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 out seeing the world or spending quality time at home or in the garden. You could even save a little money along the way.

Step 1

Don’t make a meal of it

If you do some meal planning and batch cooking on a Sunday, you’ll free up time and energy 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 waste.

Step 2

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 3

Clear the clutter

If you’re always hunting for your keys, tidying things away or dusting things you never use, it could be time for a clear out. You could make some money selling things you no longer need online, and treat the family to a takeaway. Or you could donate it to a charity shop and enjoy the feel-good factor.

Step 4

Pick up your PC’s pace

Whether you’re shopping online or managing household admin, 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 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: