Money saving tips for 2012

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As the tough economic climate continues, many people are on the hunt for the best ways to make savings. Today we bring you some top money saving hints for 2012.

Switch broadband provider

These days we all rely on the Internet in order to go about our daily lives – whether it's for work or play, the web is always with us. Relying on the World Wide Web doesn't mean you should have to pay through the nose to get online. Just because you've been with your provider for a long period of time doesn't mean that they are offering you the best deal, or even the best quality service. So why not make the leap and see what the competition has to offer?

Independent comparison websites such as Uswitch provide some fantastic broadband deals and could see you saving hundreds of pounds -while still enjoying all the benefits the web has to offer  - every year

Ditch the TV package

It's an old saying but – “five hundred channels and nothing to watch” is becoming more and more appropriate in these days of digital TV. Many people are paying hand over fist for satellite / cable television packages that they don't even watch. In order to make an honest assessment of the situation – write down a list of channels you watch over a two-week basis – then find out what packages you require and call up your supplier to cut down your costs. In some cases, free alternatives such as Freeview can provide enough choice for a family, so be sure to check out all your options before making a choice.

Mobile phone provider

We use them every day, but how many of us know the true cost of our mobile phone tariff. You may find you are forking out for minutes you never use just because they gave you a good deal on a new handset. Well fear not, if you are coming to the end of your contract then you may be able to haggle a better deal just by calling your provider's retentions department. It is often best to give them a call and offer to buy out your contract, then watch them squirm as they struggle to keep your business.

Gas / Electricity

The same principles apply for your gas and electricity supplier. Companies often rely on lazy customers to boost their profits but you can beat this by keeping an eye on the competition and using comparison websites to find the best deals for your electricity and gas needs.

Discount grocery shopping

Although a taboo still surrounds it in many parts of the country you could save hundreds by shopping around and switching your supermarket. Discount outlets such as Aldi and Lidl often offer produce with the same high standards as the mainstream supermarkets, but without the hefty price tag. These chains can even give customers the chance to try new products unavailable elsewhere. So go on, treat your taste buds and your bank balance by giving them a go.