Friday 1 February 2019

February's 5 Money Saving Ideas.

Last month I posted January's 5 Money Saving Ideas, and as promised this is February's edition! After a financially struggling January, many of us may find the first couple of weeks, if not all of February just as hard as the first month of the year.

February is hosts to Valentine's Day, a day I personally think is overrated and just another way for people to spend more money. I'm also a believer that you can show your love any day and time of the year, and not just on one specific day! With that being said, there are frugal ways to celebrate the day, so if you're looking to do Valentine's Day on a budget, read on further!

1: Don't Dine On February 14th and Save Yourself Money.
Dining out on Valentine's Day requires planning ahead, if you want to dine at a restaurant on Valentine's Day, your going to have to book a table, and chances are this will also require a deposit. By celebrating the event either a few days or a few days after, you can take advantage of deals which are usually excluded on Valentine's Day. Check out websites such as Buyagift, Groupon, Wowcher, and even Tesco Clubcard to see if you can get your hands on any dining vouchers for a cheaper costs. Many dining deals do exclude dates such as Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and bank holidays, so buy celebrating the event only not on the actual day, this could save you a few pounds.

2: Take Advantage Of The Last Of The Christmas Sales.
With Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Easter fast approaching, highstreet and online shops and stores will be starting to heavily reduce leftover Christmas stock. Browse around and keep an eye on items that could pass as a brilliant Valentine's Day gift - your Valentines will be pleased with their gift, and you'll be pleased with the money you've saved.

3: Keep An Eye Out On Supermarket Dine At Home Deals.
If you're wanting to celebrate Valentine's Day on the day, why not spruce up the family table, and dine at home with your Valentine's? Check out the supermarket Valentine's Day meal offers and don't leave it until the day to buy! When you've decided which offer you'd like to purchase, try and purchase a day or two before, to avoid them selling out on the day and leaving you and your Valentine's disappointed. Just be sure to check the use by dates to ensure they'll last before Valentine's Day, and do your research on which offer's the most value.

4: Check Out The Valentine's Day Sales For Next Year.
Last year I picked up some heart shaped champagne glasses, heart-shaped napkins, Valentine's Day crackers, Valentine's Day gift bags, gift wraps, and  Valentine's Day cards all for just 25p per item! The items will last forever as they're non edible, and they've saved me a small fortune as this year I won't have to splash out as much, on an event I see as money wasting! However the Mr does like celebrating it, and for £1.50 I can't really grumble!

5: Not Celebrating Valentine's Day? Help Someone Else Celebrate Instead!
Valentine's Day along with New Years Eve are the two hardest days of the year to find a babysitter for. If you're not celebrating the day yourself, and have the time free, why not babysit for a family member or friend? Work out an hourly rate that suits you both, and ensure it covers petrol costs or a taxi home too. You could even offer to tidy up for a few pounds extra, everyone's a winner!

There we have it, my February 5 Money Saving Ideas, make sure you check back next month for March's ideas, where I'll be discussing home bills, Mothers Day and more!

Until next time,
Jada x


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