7 tips to help you save money if you’re self isolating or working from home
Having to stay indoors for the foreseeable future could mean you see an increase in your household bills which, in a time of such uncertainty, is less than ideal. In this article we share 7 ways you can save money to help you try and keep costs down:
1 - Take Damien's Money MOT
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2 - Switch energy supplier
Switching energy supplier is often on everyone's 'to-do' list but is often neglected due to the assumption that it is a time-consuming task. Nowadays, however, there are a number of companies that take the stress out of switching provider by doing the hard work for you.
We review the best auto-switching services in the UK in the following article. It is important to pay particular attention to the comparison table as it highlights which providers compare the whole market to genuinely give you the best deal.
3 - Budget
Budgeting efficiently can save you a surprising amount of money. Everyone tends to get caught up in life and can easily forget to keep an eye on their outgoings. By budgeting and tracking your daily spending using a budgeting app, you will be able to easily spot those little expenses that add up to a surprising amount each month. A budgeting app will also allow you to spot subscription services you may have signed up to and forgotten about.
Check out our article 'Best budgeting apps in the UK' for the best ones in the market right now.
4 - Check your credit score
Checking your credit score is important if you want to ensure you're getting the best deal when it comes to taking out credit. Regularly checking your credit score will also notify you if there is any incorrect information on your file or any fraudulent activity.
Find out 'How to improve your credit score quickly'.
5 - Consider remortgaging
As the Bank of England has cut interest rates to a record low of 0.1%, remortgaging may be a good idea as you could see a reduction in your monthly payments. You will need to check to see if you are near the end of your mortgage agreement first, however, as otherwise you may have to pay early repayment fees.
Find out how much the rate cuts could save you.
6 - Switch current accounts
Switching your current account won't save you much money (if any) but it could get you free money. Some high-street banks are paying up to £175 just to switch over to them and you don't even have to lift a finger as most banks take advantage of the Current Account Switching Service (CASS).
Find out what current account deals are available in our current account switching article.
(Banks have temporarily stopped offering cash incentives to switch your current account, however, you may still be able to take advantage of cashback or insurance deals instead).
7 - Start to save
Although you may not be thinking about saving your money in these uncertain times, it may be a good time to squirrel away some of the money you are saving from being at home. If you have struggled to save in the past, then you should look into some of the handy savings apps that do it automatically for you.
Check out our best savings app guide for more information.
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