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Buying a Family Car

A family car is one of the biggest, most important purchases you will probably ever make, and it is destined to feel like an overwhelming decision.  The sheer choice of vehicles on the market is mindblowing to begin with, so other factors are bound to fall by the wayside.  However, it is really important to remember to check out your new car’s history, and not just its aesthetics, before you take the plunge (assuming you are buying second hand, which is the only financially sensible option, frankly). Utilising an online search tool is probably the quickest, easiest and most foolproof way of checking whether the car you have fallen in love with is really the vehicle for you, or simply too good to be true.  HPI Check, for example, find information on outstanding finance, stolen car details and number plate changes among many other features.  If any one of these checks flashes up something dodgy, it will save a hell of a lot of heartache, not to mention money, further down the line – personally, I would rather check it all out …

Simple Ways to Make Money Online

With a young family to support, finding ways to save and, more importantly, make money is always at the top of my to-do list.  Making money online is one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost a household income.  I have tried a number of things in the past; here are some that have worked for me: Setting up a blog – If you have something to say and are looking for a platform, setting up a blog could be the way to go.  Making money in this way takes time, effort, patience and tenacity; it certainly won’t become a profitable business overnight.  This means that you really need to start by being keen to write about things that interest you.  This could be parenting, travel, arts and crafts, anything really – if you are passionate about your subject, the readers, and subsequently the financial rewards, will follow in due course. Being a secret shopper – sign up to a secret shopping agency and regular opportunities to undertake assignments will drop into your inbox.  It …

Don’t Sweat the Smart Stuff

  With leaps and bounds in technology occurring faster and faster these days, I am constantly interested to discover new inventions and equally fascinated with things that are fun and useful but ultimately not exactly vital, and things that are designed to protect me and my family and friends. Smart homes seem to be the tech ‘buzzword’ at the moment with companies such as Amazon, Apple and Samsung all creating devices to make controlling your home appliances easier. With Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo, you can add items to your shopping list and check local weather all with a simple voice command. Samsung’s smart fridges allow you to view what’s inside from your smartphone and even suggest recipes based on ingredients – handy! Some swear by the functionality and think it represents how we’ll do things in the future. Others think it’s a novelty that will fall by the wayside in a couple of years. One area, however, where smart devices can enhance your life is home security. Internet-connected devices can take the hassle out of home security by …

Back to School Shopping with Love the Sales

With two weeks of the summer term left, I am almost ready for the children to go back to school in September; well, practically, anyway.  I have new school bags and book bags lined up, uniform bought and paid for, and even lunch boxes and drinks bottles in mind.  My plan is to be ready for September by the time they break up for summer so we can make the most of the time together and firmly put school out of our minds.  There is one area I leave to the last possible minute, however, and that is school shoes and trainers.  We all know how quickly children’s feet can grow, so buying shoes for September at the end of July just seems silly.  I leave it until the last week of the summer holidays to get them measured and fitted for trainers and school shoes. This year, I intend to have Jasmine measured in town and then buy her school shoes from Love the Sales.  I have my heart set on these Kickers shoes: …

The Benefits of Insulating Your Home

Many people around the world are lucky enough to have insulation installed around the home. Be it a drafty loft or thin walls, there are plenty of places that insulation can be installed to keep the heat in your home and keep the cold air out. It may be the height of summer right now, but it really won’t be long before the nights start drawing in again, and the cold air returns. Fortunately, insulation is fairly easy to install and, assuming you know where to install insulation, can be done with minimal tools and without much assistance. As long as you have the insulation rolls, some insulation adhesives and a bit of willpower, you can often get this done in under a week’s time for a medium sized loft. Why install insulation? Insulation lasts a very long time. Depending on the type of damage it might encounter, for example, a roof leak, the lifespan could be anywhere from 80 to 100 years. So why not get it done now so that you can install …