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How To Save Hundreds Of £££s On Your Household Bills

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As a student on a tight budget, your household bills can be a real killer of an expense.

But there are ways to cut costs and give yourself a bit back.

Energy bills
Gas and electricity prices have gone down quite a bit over the last two years but energy bills are still likely to be your biggest household cost, after rent. With a few adjustments, you can make some serious savings. Here’s how…

Switch providers
Companies have offers and new packages all the time, cutting prices between 5pc and 25pc, so it pays to shop around more than ever. Switching providers could save you a not-too-shabby £321 a year, according to data on comparison site UK Power. The website uSwitch is a good way of comparing providers and they’ll email you when new, better deals come on the market. Sign up to your new provider via and you’ll earn cashback too!

Pay Direct Debit
Actually, this one applies to all your bills. E.ON customers save £70 a year just by paying by Direct Debit. And given how easy it is to forget to pay a bill when you’re busy socialising and studying, you’ll save on potential late charges too.

Be greener
Replace 10 light bulbs with the energy saving variety and you’ll pocket £70 a year according to Which? Save upto another £85 per year just by turning your thermostat down by one degree. Fact! 

Food bills
We’ve all got to eat. Luckily a bit of savvy shopping and perishables planning can reduce your food bills by a mouthwatering amount. Here’s how…

Spot the tricks of the trade
Just because something costs more doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Often, you’re paying extra just for clever branding and marketing. Next time you reach for a lush pack of fishcakes, consider the basic ones.

Did you know that many sale items are actually more expensive than the non-sale? That’s because retailers will up the price per item in multi-buy offers and increase a product’s original price to make their deals look a lot better than they really are. Tsk tsk.

Buy wonky vegetables
Mainly because potatoes shaped like rude bits of anatomy will make everyone laugh. But there’s another advantage too. Asda’s ‘wonky veg box’ can feed four people for just £3.50 a week. Pass us that three-legged carrot.

Beat the use-by
Did you know you can freeze cheese? Well, you can, and a whole lot of other things you never realised too. Fresh herbs, nuts, cooked rice, bananas and wine are all suitable for your freezer.

Mobile phone
Millions of mobile phone customers throw away an average of £159 every year because they’re on the wrong plan. Contact your network for an analysis of your usage or visit Bill Monitor.

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