Now that it looks like my husband will be around for the long haul and won't be needing to do any more business travel, I really have to up my dinner game. While he was away, I was on a steady diet of dry cereal, large salads, diet Coke or porridge. On the occasion that I ran out of clean bowls, I ate apples or frozen waffles. My nutritionist (if I had one) would cringe at my food choices, I'm sure.
By Marc Lockley, Guardian Online Columnist and Author of "How to Pay Less For More"
It took a while but we got there, winter chill is kicking in and the heating systems are beginning to ignite but soaring costs have meant around 4 million homes in England have been hit by fuel poverty which is measured by a homeowner spending 10% or more of their income on fuel.
Benjamin Franklin once said "in this world there is nothing certain but death and taxes" though I feel rising energy costs could soon be added to this quote. To thwart escalating prices over the last eighteen months I have looked at practical ways to save and my efforts have been rewarded with £180 annual saving. Considering the recent price hikes, I'm pleased with this.
For longer than many of us would care to remember, we have been a house proud nation. This has often involved going to extreme (and often expensive) lengths to create the perfect home to show off to friends and family.
However, these are undeniably tough times for most Brits financially.
Unemployment is on the rise, the cost of living is still soaring and
disposable income is hard to come by in general.
Follow these tips to make the most of your home for less;
By SavooStaffGuest Blogger
Money Saving Tips
Many of us dream of moving to our 'ideal' home, but few of
us ever take steps towards achieving this goal. What is the main reason for
Well, quite simply, most of us probably feel that we don't
have the financial means required to afford such a venture and therefore we
just settle with what we have. But is there a way around this? How can you save
money on home preparations before selling?
According to the figures from July of this year, the UK
housing market has remained flat with prices being said to have fallen rather
than increased. This provides something of a double edged sword for those looking
to sell their homes. While the cost of their new property will be lower, so
will the amount they get for their property.
Regardless of this fact, moving house could still be a
viable option for many. When considering moving house it is important to
consider both the housing market and your own personal financial situation.
We're a house proud lot in the UK; our homes are our castles and our
gardens are a refuge away from the stresses and strains of modern day life. But, with most of us looking to keep our spending to a minimum and the
majority of us looking for ways to save money anyway we can, finding the extra
money to pay for sprucing up your home can become increasingly expensive.What's the best way to DIY on a budget?
I have a confession to make. Although I immediately miss my husband as soon as he crawls out of bed at five in the morning for work, I also welcome it. I quickly sprawl out, arrange all of our four pillows to my liking and doze off into a deep slumber.
You grow up your entire life sleeping in your own bed, free to take up as much space as you'd like. And then you get hitched and it's supposed to be natural to have a big warm body next to you at night. You both battle for the coveted centre of the bed and the one pillow that is somehow more comfortable than the rest. And then you wonder why no one warned you of this when you went to marriage counselling sessions or read those pretentious online articles on how to make your marriage last.