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My first appearance in the National Press. Mail on Sunday Personal Finance page Sunday 7th April 2013

Savings plan: Roger and Jean Newberry with their youngest daughter Bethany, 20Roger and Jean Newberry with their youngest daughter Bethany, 20

Simple changes to buying habits can save pensioners money on their everyday bills and help them to claw back cash on luxuries.

Roger Newberry, 62, a retired primary school teacher from Dinas Powys near Cardiff, lives adequately on his workplace pension, but has three  years before he can claim the state pension.
Roger and wife Jean, 58, who have three grown-up children, try to save as much as they can on bills and everyday costs to plug this time gap.

‘I have time to spend on the computer now and I’m very careful to seek out the cheapest deals because it is important to me to save,’ he says. ‘What I don’t spend on house insurance I can put towards a holiday.’

Roger has also received cash back on travel – receiving a small chunk of money for flights to Iceland found via Quidco. In total, he has boosted his pension income by £500 from purchases made via the website.

He also uses MoneySavingExpert and various comparison websites to save money and says he is likely to have saved thousands of pounds in just  a couple of years.

Using comparison websites such as MoneySupermarket and GoCompare, to check prices and rates on anything from energy tariffs to savings accounts, in conjunction with cash back websites such as Quidco and TopCashBack, can save and earn people  a small fortune each year. Using discount codes from Vouchercodes and Vouchercloud, for example, or offers from Groupon and Wowcher also trims the expense of treats and dining out.

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Full time, husband, father and grandfather.

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