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

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:-

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

*** This is a collaborative post with Contact Numbers UK. All words and opinions are my own.***

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  1. April 10, 2017 / 6:49 am

    What a fantastic campaign. I wish more people did this and then they could realise just how much they could get their costs down1

    • Laura Dove
      April 10, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      I know! I think part of it is just not having the time or patience to try and get a better deal! Hanging around on hold to service providers is so frustrating but well worth it for a saving! xx

  2. April 10, 2017 / 8:17 am

    This is fab. I really need to save some money for my daughters birthday and upcoming holidays so these tips are brilliant. Thank you. #marvmondays

    • Laura Dove
      April 10, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      There is always something to spend money on isn’t there? It takes the pressure off when you can save a little. xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 11, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Definitely! I’m amazed how much we have saved already! xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 11, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      I agree, five minutes of my time saved so much money! xx

  3. April 11, 2017 / 12:33 am

    I definitely could do with saving money on my bills, especially my phone. I better call EE! That is a great hack to save x

    • Laura Dove
      April 11, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      I think we all could, it’s amazing how much you can save just by ringing around! xx

  4. April 11, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Great tips. I’d like to think we’re reasonably savvy with shopping around to compare ulility prices. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays x

    • Laura Dove
      April 11, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Thanks for having me! xx

  5. April 11, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Thanks for the tips. I have just moved into a flat with my bf and he constantly switches plugs off – I will tell him he is saving us £30! He will be happy!

    • Laura Dove
      April 11, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Haha that’s so funny! He can treat you with the £30 he’s saved! xx

  6. April 11, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    I agree you should definitely challenge your bills. We recently moved house and it was a good opportunity for me to go through our bills and we made some big savings. I agree about the solar panels, we had these on our last house and I never had to pay to heat up our water. All year round the solar panels heated up our water, it saved a lot of money x

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Oh that’s good to know, I often wonder about solar panels but it seems like a huge expense to shell out for, I guess it isn’t when you work out what you will save! xx

  7. April 11, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    oh wow! it must be really rewarding to see that you saved all that money along the year! great advice x

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you! xx

  8. April 11, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    What a brilliant campagin and I am glad you have raised this, as I am really struggling with bills at the moment. Anyway I can save a penny or millions is a great start and it seems so with this. thanks x

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Ahh I hope this helps! xx

  9. April 11, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    This is something I definitely need to get on top of. I know by making a simple phone call I could be saving on my sky package!! I need to get a bit more savvy!

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      Me too! And more forceful on the phone too! xx

  10. April 11, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Great campaign. I’m useless at stuff like this but I have to say hubby is usually very switched on and quite often changes out providers to get the best rates x

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      I definitely need to remember to do this more often, the savings we can make really add up! xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      I think we all could! xx

  11. April 12, 2017 / 7:07 am

    We are good with our mobiles and have a great deal on those, but I have to admit we rarely shop around on anything else. Utility bills always seem like a hassle to switch, and I guess that’s what they rely on, but I know the last time we did it (about 18 months ago) we saved a lot of money.

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Yes I’m the same, it feels like such a chore to ring around and try to get a better deal. I need to stop being so complacent! xx

  12. April 12, 2017 / 8:34 am

    That is a brilliant deal on the phones, I need to do more of this, checking we have the best deal. It is so easy to get complacent. I need to do a lot of shopping around when we move as we need new contracts for everything! xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      I agree, it’s hard to find the time too! Sometimes I feel as though its easier to just stick to the price quoted which is crazy because you can save SO much! xx

  13. April 14, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’m with Virgin Media too and every two months I get a letter saying that they are putting our bill up again! I really need to get on the phone to them to sort it out! #MarvMondays

    • Laura Dove
      April 14, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Yes!! Me too! They are terrible for it!! xx

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