Saving Money as Pandemic Restrictions Lift
A "Top Tips" guide by Furness Building Society
As we begin to wave goodbye to our former lockdown lives...
..defined by a tracksuit, spending 9 to 5 at the kitchen counter and doing Joe Wicks in our living room - many of us will see our debit cards take a hit after months of having very little to spend our money on.
For the duration of lockdown, day-to-day spending has been paused and costs arising from the usual commute to work, and even that regular haircut, has been collecting in our pockets. So it’s perhaps no surprise that with freedom now upon us, Brits are set to “splurge £38 billion of lockdown savings this summer” in a bid to make up for lost time.
It’s been a very turbulent year for most of us. Few have endured the past 12+ months without experiencing some form of professional or personal challenge. So while restrictions are easing and spending is once again back on the cards, many are looking at their finances from a different perspective.
Whether you’ve been fortunate enough to save some cash in lockdown and want to preserve your rainy day funds or if you’re starting from scratch, here are our top tips for keeping hold of the purse strings as pandemic restrictions ease here in the UK.
Watch out for cookies that cost you cash!
Not the ones you eat but the ones that track your movements online!
Most internet users are familiar with cookies and have become used to them popping up when we visit different websites. By accepting them, they allow different brands to track your movements on their website and give you a more personalised experience. Sounds great right? Well in most cases, yes.
However, many online shoppers may find that by shopping in ‘incognito mode’, brands are less likely to increase their prices because they can’t tell when this is a third or fourth visit to the website. So the cost of that flight to Malta is more likely to stay the same each time!