I’ve never seen an autumn like it. There are so many leaves on the ground at the moment that you can’t really see the grass anymore. The colours are so vibrant and I’m sure there are more shades of orange, red, green, yellow and brown in this year’s fallen leaves than ever before. And with a garden covered in beautiful autumn leaves like this, who wouldn’t go outside for a spot of leave-kicking at the weekend? Well, that’s what I did anyway!My husband did the most adorable thing and raked the leaves into the shape of a heart. And then even went to the trouble of spelling out the word autumn across the middle. He’s a creative sort and knows how much I love this time of year. I’m pretty sure that’s why he did it, and not just to get a great Instagram photo for himself. Anyway, after he’d finished taking some snaps, I had the best fun kicking my way through the words and destroying the whole thing, bwahahahha!As it’s Tuesday Shoesday I felt it would be appropriate to share some snaps of my new autumn boots at the same time. After my trusty brown boots finally crumbled after two years of constant wear, I decided it was time for a new pair. I wanted them to last me well, but look a little more cool than I usually choose. Plus, I needed my shoes to come in under my £20 budget too. That’s not too much to ask is it? Well, apparently yes, it is.I had trouble finding a pair of boots that did everything I needed. I mean, I just wanted some boots with a small heel, speedy zip fastening (I’ve no time for laces these days), in lovely faux suede or leather, and in this year’s hottest colour navy blue. After shopping around it started to look like my thrifty budget wasn’t going to stretch to a new pair of boots for me this year. However, when I hopped onto the Deichmann website I found rows and rows of shoes and boots, with most of them priced at £20 and under.I perked up a bit at this point and clicked through out their most recent collection for Autumn/Winter 2017. Wahey! Boots! Wedge boots, Chelsea boots, ankle boots and knee-high boots. And not just boots; my favourite shoe style brogues were available in patent navy blue too. But that’s not what I was there for. I stuck to my shopping list and looked only at the ankle boots section. My will-power is strong. Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – Blue suede boots for autumn” »
Who said it will cost a fortune to make your home a home? You don’t always have to spend a pretty penny on kitchenware, although you do get what you pay for in terms of knives and electrical items. When it comes to cookware, bowls and dishes, there’s plenty of great value for money options whether it’s from companies like notonthehighstreet or Next Home. Also, with supermarkets offering more and more homeware, it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for those quirky items that bring your home to life.Fill your home with character The type of character you are is often reflected in your home. There are lots of household gems you can buy to give your home the edge. If you’re a little unsure about what to buy here are my 10 favourite homely bits:-
- Milk bottles – this cute set of small glass bottles in a mini metal crate makes an unusual container for small cut flowers or buds. I thought it would be perfect for my kitchen windowsill for herb cuttings.
It can be hard to find the right pair of party shoes to suit your overall style. You want them to be on-trend yet timeless, match your party outfit but go with everything, and ultimately, be comfortable enough to dance the night away. But where can you find all of that on a thrifty budget? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – I’m here to help! I’ve come up with some fail-safe tips to make your money go further while shopping for footwear this payday so read on to find out how to buy your dream footwear at bargain prices. Just call me your fairy godmother! 😉
First up are the bargains. The absolute steals. The very last of the January sales. Yes, it may seem like there’s not much left on the sale shelves by payday, but the deals are still out there. You just need to know where to look. The ethos of the #WomanKind campaign I’ve signed up for is to care for yourself, and I’m not just talking about healthy eating and getting exercise (although I’m certainly enjoying this aspect too), I’m talking about simply being kind to yourself. So treating yourself to something that will make you feel great is definitely part of it! As they say, Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life, so I think that getting the right footwear is a great start to feeling confident, looking fabulous and being kinder to yourself. Luckily, at lot of fashion sales are still going strong online so you don’t need to wander up and down the high street hoping to find a bargain in order to give yourself a payday treat. Try Mr-Shoes, ASOS and Clarks, all of whom are still offering big discounts in their clearance sections.One problem with searching online is that the style you love might already be out of stock in your size. So try not to fall head-over-heels in love with anything you find in the sales just yet. Dig deeper and check out what sizes are available before deciding whether they are your ideal pair. Some fashion sites allow you to filter your search by size, so that’ll save you time by pulling up all the footwear in the right size for you so you can concentrate your efforts into choosing the right style. Speaking of which…My second thrifty tip is to only buy something if you know you’ll wear it more than once; the ‘go-with-anything’ factor. If you choose a glittery pair of ruby red shoes (okay, who doesn’t want those?!) they might look fabulous for one night out, but what about the rest of the month? Or the rest of the year, for that matter? Something that matches your outfit perfectly today probably won‘t be the right pairing tomorrow, so they’ll end up stuffed under the bed or at the back of the wardrobe, not being worn. Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – Payday party style on a budget” »
As customers, we always want to make sure we get the best deals possible when making a purchase, especially when we spend a large amount of money. But how exactly should you go about becoming a more empowered customer?
The initiative called ‘Better Choices: Better Deals’ was launched by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in April 2011, and you can read the complete document here. The essential aim of the initiative was to put consumers in charge, increasing their power when making decisions in a changing economy, and providing help for the most vulnerable. Most of the information in the document contains good common sense advice, and overall it is aimed at empowering consumers to get better value and better customer service from businesses when they make decisions or request assistance.
The initiative is now a few years old, and it is well worth reading through the document to find out if there is anything that you could be doing differently. After you have read through it, as well as putting the ideas into practice there are a number of simple things that you can do to become a more empowered customer.
Always ask questions
Often people feel embarrassed about asking too many questions when they buy a product or service, but you should ask as many questions as you can think of. You can only be an empowered consumer and make the best choices when you know the full story, so don’t assume that what the salesperson says is everything you need to know.
Don’t be put under pressure
Never allow yourself to be put under pressure to buy something. Many salespeople use high-pressure techniques, but you don’t have to fall for them. Only buy when you are really comfortable, and never worry about saying no and walking away.
Use technology to find deals
Mobile phone apps, websites and social media can all be put to use to find a greater number of special offers that may not be on display in the shops. Use the tools available to you to find the best deals and make better decisions.
It is easy to compare products and services these days. Rather than going from shop to shop, you can simply look online and rapidly find the best deals. For example, you can easily compare energy tariffs by looking for Tariff Information Labels in your area using the web tool from npower. Remember not to just go with the first option you see, and always try and find the better deal.
Know your rights
Always ask about the returns policy and know your rights when you buy something. Knowing the store’s policy can help you to make a more informed decision of whether you want to buy the product in the first place.
Become a more empowered customer
To become a more empowered customer, don’t allow yourself to be pressured into anything, always know exactly what you are buying, and make sure you spend the time searching for the best possible deal, especially with larger purchases. That way you can always ensure you make better choices and get better deals.