When it comes to children, there is always something to pay out for, be it new shoes, class trips, Christmas and birthdays, or saving up for our annual Summer holiday. And as with all expenditure, for us, as a family, it comes at a price. Having just booked our holiday for this year we are now tightening our belts and trying to save as much money as possible so that when July comes around we aren’t scraping together our spending money or struggling to find the money for the children’s Summer wardrobes.
For that reason I was so interested to hear about the #ChallengeMyBills campaign, launched by Contact Numbers UK, where they are challenging people to reduce their bills in order to save money. Given that shopping around to get the best deals possible is one of the best ways to reduce your bills, Contact Numbers UK understands that getting the correct telephone number for many businesses can be a difficult and tiresome process which is why their service reduces that hassle
I was excited to see how we could save money on our bills and set to work contacting some of our service providers.
TV, phone and broadband
As loyal customers with Virgin Media I was annoyed to discover that our bill was double that of new customers, and yet after just one phone call threatening to switch services, my bill was heavily discounted to match their best deals. A five minute phone call saved me almost £500 a year!
Mobile phone provider
As a customer of EE, after just one phone call I discovered that adding a second phone to my contract would save us £144 a year on Lewis’s phone contract, and an upgraded model on his phone, something which pleased both me and Lewis!
Utility bills are probably our biggest monthly expense after the mortgage and whilst we are more than happy with our providers, United Utilities and British Gas, there are so many ways we can save money each month.
I asked a group of bloggers for their top tips on how to save money on their utility bills:-
- Something my dad always does which I now have to do otherwise it drives me insane, when the heating is on, tuck curtains behind the radiators so the heat doesn’t escape out the window and it goes into the room! – Ready Freddie Go.
- Turning your heating down by 1 degree can save you around £90 a year, plus if you turned off chargers at the mains, you could save an extra £30 a year. Win! – Savings 4 Savvy Mums.
- Having solar panels installed can save you an absolute fortune, as well as being kind to the environment. It’s something we are looking into at the moment. – My family fever.
- If you have more bedrooms than occupants you can likely save considerably by having a water meter. We’re a family of four and have save £60 a month by going onto a meter and only paying for what we use. – Thrifty Mum.
- Definitely check on price comparison websites to see if you’re on the best price and do this regularly! Also, turn off lights if you’re not in that room! – The Frugal Cottage.
Taking all of these tips into account, and making small changes to our service providers, contracts and utility bills, I estimate that we can save around £1000 a year!! I recommend that you all challenge your bills, it’s amazing just how much you can save!
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