Vouchers: Do You Use Them?

Vouchers, coupons – whatever you want to call them, do you use them? Whether you use physical paper copies or stack codes online, there are vouchers or voucher codes out there for pretty much everything!

I am signed up to all the major supermarket loyalty cards and regularly use their coupons to save money on my shopping. I am currently saving up my points on these cards for Christmas but will still often use their vouchers if I can get more points to add to my balance!

I ask this because although I use coupons, I was shocked to find out the mega savings some people can get. We all know how much people in the US can save with coupons as we see it on shows such as Extreme Couponing. But in the UK, it is quite a rarity.

We recently visited our static caravan down in Camber Sands and we met a young mum who had managed to spend just £80 on her holiday at the park for her family of five. Her family were in the best range of caravan which would normally cost anywhere between £400-£600 a week.

How did she do out? Voucher code stacking. By scouring the web for the best deals, she was able to secure an awesome but cheap holiday for her family, saving over £300 in the process. An awesome saving, I am sure you will agree.

Vouchers – do you use them? I certainly do – and after a success story like that, I will continue to do so too!

2014 Christmas Comping Challenge: An Update

You may have noticed that there has been a lack of posts on Keene On Saving recently and here I finally am with a Christmas Comping Challenge update. Well, things have been a bit busy around here but I’m back with more ideas for content than ever so keep your eyes peeled!

So how am I doing? My Smurfs 2 DVD finally turned up and was going to be put in the Christmas presents pile but Jack found it – so that’s a no go! I recently won £20 Love2Shop vouchers; these will be going in the Christmas pile if my parents help to buy Jack’s new bed, otherwise we will be using them towards it.

I have £17.52 in Nectar points and we aren’t touching these until Christmas so will hopefully have a decent amount saved. We recently used our Clubcard vouchers (needs must) but we are slowly building them up again and have just over £3. Amazon vouchers add up to £19.50 so all in all, we currently have a decent amount ready for Christmas.

What is my plan of action for the next few months? I plan on adding any survey money to the Christmas fund (I am finally seeing a decent income from my freelance work so can now start to save this), entering competitions for presents and selling any unwanted junk round my house on various selling sites. I also have a piece of sports memorabilia that I need to get valued – a friend of Steve’s would like it but we don’t want to under or over charge him!

What actions do you plan to take?