Whether we are simply trying to make ends meet or saving up for a "staycation" or post lockdown treat, our top tips from carers on saving money are worth checking out.
So here are our very own Money Saving Experts tips
Good finance habits
Save our loose change in a jar. An online version of save our change is available with lots of bank accounts too.
Split money for bills into a separate account - particularly good if we are paid weekly but bills go out monthly.
When phone contracts end, don’t carry on paying - switch to a sim only contract.
Not all are tried and tested by carers but discounts and money back schemes are available:
Discounts for Carers - One of our community is asking them to extend their cash back scheme to unpaid carers
Pop to supermarkets about an hour before they close to hunt down yellow ticket / reduced items. Look out for the section or temporary trolley where they put these.
Most supermarkets have a loyalty scheme that might help us save points or get discount vouchers.
Making things last
When toiletries, cleaning chemicals, food in squeezy packaging is nearly finished, chop open the packaging to scoop out and not waste any
Add water to the last few drops of washing up liquid, hand soap to use every last drop
Out and About (when we can)
If we travel by train more than a couple of times a year consider getting a railcard
CEA Cinema pass - Carers go for free!
Theatre Access Passes - check with our local theatre - they may have free carers tickets
Theme parks and zoos often offer free carers entry
Tell people about your caring role
Let our energy & utility companies know we are caring for someone
If we are struggling to pay a bill, let the company we owe know and let them know our caring situation
Places local to us may also offer a carer discount - don’t forget to ask
Register as a carer with your GP - you’ll get a free flu jab
Make money from your spending
Have a bank account or credit card which rewards us for spending with a cashback incentive
Mislay our bankers card
Make list of necessary items before descending on the shops, and keep to it.
Only go to the shops when they’re about to close.
Make list of necessities and ask a friend to shop for us.
Only buy essentials
Leave our card or cash at home if we are not going out with the intention of buying something
If we (or the person we are looking after) have more that four prescription items per year look into a pre-paid certificate. We can pay monthly.
What other money saving top tips would you add? Do share them in our Facebook community group of other unpaid carers!