This year, more of us than ever before are working from home. And after a brief respite in the summer months, it looks as though many of us are settling into a winter of home working, which could be for the foreseeable.
Working from home obviously has its perks. Not only is your exposure to the virus apparently decreased, but you don’t have to deal with a long commute, irritating co-workers and you can take as many bathroom breaks as you want. It’s likely that working from home has also reduced your travel costs, however, you may find that your other expenses such as utility bills and even your food costs are on the rise.
Here we’ll take a look at how you can save money on working from home this winter.
Check out a deal for your new boiler
If your boiler needs replacing, or you need a new combi boiler, then upgrading your current heating system will save you money on your heating bills in the long run. However, before you have a new boiler installed, courtesy of your current supplier, check out the latest boiler deals for your home so you can start saving straight away. Click the link for more information on how you could save.
Find out what you can claim as an expense
Does your job require you to print documents or send items in the mail? If you’re taking or making calls on your phone or smart device then this should be subsidised by your employer. Any costs that are related to your job should be covered by your boss, so make sure you’re keeping receipts and speak with your employer for clarity.
You may already be saving money on your lunches, simply because you’re not buying one fresh from the supermarket or a nearby deli. However, it’s not uncommon for us to eat more whilst at home either out of boredom or simply because we’re feeling indulgent.
With this approach, it won’t take much for your weekly food costs to skyrocket. Instead of buying more snacks, consider batch cooking meals in advance and freezing them for later in the week. Pasta, potatoes, rice, couscous – many ingredients can be bought in bulk which will save you money and time during your working week.
Whether you’re spending more on streaming services that you don’t really use, or you’re receiving marketing emails offering you discounts on purchases, if you want to kerb your spending you need to start unsubscribing. By removing the temptation to spend more money you’ll save!
It’s important to go through your streaming service subscriptions too. If you only joined a service to watch a particular show and that show is now finished, cancel your subscription!
And finally, remember your emergency fund
Savings from working at home include clothing, travel costs, food and those drinks after work. Consider putting all your savings aside into an emergency fund, so if your role is made redundant in the future, you’ll have some savings to fall back on.