Why is it so expensive to live in London?

Jul 03

Why is it so expensive to live in London?

London is one of the most popular cities in the world, attracting so many people wanting to live and work in the capital due to the healthy competition within the job industry and the good quality of life. Also, London has many advantages of living as it is a cosmopolitan and very dynamic city, never leaving your short of things to do or see. People worldwide dream of visiting London; known for its cultural and historical background, as well as its famous landmarks and buildings, and of course being home to the Royal family.

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Small Business Budget Cuts: Save the Money and Keep the Growth

Jun 28

Small Business Budget Cuts: Save the Money and Keep the Growth

One day or the other, each company needs to introduce some measures that will cut their spending and make them more solvent. Cost cutting can be a great strategy, since saved funds can be seen as additional profits. The most important thing is that these practices shouldn’t influence company’s product or service quality and customer’s experience. That’s why entrepreneurs need to think of some good ways that will combine money saving tactics with staying competitive with good quality products and excellent customer service. In this article we’re going to review some of our favorite cost cutting strategies.

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3 Step Guide To Saving Money As You Shop

Jun 28

3 Step Guide To Saving Money As You Shop

The cost of modern life is very high, so we all want to find little ways in which to save money here and there. By making just a few small changes, you can find yourself saving hundreds of pounds every month. So follow this step by step guide if you want to know the easiest ways for your family to save money while shopping:

Step 1: Special Offers

When you go for your weekly shop, look out for products on special offer. You can probably do an entire shop just buying the things on offer or part of a deal. Look for things like price reductions or ‘three for two’ offers to help you save money while shopping. It doesn’t just have to be for food shopping too, look out for these offers when you’re buying new clothes too. Lots of clothing stores will constantly have items on sale, so you can dress well and save money at the same time.

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Step 2: Brands

We all wish we could win the lottery and become rich and live a life of luxury. We’re at home every week checking the Euro Millions results with our fingers crossed. More often than not, it isn’t our day, so our dreams of luxury have to be just that, dreams. Which means we should stop buying expensive branded products if we can’t afford them. Some food brands cost twice as much as the store brand but taste exactly the same. Obviously, there are certain products, like toilet paper, where buying branded may be essential. But a lot of them are the same and could save us lots of money if we bought them instead of the big brands.

Step 3: Coupons/Vouchers

Have a browse online before you start shopping. You can find websites that have voucher codes for certain shops/online stores. You could end up saving huge amounts of money just by using a voucher code or a coupon. They’re especially common for online stores, particularly if you’re a new customer. If you’re using a store for the first time, I’d always advise you to check if there’s a code for new users to get money off their first purchase. But, even if you’re going down to your local shop you can find vouchers you can print out and use at the checkout for money off. Also, do your food shop in places that offer you money back over a period of time, like Tesco. Tesco gives you ‘clubcard’ points that eventually add up and can be transferred into vouchers for money off your next shop.

Just using these three simple steps can majorly cut the cost of your shopping. You may not be happy with choosing to switch to store brand stuff, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices. As I said, we can dream of winning the lottery all we want, but until we do, we have to live accordingly. Even if these steps only save you £20 a week, that adds up to £80 a month and £960 a year!

 

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How To Use Checks To Save Cash     

Jun 24

How To Use Checks To Save Cash     

You’re on a budget. And you’ve written a budget. But for some reason, you just can’t stay on your budget. You’re a slave to credit card, impulse cash buys, and online spending sprees. The money is available, so you just can’t stop from dipping into it. For all of these habits, there is a way out!

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Changes in Credit Cards and What This Means for Everyone

Jun 23

Changes in Credit Cards and What This Means for Everyone

You need to know that major changes, designed to help your money stay safe from thieves, are coming to your wallet soon. If you live in the United States, or operate a business there, the deadline for change is October 1, 2015. Chip and PIN cards will be implemented to replace the usual magnetic strip cards currently used.

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Crowdfunding: A Community Support Model

Jun 22

Crowdfunding: A Community Support Model

Crowdfunding can achieve magnificent feats when implemented correctly for a common cause, but what is it?  In layman’s terms, crowdfunding is a pooling of resources from a large number of supporters (essentially the “crowd”).

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Incredible Attic Finds That Could Make You Money

Jun 19

Incredible Attic Finds That Could Make You Money

Everyone has read a story of someone discovering something in their attic that turns out to be valuable. Some families will only find junk or perhaps some items of sentimental value. But on occasion something wonderful will turn up. If your family has been in the same house for generations or you think previous owners could have left something behind, you might find something that will earn you some money. Or perhaps you might have possessions you’ve forgotten about that have gained value since you first bought them. Check out your attic to see if you have any of these potential money makers.

Vintage Clothes

Vintage is so in right now, and some clothing items can fetch big bucks with the right people. If you have clothes in your attic, perhaps from your parents or grandparents, you could find some valuable pieces. Anything with an attractive name on it could help you, and there will be particular styles that are in fashion too. You might even discover something special like a wedding dress. If you find a collection of clothes, do your research by reading different vintage clothing guides and having a look at what’s currently selling.

Coins and Other Collections

Many people start up a collection of something during their lives, whether it’s as a child or an adult. From coins and stamps to Pokemon cards, the right collection could fetch a pretty penny. Even if the large proportion of a collection isn’t worth much, there could be a gem contained within it that makes it worth it. Coins can be one of the best collectors items to profit from, and dealers such as Atlantagoldandcoin will value them and buy them from you. Whether you have a coin collection or something else, do your research so that you don’t get ripped off or expect more than you’ll get.

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Vintage Tech

You might have heard the recent story about someone who dropped off a rare vintage Apple computer at a charity. If you have a pile of old technology in your attic, make sure it isn’t worth anything before you recycle it or throw it away. You could have a computer, a games console or another collector’s item that someone will be more than willing to buy from you. It should be easy to use the internet to look up different manufacturers and models, but you can seek expert help if you need it.

Jewelry

It’s not just fine jewelry that could make you some money. If you’re lucky enough to discover something special, you could bring in a nice sum of cash. But if you only find a pile of costume jewelry, don’t throw it away or send it to a charity immediately. You could discover some trendy pieces that fit current styles. Putting them on a site like eBay could fetch you a nice bit of money, depending on their condition, designer, and age.

You never know if your attic might be hiding some valuable treasures that could boost your savings. Don’t throw anything away without checking to see if it could make you some money first.

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