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  1. 8 Ways to save money on household appliances

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    We all rely and depend on so many household appliances nowadays that allow us to get on with our daily lives with ease.  But every now and then one of them will begin to fault or unexpectedly break on us.  Hopefully we’ve all been sensible enough to save an emergency fund to cover such situations, but even so or if budget is tight, there are several ways we can save money on household appliances:

    8 Ways to save money on household appliances

     

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    Buy quality in the first instance

    OK so not great advice if an appliance has just broke, but worth considering for your new purchase.  Quality often pays, so make sure you are buying a high quality appliance in the first place that will last longer and perform well.  It’s also highly recommended to buy an appliance with a good energy rating such as A or above as this will also save you money on your household bills.

    Wait for the sales

    If it’s not totally broken yet and you can hold out a little longer, then wait for the end of season or end of line sales.  This is where you’re going to find the best bargains, particularly if lines are discontinued and new ranges are coming into the stores.

    Check for imperfections

    If you’re buying in store then check for imperfections.  We managed to negotiate a substantial discount off a washing machine once as it had a few dents and scratches from being on display in the store for so long.  If you can find a mark or scratch then don’t be afraid to ask for a discount as the goods aren’t in perfect condition. 

    Try a deal hunting community

    There are now websites such as Latest Deals where people like you and I can share the best deals we have found online.  These can be items in the sales or a voucher code.  Check out their Dyson V6 deals page where you can save over 50% on a new Dyson vacuum thanks to people sharing the bargains they have already found!

    Buy second hand

    Check out Facebook Marketplace and eBay to see if you can find a second hand item.  Often people are simply redecorating and changing a colour scheme so you can grab used kitchen appliances, for example, that work just fine.

    Use Cashback sites

    Never underestimate the power of cashback sites.  Not only can they offer cashback of a certain percentage of your order for most well-known retailers, but they often have their own exclusive discount codes too.  Sometimes you can hit a double whammy and get a discount and cashback in one swoop!

    Search voucher sites

    If the above isn’t finding what you need, then search online voucher sites to see if you can find a general code for the retailer you need.  There are also handy shopping browser extensions that can do this job for you so you don’t even have to search.  They simply tell you if there’s a voucher code for the site you are already on, saving you the hassle of searching.

    Find a B-Grade store

    Search your local area for a B-Grade appliance store.  These stores sell ex-display item, appliances with marks or returns.  They should be in perfect working order, but they’ll be a fraction of the original cost.

    With a little savvy shopping we can all find a bargain and a way to save extra money when replacing household appliances.

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    8 Ways to save money on household appliances

  2. Get 100% renewable energy with Bulb and save lots of money (over £250)

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    I only recently discovered that we could save money by switching our gas and electricity to another company when our tariff ended.  To be totally honest, I didn’t even realise we were in a yearly tariff.  When we moved into our home four years ago it was with British Gas and we just continued with them without ever questioning it.  I don’t really know why.  I guess I naively thought everyone was priced roughly the same or it would be a massive headache to switch suppliers.  I was so wrong.  In this blog post I’m going to share why we have switched to a more eco-friendly energy supplier called Bulb saving £264 per year.  Plus, I can give you £50 credit if you decide to make the switch and use my link.

    Every year we compare car, travel and home insurance to get the best deal, but I’ve never compared home energy.  If you don’t, then you should start.  I decided to start this year after realising we could save hundreds of pounds a year compared to our current prices.  I’m now going to compare energy prices regularly too as it’s so simple to switch!

    Get 100% renewable energy with Bulb and save lots of money (over £200)

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    Simpler

    I used a price comparison site first and it said we’d save the most per year with Bulb.  This was based on our current energy plan and prices are going up next year, so really we should save even more.  I then found the Bulb website, entered my postcode and how much energy we currently use per year and our current tariff, then it told me in an instant how much I could save.  We decided we were happy with the amount and went for it.  We were also totally swayed by the fact that it’s 100% renewable energy and green energy so it fits with our beliefs.

    We clicked a couple of buttons and said we wanted to switch and it was all done.  Bulb will take care of the whole thing.  They’ll even tell us when to take final meter readings and pass them onto British Gas for us.  The whole process couldn’t be simpler and sign up takes around two minutes.

    If you have exit fees, that’s if you’re still locked into a tariff with your current supplier, then no need to worry about those either.  Bulb will even pay your exit fees for you!

    Cheaper

    Bulb say they’ll save you £200 per year, but our estimate was actually a £264 yearly saving.  Plus it should be more as our tariff for next year was going to cost even more with our current supplier.

