Own a Mobile Phone? Save Money with these Tips

How to Save Money on your Mobile Phone Bill

It is estimated that 93% of adults in the UK either personally own or regularly use a mobile phone. Of these people, more than 66% use a smartphone. Smartphones are capable of a number of tasks. These taskes include using applications, browsing the internet, downloading images or streaming music, all of which require data. As a result, most mobile phone contracts include data in addition to free call time minutes and text messages. However large bundles of minutes, texts and data can cost upwards of £30 per month, and exceeding lower allowances in bundles can cost even more. Here are some great ways to reduce your usage and therefore save money.

 

Make Free Calls on your Mobile Phone

Gone are the days when you have to limit the amount of time in which you can spend having a conversation with someone using your mobile phone. The majority of contracts come with an allowance of free minutes, but this is often exceeded. Using applications such as Skype, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts mean that you never have to pay a penny to talk on the phone again – so you can downgrade your contract so that it includes less free minutes.

 

Send Free Texts on your Mobile Phone

Most contracts nowadays come with such a generous allowance of free texts that you would never be able to exceed it if you tried. The problem is that these generous allowances are not actually free because they are factored in to the cost of your bill. Reduce the number of free texts that you can get, and instead use a free instant messaging service such as Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.

 

Cut Mobile Data Costs on your Mobile

When it comes to mobile data, it’s the ‘mobile’ part that costs the money. Therefore whenever you can connect to a Wi-fi network you should do this instead of using your mobile data. Connecting your mobile phone to your wireless router at home, at work and in many public places is absolutely free. It will reduce the amount of mobile data that you use. When you are out and about, consider using less mobile data. Do you really need to stream music? Or download an endless list of photos every time you scroll down your Facebook feed? Use mobile data only for the essentials such as navigation and quick use of the internet for reference and you will be able to drastically reduce your data allowance and watch your phone costs plummet.

 

Join the Same Network as your Friends or Family

For many years mobile phone operators have loved people who call or text people using the same network as themselves. Therefore it’s well worth considering changing mobile phone providers to match the people who you talk to the most. This will ensure that you’re getting the best deal whenever you talk to them and on some networks such as GiffGaff it’s completely free to call people on the same network.

 

Beware of the 118 Directories

While the 118 directories are helpful if you need to find a number fast, they can actually be very expensive. This is because they charge a connection fee as well as an hourly rate. If you must use them, always ask for the number you need to be texted to you instead of being connected. Better still use the internet to find the number you’re looking for.

 

Avoid the Added Extras

A lot of mobile phone contracts now come with bundled insurance. This can very quickly hike up the price of your bill. It is sometimes worth protecting your smartphone – especially if it is worth a lot of money. However there are far more affordable ways to do it. Adding it to your home contents insurance policy is cheaper than getting insurance from your provider. If you can’t afford to replace your mobile phone, can you really afford it in the first place?

How to dress for a date – on a budget!


You’ve landed that all important first date and of course, want to look your very best. As the excitement passes and the reality sets in, you realise you don’t really have the cash to buy a new outfit. Don’t worry, though – there are still ways you can dress to impress on your date without breaking the bank.

Shop in the sales

Sales are not just once a year. There are always high street stores running sales and if you choose wisely, you are likely to pick up some bargains. Depending on the type of date you are going on, you might just need a top which you can match up with jeans you already have, or it may be that you need a whole new outfit. If you plan ahead and shop at the cheapest times, you will get a good deal.

Borrow from friends

You never know what hidden gems you might find if you have a good raid through your friend’s wardrobe and you’re even likely to find a few outfits they haven’t even worn before. This is a great option when you’re on a budget, as you won’t spend a penny – the ultimate in cheap fashion! This means you’ll have more spare cash to pay for a beauty treatment to ensure you feel wonderful before your big date.

Online shopping

Did you know you can get better deals online than on the high street? If you shop around, you will be likely to pick up cheap fashion for your big date and you never know, you might even get some handy fashion tips in the process. We have a range of vouchers available to help you make more savings online, you can find these at https://www.revouchers.uk.

Make it casual

If you are worried about the expense of buying a really fancy outfit for a dinner date and you just can’t seem to find any cheap deals, why not make your date a little more casual? It can be much easier to find a nice outfit for a coffee date than it is for an expensive dinner date, as you are likely to have outfits already in your wardrobe. Save your dinner date for a time when you have more cash to go all out and look fantastic!

Student fashion tips to look great on a budget


There’s no doubt that students put real pressure on themselves to look super-stylish and attractive, but it also becomes more of a challenge when you have the added burden of a student loan and living costs to bear in mind.

If you’re stressing about maintaining a stylish university wardrobe on a student budget, take a look at our student fashion tips below to help you feel great and still have money in your pocket to hit the student union!

