Spending money wisely

There’ll be times when you want to go out and spend your money. After all, what’s the point of saving if you can’t spend it on something nice? But before you dive into your wallet or purse, have a think about what you’re buying and whether you’re getting the best value for your coppers.

Here are some tips that may be of use:

Wait for the sale

There seems to be a constant run of sales both online and in the high street. So why not hold off on whatever you’re buying until it’s in the sale? It might mean waiting a few more weeks but you could save quite a bit.

Keep an eye out

Don’t buy what you want in the first shop you walk into. Look around – you might find that prices differ from shop to shop. For example, large supermarkets will have slightly higher prices in their express stores than in their big stores. And there’s always the internet. You can usually find the best deals online, but you may need a grown-up to make the sale.

Try discount stores

There’s a variety of discount stores on the high street that sell everything from sweets to decorations at bargain prices, so check them out for penny-saving purchases.

Check out second-hand shops

There are lots of bargains to be had in your local charity and second-hand shops, everything from used books and games to CDs and DVDs. Why not see if they have what you’re looking for before seeking out the new option?

Eat before you go out

It’s easy to spend more on popcorn, ice creams and drinks at the cinema than the cost of your ticket. So, why not make sure you eat well before you leave home?

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