I saved £10k / annum during lockdown. What are your best saving lessons?
edited 6 August at 5:19PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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I came across this article from the Guardeeeun:
It got me thinking about how my family's own spending habits changed during lockdown, and what we will do differently from now on.
Obviously working from home more will make a huge different to travel costs and overpriced coffees and lunches in London, but there are a few other things we have changed in our household:
1) Cut out the twice a week dog walker - saving £20 / week, and it forces me to get out more often
2) Bought a breadmaker (c£200) to make lovely fresh bread daily - saving up to £10 / week
3) Cut the cleaners down from twice to once per week - saving £25 / week
4) We used to easily spend £100 / week on takeouts and, meals out - now we cook at home or use an offer like Gousto or Cook to have a variety of restaurant quality meals at home. No baby sitters to pay either. Saving easily £200 / month
5) We have a very large, but flat garden that costs about £200 / month to get someone in to cut from Feb to Oct. Bought an automower (cost about £2k) that cuts the grass automatically every morning and mulches the cutting. The lawn is immaculate, and it will be largely paid off in the first year (Note: I originally wrote "first month" - my mistake)
Total savings there are in excess of £6k a year, or more than £10k from my pre-tax salary.
Has anyone else had a similar experience?