If the term ‘saving money’ conjures up feelings of drudgery, think again. It may be a cliché but savings can always be made – only sometimes it requires a little lateral thinking! And it can even go hand in hand with sustainable living.
IKEA Belfast is never short of ideas on how to save money. Now the summer is over, and the nights are getting shorter again, IKEA has announced it is the first UK retailer to offer a full LED lighting range. Why change to LED bulbs? Not only do they use 85% less energy than their counterparts, they also last up to 20 times longer. And it’s proven to significantly reduce your monthly bills.
Emily, a former co-worker at IKEA, lives in Holywood with her husband, Michael. Last year Emily took part in a sustainability project aiming to reduce her energy emissions, and therefore her energy bills, by switching from incandescent to LED bulbs. In January 2014 the couple were paying £47.30 for their quarterly bill. After the switch, in January 2015, they paid just £14.75 – saving approximately £160 in the past year.
From lights to bites
A recent IKEA survey showed that one in four people feel bad about how much food they throw away and 20 per cent of us often buy products we already have at home. The fact is that better food storage and organisation could significantly reduce your food waste. People eat what they see, so it’s a good money-saving idea to have storage solutions that make food clearly visible. Less food left at the back of the fridge encourages food consumption instead of food waste, not to mention saves on money waste.
Ten tips to reduce your food waste
1.Do fewer shops a week to reduce impulse buys.
2.Write a list of what you need and stick to it.
3.Buy only what you need and use it up.
4.Remove fruit and vegetables from packaging as soon as you get home to stop it going mouldy.
5.Use transparent packaging to see leftovers in the fridge.
6.Only put what you can eat on your plate.
7.Make it a habit to put older food at the front of the fridge and shelves.
8.Trust your nose. There is a difference between best before and sell by dates and some food items may last a little longer if stored correctly.
9.Turn leftovers into new meals.
10.Get it all out! Use up the entire bottle or jar before buying a new one.
Design tip below in a lemon shaped bubble
If you use a couple of spoonfuls of vinegar, lemon juice, salt or a bit of baking powder with the right kind of cloth, you can get your kitchen completely clean – without burdening the natural environment or spending on lots of different cleaning products .
Become a money-saving Family Member!
Become a member of IKEA Family and enjoy free tea and coffee Monday to Friday in the restaurant. There’s also free organic baby food with every purchase. It’s the perfect spot to catch up with friends while the kids are entertained in Smaland – or even just plane spotting. The IKEA restaurant also serves half portions for half price and little ones get a free piece of fruit with every kid's meal.
With Ikea Family Card Logo
There are also special offers for IKEA Family members, often with fantastic savings on a range of products. And that’s not all – ‘Swipe a Surprise’ is set to happen again later this year. You can win anything from a hotdog to a trip to Sweden! Just make sure you scan your receipt at the end of each purchase.
Image 1– LED Room – Caption: LED Lighting Range at IKEA
Image 2 – Caption HEMSMAK jar with lid from £2 each and HEMSMAK paper bag £3 for 15; IKEA
Image 3: Kids Meal. Caption: Get a free piece of fruit with every kids’ meal