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Start planning for Christmas 2015…NOW!

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With Christmas less than a week away there is no better time to start planning for Christmas 2015. Yes you heard me correctly, if you want to be a savvy saver and organiser, starting to plan for next year now can reap huge rewards. Well, maybe you could wait a few days after 25 December but, starting as soon as… read more »

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5 apps to help you transform your home in 2015

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As 2014 draws to a close, is revamping your home one of your New Year’s resolutions? Whether it’s a total clear-out or just a bit of TLC, the days of aimlessly trawling around DIY shops, paint chart in hand are over. Here are five great apps that could help you transform your home: Shpock Free on Android and iOS This… read more »

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6 ways to save money in the kitchen

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With Christmas around the corner, along with presents, trips to see family and work parties; the cost of food and drink over the festive period can add up. Rather than just cutting back on your food spend or switching brands, there are a number of things you can do to save a bit of money in the kitchen. Change the… read more »

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Contactless payment – how safe is it?

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Do you use your credit and debit cards for contactless payments? From drinks to books, food to travel, if you’re spending less than £20, it’s an easy way to pay. Contactless payments have been around in the UK for eight years now and are being accepted by an increasing number of organisations. With around 300 contactless transactions a minute in… read more »

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5 ways to be social on a budget

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Before I had children my social life was pretty full. Actually, there wasn’t a week that went by when I didn’t go out at least two or more times. Whether it be with family or friends, I used to do a range of social activities such as going to the theatre, playing squash or attending the odd sporting event. When… read more »

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Wearable technology – geek or chic?

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave, it’s likely that you’ve heard of the term “wearable technology”. From smart watches to smart glasses, activity trackers to interactive clothing and jewellery, wearables are here and they’re here to stay. If you’re a fan of BBC’s The Apprentice you might recall their attempts at wearable technology: an awful looking jacket that charged… read more »

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5 smart phone apps to help you cut costs every day

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Since the launch of Apple's iPhone in 2007, smart phone applications have become a constant in our lives. From games like Angry Birds to social media phenomena like Snapchat and Twitter; smart phone apps have opened up a whole new world of possibilities. The saying “there’s an app for that” really does apply to pretty much everything and that includes… read more »

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10 top tips for cooking the perfect Christmas roast

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It’s the big one – the Christmas lunch. It’s a prospect to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest man or woman, and has left many a home cook weeping into the sherry. But don’t worry! This year I’ve collected together my very best tips to make sure that you come up with the goods, without losing your… read more »

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Delicious budget-friendly Christmas gifts…made easy!

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Making your own Christmas presents might sound like a lot of effort, but I’ve a couple of scrumptious ideas  that are surprisingly quick and easy. What’s more, they’ll save you money, and they’re guaranteed to impress friends and family! Present these little goodies in cellophane bags tied with a pretty ribbon for the perfect finishing touch. Peppermint Creams This is… read more »

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How to haggle like a pro – 7 ultimate tips

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As savvy consumers we all like a bargain. Whether it’s knocked down food at the supermarket, cashback on top High Street brands or a deal on your phone and broadband; as a nation of smart shoppers, the UK are up there as a population who demands value for money. That being said, when it comes to haggling on the High… read more »