1. Learn to appreciate charity shops

As a young adult, the thought of buying this weekend’s outfit from a charity shop might be a real buzz kill, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how many great bargains there are to be had. If you’re prepared to do the digging, you’ll unearth some real hidden gems for literal pennies!

2. Don’t be afraid to wear last season’s clothes

Some people will wait and add to their wardrobe at the end of a season when retailers place clothes and accessories on sale at clearance prices. Don’t be too proud not to wear something that’s just a few weeks out of season!

3. Raid your family’s wardrobes

If you’re a girl, there’s nothing better than putting on the puppy dog eyes and asking your mum or sister if you can borrow some of the clothes, shoes or accessories that they just don’t wear anymore. Likewise for boys with their brothers or dad – they’ll be pleased to see their clothing recycled.

4. Only buy flexible fashion items

When money is tight, the last thing you must do is buy an outfit that you’ll only wear once. Make a habit of purchasing tops, trousers, shoes or accessories that can be worn with a variety of different outfits. This way you’ll continually create new styles and looks, getting maximum value out of your acquisitions.

5. Buying cheap can be a false economy

There’s an age-old saying that goes ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ and sometimes that will ring true for student fashion. Instead of buying £20 jeans that will only last six months at a time, why not buy that one pair of £30 jeans that will last you the entire student year, saving you a tenner in the process – magic!

For more fun ways to save money on student fashion, be sure to check out our huge discounts available throughout the Revouchers website.

How to update your jeans on a budget


Boyfriends, skinnies, straight leg: whatever your shape, good jeans are the cornerstone of any fashionable wardrobe. Updating your jeans for the season doesn’t have to be a huge expense. When you are looking for instant style on a budget, these quick and simple fashion tips will help you re-invent a pair of cheap jeans or even give a new lease of life to your old jeans.

Get distressed

Distressed denim is here to stay, from frayed hems to ripped knees. Giving your jeans that worn-in look couldn’t be easier. Make sure to put on your jeans first and mark the area that you want to create that white thread ripped effect and get started:

Step 1. Cut horizontal strips across the denim approximately half an inch apart. The cuts should be made at the length and shape you would like the hole to be. Be careful not to cut through the back side of the jeans.

Step 2. You should now be able to see blue threads running vertically and white threads running horizontally. With a pair of tweezers, remove the blue threads for an instant ripped effect.

This look will get more pronounced with washing, so feel free to pop them in the washing machine to exaggerate the distressed effect.

To dye for

Have you found your dream jeans in a wash that simply doesn’t suit your wardrobe? When trying to keep ahead of the trends without breaking the bank, you have to think creatively. There are many excellent fabric dyes on the market that can help to transform those jeans into the perfect dark navy blue.

Step 1. Fill a bucket with hot water and add 1 bottle of blue dye and half a bottle of black dye, making sure that everything is fully mixed. Wear gloves and avoid contact with the dye to avoid staining.

Step 2. Place your jeans into the dye making sure they are fully covered and leave to soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Give them a stir approximately every 10 minutes to ensure that the dye takes evenly.

Step 3. Remove your jeans and rinse them in cold water until the water runs clear. Run them through the washing machine on a cold wash by themselves once before wearing to rinse off any residual dye.

These are only two of the ways that you can cleverly re-design your denim to suit your style. Remember, cheap fashion is no less chic fashion.

Four budget essentials for female travellers


Travelling can be expensive and for most of us it can remain a dream, but it doesn’t need to be. There are many ways to travel on a budget whilst enjoying everything the world has to offer. Here are a few essential budget items to pack when travelling this year.

Solid shampoo

Shampoo bars are the saviours of beauty products for travellers. With some lasting for as long as 80 washes, they are the perfect budget essential whilst travelling. Solid shampoo bars can also double up as soap saving you more space for those all important souvenirs.

Sarong

Whether you are exploring the sights in Europe or trekking around the temples of South East Asia, a sarong is a budget essential for all travellers. A sarong can keep you warm and looking stylish when worn as a scarf but it can also double up as a cover up for visiting some more religious areas in the world. You can even wear this versatile essential as a dress or skirt in warmer countries or simply as a beach towel.

Toothbrush guard

No matter how adventurous you are, brushing your teeth with a dirty toothbrush after a long day is never enjoyable. Packing a toothbrush guard is essential for keeping dirt away from your toothbrush. They are lightweight and cost next to nothing but making a big impact on your daily enjoyment and hygiene when travelling.

Base layer top

A base layer top is essential for travellers. From hiking in the mountains to exploring a city, a base layer is an essential item for your travel wardrobe. This staple piece is perfect for keeping you warm whilst allowing your body to breathe and stay dry. Opt for a material that is sweat wicking to avoid it beginning to smell too quickly. Opt for a plain dark or neutral colour that can be paired with anything, dressed up for the evening or down during the day.

So wherever your travels take you, make sure you remember to pack these four budget essentials with you on your next trip away.