As January draws to a close and the post-Christmas crunch has set in, we’re all on the lookout to save a few bob here and there. Ultimately, the secret is: spend less, have more money. A great way to do this is cutting back on subscriptions, one of which could be a costly TV package. Freeview, as it happens, has no monthly cost whatsoever. There’s plenty of more ways to save this new year, some of the best tips are featured below: Save as much as you spend on leisure If you’ve got a disposition for impulse purchases, think about putting the same amount of money in savings as you spend on each splurge. So if you’re paying £40 for the latest console game, put £40 in your savings. If you can’t afford double, don’t buy it. Always check for coupons and cashback When you reach the checkout, most online shops will ask if you have a coupon or promo code. A quick 5-minute search won’t take long but it could save you a lot of money. Honey – Chrome extension (Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.) Amazon Discount Finder – A quick and simple way to find the hidden discounts and offers from Amazon. Living Social – Similar to Groupon Living Social is all about helping you find deals in your city. EXTREME Couponing – Delivering daily coupons, deals and discounts. Have a Spring clean You may still have some unwanted Christmas gift you got from that relative you only see once a year… Get that stuff on eBay, Gumtree or Craigslist. Less clutter, more money. The great thing about technology is, even when something shiny and new comes out – there’s still a market for older models of technology. Check out the Gadget Show’s guide to selling old tech here. Give your purchase a little time Don’t add it straight to your basket and check out (unless it’s something that’s going to sell out quickly). If you can hold off, give it a few days or a week and see if you can get a better deal. Usually, websites will discount items a few weeks after offering it online. Trade in unwanted gift cards for cash, or purchase some for a sly discount Zeek is a marketplace to buy and sell gift cards. So if you’re holding a £50 iTunes gift card in one hand and a new Android phone in the other, think about trading those in for 40-odd pounds and buying some Google Play credit instead. Eat Smarter Abide by the Golden Rule: don’t shop when you’re hungry. Browsing the aisles on an empty stomach can leave your cupboards bursting with unwanted snacks, and your wallet empty. Eat more vegetables. Even if you’re not ready to give up meat entirely, introducing more vegetables into your diet can do wonders for your health and your bank balance. Cook from scratch. Learning to cook properly can save you money, impress your friends and loved ones and potentially land you a slot on Masterchef. Switch bank accounts for an incentive Switching is quicker and easier than you think, and it can earn you instant cash. Most banks offer you a cash injection to switch your current account to theirs. Here you can find what banks are offering you cold hard cash, for free.