Advertorial Post from uSwitch
If it has become increasingly more difficult to balance your ledger, you can blame the rising energy prices. Because the economy is hinged on transporting goods and services, they make everything more expensive, not just your electricity and petrol. However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, especially if you know which coping strategies will get you through the end of the recession. Here’s how you can save on the products and services that you have to pay for every day.
Electricity prices are the quickest rising expense for most people, so combat them with a little ingenuity. If you can no longer afford your energy bill, try contacting your service provider to negotiate a payment plan. And if they won’t budge, compare prices for other companies and switch to the one with the lowest rate. You may even be able to get an extra discount if you sign up online and set up an account for automatic bill pay.
Short of cutting off your cable and getting an Internet service plan that crawls along at a glacial pace, you may think there’s not much you can do to save on these services. However, bundling your Internet, phone, and cable together could lead you to the best broadband deals. And if you like your company’s service, take advantage of a good relationship by extending your contract past a year; they may even lower your rate for making the longer term commitment.
When it comes to having a good time, prove to yourself that more money doesn’t equal more fun. If you’re a movie buff, instead of heading out to the movies, try renting a new release and staying in instead. Better yet, head to your local library to see what DVDs they have because you can often check these out for free. And if you’re a culinary enthusiast, head to your local farmer’s market to pick up some fresh ingredients for a new recipe that you want to try instead of dining out at an uber-expensive restaurant.
No matter what you have on your shopping list this week, there’s a good chance that you could find it online. Some grocery stores are even offering online shopping and delivery, which for most people comes down to a matter of convenience. However, the portals of the World Wide Web also offer another advantage; with all of that information at your fingertips, you can more easily and quickly compare prices and go for the best deal available with confidence. You can also search for the best coupons and online codes to take even more off of your order totals. From food to clothing to home decor items, buying online is often best.
With these smart and little-known tricks, you’ll feel like you have an inside scoop that everyone else is missing out on. And when they all start to wonder how you got ahead financially in such a challenging time, you can share your expertise to pass the savings along.