One of the best ways to save money is by not spending money when you don’t have to. The following five things can be purchased – but don’t need to be…
1. A European health insurance card (EHIC)
This useful card allows cardholders to receive discounted or even free medical care when abroad in European Economic Area (EEA) countries. Some unofficial websites are offering this card for a fee, but the card should always be free – be sure to use the official website.
2. Blocking nuisance calls
We all know how annoying these can be, but be wary of companies offering you a service to get rid of them for a charge. Instead, add your name and number to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), which allows you the chance to opt out of receiving unsolicited sales and marketing calls.
3. Careers advice
If you are looking to change career track or simply want advice on job applications, use one of the free services available. These include the National Career Service, a website that contains a wealth of information and advice – you can even arrange a free telephone appointment.
4. Learning a new skill
One novel (and free) way of acquiring a new skill is to participate in a skill swap. Whether it’s cooking, a language or playing a musical instrument – find someone you can swap skills with via Local Skill Swap or Skillbound.
5. Holiday accommodation
Instead of paying for your holiday accommodation, why not try a house swap? You get to stay in someone’s home abroad while they stay in yours – all for free. If you would prefer not to have someone at your place, why not give couch-surfing a go for a truly unique (and cheap) way to travel?
If you are looking to get your finances in order and want to save money, why not ask an accountant for advice? For more information, please see our Personal Finance page.
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