The UK's top 25 thrift tips revealed

Discount vouchers, coupons and apps top the list of the nation’s favourite money-saving tips, with half of UK adults saying they use them to cut the cost of goods and services, new research has found. Taking a packed lunch is popular with 44% of people, while 41% use loyalty and cashback schemes to save money.

Batch cooking, turning the thermostat down and holidaying in the UK also feature in the list of 25 cash-saving tips compiled by

When asked about the reasons for their savings habits, 42 per cent of people said saving was a necessity, 39 per cent per cent said that they hate unnecessary spending and 28 per cent said they were on a tight monthly budget. Just over a third of respondents claim they picked up their money-saving habits from their parents.

Women topped the table for 20 out of 25 of the tips, but despite this men reckon they save £693 a year, compared to women who think they typically cut £504 off their bills.
Claire Peate at, said: "Our survey suggests that many people are feeling under pressure to save money to make their squeezed budgets go further. Coupons, vouchers and money-off apps are increasing in popularity and can cut the cost of a wide range of goods and services – from tins of beans, beauty treatments, driving lessons and car tyres, to meals out - helping people to save money on the things they need or want rather than cutting them out altogether.

"Another effective way to cut costs is to shop around for better deals – whether that’s on your weekly grocery shopping, household bills, insurances or other financial products – there are some significant savings to be made," she adds.

The UK's top 25 money-savings tips: Which do you use?

  1. Use vouchers, coupons, money-off apps
  2. Take a packed lunch to work
  3. Use loyalty and cashback schemes
  4. Turn the thermostat down to reduce heating bills
  5. Do more home cooking and batch cooking
  6. Cut down on takeaway meals
  7. Shop around for insurances
  8. Keep a coin jar and save change
  9. Switch energy supplier
  10. Cut out takeaway coffee/coffee shop treats
  11. Draw up a budget and stick to it
  12. Plan meals, make a shopping list and stick to it
  13. Downshifting to a cheaper supermarket
  14. Never impulse buy – sleep on it
  15. Only use cash – not cards
  16. Take your own treats to the cinema
  17. Buy second-hand instead of new, use sites like eBay or Freecycle
  18. Review your satellite or cable subscription or cancel it altogether
  19. Don’t use a tumble dryer
  20. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach
  21. Review your mobile phone contract or come off a contract altogether
  22. Leave the car at home and walk or use public transport
  23. Cut up your credit cards
  24. Transfer all credit card debt to a 0% card
  25. Holiday in the UK rather than abroad.


There’s more money-saving advice in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.