5 Ways To Save Money On Your Household Bills

Many homeowners want to enjoy more financial security, but are unsure how to amplify their savings. Yet, it really doesn’t have to be difficult. You simply need to reduce your monthly outgoings, and we are going to show you how. Find out five of the best ways to save money on your household bills.


  • Browse the Market


Unfortunately, homeowners make the big mistake of accepting the first offer they find for a product or service. However, browsing the market will allow you to make an informed decision, so you can discover the best item at the best price. So, don’t settle for the first website at the top of the search engines, and delve deeper into Google or Bing to view different competitors. You should also use a comparison website to gain an insight into the best offers on the market from the most reputable companies.


  • Compare Mobile Phones


A mobile phone contract is a big financial commitment. After all, you will be tied to the device and the contract for over a year; perhaps even longer. So, when you are shopping around, it is advisable to compare Mobile Phones so you can be sure you select the best device and provider for your needs and personal budget.


  • Unplug Devices


Did you know you could be unnecessarily pouring money down the drain every day? If you regularly leave electronic devices plugged in, you are constantly using a small amount of electricity, known as phantom power, which can result in one large energy bill. So, if you want to save money on your energy bills, unplug the items or apply power strips to devices you use rarely.


  • Cancel Memberships


It’s baffling how many people hold onto memberships they never use. Stop telling yourself that you will return to the gym or local country club, and cancel the membership. You’re throwing money away if you’re using the memberships less than once per month. It’s surprising how much money you can save over the course of the year, and the extra cash can be used towards a home renovation, holiday or a new wardrobe.


  • Skip Expensive Restaurants and Takeaways


After a busy day at work, the last thing many homeowners want to do is start cooking. As a result, they are more likely to book a table at a restaurant or order a takeaway. However, not only is this bad for your waistline, but it will also cost a considerable amount of money each time. Boost your savings by preparing and freezing meals, which you can simply throw into the oven after a busy day at work. This will allow you to enjoy an affordable, delicious dish that all the family will love.

As you can see, there are many ways you can save money each month. With a little forward thinking and thorough research, you could notice a big distance to your bank balance in no time at all.


What Would You Change About Your Property?

We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful little village with plenty of green space and a friendly community. We are also lucky to live on a private estate in the village where our neighbours are all very lovely and there is plenty of space for our children to play. Our house is a decent size compared to the cottage we used to live in but there are still a few things I would change.

Unfortunately we privately rent this property and since Olivia is growing up so quickly, are going to be looking for a new property soon. Whilst we wouldn’t mind Olivia and Jack sharing a bedroom, Jack’s room is actually too small to fit another bed in so we either need to look for a two bed with larger bedrooms or a three bed property.

However we were told when originally renting this property that they would be considering selling it in a few years time. Those few years have now gone past so if they were to consider selling, we would definitely consider purchasing it and doing it up ourselves – perhaps extending out so the kids could share a bedroom or making our kitchen and dining room open plan.

Something we would definitely consider is bringing more light into our home. We don’t seem to get much light on one side of our house and on the other, we have drab curtains that came with the house that even if open seem to soak up some of the light. We are lucky enough to live in a property with a flat roof so a roof window from Roof Windows would be a great addition to our house and bring plenty of light in. Our bedroom is large enough that a roof window would be perfect for letting some light in without impacting on our space.

I’d also consider sorting out our garden. We have quite a tiny garden and there’s nothing we can do about that – it’s always going to remain that small – but it is also very uneven. I’d level it out and either make it 100% grass or I’d completely pave it over. I’m still not sure which I’d choose but we’d have to do one or the other – at the moment, we are reluctant to let the kids out there.

There’s so many little things I would love to change around the house too – but doesn’t everyone want to do so to their property? What things would you change?

Our Autumn Room Makeover With TJ Hughes

We were sent a selection of items from the TJ Hughes Home Accessories range to create this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Now that it has turned rather autumnal, I’ve been planning to get our house looking a little more autumnal itself. When TJ Hughes got in contact asking if I would like to choose some items up to the value of £40 to create my post, I knew that I had to say yes and set about giving my living room a little makeover. However a little someone had other ideas…read on to find out why.

First of all I knew I needed to make our sofa a little more colourful. It is a black leather corner sofa and whilst we love it, it looked a little bare. Steve isn’t one for cushions but Jack and I love them and we opted for this gold sequin cushion to give our sofa a little bit of sparkle.

With our living room looking a little bit more sparkly, we wanted to give it a little more glitter so chose this sparkling styler rug in purple. We did have this by one end of our sofa and it looked great but someone (a certain little boy named Jack) loved the rug so much he has pinched it for his bedroom so I think I am going to have to grab another one for our living room as he doesn’t seem to be giving this one up anytime soon!

