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Make the Most of Your New Spare Room

22/09/2016

Make the Most of Your New Spare Room

Hurrah! The kids have finally flown the nest. Make the most of their old room and create something just for you.

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

30/06/2016

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

So you've just moved in together. Here's 8 smart solutions to make it look beautiful on a budget. Don't worry, we won't tell if you won't...

Make your garden glow... on a budget

30/06/2016

Make your garden glow... on a budget

Remember that neglected, overgrown patch of dirt outside your back door? Oh, yeah, the garden.

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

30/06/2016

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

We've found some of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your home without breaking the budget.

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

30/06/2016

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

So you've just moved in together. Here's 8 smart solutions to make it look beautiful on a budget. Don't worry, we won't tell if you won't...

Make your garden glow... on a budget

30/06/2016

Make your garden glow... on a budget

Remember that neglected, overgrown patch of dirt outside your back door? Oh, yeah, the garden.

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

30/06/2016

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

We've found some of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your home without breaking the budget.

How to barbecue like a boss

29/04/2016

How to barbecue like a boss

Summer's coming! But before you start burning the bangers, follow chef Ben Bartlett's tips on getting to grips with the grill.

DIY home makeover... the bloggers’ way

29/04/2016

DIY home makeover... the bloggers' way

The thrifty bloggers' and editors' guide to doing up your home and garden on a budget.

Paper v digital

29/04/2016

Paper v digital

Are you a Kindle connoisseur or partial to a paperback? We've found the best ways to get some quality reading material this summer.

The heat is on

29/04/2016

The heat is on

We might love it when the sun's shining but spare a thought for your pets, who may not like it quite so hot.

 Understanding your cat

22/04/2016

Understanding your cat

Do you know what your cat is trying to tell you? Is it feeling playful, loving, or just showing off? Have a look at our animated guide to find out.

A visual guide to pet microchipping

21/04/2016

A visual guide to pet microchipping

Did you know that dog microchipping is now compulsory in the UK? Our guide covers how it works and why it's a good idea to microchip other pets too.

5 ways to prevent costly vet trips

22/03/2016

5 ways to prevent costly vet trips

We've teamed up with vet Claire Hamilton who shares her top tips for a healthy pet and happy wallet... let's face it; we dislike unnecessary vet trips as much as our dogs do!

The best high-tech pet gadgets

16/03/2016

The best high-tech pet gadgets

Tech-guru and cat fanatic Linsey Fryatt takes a cat's (and dog's) eye view of the latest gadgets no self-respecting owner should be without.

Don’t move, improve: a home renovations calculator

10/03/2016

Don't move, improve: a home renovations calculator

From freshening up your bathroom to making the most of your loft space - use our calculator to find out how you can refresh your home and keep within budget.

Grow your own herbs

21/01/2016

Grow your own herbs

When it comes to herbs, fresh is best and free is even better. We asked the gardening experts at fennelandfern.co.uk for their top tips.

Dog behaviours explained

16/12/2015

Dog behaviours explained

In order to really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it's important to observe their body language and listen to the noises they make.

What to feed your pet to keep them happy

19/11/2015

What to feed your pet to keep them happy

Top tips for dinner Petiquette.

Choosing the right kennel for your pet

29/10/2015

Choosing the right kennel for your pet

How do you prepare your cat or dog for their visit to the kennels (or, as we like to say, pet hotel!) over the festive season?

5 ways to keep your pet calm this Christmas

29/10/2015

5 ways to keep your pet calm this Christmas

Tis the season... to say 'So long, stress' and 'Hello happy pets'

6 ways to celebrate for less

29/10/2015

6 ways to celebrate for less

The cost of feeding and entertaining people at Christmas can soon add up. Lifestyle writer and Huffington Post blogger Anna-Louise Dearden gives us her creative tips for quick, easy ways to save money and still have a great time.

We need to talk about... gifting

29/10/2015

We need to talk about... gifting

Looking for creative, unusual but not-too-pricy Christmas present ideas? Look no further! We talked to four seasonal super-savers tell us how they cut costs without cutting the fun at this expensive time of year.

How to upcycle like a stylist

25/09/2015

How to upcycle like a stylist

Whether you're new to upcycling, or you'd just like a little inspiration, these ideas from interiors pro Ellie Tennant are perfect for mini makeovers.

