We could all benefit from learning something new about money management - especially when it comes to getting the most out of your budget.
Whether you want to save up for a major purchase such as a house or car, or you are simply looking to cut waste from your life in order to stick to a budget, money saving websites are our go-to for everyday advice on how to track purchases and watch the purse strings.
Luckily, there’s an endless source of information out there. The only downside is finding which sources to trust and which to invest your time in. We’ve made a roundup of some of our favourites so you’ve got a nice reference point on the best places to go for money advice.
Money Saving Expert
There’s a very good reason why Martin Lewis’ money saving website Money Saving Expert is so highly rated. There’s a huge horde of information on offer here, everything from shopping to debt management, loans, mortgages and salaries are covered which make it a great resource for money saving advice.
The great thing is, the website is constantly updated so you know the information you’re getting is still relevant by the time you come to read it.
Groupon is a great little deals website that shows you all the best discounts available in your local area and beyond. You can find deals on shopping, events, household bills, meals, days out and more. They’ve even got a holiday section to help you take a break money worry-free.
Groupon proves that saving money doesn’t have to only involve cutting back, you can experience plenty of fun activities at a fraction of the usual cost.
Moneywise has been helping people save and look after their finances for almost 30 years now. You can find tips on stretching your budget and investing your savings wisely. There’s plenty of information about things like property investment, paying off your mortgage and saving money on your household bills.
There’s nothing like a good old fashioned voucher to help you skim off some of the excess on your bills and food shopping. Vouchercodes.co.uk is an easy to use site that allows you to search for specific stores or sort by popularity to get the best vouchers you need to save cash.
My Supermarket is a simple way to compare the price of the items you want at all the major supermarkets.
Savvy shoppers get into the habit of checking for everyday household goods or bigger purchases all from their smartphones. This saves time and helps you get access to the best deals. You may have to split your monthly shop into a few different stores, but you’ll find the savings you make greatly outweigh the effort.
If you need to buy anything but are short on cash, check out Freecycle before anywhere else. There’s almost certainly someone willing to give it away for nothing. You’ll even be doing them a favour!
It’s also a great way to declutter if you want to part with something that is taking up space and gathering dust. You might even be able to arrange a swap of goods so that everyone benefits. You’d be surprised what you can find on this handy website, there is a great sense of community here too, you will be helping other people out, and this favour will likely be returned.
There’s no reason why you can’t still penny-pinch and travel on a budget. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you do what you can to save cash on your travels. Travelling can be incredibly expensive when you add up all the costs associated. Things such as booking hotels, car hire, travel insurance and a daily budget soon add up.
Travel Supermarket helps you compare prices on the areas mentioned above so you can get the best deals, all while having a relaxing break.
Money Magpie has a range of different types of advice, from helping you make money, save money, manage a budget and more. They give you advice on how to clear out your clutter and make a bit of money while doing so.There’s even a Magpie Money scheme where you can collect points and claim rewards for doing surveys - which could save you further money down the line.
If you’re in the mindset of “every penny counts” then you’ll be right at home on Skint Dad’s website. You’ll find tips on how to best save your money, make more and manage it effectively - all from a husband and wife team dedicated to bringing you helpful, jargon-free financial advice. There are even cheap recipe ideas to help you get the most out of your budget while running a busy family household.
The Energy Shop
Millions of households around the UK are overpaying on their energy bills every year. According to the energy supplier Bulb, households could be paying an average of £220 a year more than they would if they switched to a cheaper deal.
That’s a potential saving not to be sniffed at if only you knew what provider to switch to.
Luckily, with The Energy Shop, it’s much easier to shop around for the best deal on the energy market to save your family plenty of cash each year.
Find the best money saving websites for your needs
We hope this list has highlighted some of the great resources available online. With a bit of research, you can save yourself so much money on household bills, shopping and more - leaving you with better opportunities to save or even to invest.
The websites above are just the tip of the iceberg. You can find money saving websites specifically targeted at families, retirees, students and other younger people - or you can use a general website that covers all sorts of finance areas in one place such as the ones listed above.
We’d recommend getting in the habit of using a voucher or price comparison website for everyday shopping and checking your household bills are the lowest they can be. We’d also suggest taking a look at a few blogs like Money Saving Expert and Skint Dad for all-round finance help and advice.