I have an iPhone and quite a few apps running on it, but I’m always looking out for more and thought I’d do a round up of some cool money saving and bargain hunting apps. idealo idealo is a a price comparison app, offering you on-the-go price information by comparing more than three million products – everything from pushchairs to smartphones to running shoes – and hundreds of online shops. It’s got some handy features:Read more
- Barcode scanner – swipe the barcodes of items they seen out and about and immediately compare online prices.
- Pricewatcher feature which enables shoppers to enter their target price for a particular item, and receive an email notification when the product reaches the desired price.
- Favourites list to easily share popular items with friends and family.
I stumbled upon the Betel charity after walking past one of its furniture shops. They have some lovely furniture, so today I popped in for a good browse, and also had some tea and pumpkin and ginger cake in their cafe.
One of the guys there, who had been helped by the charity, explained that the shop gets its stock from India, The Netherlands and France and they buy container loads, so can keep the prices low.
They also restore furniture and had lots of shabby chic products. The friendly guy explained that they have their own workshops so that’s why certain products were low cost. Finally, they get overstocks from department stores and when I popped in, they had stock from Debenhams.
A bit about the charity that the sales support, so that you …
Just heard from Anthony at ParkatmyHouse about a new service called ChargeatmyHouse. ParkatmyHouse (the company that manages the rental of my drive and provided me with a free electric car charging point) has formed a new partnership with the UK Government and as a result of this partnership, they have over 100 electric vehicle charging points to give away for free (worth £1,500 each).
But I don’t have an electric car. Why would I want a charge point?
1. It’s worth over £1,500 and can add value to your home (installation is also completely free).
2. There are over 20 new “plug in” models being launched over the next 12 months from manufacturers such as BMW, Renault, VW, Toyota, Volvo, Ford and Mercedes. Charge more to electric car owners to park and charge on …
When I lived in London, I had a drive and no car. The drive was used when friends popped round as there was restricted parking on the road.
We were right next to the tube. We have since moved and live in a busy town centre – about five minutes walk from the shops. The parking prices in both places are extortionate. Anyway, my nephew rents out his garage in London and makes a pretty packet every month, so I thought I’d investigate renting out my drive.
Lo and behold, there are companies that can help you make money from your parking spaces and manage the rental of your free parking spaces, so if you have an empty drive, allotted parking space or garage at your home or business, you can make money out of …
Now as well as a bargain, I love convenience, so when I found the HOME2HOME service on Facebook, I thought I’d give it a try.
Basically, it’s a closed group that provides “quality professional cleaning and toiletry products in wholesale sizes at household prices delivered free to your door.”
I am based in the Midlands, and I think that this group (currently with 2,400 members) may only deliver to the wider Midlands region, but there must be others like it around the country.
Anyway, you have to ask to join the group and once accepted, you will get their offers in your feed of cheap cleaning supplies and toiletries, and they will also send you a price list of items they have available at the time. These items range from shampoo, washing powder to stain …
Do you like my logo? Well I used Fiverr for cheap logo design. For some initial concepts I paid $5 and for the worked up design $35. Well what do you expect? I hunt for bargains after all.
My logo designer is in Japan, but I have worked with people in the Philippines and the US.
My route to Fiverr came via Freelancer.com. Many moons ago, it was called Getafreelancer. I was setting up my business, but needed help at a low cost. I used GetAfreelancer to find admin support help and some design help, but on the whole, the admin people didn’t know what they were doing and the design work was pretty terrible, so I turned to UK designers. Unfortunately, they were often too expensive…..that’s when I found Fiverr.
Basically, I post up …
I need to make business phone calls on a daily basis.
Originally I used to use a capped rate of around £7 per month from my home phone provider. Unfortunately, this wasn’t that professional, so I switched to an 0844 number, but my business contacts resented paying the high per minute rates, and I don’t blame them.
I wanted a switchboard, ability to transfer calls to other offices, voicemail and all the standard business call features, so I turned to VoIP (voice over IP) from Birchills Telecom.
Basically a hardware switchboard costs too much for my small business, so internet telephony seemed like the right route to take.
Although, you can make calls through your computer, I prefer having a handset. I ordered a new business phone number and got access to cheap calls, …
So I travel by train a lot especially to London. The fares have rocketed over the last few years, with a return going up £17. This increase really irks me.
I’ve found a number of ways to cut the cost of rail travel and keep journey costs down:
- Book your ticket in advance – advance can mean as late as 11.59 pm the day before travel. Advance tickets are not as flexible, and if you miss the train you could end up paying for a single fare home but if you know meeting times, this is a great option. Seats become available twelve weeks before travel for the cheapest fares….which is useful if you are doing regular journeys.
- Buy two singles – sometimes it can be cheaper than a return, since you may travel one