Pet photo competition

01/09/2015

Pet photo competition

The competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Cats vs dogs prize draw

08/07/2015

Cats vs dogs prize draw

This prize draw is now closed. Thank you for your entries!

Get your garden glowing with stylish outdoor lighting

05/05/2015

Get your garden glowing with stylish outdoor lighting

Make sure your garden looks gorgeous long into the night with our top outdoor lighting tips.

Visual Guide to Home Security

02/04/2015

Visual Guide to Home Security

Interested in making your home safer and more secure? Our home security guide shows you the simple steps you can take to help deter intruders.

Making small rooms work

29/01/2015

Making small rooms work

Interiors' stylist Anna Tobin shows you how you can make a little room appear much larger.

Room regeneration

29/01/2015

Room regeneration

Interiors stylist Anna Tobin suggests ways to give an old room a new purpose.

Keeping a child-friendly grown-up home

29/01/2015

Keeping a child-friendly grown-up home

Anna Tobin shows you how to ensure that your family home always looks stylish, no matter how many toys you have strewn about.

Food shopping for less

26/11/2014

Food shopping for less

Esther Shaw suggests some simple ways to can save money on your food shopping.

Cats vs dogs prize draw

21/11/2014

Cats vs dogs prize draw

This prize draw is now closed. Thank you for your entries!

How to curb the impulse to buy

05/11/2014

How to curb the impulse to buy

Do you have trouble denying yourself the occasional treat? Read our tips on how to rein in the urge to impulse buy.

Our Savings Calculator - how it can help you

05/11/2014

Our Savings Calculator - how it can help you

Find out more about our Savings Calculator

Evaluate your providers

05/11/2014

Evaluate your providers

Find out how you could save money by evaluating the providers of household utilities

Budget Calculator

04/11/2014

Budget Calculator

Find out how much you could save every month with our Savings Calculator

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner

20/10/2014

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner

Everyone wants to have a glorious Christmas dinner. Not everyone, however, has the time to pull out all the stops. Rachel Ogden offers her top tips for creating the perfect Christmas spread, without the added hassle

The Perfect Night In - Prize Draw

15/10/2014

The Perfect Night In - Prize Draw

Your chance to win the ultimate perfect night in package with a 40" HDTV, £250 of Sainsbury's vouchers and a top 10 DVD selection.

Cat behaviours explained

08/10/2014

Cat behaviours explained

Ever wondered what your cat's body language says? Our feline companions use a wide range of physical signals to convey their feelings and intentions.

Grow your own mint

01/10/2014

Grow your own mint

Find out how to grow your own mint with our handy guide

Grow strawberries in a window garden

28/08/2014

Grow strawberries in a window garden

Bring the garden to your windowsill.

Build a bottle bird feeder

15/08/2014

Build a bottle bird feeder

Building a bird feeder can be quick and easy when you know how. Follow our simple step-by-step guide.

A dog-friendly home

13/08/2014

A dog-friendly home

Did you know that some household items like certain plants and foods are toxic to dogs? We have put together tips on keeping your dog safe at home.

How to welcome more wildlife into your garden

31/07/2014

How to welcome more wildlife into your garden

Aileen Scoular offers some suggestions on how to make your garden more appealing to wildlife.

Revamping old furniture for next to nothing

30/07/2014

Revamping old furniture for next to nothing

Sophie Banda gives her tips for how to brighten up old pieces of furniture.

Kerry’s greyhounds

29/07/2014

Kerry's greyhounds

Kerry tell us more about her three adopted greyhounds.

Garden improvements worth making

29/04/2014

Garden improvements worth making

Outdoor overhauls can be costly affairs, but a few inexpensive tweaks are sometimes all that are needed for a perfectly good-looking garden.

Tracking down a trustworthy tradesman

23/04/2014

Tracking down a trustworthy tradesman

Looking to carry out home improvements and don't know who to turn to? Check out these tips to help you find a trustworthy tradesman.

Creating your own Christmas decorations

18/12/2013

Creating your own Christmas decorations

Creating homemade Christmas decorations and ornaments is not only a great way to save money, but also an excellent chance to get the kids involved in preparing for the festive season.

