20 easy money saving tips to make you richer revealed (2024)

FROM setting yourself savings goals to using cash more often, these are some of the secrets to making yourself richer.

We’ve rounded up 20 easy tips from best-selling money authors and personal finance bloggers.


We hope that these ideas help inspire you to improve your finances.

The key to saving or making money isn't a quick fix, but slowly finding ways that suit you to help transform your finances.

It takes hard work and dedication - and crucially, it needs to be something you will stick to.

That's why it's important to set yourself a goal for why you want to make ore save more money.

We'd love to hear about your tips too, email us: money@the-sun.co.uk.

Manage Your Money Like a F***ing Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger


1. Build a money dashboard so you can see your finances

A money dashboard, or budget, is when you write down all your finances to see what you’re spending each month

This should include your income, bills and any debts you owe - the more detailed it is, the better.

You can also tailor your dashboard to suit your needs.

For example, you can break it down even further by including sections on spending, if you want to see how much cash is going on eating out, or on clothes.

Or if you’re saving for something in particular - for example, a house or holiday - you can also include a section which shows how much you’re setting aside each month for that particular goal.

But the very minimum it should show is your total money in, and total money out.

Once you’ve got a better idea of your finances, you can then work out the areas where you can slash costs.

Sam Beckbessinger, author of Manage Your Money Like a F***ing Grown Up, goes through the step-by-step process of setting up a dashboard in her book.

One way she recommends displaying your data is using an online spreadsheet that you can update each month.

Another tip is to highlight anything you're not happy with in red so you can clearly see where you want to cut back.

2. Create a money challenge board

Set yourself little challenges that are easy to achieve, but could add up to some serious savings.

Sam recommends creating a page of challenges and ticking off one or two at a time.

Try and base these on things where you know you could be saving cash.

For example, it could be something like taking a packed lunch into work, or saying no to an impulse spend.

Other challenges could be cancelling a subscription or having a no-spend weekend.

3. Go through your regular payments

Now you’ve got a better idea of your money, check your recurring bills and see what you can do without.

This includes everything from direct debits to subscription services and old insurance policies that you may not need.

In her book, Sam says you can refer back to your dashboard to see how much you've got coming out on regular payments.

Multiply this by 12, and that’s how much that particular product is costing each year.

Martin Lewis recently revealed how you could save hundreds of pounds by auditing your regular payments.

Money: A User's Guide by Laura Whateley



4. Cut the cost of bills that you can't get rid of

There are some bills you can't avoid paying - but that doesn't mean you can't save costs.

In her book Money: A User’s Guide, journalist Laura Whateley rounds up several ways to slash your outgoings.

For some bills - typically energy, broadband, mobile and insurance policies - the best way to cut down costs are by using comparison sites.

Here are some of the most popular ones:

Which bills are increasing?

FROM broadband to energy bills, households will soon be paying more for these services as major providers hike prices.

Broadband: Sky is hiking bills by up to £72 per year for some customers, depending on what type of products you have.

Meanwhile, Virgin Media is hiking prices by £44 per year for some households, and BT prices are going up by £24.

Mobile: Millions of Three Mobile and Vodafone customers will see their bills rise by up to £45 a year from April.

EE, which is owned by BT, is also upping prices by £24 per year.

Energy: British Gas upping bills by £97, while Scottish Power, EDF Energy and EOn are hiking prices by £96.

NPower and SSE are also increasing prices by £96.

Streaming services: NetflixandDisney+have both confirmed price hikes of up to £24 per year for some customers.

If you don't want to leave your current provider, you can try haggling to get a better price.

You should aim to audit your bills every time your current contract ends, notes Laura.

Another thing to be aware of is exit fees - check if you'll need to pay before switching.

In cases where you can't switch provider, such as water bills, check for other ways to save.

For example, switching to a water meter could help you slash your bill - potentially by hundreds of pounds.

A rough rule to remember is if there are more or the same number of bedrooms in your house than people then think about getting a meter.

Or if you claim Universal Credit, you could save £270 on average through the WaterSure scheme.

5. Set up saving pots to split up your money

By setting up pots, you're essentially splitting up your cash to lessen the risk of you spending it.

For those who use physical coins and notes, you can do this by literally putting money into jars in your home.

It helps to label these, so you know why you're saving this money - for example, whether it's for an emergency or for a big spend like a holiday.

Another way to use the pot method is by setting up virtual jars through an online bank.

In her book, Laura suggests checking out Monzo or Starling.

