Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ten Top Tips on How to Cut Costs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ten Top Tips on How to Cut Costs

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Household insurance

SHOP around when looking to take out a new policy or renew an existing one. You can find advice and links to the price comparison sites at moneysavingexpert.com

Energy suppliers

COMPARING electricity and gas suppliers could save you money. Uswitch.com offers a comprehensive comparison database which can help you to compare the leading providers in your region, gives you an estimate of how much you could save on your fuel bills and enables you to change providers. If you don't want the hassle of switching once you've compared the costs, you can always call up your current supplier and try to get them to price-match.

Landline telephones

SHOPPING around for a package that best suits your own requirements can significantly cut your telephone bills. The cost of landline phone calls is made up of separate components - line rental and a series of tariffs covering calls to other UK landlines, mobiles and overseas. Choosing the cheapest combination of tariffs to match your own usage will undercut any stand-alone provider, making you considerable savings.

Mobile telephones

THE variety of networks and tariffs can make finding the best deal confusing but there are a number of easy-to-use comparison sites such asMobilephonechecker.co.uk

Shopping

FOOD costs have rocketed over recent months, but there are simple ways to reduce costs. Looking out for coupons in magazines, on packets and online will save you money and sticking to a list or shopping online will help you resist unnecessary impulse buys. Mysupermarket.co.uk includes a downshift challenge to show the scale of possible savings. If you're worried about tasting the difference, find a review of supermarkets' own brand products at Supermarketownbrandguide.co.uk

Banking

SEEKING out the best interest rates will boost your savings and there are some great offers around to save you money on your current accounts, including 0% overdrafts and cash back for switching. …

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