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

Revenue Scotland Charge You More Than Five Times the Rate of Interest Which They Pay You

As we bought our flat in Stirling, Scotland before we had sold our house in Berwick upon Tweed in England, we had to pay the 3% additional Stamp Duty (called Additional Dwelling Supplement in Scotland) to Revenue Scotland on the day which we purchased the flat in Stirling. Our intention was to sell the house […]

How Electric Vehicles Are More Affordable Than Many Believe

It is becoming more common to see electric vehicles on UK roads as more and more motorists are making the switch. This has been accelerated by the Government’s clean air plans, which include a proposed ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2040. It appears that the public is switching sooner rather than later, with […]

The Stress of Paying For Christmas On People Aged 55+

Research by Damart has highlighted the increasing stress of affording Christmas gifts to many residents of the UK and the Republic of Ireland in the 55+ age bracket. More than half the people (54%) taking part in survey said that they were worried about affording Christmas presents. An even higher proportion (64%) were finding that […]

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 […]