Saving money is one of those things which we’d all like to do. But many of us aren’t in a position to be putting money aside each month, especially during the recession when jobs are scarce, wages are low and the cost of living is still rising.

So here are some great ways to save money by improving the efficiency of your income, existing savings, and your outgoings.

Efficient Investment Opportunities

Choosing the right investment can make all the difference to your savings. The right investment will help your money to grow, but the wrong investment could mean your savings get wiped out.

For this reason, it’s always important to diversify your investments, choosing from a range of different investment options to ensure you make the most of each opportunity, without risking your entire savings pot.

Investment opportunities can take many forms, including ISAs, stocks, bonds, shares or even pension funds.

Energy Efficiency at Home

Another great way to save money is to take charge of your utility bills. One of the most common ways in which money is lost in the home is through inefficient heating, or wasted water or electricity.

Sometimes, improving the energy efficiency of your home may require a small initial investment, such as upgrading your home insulation or replacing single glazed windows with double or even triple glazed alternatives. But these initial outlays will save you money in the long run, and you might find that the expenditure is offset in as little as 3 years.

Simple ways to improve your energy efficiency at home involve:

  • Turning electrical appliances off at the wall when not in use.
  • Taking showers instead of baths.
  • Turning your heating or air conditioning down by a couple of degrees – even the slightest amount can make a real difference.

Double Check Your Taxes

Sometimes, we may not realise that are income is being wasted. This is because we are not the ones wasting it. Many people each year find that they have overpaid in taxes, and that they are potentially owed huge sums of money in the form of tax rebates.

One of the best ways to make your money more efficient is to make sure that it is allocated properly, and this includes checking to see that you are not being overcharged on tax. If you’re in doubt as to the status of your tax payments, it’s always best to seek advice from a professional tax rebate services advisor.