Make your own bird house key hooks

13/12/2013

Make your own bird house key hooks

You may have seen the image of the hand-made bird house key hooks being used across our website and in our home insurance leaflets in-store.

Getting your home ready for winter

29/11/2013

Getting your home ready for winter

With the nights drawing in and temperatures dipping, here are some tips on how to prepare your home for the winter months.

Making your home environmentally friendly

06/11/2013

Making your home environmentally friendly

Six practical tips to not only make your home kinder to the environment, but to also make it more energy efficient.

Staying safe on bonfire night

28/10/2013

Staying safe on bonfire night

Bonfire Night brings together millions of people across the UK in this time-honoured annual tradition, but make sure you remember it for the right reasons.

5 great ways to refresh your home on a budget

25/10/2013

5 great ways to refresh your home on a budget

Sale prices on all sorts of desirable elements for your interiors can be found year-round if you hunt around in the right places.

The essential student kit list

20/08/2013

The essential student kit list

Read our list of essentials for first-time students.

Five fabulous vertical gardens

25/07/2013

Five fabulous vertical gardens

Why not create a vertical garden?

Tips for entertaining outdoors

24/07/2013

Tips for entertaining outdoors

A few simple touches can turn your garden into the perfect space for elegant al fresco evenings.

Get your garden ready for summer

27/06/2013

Get your garden ready for summer

Get ready for summer with some great ideas on seating, lighting and tepees.

Can I save money with solar panels?

11/06/2013

Can I save money with solar panels?

We take a closer look at the possibility of saving with solar panels.

When should you do it yourself?

20/05/2013

When should you do it yourself?

Ever tried to tile or fix the plumbing? Sometimes you can roll up your sleeves and sometimes you should just put your feet up.

Collectibles - Zack’s rocking retro collection

24/04/2013

Collectibles - Zack's rocking retro collection

Zack was bitten by the 50s bug...

Collectibles - Dan’s model trains are a family affair

24/04/2013

Collectibles - Dan's model trains are a family affair

Discover Dan's collection...

Treasures of the Antiques Roadshow

24/04/2013

Treasures of the Antiques Roadshow

Helen Jones discovers the most valuable finds unearthed by BBC TV Antiques Roadshow.

How to find good tradesmen

23/04/2013

How to find good tradesmen

Top tips from the experts.

When life makes us laugh

05/03/2013

When life makes us laugh

Get inspired for Red Nose Day with these witty tales from members of our Family Blogger Network...

Red Nose Day Fundraising Ideas

05/03/2013

Red Nose Day Fundraising Ideas

Here are some ideas on how you can 'do something funny for money' on Red Nose Day.

Inspirational interiors - bringing the outside in

27/02/2013

Inspirational interiors - bringing the outside in

Inspiration from Mother Nature...

Workout from home

19/02/2013

Workout from home

Cannot quite bring yourself to step out in the cold and get to the gym?

On the move

19/02/2013

On the move

Tips on selling property...

Getting wind of green energy

08/02/2013

Getting wind of green energy

Saving with wind energy...

Up-cycling ideas

04/02/2013

Up-cycling ideas

Save money and up-cycle...

Winter gardens

29/11/2012

Winter gardens

We've put together five winter gardening tips and some winter garden pictures to inspire you.

Money saving tips: family activities for winter

29/11/2012

Money saving tips: family activities for winter

With the winter nights approaching we share some money saving ideas to entertain the whole family when Jack Frost bites.

Weigh it up

25/11/2012

Weigh it up

It’s vital to ensure pets are healthy - and not breaking the scales, says Money Matters contributor Robert Nurden...

Cold comfort

20/11/2012

Cold comfort

Think ahead and cut the costs of preparing your home for the frosty winter weather, says Money Matters contirbutor Oliver Bennett.

Swishful thinking - saving money and recycling

07/11/2012

Swishful thinking - saving money and recycling

Learn about the art of swishing with Blogger Network member Maria...

How does your dry garden grow

29/08/2012

How does your dry garden grow

How can you keep your garden thriving and save our most precious resource in a time of drought? Try these tips from Money Matters contributor Simone Kane...

Room to grow

28/08/2012

Room to grow

There are lots of reasons to move house but Money Matters contributor Kate Burt explains why improving your current home can be the perfect solution...

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