A loving mother has cut her monthly bills by £750 without changing her lifestyle – and now she’s sharing how she did it.
Emily Harris, 35, has cut her monthly bill – excluding rent – from £1090 to £340.
Emily from Pembrokeshire, Wales, is sharing her story to help other people reduce their bills during a cost of living crisis.
The top tips and tricks for saving money from care assistants are yellow sticker shopping, eliminating phone contracts, and switching electric providers.
The mother of three said: “My electricity and gas bill used to be £220 a month because I was care free and kept the TV and lights on at night.
“My bills were too high because I was completely oblivious to how much energy and gas I was using until I needed to make some changes to my outgoings.
“Thankfully, I started being careful before the cost of living increased dramatically.
“I switched energy providers and asked for a meter so I could monitor how much we were spending. We now spend £3 per day on electricity and £5 on laundry days, so no more than £90 to £100 per month.”
Emily found herself back in 2017 with £8000 in debt and decided to switch to her frugal lifestyle.
She started with yellow sticker shopping to reduce her food purchases from £560 a month to £240.
She said: “I used to put my nose on the bottom but now I’m totally hooked. I plan my meals around yellow sticker meats that are stored in the freezer until used.
“I used to spend £140 a week on food but now I spend £60 to feed my family of five. It’s not like feeding a large family on a small budget up front, but it is possible.
“I have found pasta dishes to be the most cost-effective and can make a tortellini dish with minced meat for as little as £3.90.
“Once a month, I use anything left on the shelves and in the freezer to make meals for a week to make sure we have zero waste,” said the mother of three.
Emily was debt free within two years, and now she’s sharing how she did it to help others at the cost of a life crisis.
Emily used to pay £160 a month for Sky TV and a landline but now pays £34 for an Amazon Fire Stick.
He also gave up the home phone and switched to a SIM card only deal for £7.50 per month.
Emily said: “I didn’t want kids to miss out on their favorite shows or our lifestyle changes.
“I used to spend £40 a month on my phone bill but now pay less than £10 because I bought an Honor 10 phone for £130.
“Since no one used the landline, I got rid of that too and switched to Sky TV for the Fire Stick, now for my kids Lassie-Lou, one, Winnie, six, and Coby, one, but a lot.” I can get all the programs. Less.”
Emily also cut back on her clothing shopping, and now avoids high street stores in favor of secondhand clobbers from the Vinted app.
She said: “I’d much rather pay £10 to one person than a big brand. I also sell my clothes on the app which is useful.
“I have also stopped going to salons for beauty treatments like nails and waxes. Instead, I paint my nails and I bought a wax machine for £30.”
Emily’s New Outgoing
Phone bill – £7.50
TV – £34
Food Shopping – £250
Gas – £45
Total – £336.5
Waxing – £30
Nails – £70
hair – £60
School Dinner – £60
phone bill £60
Food Shop £550
Electricity – £220
Gas – £100
Total – £1090
Now happily living debt-free, Emily hopes her suggestions can help others who were in her situation.
She adds: “Everything I do now revolves around cost-cutting. All my methods have definitely helped in this difficult time.
“Stocking my freezer well with less meat has been a saver with food shortages in stores lately.
“I’ve learned how to fill my stomach on a budget and am also savvy when it comes to activities with kids.
“I always go to small local businesses like farms or sign up for attraction newsletters to get a percentage off the first visit.”