Hello and welcome to my first post in my blog log! In this section I’ll be providing as much detail as possible about how I use my blog, what I post and what SEO I’ve used to get ranked in the search engines (or not!).
As much as I and my family love Christmas at home, it can be a little bit claustrophobic being cooped up at home for all that time. There’s nothing like a bit of fresh air and brisk winter weather to blast away the cobwebs and, coming from Cornwall I love the outdoors. Actually one of my favourite seasons on the coast is winter, ideally with a heavy storm bearing down and massive black seas rolling in. Now that we are living in Bristol, we don’t get to the coast very often, so with that in mind we decided to book a break near the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales with Bluestone National Park Resort.
Find out what they are, how to get them and if they’re worth it.
In the UK energy suppliers have been given until 2020 to offer every household the option of fitting smart meters, but are they worth it? Should you wait until the next generation SMETS2 smart meters become more available before taking the plunge?
Gin has seen a huge leap in popularity in recent years with lots of small, independant producers apearing on the scene as the big brands try to keep up with variations of their original offerings. So, it’s no surprise that come Christmas time, gin features prominantly on many shopping lists either as a Christmas gift, a drinks cabinet essential or even an adults only advent calendar!
The Christmas shop is one event that is guaranteed to put your finances under pressure and it’s at just the time when you really want to be enjoying the festivities rather than worrying about the bank balance. So, when doing the Christmas shop whether it’s gifts, food or decorations for the tree, I’m always on the lookout for some extra savings, and discounted gift cards can be a great option.
I wouldn’t normally recommend buying gift cards as presents for loved ones as by doing so you will exchange money which is a guarantee of payment, for something which could very quickly become worthless if, for example the shop you bought it from goes bust. What I definitely do like to do is plan my shopping excursions and look for discounted gift cards online before I hit the high street.
So, if you’re been following my experiment about abandoned shopping cart discounts, you will know about the rumour that online stores will email you a discount code if you walk away from a full shopping cart. In order to confirm this rumour I have been conducting an experiment with some of the top UK online retailers to see who offers a discount and how much you can get.
So how’s it going?
Well, we are three full days into the experiment now and I’m afraid to report that I have received the grand sum of… no emails offering discounts! I have received a very nice email from ao.com offering me £20 off my first spend over £299 so I can’t be too ungrateful but. I was hoping for a little more though, especially as Christmas is just around the corner and many frugal minded people will be getting started with their festive shops. That reminds me, be sure to check out my coverage of Martin Lewis’ Festive Forecaster.
Admittedly, the rumour does say it can take up to a week before you start to see the emails with discount codes included, just wanted to report back with an update half way through the experiment.