I’m in the process of buying a house.

It’s huge.

(Not the house, the house is quite small.)

I’ve never bought a house before and every time we go to look at it I feel a little bit of panic well up inside me, alongside the excitement. It can’t be like the time I put a satsuma in front of the warning lights on my car dashboard. I have to be a grown up about this. I keep thinking of things that might go wrong and then thinking ‘ARGHH!!! YOU will have to deal with them!’

There is just so much to think about isn’t there? What happens if something leaks, or falls off, or stops working? What happens if the boiler breaks down??

It’s all very ADULT.

To help you out, here are three things to think about when looking to buy a new boiler:

Is it worth buying an A-rated boiler?

An A-rated boiler is a boiler that works at at least 90% efficiency. You might be wondering to yourself ‘is it really worth spending more on a more efficient boiler?’ and the answer in most cases is YES. An efficient boiler can save you up to £350 every year on your heating bills, compared to an inefficient boiler.

What make of boiler do I need?

It’s hard to say as it depends on your circumstances. For example, if your boiler was in a room that was used a lot for relaxing, or perhaps near a bedroom, then you might prefer a Valliant boiler, which holds the Quiet Mark. If security is your thing, then check out Ideal boilers – their Logic+ range of boilers comes with a 7 year warranty. Worcester boilers on the other hand are very well known for their reliability and energy efficiency.

So what’s a combi boiler?

As the name suggests, a combi boiler does a combination of things – it controls your central heating and provides hot water directly, meaning you don’t have any need for a big hot water tank. They are perfect for smaller homes as they are nice and compact. Water comes directly from the mains too, so hot water is constantly available at a high water pressure.

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Walmart’s genesis began in 1950 when American businessman Sam Walton bought his first store in Bentonville, Arkansas, and opened it as Walton’s 5 & 10. Walton’s retail success stemmed from his idea to reach higher sales volumes by keeping his prices lower than those of his competitors. Soon after, Walton opened his second store and his assistant Bob Bogle came up with the name Walmart, which was an instant success. By 1967, the company had 24 stores throughout the Bear State. Today there are more than 5,000 Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. and 410 stores throughout Canada.

Shopping for the best deals saves you money but it can be time-consuming. If you are one of the many shoppers who love Wal-Mart here are some tips on when and how to catch the biggest savings, discounts, and sales.

Walmart Savings Catcher

If you’re a regular Walmart shopper this is a must have app for your smartphone. Simply use the Walmart app to scan the barcode of the item you want to purchase. Walmart will then check the advertised deals of their local competitors. If one of them has a lower advertised price, Walmart will give you an eGift Card for the difference.

Use Paribus

This handy app will get you money back on your online purchases. Sign up for free and scan your email receipts. If Paribus discovers that you’ve made a purchase from Walmart (or one of the 16 other online retailers their list), it will track the price of the item and send you a refund any time the price is lowered. You don’t even have to do anything.

Sign Up for My Points

My Points is a cashback website that pays members to print coupons to use in-store and shop online, so you can start making saving straight away. If you sign up and spend $20 at Walmart, they will send you a free $10 gift card.

Learn Walmart’s Secret System

A good-to-know secret is Walmart’s coding for clearance tags. This will help you get the best reductions and save money. When you go to the clearance section look out for:

Items with the price ending in $–.-7 are at the original sales price

Items with the price ending in $–.-5 are at the first reduction

Items with the price ending in $–.-1 are at the final reduction

Scan Your Groceries At Home

Sign up to join the Nielsen Consumer Panel and they will pay you to scan the groceries you buy from Walmart each week. You can earn gift points to redeem for all kinds of different merchandise, receive entries for sweepstakes with vacation, money and new vehicle prizes.

 

Get Free Samples

You’re probably well aware that you can get free samples of delicious food items throughout the store when Walmart staff are doing cooking and food demos. But did you know that you can order free samples from Walmart online? Check out the latest deals here.

