Monthly Archives: March 2014

Top 5 things to do to avoid spring cleaning

Cheap weekend breaks

Housework never killed anybody, but why take the chance?

Spring is in the air and everything should be looking up but there’s just one thing on your mind: the need to throw off the shackles of winter, prepare for the year ahead and of course, crack on with dreaded Spring Cleaning.

It can be a little daunting when you’re faced with throwing out clutter and preparing for summer so why not put things off for just one more day and indulge in a bit more fun?

Here are five suggestions of things to do which should take your mind off spring cleaning:

1) Visit a park – Parks are wonderful open spaces designed to aid relaxation. Whether you have an interest in sports, plants or just want some fresh air in pleasant surroundings, a park can provide the perfect antidote to a spot of cleaning.

Grow your own food – How to provide for yourself

Grow your own food and save cash

Save yourself money by growing your own food. These tips will help you get started.

Most houses in the UK have a garden. Most of the time that garden is dominated by a lawn or a patio. Perfect for relaxing in the sun but not so good for gardening.

Historically this country has relied on its inhabitants to support themselves. During and after World War Two food was scarce and many gardens were turned over to food production. Householders would grow a variety of vegetables to supplement their diets and to help deal with the restrictions of food shortages.

Nowadays plentiful and profitable supermarkets and shops mean food scarcity is pretty much a thing of the past for most of us. Despite this, demand for allotments is said to be booming and there is a huge interest in growing food at home.

One reason is to save money. While there may be an initial cost in setting up a vegetable garden once it is ready it will produce free food for minimal effort.

Some tips on how to grow your own produce for minimal cost:

1) Cultivate an area of your garden or allotment and set it aside for production by keeping the area weed free.

2) Sow more than you need as not every seed germinates. Any surplus plants can be shared around with neighbours, replanted elsewhere in the garden or harvested and frozen.

Every little helps – small savings lead to bigger ones

Money saving tips from PaydayUK

Everyone knows the saying, ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’.

This principle can definitely applied to your personal finances as the effect of lots of minor savings can be eventually add up to something relatively large.

Taking a quick look at your daily expenditure you will probably be able to highlight a few areas you can make savings. Simple gestures may not be material on a day-to-day basis but when you decide to make an overall change those small differences will quickly add up – especially over the course of a year..

Cutting out daily ‘essentials’

Many people pick up a takeaway coffee every morning on the way to work, sometimes more than one. Even dropping your morning cup from the train station could save you in excess of two hundred pounds over the course of a year – enough to buy a new mobile phone or finance a weekend break.

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