Have a Great Summer Without Breaking the Bank

  Summer is almost upon us! This is fantastic news, we can get rid of those heavy winter clothes for a few months, make the most of the outdoors and turn the heating off. Cutting down on energy bills isn’t the only place you can save this summer, however. It is possible to have the best summer yet without jetting off to Hawaii or investing in a new conservatory. The summer is a time when you can get back to more simple pleasures. Here are some top tips on enjoying the summer to the max without spending a fortune.   Eat Well Summer isn’t a time to load up on a carbs and big meaty dishes. Filling our faces just make us feel uncomfortable and hotter. The best (and cheapest way) to eat in the summer is preparing light salads with fresh produce. This might mean cold pasta salads, filling potato salads or mixed leaves. If salads aren’t your thing, fish is a nice dish to have in the warmer weather as is a home-made chicken kebab marinated in a delicious … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Options for the New Year

The following is a guest post, in collaboration with one of this blog's partners. Even though a new year is upon us, a large portion of the population will be wishing the festive season lasted just a little bit longer. Sometimes it is nice to have a structured routine again, but being able to rest and relax is almost always the preferred option. Therefore, before you get too down about the prospect of getting back to work, how about booking a last minute holiday to look forward to? Cheaper flights 2014 can be found by leaving it late and you’d be amazed at some of the discount-price travel options available. Here are just a few destination ideas for bargain trips this year. Sun off the coast of Africa Thanks to its geographical location, situated just off the coast of northwest Africa, the Canary Islands provide holidaymakers with yearlong sunshine. An average of high of around 21°C in January and February that rises to nearly 30°C at the peak of summer means this Spanish … [Read more...]