31 nifty tips to save big money in your household

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31 nifty tips to save big money in your household

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If you look after the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves. At least that's how the saying goes, so we found a host of brilliant ways you can reign in your household spending.

From making your own decorations that will give you the interior designer look for less, through to keeping an eye on your utilities, we've honed in on some genius ways to make every room in your home work that little bit harder and leaner. 

Read on and let's save some money!

1. Shut doors behind you to lower heating bills

 de style  par Domporte, Moderne

2. Paint all your trim the same colour and save on bulk paint

Salon de style  par Ardesia Design, Classique
Ardesia Design

Redcliffe Gardens

Ardesia Design

3. Turn your water thermostat down a few degrees. You won't notice!

Duschaustattung Knick Stick: Salle de bains de style  par HORUS, Moderne
HORUS

Duschaustattung Knick Stick

HORUS

4. Install dimmer switches and LED bulbs throughout the house

Chambre de style  par paola bagna, Éclectique
paola bagna

Lighting

paola bagna

5. Get your chimney swept in summer, not the start of winter

 de style  par Diligence International Ltd, Moderne
Diligence International Ltd

Antefocus Suspended Fire

Diligence International Ltd

6. Use the microwave when you can, as it costs less to run than your hob

Cuisine de style  par Style Within, Moderne
Style Within

Modern white gloss kitchen

Style Within

7. Laptops take less energy than desktops so are cheaper to run

 de style  par AFID Design, Moderne

8. Insulate hot water pipes to reduce costs

9. Clean your own gutters rather than paying someone

Maisons de style  par The Bazeley Partnership, Moderne
The Bazeley Partnership

Church Mews, Hartland, Devon

The Bazeley Partnership

10. Buy new gardening equipment in autumn or winter when it's all reduced

11. Plant trees to grow garden cover instead of buying pergolas

12. Stock up on firewood in spring when it's cheap

 de style  par Shoootin, Moderne
Shoootin

Fireplace.

Shoootin

13. Before buying, compare appliance costs online

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14. Buy only basic secondhand gardening tools

15. Check every detail on contractor quotes and remove items you can complete yourself

 de style  par Architectural Bronze Ltd, Classique Métal
Architectural Bronze Ltd

New Build with Heritage Bronze Casements

Architectural Bronze Ltd

16. Carry out boring but necessary tasks, such as wood treating, yourself

Salon de style  par Nash Baker Architects Ltd, Moderne Bois Effet bois
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​The living room at the Cow Shed

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

17. Raise your home insurance excess to lower the premium

Maisons de style  par Wildblood Macdonald, Éclectique
Wildblood Macdonald

Residential Development, West Yorkshire

Wildblood Macdonald

18. Swap out any appliances that are not at least A+ rated

 de style  par Küppersbusch Hausgeräte GmbH, Moderne
Küppersbusch Hausgeräte GmbH

The new ConceptLIne from Küppersbusch

Küppersbusch Hausgeräte GmbH

19. Install a shower timer to reduce water usage

 de style  par Matki Showering, Moderne
Matki Showering

Mosc Slider Corner Black

Matki Showering

20. Start your garden using free clippings and cuttings

Jardin de style  par Ice Alpines, Classique
Ice Alpines

Create a colourful alpine garden.

Ice Alpines

21. Use the free design services when buying new bathroom or kitchen items. It'll be much cheaper than hiring someone

Salle de bains de style  par Donald Architecture, Minimaliste

22. Secure fixed rate energy deals each year

Cuisine de style  par Cue & Co of London, Moderne
Cue & Co of London

KITCHENS: The Bovingdon

Cue & Co of London

23. Make and use your own compost for your garden

24. Ride your bike to work instead of taking the car

Garage / Hangar de style  par Garageflex, Classique
Garageflex

An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage

Garageflex

25. Buy reduced fresh food in the supermarket, prepare it at home and freeze straight away for low-cost meals

Cuisine de style  par e15, Moderne
e15

Cutting board CUT

e15
e15
e15

26. Make your own blinds with fabric remnants

Chambre de style  par Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects, Moderne
Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

Bedroom with Marimekko curtains

Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

27. Don't buy flowers! Display foliage and blooms from your garden

Bureau de style  par BTL Property LTD, Moderne
BTL Property LTD

Broadgates Road SW18

BTL Property LTD

28. Swap expensive bubble bath for cheap and healthy Epsom salts

Salle de bains de style  par homify, Classique

29. Tear up old bed linen to use as cleaning rags

Chambre de style  par Pixers, Rural

30. Enjoy candlelit baths instead of having the main light on

31. Make your own decorative garlands from leftover craft supplies

Chambre de style  par Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects, Moderne
Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

Double storey extension for artist in Bishopston, Bristol

Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

For some fun DIY project inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 20 Economical DIY Projects Everyone Can Manage.

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