With these, you can either manually put money into pots, or you can set them up so the banks manually add funds from your salary each month.

Another way they can top up your fund isby rounding each purchase up to the nearest pound and putting it into your savings.

Before you sign up to any online bank, check whether they are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and whether it comes under the protection of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The latter protects savings up to £85,000 if your bank goes bust.

6. Use cash more often to avoid reckless spending

Experts suggest that if we can physically see our money, we're less likely to spend it.

Laura notes how you're much less inclined to think about a purchase if you've just tapped your money away via a contactless device or card.

She said: "We find it psychologically more difficult to part with cash, so are less likely to overspend when we have to pay with notes than when we use contactless."

If this trick works for you, it could be a good way to curb your spending habits.

Obviously, if do decide to withdraw money, always make sure you have enough in your account to cover bills and other essentials - plus extra for emergencies.

The Real Life Money Journal - Clare Seal



7. Set yourself a savings challenge

Saving challenges are a great way of getting into the habit of putting money aside.

There are plenty to choose from, and you can tailor them to what you can afford to save.

Some of the saving challenges mentioned in The Real Life Money Journal by Clare Seal include the penny-saving challenge and the 52-week saving challenge.

The 1p challenge sees you put 1p aside on the first day of the new year and add an extra penny each day for 365 days - giving you £668 by the end of 2021.

With the 52-week saving challenge, you start by putting away £1 on the first week, then increase this to £2 the following week, and so on.

By the end of the year-long challenge, you'll have saved £1,378.

There are plenty of other saving challenges to get stuck into - here's what happened when Sun Money journalists tested some out.

8. Download apps to help save money

If the idea of going through your finances seems daunting, there are plenty of apps out there that will help you manage your money.

A majority of the apps use "Open Banking" rules, which came into force in January 2018, to assess your spending.

This means banks and other financial services providers have to share your personal details safely and securely - as long as you give your permission.

Plum and Chip are some of the apps recommended in The Real Life Money Journal, and The Sun also picked them out as part of our round-up.

Others that you may want to consider are Cleo and Emma.

If you're thinking about downloading an app, check they're registered with The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or theOpen Banking Directory.

9. Workout your motivations

It can be easy to get bogged down in numbers and spreadsheets, but try not to forget why you're trying to save.

Try and set little reminders around your house too, to stay motivated - for example, you could put a post-it note on your mirror.

In her book, Clare says: "Simply transferring an arbitrary amount of money over to a different account each month for the sake of watching it grow might give you a nice, satisfied feeling but often that's not enough to encourage a sustained commitment to saving.

"Instead, giving your money a purpose can push you to prioritise saving over spending, and the satisfaction when you hit your savings goal is huge."

The Meaningful Money Handbook by Pete Matthew


10. Spend less than what you earn

It might seem obvious, but spending less than what you earn is key to not running into debt.

Creating your money dashboard can help you see exactly what income you've got going into your accounts each month.

In his book, The Meaningful Money Handbook, Pete Matthew also highlights how budgeting is the key to managing your finances.

He says: "When deciding how much you should spend on what each month, you should make sure that every single pound is accounted for.

"I call this Budgeting to Zero."

11. Do a weekly review of your finances

Now you've got a better idea of what you should be spending, it should be easier to monitor your finances.

Pete suggests doing a weekly check-up of your money to see how you're doing.

This way, if you're not on track to keep your spending at the levels you'd like, you can do something about it.

He uses the example of a monthly food budget of £200, but when you do your review, you've spotted that you've already spent £70 in the first week.

As you're one quarter of the way through the month, you should've spent around £50 at this stage.

But this doesn't necessarily mean cutting back in the following weeks.

For example, you may have spent more due to stocking up for the month, meaning your next spends will likely be lower anyway.

We'd never recommend cutting down on food, instead you can try and claw back costs by going for cheaper brands - we discuss this more below.

12. Build a rainy day fund for emergencies

This is a sum of money, held safely in a bank account, that can be accessed in a time of emergency.

If you've got the disposable income to spare, it helps to start building this up sooner rather than later.

For a starter emergency fund, and if your outgoings are less than £1,500 per month, Pete suggests setting aside £500.

For someone with outgoings of more than £1,500, try and put away £1,000.

But anything is better than nothing, so just try and save what you can afford.

The No Spend Year by Michelle McGagh


13. Try a no-spend month

Personal finance expert Michelle McGagh managed to save an impressive £22,000 by going a whole year trying not to spend a penny.

