Last week we showed you how to decorate your home on a budget, and this week it's time for your garden! Whether you are working with a huge lawn, a small terrace or even a balcony, here are Savoo's top 10 tips for making your outdoor space summer ready- without spending a fortune.
I am sure you have all heard about major energy companies reducing the price of their gas this past week, offering consumers a meagre 5% reduction after increases of more than 15% at the end of last year. Whilst we must be grateful for small mercies, this small reduction is unlikely to give any major relief to cash-strapped Brits facing a barrage of incentives.
After conducting a little research for you savvy shoppers out there, I
have come up with a few ways in which you can improve your home, lower
your energy consumption and increase your bank balance. Not only
will these tips save you money but they will also help you to become
more environmentally friendly, giving everyone a helping hand.
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.
There's no getting away from the fact that electricity and gas bills are crippling British households. So far this year, energy prices have risen by a whopping 21% and, surprise surprise, more increases are in the pipeline. Currently, more than four million homes are in fuel
poverty, where more than 10% of its income is spent just to
keep warm and even more families are struggling this year, so much so, that many are planning on rationing their heating this winter and many have said they won't be using it at all. So how can we all save and stay warm?
Oddly enough, central heating wasn't commonplace in most households
until the mid 80s. Prior to that, most homes' only source of heating was
an open or electric fireplace in the living room and a portable gas
heater that was moved from room to room, depending on where most of the
family was at any one time. How many people can still remember getting
up on the coldest of winter mornings and turning on all the gas hobs on
the cooker to blast the kitchen with instant warmth?
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?
Deals, coupons and promotions are all wonderful but nothing beats free! Free cheese samples at the grocery store? I am there. No lactose intolerance is going to slow me down! Next time your friends swing by the flat with a six-pack, why not save the carrier, cover it with attractive paper and transform it into a pretty carrier to store craft supplies, tools or even eating utensils for a picnic? How about taking free paint chip samples from the hardware store and using them to spice up packaging for your bake sale goods or your Christmas presents?