WHEN it comes to celebrity top tips we often think about fashion and beauty or health and fitness.
Rarely do we associate money saving tips with household names and celebrities.
However, there are a wealth of people on our screens who only made it there because they are experts in certain fields.
From property and finance to home DIY and more these really are celebrities who can help make our lives just that little bit easier.
Here are 11 celebrity money saving tips
1. Drive the cost down
Money saving expert Martin Lewis says for those who use their car a lot whether it’s for he daily commute or for running around the little rascals an inefficient car can be a money pit.
He advises: “Driving with the air-con on and under-inflated tyres will all cost you money, but the most important thing is the way you drive.
“Accelerating too fast is a huge waste – think of the accelerator as a money pump. Driving properly can cut petrol costs by up to 30%.”
2. Get down to business
She may be worth millions but Gwyneth Paltrow believes in treating your personal home finances like a business.
If you know what’s coming in and going out she reckons it’s much easier to keep track of where you can save.
Gwyneth carefully accounts for her money coming in and out and then plans long-term and short-term financial goals to ensure she doesn’t go wrong.
3. Get crafty
Craft queen and property guru Kirstie Allsopp says it’s time to ditch those pre-conceived ideas of second hand furniture and unleash your creative side.
She said: “With lots of people tightening purse strings, upcycling is perfect, it’s putting your personal stamp on the home environment, giving your house a bit of a re-decorated feel for less.”
With tons of YouTube tutorials about upcycling and How To guides it won’t be difficult to get started.
For more top tips from Kirstie log onto www.kirstieallsopp.co.uk
4. Sale hunter
Believe it or not superstar and former Buffy actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is big on saving money. Because she’s a massive fan of fresh and organic food she shops often. Last year she revealed she always asks what fish is on sale and even collects money off coupons.
She said: “Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?”
Country star Carrie Underwood is also a big fan of cutting coupons.
5. Smooth operator
Kitchen king Jamie Oliver is a big advocate for learning how to utilise as much food as you can, from ensuring you don’t buy too much to not wasting what you do have.
One of his best known tips is: “If you’ve got fruit on the turn, bag it up and freeze it. It can make great smoothies with some milk and a little honey. Just whizz it straight from the freezer to make a cool, healthy drink.”
For more Jamie Oliver tips log onto www.jamieoliver.com
6. Know when to switch off
Super scrimper Mrs Moneypenny is a great fan of making lots of small changes for big results.
She advises: “Turn off appliances when you’re not using them, you could save between £50 and £90 a year.
“And if you turn down your thermostat a notch or two, you could save approximately £65 a year on heating bills and 260kg of carbon dioxide.”
7. No shame in second hand
Sex In The City star Sarah Jessica Parker once told People Magazine that she is careful not to spoil her son because she remembers growing up in a family of eight on benefits.
She said: “My son only wears hand-me-downs because I’ve got all these older nephews. I think it’s incumbent on my husband and me to really stress and to show James Wilkie by example what it means to owe your community something and that he is not entitled to the benefits of our hard work.”
If it’s good enough for SJP then that’s the best stamp of approval we could ask for.
8. Don’t be left behind
Supercool chef Jamie Oliver says it’s time to plan leftovers to make the best out of every purchase.
He said: “Embracing leftovers is a brilliant way of creating super-tasty meals for very little effort, so my tip would be to go slightly bigger on your Sunday roast, so you purposefully end up with outrageous leftovers to use up in future meals.”
9. Don’t end up all washed up
Mrs Moneypenny says it’s time to think smarter when it comes to laundry because most washing machines will use more water and energy for two half loads than one single full load.
“To save on your bills, it’s better to wait until you have enough laundry for a full load” she said, advising to also ditch the pre-wash.
“With today’s modern washing products you shouldn’t need this function. Try not using the pre-wash and see how much you save on your water and energy bills.
“Also set your washing machine to wash at 30ºC and you could save about £13 a year on energy bills and 43kg of carbon dioxide.”
For more Mrs Moneypenny saving tips log onto www.mrsmoneypenny.com
10. Dinner fit for a King…or President
First Lady Michelle Obama has inherited her mum’s penchant for planning and organisation. She believes that planning meals for a week rather than a day at a time not only helps to save time in the kitchen but means that ingredients can be bulk bought and sales can be taken advantage of.
11. Bright idea
A recurring theme on Martin Lewis’ www.moneysavingexpert.com website is how to reduce your energy bills. He says that while buying energy saving lightbulbs can be a little more expensive – the long term benefits will eventually be seen in your energy bills.
One great idea suggested on the website by a reader is to buy one or two bulbs a month with your “big shop” until you have changed all the bulbs in the house. She said she barely noticed the extra money going.
Mrs Moneypenny agrees. She said: “By replacing standard light bulbs and halogen spots in your home with energy saving alternatives, you could save around £60 a year on your bills and 190kg of carbon dioxide.”
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