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Since lockdown began, I've been working from home and saving around £200 a month. How much has everyone else saved?


  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    I suppose it depends how much you used to spend on commuting, coffees, lunches, snacks. I’ve saved £40 a month in petrol as I’m not driving, but my electric bill will go up to power my computer & kettle 😆 Also I have not been shopping at Aldi so my food shop has gone up. Overall I personally haven’t saved anything. 
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  • prowlaprowla Forumite
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    I've saved at least £2000.
  • RobM99RobM99 Forumite
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    £100 a week here.    Petrol, parking, going to football, rehearsing with the band, mobile data charges (I used it far too much!) and my weekly £2 football bet. 
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    savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    edited 18 June at 10:35PM
    I saved £400 during lockdown and spent it on a garden swing seat that I have wanted for ages.(Yikes:p )
    Trying to be frugal 18/31Jan; 15/29 Feb 26/31 March 23/30 April 18/31 May 20/300 Jun NSDs.
    Saving change in money box.
  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Technically I'm now saving £220 pm on my commute by working from home, but as I've very recently purchased a home (hence the commute costs) the money has been spent on my new garden, a fridge, anything that breaks and decent food for lunches rather than my usual £5pw on breakfast / lunch to take in.

    I should start to see most of the savings from this payday.
  • RyanHelloRyanHello Forumite
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    Overall since lockdown, I've saved over £1500. This was just from not going out on weekends on "big nights out" and meals, pub, etc. It does make you think. 
  • SeaVixenSeaVixen Forumite
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    I've not worked it out exactly, but I've definitely saved some money. 

    I applied for a refund on my travelcard, so got £200ish back on my commuting costs, and have a small additional bonus in my wage to cover the costs of WFH (in place of being able to claim the tax back). 

    We can't shop at Aldi as they don't deliver, but that's probably balanced out by not buying lunch out and not having my regular night at the pub. 
  • JGB1955JGB1955 Forumite
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    I've saved around £100 a week. Only filled the car up once since 10 March. Got a refund for some theatre tickets that we had already decided not to go to as the reviews were so bad. Have postponed two holidays until next year, so the 2021 holiday fund is quids in too!
    #36 Saving for Christmas 2020 - £1 a day challenge.... £379/366
  • neroxnerox Forumite
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    I've easily saved £200-300 per month, a combination of not buying petrol and shopping at Aldi to avoid the big supermarket queues
    Cars £16,550 / £24,500 aim Dec 2020 (pay off all debt by Xmas 2020 #144)
    Emergency fund £10,000 / £10,000 
    £142,000 / £182,000
    Target £100,000 by 01/01/2023
    Target £50,000 by 01/07/2024
    Target £0 by 01/01/2026
  • happydays_13happydays_13 Forumite
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    I was saving about a grand a month but since the shops are re-opening and I can see my friends I'm spending again on food, iced coffees, alcohol etc...any tips on how you maintain a low budget would be more than welcome! 
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