Hi guys, as you all know I’m always trying to cut the costs on my bills. I recently came across something called Hive which is a product by British Gas. Hive allows you remotely control your heating via an app. This sounded like a brilliant idea to me so thought I would share my thoughts about it…
Last autumn energy prices began to soar and a BBC survey revealed that 63% of households had to cut energy use to meet the bills and worse still at least 25% of people had to put up with unacceptably cold living conditions. Switching to different suppliers can initially save money but eventually they all push up their prices and some of the smaller companies have hardly been heard of and have no backup services. Heating cost and reliability is very important.
Heating your home is one of the biggest expenditures we all have. We need heat and plenty of hot water, some of us needing it more than others e.g. the elderly and children, anyone who is unwell. Some of us may have cold outdoor employment and the only way to get through the day sometimes may be by looking forward to coming home to relaxing in a warm environment in the evening. It is after all what we work for – food and home comforts.
When a new product such as is Hive is marketed many people instantly assume it is just another gimmick to make profit for the company but this brilliant money saving device actually does ‘what it says on the packet’. So what is Hive??
Hive is an app that allows you to control your heating remotely via an app wherever you are or whatever you’re doing. It’s a one of payment and you don’t need to switch energy suppliers. It will allow you to easily schedule your heating around your lifestyle to avoid wasting energy and heating your home when you aren’t around. You can set and change events easily to fit your needs and create a schedule that fits you and your family.
So you can get e mails on the move, order food, do all your shopping and search out the cheapest bargains as you shop down the high street just by using your mobile phone so why not save on energy costs too? Just the act of being able to do this will on its own make you think more clearly about how and where your heating is needed and when – another app which will save you money! I’m definitely tempted to give it a go, you can find out more info about the app here, so let me know your thoughts.
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Hi Guys, Happy New Year and apologies for my recent lack of updates. It has been an extremely busy last few weeks with work but I also plenty to talk to you about. Hope you are all having a good start to the year and are making a good progress with money saving strategies for 2014.
I’m personally never off my phone so I thought this might be an ideal time to discuss some of my favorite mobile apps that are helping me save money and keep track of my pennies. So in no particular order…
My Voucher Codes – This does exactly what it says on the tin – Loads of money saving offers for dining out, shopping and entertainment…and it’s completely free. I regularly end up checking mine, costs nothing and usually has some decent offers on.
Barcode Scanner App – There are so many of these barcode scanning apps available that essentially do the same thing but with a slightly different user interface I thought it would be best for you to find one that works for you. If you haven’t used one, all it basically does is allow you to scan a product in store and then looks up the price online for you. Fantastic for price comparison on electrical goods for example and once you start using it, it sort of becomes habit. Give it a go and see how much you can save.
AA Parking – If you like getting out and about and often end up driving like me this app is perfect for you. It lets you search for carparks closest to you and compare prices so you don’t get stung by extoritionate car park prices. Perfect if you are holidaying somewhere in the UK you aren’t familiar with or drving in the city centre.
I encourage everyone to give these a try and let me know how you get on.
If you have any apps which you would like to recommend please leave your comment below or contact me on email@example.com and I will add in if it’s a good en.
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Hi guys! As we all know Christmas can be an extremely expensive time of year. With presents and lots of festive food and drink to buy for the family, you need to make sure you make your purchases carefully. Here are a few money saving tips to help you have a great Xmas (on a budget)…
Sell your unwanted gifts
Now is a great time of year to sell any unwanted possessions you may have to fund gifts for your family and friends. Check out Ebay and Amazon for great second-hand marketplaces. You should get great prices this time of year. Or if you want to sell quickly, several websites will offer you a price and allow you to post your goods in.
Set a budget
Before you get overrun with the Christmas frenzy, it is advisable to set a budget for the people you need to buy for. If you have budgeted well leading up to Christmas and have a little money set aside it can make buying gifts so much easier when you need to.
More coming soon…
I have more Christmas tips coming soon but in the meantime feel free to email me your money saving advice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hi All, I was recently approached by Barclaycard and asked to take part in their new consumer survey to help reveal which shopping ‘tribe’ I belonged to. Aimed at revealing how our relationships with retailers have developed over recent years, I was keen to take up this opportunity and report my findings. You can find out more info and take the online survey yourself by clicking here.
My Shopper Tribe = SCREEN SAVER.
So, after completing a few questions my shopper tribe is revealed to be the ‘screen saver’. This means I prefer to browse the internet from the comfort of my own home rather than trekking around the high street. This is pretty much spot on for my style I thought – surfing the internet for the latest bargains and comparison shopping is the name again when you are trying to live frugally!
Some interesting shopping statistics for my group included;
“Only 2% of you shop on your high street and only 14% bother traveling to discount villages to get the best bargains.” – This is a little less than I expected on the high street as I do still venture out to clothes shops and retailers where I need to see and feel something before I purchase, but at the same time I would be much more likely to compare prices on the internet rather than venturing to discount villages.
“You’re a social bunch, with 43% Tweeting regularly” – As you all know I am an avid blogger / social media advocate and I regularly like to tweet about my purchases and savings to my followers. I think the power of social media for retailers has and the importance for brands to have that social media profile is now evident for all retailers.
“Almost a third of you would buy an item you’ve already got just to have the latest version – you just love to impress” – I am extremely guilty of this unfortunately, everything from computers to running shoes I love shopping around for the latest gadgets and gear. Although upgrading to the latest model needn’t be an expensive task when you can compare prices online and easily sell your second products online using websites like ebay and amazon.
If you would like to find out more – click here to download the full infographic.
And a big thanks to Barclaycard Freedom Rewards for running this survey!
Would you like to get involved?
Which shopper tribe are you? Let me know which shopper tribe you are in the comments section and how accurate the findings are for you and you could win £60 Amazon Vouchers!
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