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Wild Wednesday may be over, but the Atlantic storm that battered the UK yesterday has underlined the frailty of our personal finances. With hundreds of thousands of people now facing the consequences of 100mph winds and extensive flood damage, it becomes startlingly apparent that most of us have no Plan B to cope with major or even minor incidents; according to a 2013 Scottish Widows survey eight million people in the UK have zero savings to their name. At Savoo, we believe that everyone should have an emergency financial plan to deal with unexpected events like Wild Wednesday (or even small problems like the car breaking down!) Here we show you how.
As the proverbial belt in every household is even tighter this year than
last, the only 'holidays' in most people's vocabulary will be the dreaded 'school holidays' and with them fast approaching, parents all over the county are already wondering how they can keep the kids entertained (ie out of trouble) for the annual six weeks of parental torture. An even bigger challenge? How to do it on a tight budget.
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.
I don't know about you but this gloomy weather is seriously putting a dampener on my productivity around the house. The dirty laundry sits in the hamper for days and only gets washed because nothing passes the sniff test, I eat cookies for lunch instead of a real meal because everything else requires preparation and blog posts don't get written until the very last minute (many apologies to my dear editor!)
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?