Side Street Style: Enjoying the Good life on a Budget

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06/06/2018

Enjoying the Good life on a Budget

the good life


Life is without a doubt becoming increasingly more expensive and in most cases wages are just not going up at the same rate as inflation, meaning many households are having to tighten their belt. The thing is we only live once and life shouldn't have to be a struggle all the time or be shrouded by constant missing out because of financial constraint. If you work hard it's only fair to be able to treat yourself every now and then and this is also important for one's mental and physical wellbeing. The one positive though is the internet and with a little research it's possible to make some sustainable savings which it comes to eating, shopping and traveling so it's always worthwhile checking beforehand. I truly believe we can all lead full and exciting lives that don't have to cost a fortune or causes us strain or financial stress and I thought I would share a few tips on saving money on the fun stuff as I am all about frugality especially since having kids.



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Travel

There are a variety of ways to save money while traveling. First of all it's always worth booking your transport in advance, we all know that the cheapest train, bus and airfare are booked early and it's worth of taking advantage of any sales, such as the Eurostar sale which happens around twice a year. Another must is always doing a price comparison when it comes to hotels with my personal favorite is Trivago or Expedia. If you are really struggling to save enough for that family holiday it's always worth considering a staycation, the UK has such brilliant places to explore such as Cornwall and camping or glamping can be a really affordable option that kids love and still feels like your away from it all and if your travelling as a couple why not try out a boutique hostel - I worked in a few before I had children and some a really fantastic. If you are a fairly frequent traveller or want your daily purchases going towards travel then getting a credit card that offers could points or cashback towards travel is a good idea. Check out more budget saving tips in a post I wrote last year.

Home

There are plenty of ways to save money in the home with the first port of call to go through all your outgoings and checking for areas you could save such as your gas and electric, broadband, house insurance etc never just automatically renew instead always check for comparison savings and use sites such as Topcashback to get cashback on any switches. If your looking for a few luxury touches than it's worth checking out places like HomeSense which sells discounted designer items at up to 60% off and ebay as well as gumtree are great palces to pick up nearly new sofas and homeware.


eating al fresco


Eating out or staying in

I have to say eating out for most is a real treat but can be a very expensive one. What I tend to do when I am in the city is budget for a nice cup of coffee and cake at a stylish and hip coffee bar, that way I still soak up the atmosphere without shelling out for an expensive meal, I am also a frequent user of vouchercloud when we are out and about as you can often find vouchers on the go for high street reasturants. If you do need a break from the daily grind of cooking you could use online vouchers for places such as Dominos which will save you a decent amount on takeaways making them a more affordable treat. If you do love cooking in there is no shame in using coupons on your weekly shop, use can also find online coupons for those who opt for online shopping and making your own cocktails at home for those al fresco days and embracing the good weather with a feel good picnic.

Get Social and Embrace the outdoors

If you really tight for money that doesn't mean you have to sit indoors for fear going out means spending money. Our favorite weekend activities usually involve going for a walk in the forest, city park or hiking up a trail, all of these things are free and make you feel good too. Getting social with friends is also a good idea, ask them to come along or meet up with each in a park and have a picnic, this way you still feel like your being social, enjoying friendships without the costs that can sometimes go along with that.


explore the woods


Wardrobe

There are a few options when it comes to your wardrobe but the first rule is always "Less is more" but moving on from that if you do find something you really love in a sale than take advantage of that. You can often also find online discounts, coupons and cashback to help with any purchases and it's always worth popping into your local charity shop as they really can be treasure troves. Ebay is also a great place to sell, make a little money and buy some essentials at a saving.

These are just a few tips for living better on less and remember it only takes a few minutes to research online before making a purchase to check for any discount codes.

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9 comments:

  1. what a great list of helpful tips for saving money! I agree with your last one - less is more! It took me ages to come to the realization, but now I make sure to only buy something if I absolutely love or need it

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    1. Yes totally! I have over the years been tempted to go with lower quality things but they don't stand the test of time so I inly purchase things I know will last or I really need or truly adore

      Laura x

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  2. I love finding new ways to save money, some of my tips would be to shop in the reduced section and freeze things, as well as bulk cooking! I am always hunting for travel deals on Trivago too! x

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    1. Yes Trivago is King lol and I do love a reduce section bargain is has to be said!

      Laura x

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  3. Such a great list of tips for saving money! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure, just glad you found it useful

      Laura x

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  4. Great tips, I think this is a great list. Getting outdoors is such a good way to save money - when you're not at home, you're not using electricity by having the lights on or watching TV, so you're saving money.

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    1. It's so true and everyone loves a walk in the forest or up a mountain - you feel better about yourself and it costs nothing

      Laura x

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  5. Enjoying life every moment is essential for creating healthy lifestyle. Live and eat with nature, helps to enjoy life in budget.

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