Top 5 Tips for Saving Money in London

OK so we all know that living in London is ridiculously expensive but we all still want to spend as much as we want on food, shopping and travel right? Here are a few tips that can help you save whilst continuing to spend.

1. CASHBACK SITES

Cashback sites have been going around for at least the last 4-5 years but have only recently gained more momentum in the last couple of years. So what is a cashback site?

Cashback site are usually a website which is affiliated with hundreds of big brand companies such as ASOS, Ebay, Expedia, Groupon, Currys PC world just to name a few. The benefit of shopping through the cashback site itself is that once you purchase something, the site can track the amount you have purchased and give you a certain percentage of cashback depending on the current promotion.

My favourite site is Quidco but there are plenty of others out there.
For example: Booking.com has 3% cashback on all hotel bookings
1. Go to the Quidco and sign up
2. Search for booking.com in the search box
3. Click the booking.com link through the quidco website
4. Book your hotel eg. £100
5. You automatically get £3 refunded back into your quidco account (this can take a few months to process) which you can then transfer to your bank account

So whilst £3 doesn’t seem a lot, it all adds up. I’ve been using Quidco for about a year now and have managed to get approximately £250 cashback

2. DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS

So gift cards are normally something you give to someone as gift right? Not anymore! Tesco frequently have 20% selected gift cards such as iTunes, H&M, Monsoon, Accessorize, New Look and Pizza Express so if you shop at these stores frequently it’s worth stocking up when Tesco have a sale.

3. RAILCARDS

If you enjoy having regular day trips or weekends away outside of London make sure you sign up a Railcard if you eligible– its only £30 a year and this entitles you to at least 30% off any National Rail ticket. There are two cards that you are most likely to be eligible for:

16-25 Railcard
For those aged 16-25
Mature students aged 26 or over and in full-time education

Two Together Railcard
For two people travelling together (both of you must be present on the trip for you to receive the discount)
Aged 16 or over

See Railcard for more details

4. COUPON CODES & VOUCHERS

Before you purchase anything online make sure to search for coupon codes. Often big companies can offer discounts of up to 20% if there happens to be a promotion at the time.
You can either google ‘[company name] coupon code’ or use sites like Money Supermarket or My Voucher Codes to find the most current promotions

SMART SAVE
This website offers a variety of FREE vouchers that you can print off. Current deals include 20% of Ripley’s Believe it or not, Planet Hollywood, Chelsea Stadium Tours, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and more

5. DISCOUNT CARDS

There are plenty of companies out there that offer significant discounts at restaurants, bars and movies if you pay a yearly fee. Often the discounts are so big that you only have to go out once or twice before you’ve covered the cost of the fees. Here are a list of a few of the best cards out there:

TASTE CARD
£80 for a year or £1 for 90 days using the promo code 1DEC15
This card gives you 50% or 2FOR1 at over 6,500 restaurants all over the UK

GOURMET SOCIETY
£70 for a year of £1 for 90 days using promo code 1POUND
This card is very similar to the Taste Card and also gives you 50% or 2FOR1 at over 6,500 restaurants all over the UK

ACE CARD
£19.95 for the year this card gives you discounts at restaurants, theatres, exhibitions, clubs and cinemas

BITECARD
This card is FREE and gives you 10% off at fast food chains at major rail stations eg. Burger King, Camden Food Co, Nam-Po!, Pumpkin, Millies Cookies, The Pasty Shop, Upper Crust and more! Just sign up online and you’ll have the card posted to you in 7-10 days

So I hope that’s give you guys some ideas on possible ways to get more bang for your buck. Just remember there are always new websites and discount cards popping up so keep an eye on them 🙂

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