Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

25 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Save Cash; A NEW SURVEY SHOWS WE'RE GETTING PRETTY INVENTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO BEING THRIFTY AND MAKING ENDS MEET, AS VICKY SHAW REVEALS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

25 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Save Cash; A NEW SURVEY SHOWS WE'RE GETTING PRETTY INVENTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO BEING THRIFTY AND MAKING ENDS MEET, AS VICKY SHAW REVEALS

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Byline: VICKY SHAW

WITH many people feeling the squeeze from the cost of living, looking for ways to save cash here and there can really help - and, according to a new survey, we're finding ever more creative ways to do this.

Carphone Warehouse quizzed more than 5,000 people about the lengths they go to to save some precious pennies.

However, we're not always shouting about our thrifty ways: nearly three-quarters (73%) said they like to keep how much they're saving, and the best deals they've found, to themselves.

So how are people saving cash? While some methods on the list may seem fairly standard, others might be less obvious to many people (and just to note, this is not a list of recommendations - and some of the methods revealed may require permission from others to avoid getting into trouble!).

Here is a selection of some of the weird and wonderful ways people say they are saving cash...

1 TAKING YOUR OWN BAGS TO THE SUPERMARKET (70%) A great way to save forking out, as well as doing your bit for recycling.

2 MAKING THE MOST OF REWARD CARDS (65%) Building up loyalty points can help you save money at your favourite stores.

3 COUPON COLLECTING (54%) Keeping your coupons organised will reduce the chances of you forgetting when you make a shopping trip.

4 TAKING A PACKED LUNCH INTO WORK (53%) A good way to make tasty savings.

5 WEARING EXTRA CLOTHES INSTEAD OF TURNING ON THE HEATING (47%) 6 SEWING RIPPED OR WORN CLOTHES TO MAKE THEM LAST LONGER (31%) It helps to be handy with a needle and thread for this money saving trick.

7 RE-WRAPPING GIFTS YOU HAVE RECEIVED TO GIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE (31%) While this may give unwanted goods a new purpose, you may run the risk of offending the original gift-giver.

8 SHOPPING FROM BARGAIN BINS (25%) Getting to know the time of day your local supermarket makes markdowns, and keeping an eye on social media and emails for alerts about stores' upcoming sales, could help to save a fortune. …

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