Archive for July, 2009

Picnics: The Inexpensive Way To Eat Out

Posted in General, Money Saving on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 10:21 by Martyn Shaw.

Even the most dedicated of budget conscious individuals needs an outing once in a while. However, many households simply cannot afford to dine out often, or even at some of the more expensive eateries that they once managed with ease. Fortunately, there is one low cost way to get out of the house for a meal, without resorting to fast food or creating a financial issue – the common picnic.

How To Save Money On Your Next Shopping Expedition

Posted in General, Money Saving on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 10:18 by Jessica Haynes.

Today, thrifty household managers know that every amount saved on purchases means a little more financial security. With this in mind, there are three key strategies that can help you save money the next time you go shopping.

Dealing With The Rising Cost of Car Insurance

Posted in General, Insurance, Money Saving on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 10:14 by Martyn Shaw.


According to the AA British Insurance Premium Index, car insurance premiums are on the increase. The upward adjustment of premiums is attributed to a number of different causes, including fraud, an upswing in personal injury claims, and theft of automobiles and accessories. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can offset the increase and keep your car insurance costs within reason.

Shared Ownership An Excellent Option for Home Buying

Posted in General, Mortgages & Property on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 09:29 by Jessica Haynes.

While you may think that you are not in a position to purchase a new home right now, shared ownership may be an option for you. Attracting a lot of attention from buyers who can’t manage a traditional mortgage arrangement, this approach can often place you in the home of your dreams, with an eye to eventually owning the home outright.

Is Your Fixed Energy Deal About To End?

Posted in General, Money Saving, Utilities on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 09:24 by Martyn Shaw.


If you are among the many people who went to a fixed energy deal last year to keep your utility costs within budget, there is a good chance that the deal is about to expire. This means you should take action to day to prevent a default back to a standard arrangement that would see your monthly utility bills increase significantly.

How To Get The Most From Your Credit Cards

Posted in Credit Crunch, Debt, General on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 09:18 by Jessica Haynes.

Many people use credit cards as a way to get what they need now, and pay for the items a little later. When the cards are managed responsibly, they are a wonderful financial tool. Unfortunately, many consumers fail to use a few simple strategies that will help them get the most out of their credit cards while still enjoying the purchasing privileges the cards afford them.

Smart Shopping Helps You Benefit From Retail Competition

Posted in General, Money Saving on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 10:15 by Martyn Shaw.

While retail figures in general are better than they’ve been in several months, a report from the CBI notes that many retailers are still below the sales generated for the same period last year. This is in spite of the gains by larger retailers like Tesco and others.

Holiday Idea – Enjoy The Beauty of UK National Parks

Posted in General, Money Saving on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 10:12 by Jessica Haynes.


As consumers look for pleasant but relatively inexpensive ways to spend their holidays, many over look the potential found in touring the beautiful parks found across the country. Part of the reason for this is that many people are unaware of how many activities are provided in the nation’s parks.

Has The Time Come To Sell Your Home?

Posted in General, Mortgages & Property on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 10:07 by Martyn Shaw.

According to the Land Registry index, house prices actually rose during the month of June 2009. While the increase was a modest one, it was the first time in eighteen months that the market had not shown a decline or broken even. This news has some homeowners wondering it is time to put their properties back on the market.

Support Your Local Pub

Posted in General, Money Saving on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 09:41 by Jessica Haynes.


According to market research analyst Nielson, the sale of beer in pubs is continuing to decrease while sales related to supermarket purchases of beer and wine are growing. This trend indicates that many people are seeking to cut expenses by drinking at home rather then going out for a pint from time to time.