There are so many ways you can save money on what you eat, buy and even how you spend your leisure time. The good news is many of these things improve the environment and our local economy too.
Buying locally isn’t necessarily more expensive, especially when you consider how much is spent on transporting you or the things you buy. You are also helping to boost the local economy.
Crawley’s Neighbourhood Parades are full of interesting local shops and businesses and with our programme of investment work across the town they’re getting better all the time.
Every Friday and Saturday there’s a traditional market in Crawley High Street, with continental and craft markets throughout the year.
There are plots on 19 allotment sites across Crawley, where you can grow your own fruit, vegetables or even flowers and save money at the supermarket. To find out how to apply, visit the Allotments pages. Not ready for an allotment? You’ll be surprised how little space you need to grow food – even a window box will do!
Did you know a third of the food we buy is thrown away? Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website and find out how you could save up to £50 a month.
Recycling is not just about what you put in your RedTop bin – although that’s a good place to start! It can also be a great way to save money.
Composting is a form of recycling - a good way to turn green waste into something useful for your garden or allotment and it’s easy to get started. There are special offers on compost bins from West Sussex County Council .
When it comes to shopping, book sales, car boots and charity shops help you get rid if things you don’t need and pick up some bargains as well. Websites like ebay and Freecycle are quick and easy to use and if you’re buying second-hand you’ll also save on resources and energy because nothing new is being manufactured.
Have a look in our Community Directory where you’ll find hundreds of events in and around Crawley, many of them are free!
Our Play Service often organise free or cheap activities for children during term-time and in the school holidays and entry to our Adventure Playgrounds is free during term time weekdays.
Our parks and open spaces are free to enjoy all year round. As well as Tilgate and Goffs park, there are many smaller parks, playing fields and nature conservation areas all over Crawley – why not try a visit to one you’ve never been to before?
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