A fashion blogger and super saver has told how she will save £6,000 a year on her household bills to decorate her new home.
Aimee Wilkinson, 35, from Leeds, recently bought her first property, a two-bedroom flat, and has been looking into ways that she can cut costs to redecorate it.
She estimates it will cost her £6,000 but the canny shopper will cover this by selling items, cutting spending and making savings on her bills while getting maximum value on everything she buys.
Aimee – who lives alone – has already done extensive research into how she can save money over the next year, reported LeedsLive.
She is taking advantage of moving to a new home by giving her bills a total overhaul and is switching to Plusnet’s £21.99 fibre broadband, saving her £108 a year compared with her previous supplier.
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She said: “Saving £9 a month might not seem like a lot to some people, but that adds up to over £100 a year. If someone added that on to your bills you’d notice.
“But value to me means small changes that add up. It’s also about getting value from what you pay for. As well as my day job I also run a fashion blog, so having reliable broadband isn’t a choice for me – it’s a necessity."
Aimee said she had a lot of problems with her old broadband provider so switching was a "no-brainer”.
She has also listened to tips from family and friends on how to save cash which has given her the confidence to hunt down bargains.
She said: “My dad has always brought us up to understand the value of money and doing the research to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
“For every service I need or item I buy, I really research the market to death – comparison sites are a great starting point, but I also look for other reviews online, news articles, checking out the company’s social media. I like to make sure I know as much as possible before making a final decision.”
On top of researching her contracts and big ticket purchases, Aimee plans what she is going to buy to make sure she stays on top of her budget.
She said: “I write out lists on my phone of everything I’m going to buy and look at how I can spread it out over time. Planning purchases helps me to not buy things on impulse – I try to find the best prices I can by finding discount codes and looking out for deals from smaller retailers and waiting for sales.
Aimee’s other main saver is to sell on items she doesn’t need or use any more. This earns her around £2,160 per year.
“I have a pile of stuff that I need to sell on, cleared out from when I was renting. I make almost £200 in a month on re-selling,” said Aimee.
Overall, she has cut her grocery bill by £40 a month, and will save around £20 a month by getting rid of some subscriptions she doesn’t use as much as others – like a beauty product subscription, and paid apps.
Aimee’s biggest save for refurbishing the flat has been to do some of the work herself with help from friends and family.