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Flying instead of taking the train and even PRAISING brands, six money saving bloggers share their top tips

These six혻money bloggers spend a lot of their time thinking about how to save money, now they tell you their secrets

MONEY혻bloggers are either hatching up a new way to cut down on spending or writing about it.

From taking a plane instead of a train to cut down on travel costs to writing letters to brands telling them what they혻think in return for discounts, they have혻loads of nifty tricks to share.

These guys spend a lot of time coming up with new ways to save money
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These guys spend a lot of time coming up with new ways to save money

We spoke to six top money saving bloggers about how혻they got started and share their secrets혻with you.

When it?셲 cheaper to fly home than take the train

Jordon Cox, 19, also known as the coupon kid. He writes a blog for MoneySavingExpert.

There are many ways to save money on travel – especially trains, but not that many people are willing to a few thousand extra miles to save money.

He once혻flew via Berlin as it was cheaper than getting the train home.

?쏝est in January, I found it was 짙8 cheaper to fly from Sheffield to Essex via Berlin than it was to take a one-way train,??he told The Sun Online.

He added: ?쏧f train prices are high, have a look for flights via European cities including Dublin and Cologne. You?셪l save money and sometimes get the time to see another city in the process.??/p>

Flying from Sheffield to Essex via Berlin is cheaper than train

If you?셶e got space then stockpile

Mum of two, Kayleigh Hughes is not a stranger to money saving.

In fact, she writes a blog for PromotionalCodes.org.uk every week detailing her crafty ways, including how she forages for food and threw her dream wedding for just 짙500.

The bargain-mad 29-year-old told The Sun Online that her ultimate top money saving tip is stockpiling.

She said: ?쏤rom boxes of cereal and washing powder to loo rolls and shower gels, I?셶e managed to cut my spending by around 70 per cent just by having my own stockpile.

?쏮y stockpile is in my utility room and is bursting with non-perishable goods that I regularly use.??/p>

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If Kayleigh spots a multi-buy bargain then adds it to her stockpile

She started it two years ago, although sometimes can go weeks without finding anything decent to add to it.

Her top tip for stockpiling is to find items that are reduced to clear or buy using coupons to get them at a fraction of their original price.

She added: ?쏽ou can stockpile anything from washing powder, washing up liquid, toiletries, pasta and sauces and cereals - anything that you can keep on your shelves that won't go off.

I then keep a list of all of the things I regularly use and tick them off when I know I have plenty in stock.??/p>

Get luxury gifts at rock-bottom prices

Ashleigh Swan started her blog - Ashleigh Money Saver - in June 2013 after being made redundant.

She has been writing it혻full time since September 2014 and now has a team of 14 people working on her website with her.

She told The Sun Online: ?쏧 love luxury beauty products but with their high price tags I can?셳 always afford them - or want to pay full price for that matter!

?쏧 found that if you sign up to magazine subscriptions they often give away high value ?쁣ree??gifts to try and get you to subscribe.

To my surprise I started receiving emails back asking for my address, a few days later coupons would turn up with a thank you letter for my feedback.

Emma Mumford

?쏧t costs a one off 짙6 payment for a 6 month magazine subscription and you can get some great free gifts for usually at least 짙50.??/p>

In the past she?셲 got a tanning lotion set, Benefit make-up products, a haircare bundle and even an electric toothbrush worth 짙100.

A simple butt effective way to money

The motto on Ricky Willis??website - Skint Dad - is ?쐃very penny counts??

He started his blog in 2013 when he was fed up of being poor and struggling to make ends meet.

Now he has over 150,000 people reading it each혻month. His top tip is a simple one that could save every household money.

How skint Dad squeezes the loo roll help cut down on paper waste and save money

The 37-year-old said: ?쏶ome people think I'm a little tight when I talk about this one but it really works.

?쏻hen the kids use the loo they always give the toilet roll a big pull and use more than they need to.

?쏷o stop this, I squeeze the loo roll and it then won't spin properly. This way they then only pull off what they need, instead of pulling loads.

?쏻ith the average cost of a branded toilet being between 45p and 55p per roll, this simple tip is a real money saver over time.??/p>

Sometimes it pays to tell companies what you think of them

Emma Mumford, 23, started the Extreme Couponing and Deals UK Facebook page back in September 2013.

She now has over혻200,000 people reading her혻posts about coupons, deals, glitches and bargains everyday.

Emma stumbled upon her top tip by accident. Three years ago she wrote to a company to make a complaint about one of her favourite brands.

Emma discovered that brands are willing to dish out discounts, even if you're nice
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Emma discovered that brands are willing to dish out discounts, even if you're nice

To her surprise they sent an apology email and a coupon for the inconvenience and disappointment in the product.

But for Emma this was a real light bulb moment.

She said: ?쏧 had just started couponing at this point and thought what if I sent a genuine positive review, how would they react?

?쏶o that day I emailed all my favourite brands and gave honest feedback about how much I loved their products and how I have used them.

?쏷o my surprise I started receiving emails back asking for my address, a few days later coupons would turn up with a thank you letter for my feedback.

?쏷he best one I?셶e received was 짙30 from Dettol.??/p>

Buy your food from a bargain shop

Holly Smith, who claims she is the UK?셲 most trusted female money saving expert, has over 450,000 fans on her Facebook page.

Her website Extreme Couponing UK offers free money saving and couponing advice.

The mum-of-two currently holds the record for the biggest supermarket shop using coupons.

Holly says that she does some of her weekly shop in bargain stores
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Holly says that she does some of her weekly shop in bargain stores

Last December she got 짙1,164.39 worth of shopping without spending a penny.

She told The Sun Online: ?쏡o part of your shopping in bargain stores, such as Home Bargains and B&M, as they have a large range of grocery items at a fraction of the supermarket price.

?쏧 stock up on items such as rice, tomato ketchup and baked beans.

?쏷hey have a brilliant of premium fresh meat. I am partial to the premium extra lean Irish beef steak mince myself ??save over 50% on the equivalent in the supermarkets.??/p>


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