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How to reduce your weekly spend (2)

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Looking after your daily spend is important but its also good to cut down in some of the bigger items too.
What you'll need: 
A computer with internet access
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Goods for free. Next time you need a new item of furniture or kitchen appliance or garden implement, try Freecycle. People in your local area advertise things they don't want any more and are prepared to give away - free. You can also request items that you are looking for. And its all free! Click the link below to find out more.
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Try your local charity shops. Whether its clothes, furniture, books or bric a brac you are seeking, try your local charity shop. Goods for a fraction of their original price and giving to charity at the same time. Its a win, win situation!
3: 
When travelling by train or coach, where ever possible, book your tickets 2 or 3 months in advance to take advantage of cheap advance train fares. It can make travelling by public transport much cheaper than driving, not to mention being more relaxing and being better for the environment.
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When your mobile phone contract is coming to an end, don't automatically accept a new phone - consider keeping your phone and going onto a 'sim only' deal. This can halve your monthly payment for the same package.
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With Christmas approaching, consider some alternatives to spending lots of money. Making a gift, promising a service eg babysitting, sending an email instead of a Christmas card. You don't have to spend lots of money at Christmas time.
Conclusion: 
Enjoy finding new ways of saving money. And do pass on any tips of yours in the comments section of this article.
Tips: 
Before buying anything, check if there are cheaper alternatives.

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