Time saving tips - that could also save you money

Time is precious. We could all do with a little more of it. So here are five easy ways to spend a bit less time on day-to-day tasks and free yourself up for the things you enjoy – whether that’s heading out with friends or spending a quiet night at home. You could even save a little money along the way.

Step 1

Follow the bargain-hunters

Social media can often use up time rather than save it– but it’s full of handy ideas if you know where to look. Why not follow bargain-hunting experts and let them do the hard work finding sales, discounts and money-saving tips for you? Follow your favourite shops on social media, too. You might get a head start on their next sale.

Step 2

Don’t make a meal of it

If you do some meal planning and batch cooking on a Sunday you can free up time for the rest of the week. It takes a bit of preparation, but if you get into a routine you’ll also become a more efficient shopper and cut down on food waste. You can do it with outfit planning too. No more time wasted hunting for something to wear when you’re running late for work.

Step 3

Pick up your PC’s pace

Whether you’re working from home or shopping online, if your computer works in slow motion so will you. There are a couple of things you could try:

• Test your broadband speed. You can usually do this on your broadband provider’s website, but you can also use independent sites. If you’re not getting what your provider promises, ask them to find a fix or reduce your bills.
• If your computer is getting slower as it ages, upgrading memory could be a much cheaper option than a replacement.

Step 4

Power up faster

Charging a smartphone takes time and energy – and that costs money. You could unplug faster if you:
• Turn your phone off or put it in low power or airplane mode.
• Charge from the mains rather than from a laptop.
• Try to resist the temptation to keep checking it every few minutes – the screen light can drain the battery.

Step 5

Bank on the go

You can keep your banking quick and easy and still have a close eye on your money. Here’s a couple of everyday time-savers:
• Grab a pint of milk on the way home, and zip through the checkout with a contactless payment.

• Multi-task with online banking. Check your balance or pay a bill while you watch TV.

It all adds up

Won back a little time? Before you put your feet up, how about spending a couple of minutes reading some speedy money-saving tips: