January’s here, and everyone is broke
The piggy bank is empty, it really is no joke
But don’t despair this winter, because the outlook’s sunny
And Freeview is here to save you pots of money!
So take these penny-pinching tips and you will clearly see
That you can save a packet just by watching the TV!
Tip One: Make Martin Lewis required viewing
The Martin Lewis Money Programme
ITV Monday 22 January at 8pm
This is the time of year when the credit card bills from Christmas thump onto the doormat. But financial guru Martin Lewis has plenty of good advice to make January less painful. In next Monday’s show he reveals how to retain the benefits of loyalty cards without having to carry them around. And he also takes a look at credit scores for anyone trying to obtain a credit card, mortgage or loan. You can also catch up with previous episodes on Freeview Play, including advice on how to save on shopping, even when there’s no sale on.
Tip Two: Save money in the kitchen
Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast
Friday 19 January at 8pm
Jamie’s Fifteen Minute Meals
Friday, Monday, Tuesday at 6pm and 6:30pm Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm and 7:30pm
Tom Kerridge: Lose Weight for Good
Wednesday 24 January at 8pm
It’s no secret that making your own meals at home will help you save a packet on eating out. And there are plenty of tasty TV food shows offering great ideas that’ll appeal to your appetite as well as your purse. Take Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, which this week offers a new take on barbecue ribs using whisky and a Worcester-ish sauce. Meanwhile, Jimmy creates a portable steamer from an old toolbox, ensuring that wherever you go you need never be without a freshly-cooked feast.
Jamie Oliver can also be found cooking up a storm every evening on the Food Network. His Fifteen Minute Meals can save both money and time, and the results are mouth-wateringly good – like lamb meatballs, chicken salad and crunchy tortilla with an avocado salad.
And if you’re looking to lose pounds as well as save them, Tom Kerridge can help. He’s on a mission to show a group of dieters that it’s possible to eat well without breaking the bank. In the next episode, Tom creates low-calorie alternatives to fast foods and ready meals, including chicken curry, burgers and even donuts.
Tip Three: Your house might be your fortune
Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It
Wednesday 24 January at 8pm
As you look around your compact and bijou abode, do you think it needs a makeover, or is now the time to sell? Well, if anyone can help you make up your mind it’s Kirstie and Phil. In the latest Love It or List It, our very accommodating presenters travel to Yorkshire to help a couple decide whether their three bedroom semi is in line for renovation, or if they should find a new home. Who knows, their ideas could set you on the path to property development, or maybe you’ll find the home of your dreams!
Tip Four: Get fit without joining a gym
Ok, so your New Year’s resolution was to get fit and lose weight. But do you really want to head out into that bleak midwinter night? And besides, joining a gym can be expensive – it could be the only pounds you lose are from your wallet. So why not get active with the help of Freeview’s music channels. With 4Music, Viva, Vintage TV and Keep It Country, you can be bopping, stretching and leaping around the lounge as if you’re working out with your own personal trainer. The styles of music can match your mood, from jazz-funk fused with electronic dance to traditional country, and the latest chart-topping hits. And if you have a sneaky chocolate in between songs, don’t worry – you’re secret’s safe with Freeview!
Tip Five: Get away from it all, from the comfort of your armchair
Miriam’s Big American Adventure
Wednesday 24 January at 9pm BBC One
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun
Thursday 25 January at 8pm
Who wouldn’t like to escape the storms and the snow and the sub-zero temperatures? Tempting as the Maldives and Mauritius might sound, they’re not exactly budget-friendly destinations. And even a city break can have a punishing effect on your bank balance. There is an alternative. Curl up on the sofa and let Freeview take you away from it all.
Miriam Margolyes is currently taking viewers on a voyage across America. But this is no traditional travelogue. On the final leg of her journey she encounters the contrasts in the southern states, meeting members of an extreme-right wing group, Texas’s first black female sheriff and an all-woman biker gang. This really has been an engaging series, so it’s worth viewing all the episodes on Freeview Play or BBC iPlayer.
If you want to experience how the other half holidays, Giles Coren and Monica Galetti offer a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the world’s most stunning hotels. At Giraffe Manor in Kenya, giraffes staff and guests co-exist in a 1930s Scottish-style hunting lodge. And in Singapore, they get a taste of the high life at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which has the longest elevated infinity pool in the world, the size of three Olympic swimming pools.
A new series of Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun follows the lives of British people trying to make a new life for themselves in Benidorm. In the first episode, we meet Paul from the West Midlands, who’s hoping his fry-ups will tempt tourists away from the tapas bars. Meanwhile, Dawn-Cherie and Tom from Scotland are in trouble – they’ve bought a caravan online, but the campsite has no record of the sale.
And remember, a great way to save money is to cut back on subscriptions, one of which could be a costly TV package. Freeview, as it happens, has no monthly cost whatsoever. So tell your friends and family, and get saving!