Get $4 Prescriptions

You can get prescription refills for dozens of common ailments for just $4 for a 30-day supply. They cover many brand name and generic drugs. Once you start or transfer your prescription to Walmart, you may also be able to refill it online and have it delivered directly to your door.

Get Free Shipping

If you’re shopping online, you can do one of the following to obtain free shipping:

Have your items shipped to your local store for free and pick them up there.

Get free 2-day shipping on all orders over $35

Look For Special Sales

Walmart has sales events throughout the year including Boxing Day and Black Friday. At these events, you can make huge savings on all kinds of items from flat-screen TVs to children’s toys.

Giving the Gift of Walmart

Do you have a friend or family member who loves to shop at Walmart? Why not give them a store gift card for their next birthday? A store card makes such a convenient gift because it allows the receiver to purchase whatever they want, from any department in the store. If you purchase them online you can save money by getting up to 3.5 percent off the face value. Check out this website, it’s great for finding a Walmart gift card at a discount price.

Shopping at Walmart has never been easier, and now you can save even more money at your favorite store by using these great tips. Happy shopping!

Libby Holland is a frugal mom who writes about everything and anything, almost! Read her savings tips, family advice and more around the web.

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Did you know that this May is National Walking Month?

Walking is such an important part of my exercise routine. Who am kidding? It’s the ONLY part of my exercise routine. If I didn’t walk to work and back every day, and potter about in between, I’d basically be a sloth, lying around all day on a huge, comfy branch.

Walking has all kinds of benefits. It’s great physically obviously to get your body moving and your heart pumping, but I find walking really useful mentally too. If I’m feeling a bit grumpy or miserable or cross, going for walk makes a difference. Not immediately, but after ten minutes or so of swinging my arms and pounding my feet I start to feel more relaxed. Things seem to shift and fall into line more neatly than before. I start to get ideas. The world takes on a rosier glow.

To get as many people as possible enjoying the benefits of walking, Westfield Health is launching its Walking Lunch campaign to coincide with National Walking Month, in partnership with the UK’s walking charity Living Streets. The theme of national Walking Month for 2017 is ‘walking cities’, which is why for Walking Lunch 2017, Westfield Health are cosponsoring the Crumbs City Trail app. You can register as a team or as an individual, track your steps on their UK leaderboard AND win fantastic prizes if you’re one of the most active participants. Prizes include vouchers, fitness trackers and £1,000 cash towards a health and wellbeing initiative in your workplace.

To celebrate, and encourage you guys to have a go, I took Bee and Belle out for a walk to try out one of the Bristol Crumbs City Trails.

Aren’t they adorable? My two little cherubs.

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As a single mum it can be even harder to take a day trip out with the little ones, two less pairs of hands to keep them in check could mean more riots.

family london trip tips

But, don’t you agree that day’s out are so much fun? Day trips and mini holidays have the potential to create new bonds and memories, it’s good to mix things up a bit.  We’ve put together the perfect, stress free London itinerary to reduce time spent missioning around the city and maximise those memories.

We’ve also put this itinerary together for you with savings in mind.  All the experiences here are found on London Pass, if you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a great way to make huge savings.  You can get anywhere from between £15 – £25 off for every entrance ticket. View Post

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to drive around in a conservatory?

No, I can’t say I have either to be honest. Until that is, we test drove the new Citroën C4 Picasso for the weekend.

Review Citroen C4 Picasso

I often find with newer cars that it’s very hard to see anything at all. They all seem to have these small, steep windscreens, which means you end up with very little visibility, wondering where exactly the car stops and starts and where you are on the road. I turn into an old lady, sat really far forward, leaning over the steering wheel trying to figure out what’s going on.

The Citroën C4 Picasso definitely does not have that problem.

Not only does it have a massive windscreen, but it has large side windows too, plus the sun visors can be slid back into the roof, giving you even more of a panoramic effect. (Very cool.) The end result is that you feel a bit like you are driving around a conservatory. View Post

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