Lastly you need two things to make a room really autumnal. A table lamp (like this Hebden table lamp in black) which has been perfect for lighting up the evenings when they get dark so quickly and of course a scented candle. Is it really Autumn if you don’t have a variety of scented candles on the go?

We chose this Sparkling Sugar Yankee Candle and it smells absolutely delicious – the scent really fills the room and we have been lighting it every single evening as we love the scent so much.

The home accessories range from TJ Hughes is vast so you have plenty to choose from but I hope I have shown you that you don’t need too many items to give rooms in your house a refresh and that they can be quite versatile from room to room. I’m already going to be heading back for another purple rug as Jack has decided he loves it and I may need to give a matching black Hebden lamp for the bedroom too as it is the perfect size and shape for my bedside table.

With just a handful of items you can make a room look really different. What changes have you made to make your home look a little more autumnal?

My Dream Winter Home

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How many times have you daydreamed about being holed up in a lodge somewhere cold during the winter months with a roaring fire, snuggled up under a blanket and reading a book? I know I have – it’s my idea of bliss. Steve and I have often discussed moving somewhere such as North Canada which is quite cold but if I wanted a proper winter home, I think I would love to live in the French Alps. Sure, there’s some other fantastic wintery places I could go to such as Switzerland or Greenland but something about the French Alps just screams fun and luxury to me.

Think about it. You’re holed up in a lodge at night with your whole family, a roaring fire, bowls of hot steaming soup, covered in a warm fluffy blanket and just spending time together? During the day, you can ski and snowboard to your hearts content. What could be better? If you are looking for a perfect winter home, doesn’t this sound like it?

Imagine going to sleep in some comfy bedding from Julian Charles, curling up on the sofa together under a soft fluffy throw or sitting at the table scoffing down bowls of warm vegetable soup. I am trying to make the most of my time with my children hence why I work from home – it means I can still have time to do things like take Jack to school and pick him up or take Olivia to groups. The reason I would love to have our very own winter home is for much the same reasons – spending time with my family. Children grow up so quickly and a winter home in the French Alps would be a great experience for all of us and a great way to spend time together.

Of course this is all just a pipe dream right now but it is definitely something to work towards. We all have those hopes and dreams of where we want to live, whether that be as a permanent home or a holiday home. As long as I had a warm fire, lots of filling food, some cosy bedding, blankets and throws and some scented candles around the place, anywhere could be home to me – as long as I also had my family. Maybe one day I will have my very own winter lodge in the French Alps to go and hole myself up in with a good book – I can keep on hoping, can’t I?

Where would you have your winter home if you could?

Britmums #EcoverLaundry Challenge

Up until January, our laundry routine was quite simple. But then Olivia was a whirlwind that appeared in our lives, making our laundry pile even higher than before and making sure we searched for the right product for all of our skin.

With Jack recently starting football training and golf lessons, it feels like my washing machine is always on so its important I find the right product to suit us all. Our typical laundry routine is throwing in whatever is dirty, splitting colours and whites. We use certain products normally but when sent some Ecover Non-Bio Concentrated Laundry Detergent, we thought we would give it a go on even the toughest washing pile.

Claiming to be something that works on everything from delicate clothing to a baby’s first baby gro, we were intrigued to see whether our full size (875ml) detergent could hit expectations. I hate my usual routine so was quite happy to give something else a try. My laundry load consists of pretty much everything – school clothes, baby clothes, Jack’s sports kits, Steve’s golf stuff, my stuff. I never really know what is in which load and it can get quite stressful trying to sort it out.

When I look for a detergent, I want something that will be suitable for the skin of the whole family – babies skin can be quite sensitive so I don’t want anything that will irritate it. Steve and Jack also have quite sensitive skin too so its something of the utmost important to us. There’s just something so great about freshly washed items – just slipping into bed when you’ve put on clean bedding is an absolute dream!

Around since 1979, Ecover’s new Non-Bio formula is now said to be even tougher on stains, but just as kind on sensitive skin and is now Mumsnet rated* with 89% of Mumsnet raters saying they would recommend to a friend. I put it to the test on a variety of the kids items – baby clothes with food stains, football kit with flecks of mud, school uniform that was looking a little worse for wear. Not only does the new formula smell great – just as you would expect a laundry detergent to smell – but my stains came out well and there was no rewashing or bleaching of items needed- there wasn’t even the need for an extra stain removal product as I have found to sometimes be the case when using other detergents.

My child is super sporty now and needs items thrown in the wash constantly. I was very impressed with how well the Ecover laundry detergent cleaned the clothes and how well it got rid of even the more stubborn stains. I’m definitely going to be using this with our laundry loads for the future – not only is it good for my kids skin but it gets rid of those stains your child always manages to get down them! Have you given it a try?

This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover.