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Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

The holidays are here, and nobody will tell you that it’s a cheap or affordable time. Many find themselves having plenty of fun over the festive season, but then feel out-of-pocket during the new year, which can be challenging; especially when the decorations have come down. You’ve probably bought a lot of your gifts by now, and your Christmas tree will already be twinkling and ensuring that your home looks as festive as possible. However, it’s never too late to, or too early, to save money, and your home is the perfect place to begin.

 

Your household is likely to be at its most cluttered during the Christmas period; this can lead to you feeling a little overwhelmed, and it might be difficult to know where to start regarding saving cash. But, once you start on your thrifty journey; no amount of tinsel or lights will be able to deter you from pulling back the spending in the other areas of your home. There are various areas and expenses that you can improve, update, and consider changing; you just need to know where to look. Putting effort into your home space now will also ensure that you have a comfortable, cozy new year ahead, knowing that you’ve saved money and can continue to do so. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for those who want festive fun this Christmas, but want to save where they can to create the perfect, affordable abode.

 

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Home Maintenance

 

It’s the smooth running of a household that can often cause financial strife when things go awry. Therefore, it’s vital to keep on top of your home maintenance and ensure that you have reputable and relevant contact details should any issues arise. Take a little of your free time to write a list of the various elements of your home, from your energy bills to your guttering, and put any that might be concerning you at the top. If you’ve been putting off sorting out a job or task regarding some DIY or hiring a service to assist you; find the businesses that can help you online and get in touch.

 

You’ll be unlikely to get an appointment or be able to book a job until the new year, but knowing that they can come during the new year will be a weight off your mind, and their rates will be far lower due to it often being a quiet period for many companies. When it comes to your DIY projects; write another list; this time full of things like plaster, paint, and wallpaper that you intend to utilize in the new year. You’ll be able to pick up some bargains during the January sales, and your home renovations could end up being a fraction of what you would have spent during the summer.

 

Next should be the major things in your home, like your plumbing, gas, and electrics; if any of these fail you over the holidays, it can become a miserable and expensive time trying to get someone out to help. Therefore, it’s worth looking into affordable plumbing services or an electrician who will be on call whatever time of year or day it is. Having these service’s contact details to hand will give you peace of mind, and you’ll save cash if a pipe bursts on Christmas Eve, or if the lights go out during New Year’s Day. If you’re worrying that certain things are likely to fail you over the hectic period ahead; call someone out now to check over your systems; you could prevent issues worsening, and you’ll save the cash it would cost to fix things further down the line.

 

Bills And Admin

 

With so many people distracted by all the festivities at this time of year; now is a great time to look into your utility, insurance, and energy bills. Companies will be competing to gain your custom, so take advantage of any special rates, and utilize some time to switch your providers so that you head into 2018 already making savings that will benefit you for the rest of the year. Sorting out and organizing any loose ends regarding your admin can also save money in the long run; you might spot that your interest rate and bank account could be improved, or perhaps January will be the time to ask for a pay rise at work.

 

Making smart choices around your home and preparing for the worst will ensure that you don’t end up overspending in any eventuality, and you’ll have a relaxed and fun holiday season. Enjoy!

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Christmas Calamities: Your Festive Problems Solved

Christmas Calamities: Your Festive Problems Solved

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Christmas, that most wonderful time of the year… and one of the most stressful! To make sure your festivities go without a hitch, we have compiled a list of common festive woes, with some tips on how to solve them. Consider it our present to you!

The fairy lights aren’t working

We are sure you have been here before. You string your festive lights around your home and the Christmas tree, turn on the switch with high expectations and…nothing! Chances are, it’s only one bulb that is causing the issue, but when that blows, so does your indoor winter wonderland.

Tip: Buy encapsulated LED lights as they don’t have any troublesome bulbs. Alternatively, buy your lights from a reputable dealer, and remember, you get what you pay for. Cheap lights are probably not going to be reliable. Be sure to buy a spare set too, so if all fails the first time around, you have something to fall back on.

You don’t know what gifts to buy

Whether it’s the difficult to buy for man in your life or a friend or relative who seems to have everything they could possibly want, there will be times when you are stuck for present ideas. You want to avoid a disappointed face on Christmas day, so what should you do?

Tip: Forego the idea of a physical present, and think of something unique. It may be a season pass to the cinema or a booking at a nearby spa. Provided you know a little bit about the person’s tastes, you should be able to find something to their liking, even if it isn’t wrapped up in fancy paper and a sparkling bow.

You have one dinner guest too many

You are looking forward to spending Christmas with your nearest and dearest, but days before the big day, you discover that your partner’s long-lost cousin is coming for lunch with his bothersome brood, and you just don’t know how you are going to accommodate them.

Tip: You could turn all the lights off and leave a note on the door telling them you’re away skiing for the winter, so sorry for the inconvenience. Alternatively, you could prepare in advance for unexpected guests by buying extra dining chairs and dining products, and asking your extra guests to contribute to the Christmas meal. Another solution would be ditch dinner at home completely, and book a table at the nearest restaurant, and let the staff deal with your extended family’s demands.

You have forgotten to defrost the turkey

You have peeled the sprouts and prepared the pudding, but on Christmas Eve you realise you have forgotten to take the turkey out of the freezer. You don’t mind eating the meat cold, but not when it’s a block of ice. When it’s your head on the block and not the turkeys, what are you supposed to do?

Tip: A turkey normally requires two days to defrost thoroughly, but if you are in a hurry, submerge the turkey in a bowl of water. Your turkey will thaw at a rate of 30 minutes per pound, so we will let you do the math. Alternatively, save the turkey for Boxing Day, and serve one of these tasty alternatives on Christmas Day instead.

Finally

We have only covered a few of your Christmas problems, but they should go some way to ensuring the festive season isn’t a complete turkey this year. If you have further festive tips for our readers, be sure to let us know. Merry Christmas!

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