5 simple ways tech can save you money
Check out these easy, everyday ways you can start saving. Pinching pennies never felt so good.
24 Dec 2020
It’s a great feeling when you save money, right? So why not use tech to help you do it. And after the Christmas splurge, getting smarter with your money’s a brilliant New Year’s resolution.
But tightening your belt doesn’t have to be a painful experience. In fact, there are loads of simple ways to cut down on your spending:
Put your freezer to good use
Food shopping costs racking up? Then it might be time for the trusty freezer meal. Cook up big batches of food. Then stick them in your freezer. Or chest freezer if you need the extra space. Simple!
This can make a real difference to the price of your weekly shop. There are two main reasons for this.
First, buying in bulk saves money. Take buying chicken breasts - it’ll cost you a lot less to buy a pack of six than buying three packs of two. Freezing a meal means you don’t have to worry about it going off. And you get the same amount of food for less money.
Second, it’ll make you less likely to reach for a takeaway. We all know what it’s like - you’ve had a long day, you’re feeling a bit tired and you can’t find the energy to cook. If you’ve prepped and frozen something ahead of time you’re all set. Simply reheat and you’ve got a meal ready to go. Without jumping on Deliveroo.
Multi-cookers like the Ninja Foodi Multi Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer are great for this too. They make cooking multiple meals to freeze easy. Chuck a load of ingredients in and set it to slow cook while you’re preparing something else. Or, if you need it fast, you can pressure cook too.
Upcycle – from ‘ugh’ to ‘amazing’
If your old furniture is looking a bit tired, don’t head to the skip just yet. You might be able to give it a new life.
Upcycling is where you take something old and add some touches to make it feel new. That might be giving that old chair a sand and a lick of paint. Or maybe you could get the power tools out to add some handles or detailing. Either way, it’s cheaper than buying a whole new piece of furniture. Check out these upcycling ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
And you can do the same with clothes too. We have a whole load of sewing machines that are easy to use to get you started. With summer well under way you could turn those old jeans into shorts. Or take a maxi dress and make it brand new. Again, here are some ideas to get you started.
Or if you have a piece of tech that’s beyond repair, think about trading it in with us. You could get money off new stuff and give your old tech a new home.
Get savvy with money management apps
It’s easier than ever to get a handle on when and where you’re spending. And you can do it all straight from your phone. No more scribbled notes or excel spreadsheets!
Take Cleo, which bills itself as an intelligent assistant for your money. Connect it up to your bank account and Facebook messenger and you’re ready to go. It works like a friendly chatbot – helping you set a budget and saving goals. You can ask questions like ‘how much did I spend on food in the last three months?’. And the app will even play quizzes and games around your spending to help you keep your finances in mind.
Emma is much the same. She’ll help you get a view of all your different accounts in one place. Plus (and this is a big plus) the app will track and cancel wasteful subscriptions for you. So, no more paying for that gym membership you’d forgotten about!
Stay money-smart with a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat like the Google Nest learning thermostat is a handy bit of tech that lets you control your heating from your phone. Turn it on and off, set a timer and way more- even when you’re out the house. Best of all, a smart thermostat can learn your habits over time. So, if it knows you usually leave home at a certain time, it’ll switch itself off.
But how does it save you money? First off, it makes it way easier to adapt your heating routine so you’re using it as efficiently as possible. If you’re at your desk at home and feeling toasty, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing and fiddle with your thermostat. Just get your phone out!
It also makes it simple to check just how much energy you’re using. So taking control of your heating bills is a breeze!
Multiply your money with Multiplay
Multiplay deals help you combine your TV and broadband into one bundle. And that can save you bunch of money.
At Currys, for example, you can visit our website to compare lots of different suppliers against each other. Not only do you get a big saving to start out with, but you can also easily shop around. Quick, convenient and much cheaper!