Image courtesy of Howard Lake
Image courtesy of Howard Lake

Money saving vouchers can be a great way to save money. However, not everyone uses them in the best possible way. Below are five tips on how to make the most of them.

Check expiry dates
All vouchers have expiry dates. It is wise to make sure that you note that expiry date right away so that you know when you have to use the voucher by. If it is a significant saving, you do not want to find that you cannot use it because it has expired. Make sure that you carry

Use for a big shop
If it is a percentage discount then use it on a big shop so that you make the biggest possible savings. If it is off one item, then this will not be relevant of course. It can also be good to use vouchers for a large shop

Look before big purchases
If you are spending a significant amount of money on anything, then it is wise to look around for vouchers before you buy in the same way you would look for the lowest price. If you are buying online, then you will be able to look at the websites that have discounts for online purchases. You may find that you can save quite a considerable amount of money. If you are buying on the high street, you may find that you can also find some discount vouchers online. Sometimes you can print them off. Get on the mailing list of the place that you are buying from and they may send you some.

Resist temptation
It can be tempting to buy things that you would not normally buy because you have been given a discount voucher. Try to resist doing this unless you are buying something as a cheaper replacement of something you would normally buy. If you are buying extra things, just because they are cheaper, you are actually paying out more money rather than saving money.

Be efficient
Some vouchers are not worth very much and others are worth a lot. It is good to think about whether it is worth the effort of looking for vouchers or not. If they are for a shop you regularly use, products you always buy or for significant savings for rare big spends then they are worth the effort. But searching for small savings on items that you may not necessarily always buy is likely to be a waste of time.