17 Feb

From reading the article on Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert blog about paying whatever you think a massage is worth, reminded me of an experience with a tarot card reader in Tenerife! Whilst holidaying I figured I would have a sit down with a lady who would tell me about my past present and future. When I asked the cost of…

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06 Feb

Finding a car space to park your car before you hit the shops; can be one of the most annoying activities… ever! However this can be the least of your worries when it comes to parking. Some of you may think it’s the ridiculous parking charges which are a cause for concern, however I believe the problem not only dwells…

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02 Feb

After going along to an environmental march a couple of years ago I decided to become a little more eco conscious. Don’t get me wrong as I haven’t turned into Captain Planet and there is still a long way to go to try and make sense of the state of our environment. However we all can take a few steps…

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31 Jan

The government are thinking about implementing a price rise in alcohol to try and help our nation’s problem with binge drinkers. The much talked about ‘price fixing’ can see alcohol being doubled in unit price which will then increase the total cost. Is this controversial subject just another pointless scheme which will annoy the general public rather than combat irresponsible…

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20 Jan

Or die trying! We all have those days when we wish life was so much easier and worries were expunged from our minds. Money has been coined as being the root of all evil and how it doesn’t make you happy. All lies! I think that I would be fabulously happy if I had an endless supply of cash! Paying…

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17 Jan

On 4th January 2011 the UK government felt the need to raise VAT by 2.5% from the age old 17.5% to 20%. The only benefit I can see for this radical move is that it makes it easier for school kids to work out VAT in Maths exams! 17.5% was always a tricky figure to calculate whereas a fuller more…

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27 Dec

As we see in the New Year, most of us make resolutions (of which we have no intention in keeping… but 10 out of 10 for effort people!) and one of the main resolutions is related to fitness. Gym membership can prove to be costly, especially when your commitment skills are not so great and a substantial amount of cash…

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20 Dec

It’s that time of year of over indulgence and eating masses of food and drinking our weight in beer and wine. It’s just how us Brits ‘get down’ when the festive period hits. It’s only when you review the Christmas party photos on your friend’s Facebook page that you feel the need to throw yourself under a bus as you…

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17 Dec

Tis the season to be jolly… but tis the season to also be financially ruined! There is no getting away from the fact that Christmas can inflict massive amounts of pain on our ever struggling bank balances. What with buying the whole of Tescos for a fat turkey, silly party food and fabulous inanimate objects like crackers. However the real…

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05 Dec

Northumberland County Council recently paid over £ 1/2 million to a group of consultants who are supposed to be assisting them in cutting costs to save money. The move is clearly a controversial one. If the consultants are truly able to save a lot of money in the long run then it might be worth it. However, when the government…

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02 Dec

Money can definitely be a problem for couples. We all know that. But did you know that even the choice to be frugal can be a big issue for couples? In fact, some of the biggest questions that people have about frugality are questions that come up in relationships. Three top questions that arise when frugality and romance collide are:…

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30 Nov

FavStocks.com recently wrote an article called 6 Tips to Negotiate Better and Saving Money. The simple negotiation tips in this article were worth reiterating. Many of us have poor price negotiation skills and end up compromising our frugal goals because of it. The six tips to get you started with better negotiation are: 1. Identify your ideal price. The goal…

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30 Nov

Going vegetarian can save you a lot of money on your grocery shopping if you choose in-season local vegetables. However, there are a lot of people who don’t want to eat vegetarian food all of the time. And there are people who have favorite dishes that include meat as a main ingredient. So how do you keep your meal costs…

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30 Nov

Backpackers are the manual car drivers of international travel. Their gears may get stuck on occasion and their vehicles may be difficult to manoeuvre (comparative, say, to an automated traveller wheeling their luggage to a five-star hotel). And yet, the thrill gained from maximising your budget travel adventure makes all that initial trepidation and recurring uncertainty absolutely worth the effort….

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28 Nov

It is easy to spend a lot of money on kitchen gadgets. However, there is absolutely no need to waste money in the kitchen. Here are five tips to follow if you want to have a great functional kitchen that doesn’t cost a lot of money. 1. Buy multi-purpose items. It is very tempting to buy lots of little gadgets…

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