The MoneySuperMarket One Week Energy Challenge


The MoneySuperMarket One Week Energy Challenge is about highlighting how we take prized possessions for granted and what happens when we don’t have those items anymore. For example, energy bills could be too high, so sacrifices have to be made and it’s no longer possible to afford to use a Nutribullet or laptop anymore.

Fortunately, MoneySuperMarket enables you to find the right energy deals for you to save money and keep your beloved items. Should you want to try to save more money, MoneySuperMarket can provide the best possible break down of energy providers to help save you further money by switching.

The MoneySuperMarket team challenged us to go without an item that you use on a regular basis and although I did, briefly, consider giving up my phone, that would have been a ridiculous idea as I use it for work as well as pleasure.

As a family we rely on having two cars, one for Hubby for work and one for me which ferries the kids around, takes them to various clubs and on interesting and exciting days out. Hubby needs his car for work, so it was me who was going to give up the car for a week.

I am going to be honest, I hate not having a car! Public transport here is poor, with buses just once an hour into Poole and every half an hour into Bournemouth and none of them go anywhere near any of the clubs the kids got to. However, in terms of savings, children under 7 are free and it cost me just £3.30 for return travel into Poole or Bournemouth town centre and the kids love the adventure.

As someone who thinks nothing of leaping into my car and heading off into the countryside for a day out, relying on public transport leaves us much more limited for options, however, getting to the beach for some fun was no problem at all and the kids adored burying their favourite toys in the sand.

Bournemouth Beach

As long as I checked the timetable, bus travel really wasn’t that bad. There are times to avoid – 9.30am is the time when pensioners get free bus travel and the bus is rammed within two stops, but Sebby especially enjoyed it. I found shopping a struggle as all the extra walking made Sebby tired and twice I had to carry him, snoring on my shoulder, and our shopping home from the bus stop.

It was the amount of money we saved that shocked me. The average cost of my car per week:

  • One tank of diesel = £50
  • Parking = £10.50
  • Insurance = £13.46
  • Tax = £2.40

Total: £76.36

The cost of using a bus every day for a week is just £23.10 although I did have to rely on lifts from friends to get us to swimming lessons, cubs and rainbows. If I hadn’t had those lifts we would have had to use a taxi which would have taken us back up to what using the car would have cost.

Would I give up my car for good – No!

I like the freedom of being able to jump in it and take the family out and I am not sure Hubby was impressed that he had to take us to the supermarket for our main shop on his day off, however, it has inspired me to explore more what’s on our doorstep as a day out and walk a bit further to get to places we want to get to eg. use the free parking just outside of town and walk in.

Would could you not live without for a week?

This post is in collaboration with MoneySuperMarket, but all thoughts are my own.

14 thoughts on “The MoneySuperMarket One Week Energy Challenge

  1. Convenience does cost unfortunately. I wouldn’t give up my car either and we have quite public transport. It’s not a cheap answer though

  2. There was a time when I didn’t have a car, so walking/public transport was the only option. Might sill cope without it. Just about!
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  3. Fi Ni Neachtain says:

    Well done you for taking up the challenge. I’ve never brought my son on public transport but I don’t have to drive very much either. Like you I like the freedom of just hoping in the car.

  4. Wow that is quite a saving.

    We don’t have a car and just hire when we need one. I am sure that if we did have one we would use it more out of habit.
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  5. I hate bus travel and even though we have great public transport where we live I avoid it when I can having two toddlers. xx
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  6. Grant R says:

    What couldn’t I live without? I’d struggle without my phone / laptop. Or the internet. Apart from that, I’m pretty low maintenance 😀
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  7. Rachel says:

    I dont drive so the simple answer for me is yes, but I can see from your post that ease of use is a big winner with having the children x
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  8. I bet it would be difficult to go without a car! Public transport can be a nightmare but it can be expensive too!
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  9. I have to rely on my feet and taxis unfortunately since the idea of driving in UK scares me. I’m happy though because as it seems I’m saving quite a lot by not having a car!
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  10. joanna says:

    I have to rely on lifts or public transport regularly as both me and the hubby don’t drive. I must admit it can be tricky as a lot of places near us don’t have a public transport route.

  11. I can leave without my iPhone. I am addicted I know.

  12. Anosa says:

    It is very impressed what you saved but a shame it would cost the shame without the lifts you got
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  13. Keely says:

    I’m not sure I could do without my car! Getting to work would be 40 minutes less in bed and double my current train ticket cost.

  14. Danielle says:

    I’m the exact same with buses and it’s hard with kids, Shocked to see the difference in cost though you wouldn’t think that fab blog post xxx

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