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Irritating little charges that get on my nerves

Published on April 25, 2012, by in Saving Money.

I bet you can tell from the title that today’s post isn’t going to be a happy and cheerful one, far from it. I started a new job towards the end of this month, and found out that I don’t get paid until the end of May – meaning I have to really watch my money until then. Luckily, I have my own great advice to follow, as well as a few other saving blogs that I like to read.

When you’re watching your money carefully, a couple of pounds here and there, something that didn’t used to matter, becomes quite important. So inexplicable, unnecessary charges from companies that should know better have really started to get on my nerves.
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Saving Money on the Weekly Shop

Published on April 16, 2012, by in Saving Money.

In these difficult economic times it can seem like money has to stretch further and further every day. Many people are trying to budget and spend wisely by avoiding large purchases. However making savings on the more regular, every day spending will make much more of an impact on most families’ finances, particularly on the weekly grocery shopping.

There are many ways to save, and with a bit of forethought and planning, food shopping can be much kinder on the wallet.
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Product Review – GiffGaff Mobile

Published on March 30, 2012, by in Product Reviews.

As the week and month comes to a close, I’ve decided to write my first product review.

Today, I will be reviewing GiffGaff mobile.

When it comes to mobile phones, I see thousands of people asking the same questions on Google – Where can I get a contract phone with a bad credit rating? Or Free minutes no contract? Or others. Being one of these people a few months ago, I came across GiffGaff.

GiffGaff has been running for just over 2 years. Owned by o2, all signal is taken from the o2 network, meaning a pretty decent signal all across the country.
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A to Z Guide to a Cheaper Trip

Published on March 26, 2012, by in Saving Money.

Last year I entered a blog competition to win a holiday to Cuba. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but I thought I’d put it on here because the weather is so nice outside, it’s got me thinking about holidays.

If you’re taking a break this Summer, I bet you’ve searched for ways to save money. The problem is, there are so many different ways to save, you forget them all.

Here is your A to Z guide to a cheaper holiday. All these options may not apply to you, but a lot of them will. Remember this guide, even print it out if you have to. Follow it and you’ll be on your way to a much more affordable week or two!
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First Blog Post – Saving money in London

Published on March 23, 2012, by in Saving Money.

Hi and welcome to my blog. I’ve wanted to set up a personal finance blog for a long time, but I’ve always let other things get in the way. Seen as though it’s my first blog post, there’s probably nobody reading this now, but anywhoo – you have to start somewhere.

For the foreseeable future, I’ll be trying to help everyone who reads my blog to save money. My first post is dedicated to helping people save money in London.

I moved to London once before – and had to move away because of the fact that it’s just so damn expensive. On top of rent being more expensive, travel being more expensive and even having to pay congestion fees if you have a car – if you feel like winding down and having a little drink or two – that’s more expensive as well.

Although this is the case, there are plenty of ways to help you save a bit of cash in the capital – here are a few.

Walk to work – Obviously, you have to live within walking distance to your work or you can’t avoid the public transport costs. Also, the weather plays a bit of a part in it. But if you’re within an hours walk from work, there’s noting better than walking in on a nice morning, watching the sun coming up against the skyline.

Walking everyday is also great for your health, and helps cut the need to pay for a gym membership.

Riding bicycle to work – Still on the subject of getting to work, why not ride Boris Bikesa bicycle. Obviously limited to whether you own a bike or not, but if you can still hire a Boris Bike. Once again good for fitness and cutting gym fees, and it gets you to work much quicker than if you walked.

Shop around! – Definitely something people need to do more of. When I moved, I was offered a subsidized gym membership through work at Nuffield Gyms, for £40. This sounded good and I know Nuffield are a well known gym chain, but looking around, I found Gym Group . Not only do they have a gym closer to me, but they only charge £20 per month and are open 24 hours a day.

The same applies to food shopping. Within a 2 mile radius, there’s a Sainsburys, and Asda and a Lidl. I’m not getting into a debate about which one is cheapest, but it’s wise to check out all your options first.

Find discount cards – I worked in Covent Garden for 4 months, and only found out about the I Love Covent Garden loyalty scheme once I left. It’s for anyone who lives and works within a distance of Covent Garden and there are some excellent discounts available. Have a look around and see if there is something similar where you live or work.

Enjoy free days out – The great thing about London is that there is absolutely thousands of things to do. Lots of amazing places and sights that can keep you entertained. Although most things do cost money, there are a few things that don’t. Visiting a museum is free and can be a great day out. And if it’s sunny, you can head to places like Battersea Park and Clapham Common – sit down, bring a picnic and enjoy the sun.

Have a look here for more free days out in London

Sam Smiths Pub – If you like a drink or two (like myself) – beware of expensive pubs charging you far too much for your drinks. There’s a pub chain from Yorkshire called Sam Smiths, and they charge excellent prices on drinks. There are a few scattered around, so check the website and take a look. It’s probably wise to stay away from touristy places, as they can end up charging you a fortune. James Gretton features a map of all Sam Smiths venues here

Commute – If it costs too much to get yourself a place in London, there are areas nearby that are more affordable. Croydon for instance is much cheaper to live in and close enough for you to still enjoy the London life.

Try not to take taxis – Like many things here, taxis are extortionate. Unlike many places, London has a great night bus service, with some buses running a 24 hour service. Always make sure you’ve had a look to see if you’re route is 24 hour, and if it isn’t, share a cab with friends. Check here for London bus routes

Get a second job – Loads of people in London work second jobs. Whether they’re professionals trying to save, or working at a bar to pay for their drinks tab, a second job is definitely a great way to save more money.

So there you go, my first blog post! If you’re planning on visiting or moving to London any time soon, please beware of burning holes in your pockets. And one more thing, avoid charity muggers!

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