Last minute ways to save money at Christmas
Dec19

Last minute ways to save money at Christmas

Christmas is just days away… Maybe you’re really organised and have had anything bought and wrapped for weeks? Or maybe you’ve still got a few last things to buy? In that case, here’s a few tips on last minute ways to save money at Christmas. Even if you haven’t  finished your shopping, by now you should have a good idea of what you’ll be spending, as well as on whom and on what. You have your budget...

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Looking forward to house projects 2019
Nov28

Looking forward to house projects 2019

Some people love decorating, others hate it. But, it is one of those jobs that has to be done. It is all too easy to let things go and to realise, too late, that your house looks old-fashioned and shoddy. Our house was definitely old-fashioned and shoddy when we moved in nearly five years ago. We’ve done some big projects since then – the kitchen and three bathrooms are all looking very nice and modern now. This year, we...

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Don’t let a burglary ruin your Christmas!
Nov21

Don’t let a burglary ruin your Christmas!

Heading off to stay with family over the Christmas period means lots of planning, packing and organising. Planning the trip, the route, what you’re going to eat, who’s sleeping where and how you’re going to hide the presents in the car from the kids who still believe in Father Christmas is no mean feat. You might think you’ve remembered everything, but did you remember to lock the door? Are all the windows secure? Have you left any...

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Give the gift of reading for kids
Oct17

Give the gift of reading for kids

I’m a big reader myself. There are few things that make me happier than to sit and read a book. And I love to see children reading too. Reading is a way to find out about the world or to escape from the world. It really is the gift that keeps on giving! My boys were bookworms growing up, but sadly my younger son stopped reading as soon as he left primary school, apart from reading The Hunger Games trilogy in year 7. My eldest...

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Holiday in the Swiss Alps?
Oct08

Holiday in the Swiss Alps?

Now that summer is over, thoughts inevitably turn to holidays next year. I don’t know about anyone else, but we certainly spend a lot of time thinking about holidays, talking about holidays and researching holidays – at least 90% of which we won’t go on. We all have different priorities. I like a short flight because I’m a nervous flier, my eldest is looking for adventure. The rest of us like a bit of...

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Help! I need a plumber
Oct04

Help! I need a plumber

If your toilet won’t flush or a pipe has sprung a leak, you’re going to need a plumber to fix it. Or maybe you’re having a nice new kitchen or bathroom fitted and need a plumber to install the washing machine or the new shower? You might have a friend who is a plumber or you might have a regular guy that you use and rely on. But what if you don’t? How can you know that the name you pluck off the internet is...

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