Archive for the 'Living Expenses' Category

How to save money on living expenses such as food, gas, electricity, broadband, insurance, mobiles phones and transport by doing research & shopping around for the lowest prices

The Importance of Knowing Your Rights As a Consumer

I recently bought three new tyres for my car. It was really annoying as all four tyres were quite evenly worn and I thought I’d get at least another year out of them. However the discovery of a screw embedded in the side of a rear tyre put paid to my plans. I was advised that […]

BT Increase Prices Again

I received an email from BT to say that the price for our broadband was increasing by £2.50 a month from the following month. BT last increased their prices in November 2017, only ten months ago. At that time, I phoned BT to say that I wasn’t happy with the price increase. If signed up […]

Saving Money on Mobile Phone Contracts

A consumer’s mobile phone contract is now a considerable part of their monthly spend. The national average salary is £539 per week, £2,335.66 per month making the annual average wage £28,027.99. The average monthly mobile phone bill in the UK is £45.60 per month. That’s a whopping £547.70 UK consumers spend on average on their […]

There’s No Winning With Car Insurance

I recently had a close encounter with a wall when parking the car in the lane at the back of our son’s flat in Glasgow. It was so stupid. I knew that it was tight to park there. I thought I was being careful, but as I turned in the back passenger door of the […]

Can You Be Bothered to Shop at Different Supermarkets?

I am beginning to question our habit of visiting several different supermarkets. At present, I’d say that we do around 50% of our food and household items shopping at Tesco. The rest of the monthly spend is split between Aldi, Lidl, Farmfoods, Home Bargains and B&M Bargains. The problem is that visiting various shops takes […]

I’m Tescoffed Again By Missing Out On £6 Off a £40 Tesco Shop

When I was driving home on a Monday afternoon after a Sunday night stay at Perth Central Travelodge, I reluctantly decided to a detour to do a big shop at Tesco in Stirling. I knew that we were getting low on basics such as milk, bread, fruit and veg. I didn’t fancy having to take […]

Three Pieces of Equipment for Your Home Garage That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

The cost of running, maintaining and repairing vehicles these days can be really expensive. However, one way to reduce the cost is to do some of the work yourself. If you have a home garage, did you know you can save a lot of money in the long term by investing in various pieces of […]

Check If Your Premium Bank Account Offers Breakdown Cover When Buying Car Insurance

We’ve held M&S Premier Motor Insurance for a few years during the last decade. It offered a good level of cover including a zero voluntary excess, RAC European breakdown cover and a courtesy car, at a competitive price. The M&S car insurance wasn’t quite so good once they dropped the Keycare cover. But I did still […]

Review of Ricoh SP213w Mono Laser Printer

It seems that any printer which I have ever owned has been problematic. The old Samsung black and white laser printer was getting so bad, i.e. streaks on any printed sheet, that I had to take action. Initially I wondered if I really needed a printer, as I didn’t think that I printed that often. […]

How to Handle Money When Someone Has Dementia

Dementia can originate due to multiple factors such as age, Alzheimer’s, vitamin deficiencies, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, side effects of prescription drugs, an overactive thyroid, depression etc. Whatever the cause or origin might be, it’s not really a disease but rather a symptom that something is affecting one’s ability to function normally in daily life. […]