While you’re waiting for payday, here are some practical ways to save money at home…

If you lived a little too large over the festive season, January can feel like the longest month.

On the flip side, if you can’t afford to shop lavishly and go out often, this month can be a great time to set great money-saving, health-boosting and organisational habits for the rest of the year. Here are a few ideas:

Empty the pantry

Take everything out of your pantry, go through your freezer and consider everything you have that you can cook with before shopping.

If you need some creative ideas, have a look at our library of budget-friendly recipes by clicking here or type the ingredients you have on hand into the search section or www.supercook.com and see what recipes they come up with.

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Make it a habit to clear out your pantry regularly and you’ll reduce food waste and save money in 2020.

Turn off lights and turn in earlier

Make every cent of your electricity last by turning off appliances at the plug point and lights when not in use.

In the evening, try turning off the lights in your home and go to bed earlier. This will help you save money while getting the health-boosting recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

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Walk there

When you need to go to the local shops for a few essentials, grab a reusable shopping bag or two and walk. You’ll save petrol and have a workout in the process.

When expensive weekend outings are out of the question, take a walk or cycle around your neighbourhood. Pack a picnic and spend an afternoon at a nearby park. Even if you go nowhere in particular, taking a walk is a way to get out without spending a cent and it boosts your health.

Try to walk most days of the week or even just over the weekends this month and you just might develop a healthy habit you actually want to keep.