Posted by Allison on 1 April 2009, 16:07
But you can save more money online too if you know which sites to visit. For example, buying abroad can save money if you keep one eye on the currency conversion and make sure you won't be spending too much on shipping to get your goods back to the UK.
You can also make good use of the websites that are dedicated to helping you save money elsewhere. For example, the now famous site called Money Saving Expert is designed to look at every aspect of money and tell you how to make the best of it and find the best deals for every part of your finances.
If you have never visited this site before, make a start by going to http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/protect/money-help, which will get you started on the right foot if you want to start saving money and keep more of it for yourself.
The best way to make the most of the internet in this fashion is by thinking laterally and working out just how many areas there are where your currency could be kept in your pocket instead of being paid out to other companies. A lot of it is down to being organised of course, but as well as doing the obvious things like comparing insurance companies to get the cheapest car insurance quote and checking to see how competitive your gas and electricity companies are, you should also think about other ways that you can make a difference to what's in your pocket.
For example, have you thought about how efficient your home is? We all know how expensive energy charges are, but as well as looking round for the most competitive prices we should also be looking inside our own homes to see how we can save on energy just by making some easy changes to the way we live. Some of these might seem very basic – such as the idea of switching off lights when we leave rooms instead of leaving them on all over the place – but it's surprising how much this can change our final bills once we put these small changes into practice on a regular basis.
The internet is a huge hive of activity and content so it's not surprising how much information we can find that can help us save money in both the short and the long term. The key is to keep searching for the newest and best advice until you start to see changes in the money you are saving. By implementing different strategies in different areas, you can save hundreds of pounds a year all in all – and that can make a lot of difference. You might even find you could use that saved money to pay for a week's holiday or help to finance something you've wanted to buy for a long time.
Just remember, there are ways and means for doing anything, and the internet will usually help you save money in the process.