The only money she did spend was on her bills and a minimal budget for food.

If this seems a bit radical to you, you could always try a no-spend month to save cash.

The amount you could save depends on how much your bills are, but broken down, Michelle's mammoth saving works out at £1,833 per month.

Money Saving Book by Holly Smith



14. Check cashback websites

Coupon queen Holly Smith recommends using cashback websites, such as TopCashback and Quidco, every time you shop.

Writing about them in her Holly Smith's Money Saving Book, she says they're an easy way to make money on spends you would've made anyway.

Cashback websitesallow shoppers to earn money through shopping or signing up to a new phone deal or switching energy suppliers.

Simply buy your item through their website and registered purchases will automatically add cashback to your account.

The Sun recently spoke to one couple who saved £25,000 in 2020 by using cashback websites and making money-saving swaps.

15. Use price comparison websites

Holly notes that the quickest way to make sure you're getting the best price for a product is to use comparison websites.

She recommends checking Price Spy, Kelkoo and Idealo.

By entering a barcode or product description into these websites, you'll also save time on having to manually check different retailers.

Another tip is to check prices using Google Shopping.

Holly said: "Type in the model number and it will bring them up in Google

"Always check the delivery price too as that can bump up the cost."

16. Check for the best discount codes

Another way to save cash is checking for discount codes on Google.

But a quicker way flagged by Holly is downloading an app that'll do the work for you, such as Honey or Pouch.

Both of these work as an add-on to your internet browser and come into effect when you're on a website and go to check out.

If you've got them installed, they’ll go through every discount code that could possibly work and apply them to your basket for you.

17. Take advantage of freebies

There are plenty of ways to find freebies, depending on what you're looking for.

Holly even suggests asking companies to send you a freebie if you're ordering something from them already.

This worked for her when she Lush sent her loads of free soap samples after she left a note asking for freebies in the "additional notes" part of her order.

If you're a parent, Holly also recommends joining free baby clubs for the best offers - we've got a round-up of freebies for parents here.

Finally, you can also ask to become a product tester through sites like Savvy Circle, run by Procter & Gamble.

These types of sites will email you when they're in need of new testers, and you could be sent something to try out, if you meet certain criteria, in exchange for a review.

We also recommend keeping an eye on websites like Magic Freebies for the latest giveaways.

The Money Guide To Transform Your Life by Lynn Beattie



18. Use a meal planner to save money on food

If you struggle to reign in your spending in the supermarket, we've rounded up some tips from money blogger Lynn Beattie, as mentioned in her book The Money Guide to Transform Your Life.

One of her suggestions is using a meal planner to work out what food you need for the week - but make sure you stick to it to avoid impulse spending.

Lynn has created a handy template for you on her Mrs Mummypenny blog, with meal ideas that cost less than £40 per week for a family of four.

If you have fussy eaters in the family, she says it also helps to have a stash of your favourites that you can rotate to avoid food waste.

19. Don’t be afraid to buy dupes

We all have our favourite brands, but ditching them for cheaper dupes could save you money.

Aldi and Lidl are known for their copycat products - we've tested them out to see how they match up against their branded equivalents.

Lynn also praises Aldi for being cheap in her book, and says she is a regular shopper.

This echoes recent findings by Which? that showed Aldi took the crown for cheapest grocer as part of its annual study.

Another way to cut back is to "downshift" which is where you swap out a branded good for a supermarket-own version.

If you like what you’ve tried, then stick to it and you could save up to £1,500 a year, according to MoneySavingExpert.

20. Swap takeaways for DIY food kits

Another way to save cash on food is to swap out takeaway for receipe kits.

At one point, Lynn says she was spending £240 per month on takeaway food.

She now prefers cheaper options like boxes from the Mindful Chef, which charges between £25 to £30 for four meals a week.

You can also save money by buying individual ingredients straight from a supermarket and making your own "fakeaways" from home.

We spoke to one man who saves £3,360 by getting busy in the kitchen and making his own kebab and Chinese food from home.

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What is the 50 30 20 rule? ›

The 50-30-20 rule recommends putting 50% of your money toward needs, 30% toward wants, and 20% toward savings. The savings category also includes money you will need to realize your future goals.

