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Clever ways Brits are dodging cost-of-living crisis – including cutting their own hair

Others take a lunch into work, use a clothesline instead of a tumble dryer, and buy second class stamps instead of first.In fact, 89 percent claim

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Others take a lunch into work, use a clothesline instead of a tumble dryer, and buy second class stamps instead of first.

In fact, 89 percent claim they will “go out of their way” to curb their spending, while 56 percent will “use their old smartphone long past their contract” to save money with SIM-only plans.

January emerged as the month Brits feel they need to stretch their money further – as six in ten admit to overdoing it on Christmas presents.

But a quarter will go over the top early in the January sales – and feel the pinch for the rest of the month.

A spokesman for SMARTY, the SIM-only mobile network provider, which commissioned the research, said: “Over time, lots of small changes add up to a big difference when it comes to spending habits.

“It is no surprise this time of year is when many are tightening the purse strings – we can all be guilty of overdoing it in the build-up to Christmas.

“The beginning of the year feels like a great time to take stock and plan our expenses for the year ahead – that’s why we make it as easy as possible with our simple and honest SIM plans.”

The survey found more than a third have a financial “spring clean” at least once a year to ensure their finances are in order and unused subscriptions are no longer active.

However, 41 percent admit to forgetting to cancel a membership or a subscription – and one in five of these have left this running for up to three months without using the service.

To ensure their money stretches further, nearly half will spend the most time researching car insurance deals to save some cash – while three in ten will devote a significant amount of time to seeking the best mobile phone deals.

Almost three in five will avoid being tied down to long-term subscriptions and contracts, as they enjoy having the flexibility to shop around regularly for a better deal.

And more than a quarter even admit to occasionally haggling for the best deal possible to help scrimp and save, the research, conducted via OnePoll, found.

Brits ranked the latest smartphones as the number one item which is too expensive nowadays – however, many did concede mobile phone plans would be one of the major expenses they would not be able to live without.

But one in ten also claimed they would find it difficult to sacrifice their gym membership.

Household repairs and replacements ranked as the most common barrier people face when it comes to saving as much money as they would like – while one in five struggle to put cash away following a new addition to their family.

Overall, 51 percent feel it is now more acceptable to shop around and be clever with spending, rather than to splash the cash on luxury items.

The spokesman for SMARTY added: “This research really highlights the importance we now put on shopping around for the best deal – it shows the customer holds the power and will not stick around if the deal is no good.”

TOP 30 WAYS BRITS ARE SAVING CASH:

  1. Turn the heating down
  2. Make sure light are always turned off
  3. Buy own brand products at the supermarket
  4. Take lunch into work
  5. Turn off all electrics when not using/out of the home
  6. Wear a jumper instead of turning on the heating
  7. Save leftovers for another meal
  8. Use discount vouchers
  9. Use a clothesline instead of a tumble dryer
  10. Collect coupons and money off vouchers
  11. Buy second class stamps instead of first
  12. Buy eco-friendly/energy-saving bulbs
  13. Cut down on going out
  14. Shop in budget supermarkets
  15. Wait for the sales when making purchases
  16. Buy food and toiletries in bulk
  17. Turn off all the plugs before leaving the house
  18. Haggle my home/car insurance
  19. Price compare at different grocery stores
  20. Borrow books from your library
  21. Shop at second-hand/charity stores
  22. Use public transport instead of taxis
  23. Cut your own hair
  24. Spend your weekend taking part in free activities
  25. Go to supermarkets in the evening for yellow sticker deals
  26. Grow your own vegetables and herbs
  27. Drink water when eating in restaurants
  28. Use and older or hand-me-down phone rather than buying the newest model
  29. Reduce your television/Internet packages to the bare minimum
  30. Sell anything you possibly can on an online marketplace



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