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

BT’s Partial Price Freeze

I was pretty hacked off when I received an email from BT informing me that they were increasing the monthly cost of our fibre broadband by £2.50 and the monthly price of our Anytime Calls by 50p. On this occasion, BT weren’t increasing the price of the line rental. The higher costs for broadband and calls […]

Talk Mobile’s Confusing Cancellation Procedure

When I first moved from Berwick upon Tweed to Stirling, I was reliant on mobile broadband for work. As a back-up to my Three mobile contract, I decided to buy a Talk Mobile Sim which offered 15GB of data (which could be used for tethering) for £15 a month on a 30 day contract. Once […]

Which Laptop Should I Buy?

My Samsung R519 laptop is needing to be replaced soon. Some of the keys have fallen off. I much prefer the flat keys of an integral keyboard of a laptop to the raised keys of the separate keyboard which I have connected to the Samsung by usb. Also the Samsung laptop is getting rather slow. […]

It’s Confusing to Choose a New Mobile Phone

I was really annoyed when my Sony Xperia Z Ultra  phablet started playing up. I really liked the Sony phone as it had a huge 6.6 inch screen. It was under three years old and kept switching off every few minutes. I took the advice of doing a factory reset. That was pain as I […]

TV Licensing Not User Friendly

When you are moving home, you feel like there are a million and one things to do. Prior to the completion of the sale of our home in Berwick upon Tweed in late August, we contacted various organisation to inform them of our departure date and to cancel direct debits. It was fairly straightforward to […]

How to Challenge a Parking Charge Notice

I was shocked to receive a £90 parking charge notice in the mail for overstaying the 90 minutes time limit in the B&M Bargains car park in Kerse Road Stirling. I recently moved home to Stirling. I was looking for things for the flat in B&M Bargains. I didn’t notice that there was a time […]

Talkmobile Now Operates On the Vodafone Network

Talkmobile are one of several virtual mobile phone providers in the UK. This means that they piggyback onto the network of one of the major mobile phone providers such as Three, O2, Vodafone or EE. I’ve been a Talkmobile customer since March this year. I use their £15 a month X-Large 30 Day SIM with […]

I’m Not Impressed by Waitrose

As Halifax Cashback Extras was offering 10% cashback on shopping at Waitrose, I decided to go to do some food shopping in Waitrose. I was also attracted by the free coffee on offer to customers who are members of  the myWaitrose loyalty club. Plus I wanted to have a look around the adjacent TK Maxx. […]

Beware of Sending Long Texts on TalkMobile

I set up a maximum £1 additional spend limit on my TalkMobile X-Large 30 Day SIM account. I wasn’t anticipating spending any more than the £15 a month, as the package included 2,500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 15GB of data. There wasn’t an option to set the additional spend to zero, which would have been […]

Recycling Has Become an Complicated Pain

Recycling your rubbish has become such a pain. It was so much simpler when you had one black bin which was emptied every week. Now with most bins being emptied every fortnight, or even every four weeks, if you miss a bin day e.g. you are away on holiday, your bin could be sitting umemptied […]