How to save $5000 in 3 months? ›

How to Save $5000 in 3 Months [2024]
  1. Create a Budget and Plan.
  2. Pick up a Side Hustle.
  3. Sell Things Around Your Home.
  4. Refinance Debts.
  5. Cut Unnecessary Expenses.
  6. Reduce Living Expenses.
  7. Try an Envelope Savings Challenge.
  8. Use Cash Back Apps.
Apr 3, 2024

How can I save money and become rich? ›

How To Get Rich
  1. Start saving early.
  2. Avoid unnecessary spending and debt.
  3. Save 15% or more of every paycheck.
  4. Increase the money that you earn.
  5. Resist the desire to spend more as you make more money.
  6. Work with a financial professional with the expertise and experience to keep you on track.
Apr 12, 2024

What is the trick to saving money? ›

Save money automatically.

Set up a direct deposit from each paycheck to your savings account. That way you don't even think about the money you're saving—you're just saving. Start budgeting with EveryDollar today! And if you really want to get serious, use a separate bank from your existing checking account.

What is the 20 savings rule? ›

Key Takeaways. The 50/30/20 budget rule states that you should spend up to 50% of your after-tax income on needs and obligations that you must have or must do. The remaining half should be split between savings and debt repayment (20%) and everything else that you might want (30%).

How to budget $4,000 a month? ›

making $4,000 a month using the 75 10 15 method. 75% goes towards your needs, so use $3,000 towards housing bills, transport, and groceries. 10% goes towards want. So $400 to spend on dining out, entertainment, and hobbies.

What is 100 envelope challenge? ›

The 100-envelope challenge is pretty straightforward: You take 100 envelopes, number each of them and then save the corresponding dollar amount in each envelope. For instance, you put $1 in “Envelope 1,” $2 in “Envelope 2,” and so on. By the end of 100 days, you'll have saved $5,050.

What is the 100 envelope stuffing challenge? ›

You can save over $5,000 in just over three months with the 100 envelope challenge. It works like this: Gather 100 envelopes and number them from 1 to 100. Each day, fill up one envelope with the amount of cash corresponding to the number on the envelope. You can fill up the envelopes in order or pick them at random.

How to save $100 in 30 days? ›

The goal of the Challenge is simple: save $100 in a 30-day time period through a series of gradually increasing deposits. November has 30 days so every day is a savings day. As shown in the picture below, daily savings deposits start at $1 a day for five days followed by $2, $3, and $4 each for five days.

What is the golden rule of money? ›

The basic principle of the golden rule of saving money is to save at least 20% of your income. This includes any form of income, such as salary, bonuses, or freelance earnings. By consistently saving a significant portion of your income, you can build a strong financial foundation and achieve your financial goals.

What is billionaire rules? ›

They spend less than they earn. They save their money and make their savings grow. They manage their finances carefully. They seize investment or business opportunities when they arise.

How do millionaires save? ›

Multiple Investments

Another factor that enables the upper class to save money, according to Richardson, is their ability to invest in assets — real estate, stocks and businesses — that increase in value over time.

What is the 3 saving rule? ›

This model suggests allocating 50% of your income to essential expenses, 15% to retirement savings and 5% to an emergency fund. This plan allows you to meet your immediate needs and plan for the future before you spend on anything else.

Which behavior can help increase savings? ›

Reduce Discretionary Spending. If you are trying to increase your monthly savings, the most effective way is to reduce discretionary expenditures. These are purchases that you may enjoy but are not necessary. This way, you can add that dollar amount to your automatic monthly transfer into your savings account!

What is a 50 30 20 budget example? ›

The 50/30/20 rule is an easy budgeting method that can help you to manage your money effectively, simply and sustainably. The basic rule of thumb is to divide your monthly after-tax income into three spending categories: 50% for needs, 30% for wants and 20% for savings or paying off debt.

Is the 50 30 20 rule outdated? ›

If the 50/30/20 budget was once considered the golden standard of budgeting, it's not anymore. But there are budgeting methods out there that can help you reach your financial goals. Here are some expert-recommended alternatives to the 50/30/20.

What is the disadvantage of the 50 30 20 rule? ›

It may not work for everyone. Depending on your income and expenses, the 50/30/20 rule may not be realistic for your individual financial situation. You may need to allocate a higher percentage to necessities or a lower percentage to wants in order to make ends meet. It doesn't account for irregular expenses.

What is the 40 40 20 budget rule? ›

The 40/40/20 rule comes in during the saving phase of his wealth creation formula. Cardone says that from your gross income, 40% should be set aside for taxes, 40% should be saved, and you should live off of the remaining 20%.


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