I am a massive fan of the sharing economy. I love JustPark and AirBnB for instance.
We could all do with that bit of extra cash in our pocket. Whether you’re saving for a holiday, attire for all those summer weddings you’ve been invited to, or simply looking for a bit of extra cash to put aside for a rainy day, you’ll be pleased to know there are simple ways to make extra money off things you already own.
The sharing economy is a great way to earn money by ‘sharing’ things you already own. You can rent out your spare room, hire out your car to others or even rent out your bike. Graeme Risby, CEO and founder of HiyaCar explains how rather than watching your car slowly reduce in value or mount up …
With a whole host of fantastic eateries in the UK providing an abundance of delicious cuisines right on our doorstep, is it any wonder that the average Brit now eats out twice a week¹?
Matt Turner, Founder and CEO of tastecard, the UK’s largest dining club, shares his top tips on the best ways to save money when eating out:
Do your research when it comes to discount cards
If you’re feeling extra thrifty, do your research and find out about nifty dining discount cards such as a tastecard, which eases the strain on your wallet and makes regular dining out affordable.
A tastecard offers members 50% off or 2 for 1 off the total food bill, meaning it should most definitely take pride of place in your purse or wallet.
New restaurant openings …
We installed our solar panels back at the end of 2015, but even though the Feed In Tariff has reduced, having panels can save you money long term, so I asked solar lighting specialist, The Solar Centre, to discuss how harnessing solar power throughout your home could mean huge long-term savings.
Whilst there are many ways that you can save money on day-to-day bills, consumers are, understandably, always on the lookout for long-term ways to make substantial savings. One way of doing this, while also being more environmentally responsible, is through solar power.
How does it work?
Solar panels work by capturing energy from the sun using photovoltaic cells. The cells convert sunlight into electricity, which can be used for home appliances and lighting, thus substantially reducing household bills. Once you have paid the …
While I love saving money, I absolutely hate searching for voucher codes.
We’ve all been there before. You are on the checkout page of a website, just about to enter in your card details, when you see the section that says ‘Do you have a voucher code?’.
So what do you do? If you are anything like me, you open up a new tab and then Google search for a voucher code for that site. Then, you are presented with an endless list of search results from voucher code websites all claiming to have amazing discounts.
Except, so much of the time when I try to redeem those voucher codes, they are ‘expired’ or ‘invalid’ or ‘not applicable to my basket’. It is super frustrating. I end up wasting so much time, and don’t even …
I love gardening, so was excited to hear about a fella called Peter Burkes who’s offering free gardening advice at his “virtual garden cente” www.potterandrest.co.uk. I know I have raved about Garden Compass, but you still have to pay for it, even though it’s great value for money, so this is another option.
Anyway, make over your plot on a budget with some of Peter’s tips below and then you’ll have more money to spend on other plants, products and gadgets on your wish list:
1. Always check out special offers. Garden centres are always offering deals and money off on certain plants so make sure you do your research.
2. Save money on buying canes and collect sticks and twigs now for use later as pea or bean supports.
Users at Hotdeals have spotted a nice savings hack at Argos. There’s currently a , which includes basics like towels, pillows, sheets and bathroom accessories.
On top of this, you use the code HOME25 to get an extra 25% off when you spend over £25. Fantastically, the code is currently discounting 25% off the original price, rather than the 2 for £15 price, meaning you can save around 60% off in total.
Here’s some examples you could pick up:
To get your discount, select items from the 2 for £15 on selected homewares and then use the code HOME25 for an extra 25% off, once you reach over £25.
So is the season to be skint! Don’t worry as you can splurge now and then cut back in the New Year and here’s some hints about how:
1. Recycle Christmas gifts
Keep all unwanted Christmas gifts that cannot be returned for a refund in the packaging and recycle to save you buying some gifts for people during the year. Be sure to make a note of who the gift was from to avoid giving it back to that person! Keep pretty bows, gift bags and packaging to reuse and avoid buying yourself – under the mattress is a good storage place to keep gift bags nice and flat.
2. Plans for leftover food
According to www.lovefoodhatewaste.com, in the UK we waste £12.5bn every year throwing away food. With a little planning, we could …
Online estate agents seem to be all the rage these days. On the one hand they’re a fraction of the cost of traditional, brick-and-mortar agents, whilst on the other they purport to offer almost all of the same services.
If you’re thinking about choosing an online estate agent then we hope this guide will be of use. We’ve got answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, as well as a table outlining who the most popular online estate agents are, their prices, as well as the services that they offer.
Why should you use an online estate agent?
In a nutshell… to save money! Traditional estate agents can charge anywhere from 0.75% to 3% of the total selling price of a property. This means that if you’re selling a property for £250,000, an …
My friends booked their first ever ski holiday in Austria for February half term, and where did I advise them to go for their kit – Aldi obvs – they kitted out a family of four for less than £200.
The new range boasts an array of super ski essentials from cosy midlayers to snug winter boots, with a full adult outfit costing just £59.94*. Here are some highlights:
Aldi’s Action Camcorder (£49.99) is perfect for those who are keen to capture the action on the slopes. With a 4 k video resolution built in Wi-Fi, 32GB storage and waterproof casing, thrill seeking skiers can record and upload every move and the 170 degree wide angle lens will ensure that everything is captured with high precision. 32GB card is included.
Aldi’s Men’s/Ladies’ Ski Jacket (£19.99)…
I watched last night’s show, the first in the new series, and thought I would share what I learnt:
- Switch your energy tariffs now – for a typical usage rate of £1,060 , you could switch to a fixed deal of £820. If you want longer term security, Martin mentioned the standard two year fix from isupply at £870. You can also pick a tariff no matter how much you use – Green Star unlimited usage comes in at £1050, perfect for people who are too scared to put their heating on, as they know the price is fixed no matter how long they use it.
- It’s easy to switch – five punters easily switched on the show. Paul who’d been with British Gas with 37 years, because it’s a trusted big name could save