‘I couldn’t believe that saving!’ Woman explains the incredibly simple way she saved £500
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Virginia Gill, 36, is a self-confessed ‘browseaholic’ who spends hours searching online for deals but doesn’t allow herself to cave into her impulses. Waiting two weeks before making a purchase after finding something she loves has helped her avoid impulse purchases and save hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds over the course of a year.
She said if she can’t stop thinking about something that she’s seen, she will then search several different retailers online to find the best price and adopting this method has saved her a fortune.
Virginia said: “I would say I spend 75 percent of the time browsing and only about 25 percent actually shopping. I do a lot of searching on Instagram, lots of products have links to where you can buy them but I never buy straight away, I save it for a couple of weeks.
“If I still love it after that I know it’s not an impulse buy. I know my taste so I probably buy about 50 percent of the things but this saves me at least £500 per year.
“Before I buy anything major I just spend a few minutes looking on eBay and maybe a few other places.
“Often, it’s available cheaper, sometimes not a lot but you may get free delivery or something extra. It saves me £100 to £200 in total and all the time probably adds up to an hour a year.”
By applying the same principles to her household bills she plans to save hundreds of pounds more by using her bargain hunting skills to get the best deals.
Already she has made a huge saving on her dream mattress which is usually priced at £800 from Simba.
After deciding to hold off and search for more affordable ones, a few days later she found the same mattress new but discounted to £194, saving her £606.
She said: “I couldn’t believe that mattress saving, I checked and it is the cheapest it’s ever been, deals are almost never that good but I wouldn’t have got it if I’d bought it straight away.”
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Virginia has also saved over £200 a year by switching her broadband package to a cheaper deal.
She said: “Neither of us watch much TV but my boyfriend is a gamer so we need reliable broadband.
“I shopped around and searched for the best deals on Uswitch and have been more than happy with the service so far.”
She is also planning to replace her two-year-old smartphone for a Google Pixel Plus. By buying a sim-only deal and limiting her data to 4GB per month her phone bill is just £76 per year.
Her current deal costs £29 per month meaning she will save £276 this year.
Victoria said people could be paying for too much data when they don’t necessarily need that much.
“Having 4GB of data might sound small but to be honest I rarely go near that on my current plan,” she said.
“I have Wi-Fi at home that I am paying for so I just don’t need that much. I think a lot of people are taken in by deals with huge data limits they never use.”
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And she also plans to swap her prepay meter to a conventional one as this will help reduce her energy bills.
Meanwhile, figures from Plusnet shows that it pays to do your research into deals with the average shopper wasting £1,500 last year after being baffled by confusing products and services.
It found that the average UK householder paid £299 over the odds on their mortgage and £222 too much on their fuel bills.
Add to this the fact that its research also discovered that people threw away £156 on broadband and squandered £132 on TV packages and it’s easy to see where savings can be made.
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