Give your finances a makeover

With summer finally here, it's the perfect time for a winter wardrobe clear out and a fresh new look. But it's not just your closet that could be in need of a clear out and tidy up. Your summer holiday might be taken care of, but taking a look at your finances now could make things easier later in the year.

From heating and electricity to something as simple as the phone bill, making sure you're not spending more than you need to is vital.

There are also a number of less obvious savings we can make, such as paying for purchases in one go rather than over a longer period of time, finding a new outdoor exercise regime instead of paying a hefty gym membership or looking at your TV subscription to see if you can make changes there.

Choosing a TV service based on your personal requirements is an easy way to cut costs and spring clean your finances ready for the summer. A monthly subscription for even the most basic package can cost up to £357 across the year, and you may find yourself with hundreds of channels that you just don't watch.

If you want to cut the cost without reducing the choice of entertainment available to you, Freesat is the perfect alternative. You can use your dish and with over 150 channels including BBC, ITV and soon Channel 4 in stunning HD, it's a great way to enjoy TV and save money. You can even enjoy catching up on your favourite BBC shows on the big screen through BBC iPlayer on Freesat – and it's all subscripton free!

Freesat has a box or TV to suit all budgets and TV habits, with a HD box starting at as little as £75. If you never want to miss your favourite show, then a Freesat+ box is the way to go. Freesat+ means you can record the show, rewind and fast forward during it and even pause, leaving you time to go and make a quick cuppa at your leisure.

All it takes is a one off purchase and installation cost, and that's it. No catches. You don't need to sign-up to anything or commit to a subscription. As soon as it's connected up you can start watching straight away, safe in the knowledge that you're still getting great channel choice at the fraction of the cost.

So when you spring clean those finances, take a look at just how hard your TV habits are hitting your bank balance. With Freesat you can get the best TV has to offer without it having to cost the earth. So cancel that subscription, sit back and just imagine what you can do with the money you've saved!

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