month, a low-cost loan could prove a cheaper option for you.

11. Plan Ahead for what you want... or for the Unexpected

Put away a bit each month in a savings account. You can start building your holiday fund or safety net to cover yourself for unexpected bills. Set up a Direct Debit from £20 a month or more and watch your money grow.

12. Mobile Phone Recycling

What do you with your old mobile phones and gadgets once you've finished with them? Stick them in a drawer to gather dust or try to make some cash out of them? Businesses like Phones4Less will collect and recycle your old mobile phones in exchange for cash, they offer some great prices in return for your mobile.

13. Visit Shops that Offer Deals

Sometimes we miss out on the best deals because we weren't always looking properly! But we've got you covered, click here and you can view some of the best restaurant and shopping offers in Bristol that will help save you a ton of money. 

14. Get Your Gym Membership from a place that Offers Great Deals

If you work out more than three times a week, great. If not, cancel your membership straight away! With the rise of the pay-as-you-go gym, there's no need to tie yourself into a lengthy contract with a hefty monthly price tag. Our favourite gyms in Bristol that offer an array of fitness deals, so that you don't have to pay an extortionate fee are:

Find out more of the best and most affordable gyms in Bristol HERE!

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