    Not only can you save £200 per year and have cheaper bills, but with my referral link you can have £50 credit added to your account. 

    Greener

    The massive bonus for us was that Bulb use 100% renewable electricity and 10% green gas energy.  This is more beneficial for the planet and helps us to do our bit.  Bulb was founded by Amit and Hayden, two friends from the traditional energy industry, who wanted to reduce environmental damage and make it affordable at the same time.  They say ‘Every year, the typical home with Bulb saves 1.3 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. That's the same as planting 655 trees.’

    I’m so glad we made the switch and I’m sure it was the right decision based on their #1energy supplier rating from happy customers on Trustpilot. 

    You can get £50 credit as well as saving around £200 per year (we’ll save £264) by joining Bulb with my referral link by clicking here

     

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  3. Save money with ShopToList - a universal online wish list with price drop alerts

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    I have something really great to share with you today that will make your online shopping lives a lot easier.  Plus, it can save you money.  I’m forever finding cool things I want to buy online, but never able to find the webpage again or burying it deep in a sea of bookmarks.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to easily organise all the items you love from different websites into one place?  ShopToList is a genius browser extension that allows you to create a universal wish list and it even notifies you when the price on your saved items has reduced. In this blog post I’m going to take a look at all the features of this very handy and brand new online shopping tool.

    ShopToList Universal Shopping Wish List Discount Notifier Browser Extension

    ShopToList is the creation of co-founders Kevin and Pierre, two computer engineers in their mid-twenties.  After failing to launch a couple of other products for different reasons, they believe (and I believe) they have learned from their mistakes and cracked it with this product launch.  Not only is this a tool that can make all of our online lives so much easier and hassle free, but it can also save us money in the process.  All with a simple add of a browser extension and one click whenever we see a product we love, need or want.

    ShopToList Universal Shopping Wish List Discount Notifier Browser Extension

    Your universal wish list

    The browser extension works on all websites.  You can save and curate lists from all sorts of ecommerce stores.  When testing myself I was able to save items from my own small independent online scarf boutique, well known High Street stores and even eBay.  It supports all ecommerce platforms so you can create a list of all the different items you like from all the different retailers in one place. 
    It’s not just for clothes shopping either; you can save any items you like.  I saved a treadmill and office desk, as well as clothing and footwear.  Save a product by simply clicking on the little icon in your browser.  The item will be added to your main product page on the ShopToList website, but you can sort your products into more organised categories such as ‘electronics’, ‘garden’, ‘clothing’, ‘Bella’s birthday’ and so on, using the Lists function.  A new feature in the pipeline is the ability to share lists.  The website is still in beta so there will be new functions added as it progresses.

    ShopToList Universal Shopping WishList Discount Notifier Browser Extension

    Price drop notifications

    If the products you save are ever reduced, you’ll receive an email letting you know they are cheaper.  Save the time and hassle of scouring all the sales yourself for that item you’re longing after.  Let ShopToList let you know instead.  Save yourself valuable time and money with no effort on your part, just a click or two.
    Price drops and sales are a part of modern day retail and it’s too time consuming for us to check every single retailer or coupon site.  Let ShopToList do the hard work for you.  One of their founders tells me a customer saved £300 on a fridge this week, thanks to their price drop notifications!

    ShopToList Universal Shopping Wish List Discount Notifier Browser Extension

    Save even more money

    There’s a third feature which is coming soon which will enable you to save even more money.  If your product is found cheaper elsewhere online, you’ll be alerted.  This, along with price drop notifications, will really ensure you are getting the products you love at the best possible prices.

    I’m really impressed with ShopToList’s current features and I look forward to the upcoming feature too.  This will make my online shopping so much more organised and hopefully save us some cash in the process.  It will be a lifesaver for birthday and Christmas shopping as I regularly browse so many different websites to get ideas for the kids for special events.  As a busy mum it will allow me to organise everything into categories and easily locate the items I have found online for future reference.  Of course, I also want the best prices for the items I am buying.  There’s nothing more annoying than making a big purchase only to find it cheaper elsewhere soon after.  With their ‘coming soon’ feature this will ensure this never happens.

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    ShopToList is absolutely free and works without ads.  They have no plans whatsoever to add any ads in the future giving the user a clean clutter-free experience.  It works with every product on every website, so it really is the only wish list and price drop notification extension you need.  It works on Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers or you can choose to copy and paste the links directly to their website.  The browser extension makes things so much easier so I’d recommend installing it.  There are also future plans for a mobile app, but for now just use it on your desktop.

