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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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Do you Feel Tired all the Time? – Check These 4 Surprising Reasons

By Guest Blogger Nicole N.

Do you Feel Tired all the Time? – Check These 4 Surprising Reasons

We all get tired, that’s a given; if you’ve punched in ten-twelve hours at the office, couldn’t sleep all night, did some serious spring cleaning and what not, of course you will feel exhausted. However, if you feel constant fatigue and are desperate for a nap after doing the bare minimum like climbing two flights of stairs or you start losing your sharpness and focus after only two hours of work, there is a good chance that an underlying issue might be at hand. If any of this rings a bell, it is time to dive into this list of potential reasons and find out what is causing you to feel worn out, so let’s begin.

Anemia

The culprit of fatigue and perpetual sense of exhaustion can be found in a staggering number of health issues. This is why it’s highly important to listen to your body and look for other signals it’s sending you in order to get your body in its natural healthy state. For instance, according to Mayo Clinic, if you notice that your skin is quite pale or even yellowish, your heartbeats are irregular, feet and hands cold, or you’re experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness and in the worst case scenario chest pain, you are looking at anemia. Anemia is a condition that occurs when your body isn’t producing a sufficient number of red blood cells, or it does but your body is destroying them. Two most common types of this health condition are iron deficiency anemia and vitamin B-12. The good news is, this condition is completely treatable; you just need to pay attention to the messages your body is sending you, and if you notice these symptoms, turn to your physician so you can get things under control and bring the spring back in your step.

Leaky gut syndrome

When presented alone, chronic fatigue and exhaustion can mean a number of things. However, when followed by an additional set of symptoms consisting of bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, aches and pains, there is a good possibility that you are suffering from leaky gut syndrome. The definition of this condition is perplexing, but put in simple terms, it is like having holes in your intestines, which in turn allow for particles that shouldn’t enter your bloodstream to do so. Inflammation in the body is the first symptom of this condition, but it’s a dangerous one as it can be the cause of  numerous other diseases.  Once you notice these symptoms, your first approach to tackling the problem should definitely be high-quality probiotics that will restore your bowel health. Another good idea is to do a colon cleanse using natural ingredients such as organic apple cider vinegar and honey. Apple cider vinegar serves as a prebiotic for healthy bacteria in the gut and it eliminates Candida overgrowth which causes fatigue among other more serious problems such as depression and yeast infections. If, however, your condition takes a turn for the worse and additional problems arise with your thyroid gland, weight gain, mood swings and skin inflammation, don’t waste any time before you turn to your physician for help.

Sedentary lifestyle

This particular cause of your fatigue is one that is quite common, especially in this day and age when a large portion of the population spends hours on end sitting, whether due to the nature of their job or simply because we spend an excessive amount of time pealed to a computer or TV. We might not see this as an issue, but a recent research by Queen’s University Belfast begs to differ. It states that prolonged sitting is just as bad for our health as smoking and its symptoms range from soreness, pain in your neck, stiffness, back pain, to chronic headaches, all this on top of a sense of constant tiredness. The news gets even worse, because  when disregarded, the condition can lead to the deterioration of spine, and development of heart conditions, all ‘thanks’ to the lack of movement. The solution is simple, and of course, it revolves around physical activity; once you get those legs moving, you will fix the damage caused by prolonged sitting, improve your metabolism and keep your heart strong and healthy.

Sleep deprivation

One of the reasons for your lack of focus and tiredness is definitely lack of quality sleep, but this problem is more often than not taken seriously enough. More than a ‘worn out’ feeling, poor sleep, if frequent and constant, can weaken the immune system, cause depression and memory problems, brain fog, and even hallucinations. In order to ‘take back the night’ and get your much needed quality snooze time, cut caffeine, alcohol and nicotine from your life. Get a sound machine if you are a light or troubled sleeper; sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow – the soothing effects of it are truly amazing.

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