    As the website is so new and in beta mode they welcome any feedback or suggestions for new features.  Just try it out and let them know.  You can help to shape the best universal wish list on the web.

    I’m sure you’ll be impressed with how simple and easy it is to use.  Visit https://shoptolist.com and start creating your online wish lists in a matter of moments.

     

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    This post was in partnership with ShopToList.  All opinions are my own.

  4. Try two of these kids craft subscription boxes for free

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    While some of the latest craze of subscription craft boxes may seem a bit useless unless you are a hoarder of things, some boxes are actually a really great idea.  Two of my favourite useful subscription boxes are healthy food snack boxes and children's craft boxes.  Children's craft subscriptions are a great way to encourage your child to be creative, use their imagination and have a lot of fun in the process!  Here are three fantastic craft boxes for young children (two of which you can try absolutely free).

    3 Great Craft Subscription Boxes for Kids try for free toucan box sassy kid

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    Keep your kids entertained with creative subscription craft boxes

    Toucan Box

    I was a big fan of the Toucan Box with Bella and will definitely look to do another kids craft box with Reuben once he’s a little older. We had this box for 1-2 years with Bella until we’d done the whole lot!  Bella always got so excited when her box arrived and immediately wanted to open it up and get cracking!  Read my full review by clicking here.

    One of the best things about these subscriptions is there is no commitment, you can cancel your subscription at any time, but I’m pretty sure your child will love the boxes!  We did and we did the entire set of boxes.

    Click below to get a free Toucan Box:

     

    Mister Maker

    This looks awesome!  I'm going to get this box for Reuben now he's three and I bet Bella will love to help him do the crafts.  Both of my children love CBeebies and Mister Maker.  They send a box every two weeks with an art project inside.  They also include everything you need, even glue! 

    The rocket and clown mask on their website look awesome. 

    Click below to get a free Mister Maker box:

    Sassy Kids Box & Sassy Bloom

    We had great fun trying a couple of Sassy Boxes for review on my blog.  Bella loved them and still mentions them now, months after, as she remembers them.   The Sassy Kids Box is for children over 3 and contains a craft with some bonus activities too!  We had super fun playing the popcorn games together.

    If you have a child under 3 the same company have a Sassy Bloom box.  It’s filled with fun activities for your child based on their age and development, as well as treats for mum and personalised goodies.  The little ones don’t have to miss out on the subscription fun either!

    I’ve penned a couple of reviews of these boxes before.  Read one by clicking here.

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    TRY 2 OF THESE KIDS CRAFT SUBSCRIPTION BOXES FOR FREE

     

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  5. How I saved £36 on my car insurance (with increased cover and breakdown) and got £12.80 cashback

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    I love saving money and getting cashback, so each year when my car insurance renewal rolls around I never trust the quote I am sent from my existing company.  Do you?  I always assume the quote will go down every year, especially when I’ve not made any claims and so have an extra year of no claims, but it always goes up.  Because it always goes up I simply don’t trust it is the best deal and shop around for a better price.  Every year I find one.  I’ve not yet stayed with the same car insurance company for two years running as there’s always a better deal out there.  It baffles me slightly why the existing company never want to retain a customer and just offer the best price in the first place.  Surely it’s less paperwork for them and more money to keep an existing customer? 

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    This year I managed to save £36 on my car insurance by switching, which might not sound much at first, but this is for an upgrade to comprehensive cover and breakdown too.  Before now I’ve always only had third party fire and theft.  So I saved money and got more cover for my money.  Plus, my insurance is now under £200 for the year, around £170, so I’m not sure how much further I can keep driving it down each year!  Perhaps until they pay me to have the insurance?!

    Not only did I save £36 on the price I was quoted from my existing insurers, but I also got £12.80 cashback.  I always check Top Cashback for car insurance quotes.  Plus if you click through to Confused on Top Cashback you’ll get cashback for simply doing a price comparison.  I got £2.30 just for comparing quotes and it was very quick as they’d saved all my car details from last time I checked.

    I always check a few comparison sites and a couple of independent ones.  I then check Top Cashback to see if I can get cashback on the cheapest quote and I always have been able to so far.  This year my cheapest quote was from Churchill and I was able to get £10.50 cashback too.

    Never ever just assume your car insurance renewal quote is a great deal.  Shop around and you could pay less and even get a higher standard of cover!

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