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Cosy home

12/10/2021

Beautiful ideas to make your home cosier this winter

Keep your house warm and cosy this winter with these beautiful home tips and save a bit of money on your heating bills in the process.

Develop the savings habit of a lifetime

12/10/2021

How to Buy a Puppy Responsibly

There’s plenty to think about when buying a puppy responsibly. We’ll guide you through each step of the process and give you tips on what questions to ask and what to look for in a furry friend.

06/10/2021

How to have a spook-tacular Halloween

Make the most of Halloween this year with these top tips for spooky fun in the garden

06/10/2021

How to have a spook-tacular Halloween

Make the most of Halloween this year with these top tips for spooky fun in the garden

06/10/2021

How to have a spook-tacular Halloween

Make the most of Halloween this year with these top tips for spooky fun in the garden

Develop the savings habit of a lifetime

04/10/2021

5 Tips for Stepping Away from Your Screen

Feeling the Zoom fatigue? Sore eyes from staring at your computer screen all day? Here are our top tips on how to switch off the screens and switch on the fun.

Develop the savings habit of a lifetime

20/09/2021

5 Easy Improvements to Add Property Value

Looking for the best ways to add value to your home with minimal effort? Here are five top tips for easy ways to improve a home.

Develop the savings habit of a lifetime

20/09/2021

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Looking to buy a used car? Our illustrated guide has some handy tips on what to consider when researching used cars for sale.

Family and Dog

29/07/2021

Planning a Garden Makeover on a Budget

Looking for simple garden ideas which won’t break the bank? If you’re planning a garden makeover on a budget, here’s how to get growing and give your garden some (budget) wow factor.

Family and Dog

17/06/2021

Top tips for going on a dog-friendly picnic

This blog has some top tips for a dog-friendly picnic, including how to pick the perfect spot

Two cats greeting each other

05/05/2021

Leaving a cat alone in the house

Top tips for creating a comfortable environment for leaving a cat at home

Two cats greeting each other

28/04/2021

Bringing Home A Second Pet

Wondering how best to introduce a new pet into your home? We have a few tips to get you started.

Recycling can save you money

09/03/2021

How Recycling Can Save You Money

From electronics and clothes recycling to reusing your coffee grounds, explore how you can go green and save money at the same time.

Recycling can save you money

09/03/2021

How Recycling Can Save You Money

From electronics and clothes recycling to reusing your coffee grounds, explore how you can go green and save money at the same time.

09/03/2021

Declutter and Up Your Shelf Game

Want to Marie Kondo your shelf game and home organisation skills? Be inspired by our top decluttering tips and smart storage ideas.

08/02/2021

What Insurance Do I Need To Work From Home?

Wondering what insurance you need to work from home? Here's what you should know.

16/12/2020

Making the most of winter

How can you get the most out of winter this year, top tips to keep you occupied this winter

09/12/2020

10 Tips to Maintain a Car You're Not Driving

If your car’s gathering more dust than miles, it’s important to keep it maintained. Follow our car maintenance do’s and don’ts to keep on the right side of the road.

07/12/2020

How to keep your cat away from the Christmas tree

Cats love to climb, here are our top tips on how to keep your cat away from the Christmas tree.

Key on house shaped keyring

07/12/2020

Handy Guide to Renting Your Property

Planning on renting your property out? Get to grips with the latest landlord responsibilities and tips with our how to rent guide.

03/11/2020

Top Tips for Starting Out as Self-employed

Thinking of going freelance? Read our tips for starting out as self-employed, including responsibilities to be aware of and risks to avoid.

30/10/2020

How to keep your pets comfortable on Bonfire Night

top tips on how to keep your pet safe this Bonfire Night

01/10/2020

Making the most of the outdoors this Winter

Make the most of the outdoors with these top tips.

28/09/2020

Useful Apps You're Missing Out On

Whether you’re saving money or trying to get organised — there’s an app to help. Discover the must have apps you’re probably missing out on.

09/09/2020

Home Renovations Calculator

See where you can add the most value to your property with our home renovations calculator. Learn how to get the best return for your renovation investment.

Moving House Checklist

03/09/2020

Top tips for getting fit

Looking to get fit without stepping foot in the gym? Check out our top tips for getting fit when and where it suits you.

Moving House Checklist

14/08/2020

Moving House Checklist & Tips

It’s time to pack the boxes and move into your new home. Check out our moving house checklist to get started - your new home awaits.

Moving House Checklist

14/08/2020

Moving House Checklist & Tips

It’s time to pack the boxes and move into your new home. Check out our moving house checklist to get started - your new home awaits.

Moving House Checklist

14/08/2020

Moving House Checklist & Tips

It’s time to pack the boxes and move into your new home. Check out our moving house checklist to get started - your new home awaits.

13/08/2020

Top tips for hosting outdoors

With a little know-how, you can transform your garden into the perfect setting for a stylish, relaxed get-together.

5 Credit Card Myths Busted

23/07/2020

5 Credit Card Myths Busted

Don’t believe the hype! Credit cards can not only help you manage your spending, but actually help improve your credit score.

23/07/2020

Summer at Home: Fun Games For Kids

Bring the summer holiday joy home and make this summer special with creative children’s games that your kids will love.

23/07/2020

Guide to finding a trustworthy tradesperson

Want to carry out some home refurbishments but unsure where to start? Check out these tips to help you find an honest and reliable trader.

22/07/2020

Crafty garden ideas for the kids this summer

Looking for fun things to do for the kids at home this summer? Check out our crafty garden ideas that will help to keep the entire family entertained.

21/07/2020

Family meal ideas on a budget

Keen to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to cooking family meals? Check out our budget family meal ideas for inspiration.

03/07/2020

DIY Home Improvement Projects

Planning a DIY home improvement project? Get inspired with these clever home hacks.

25/06/2020

Creating the perfect dog-friendly garden

Creating a beautiful outdoor area which also keeps your pooch happy, healthy and safe doesn’t have to be a challenge. Take a look at our helpful top tips for dog-friendly garden ideas.

25/06/2020

How to bathe and clean your dog

Here’s everything you need to know about how to properly bathe and clean your dog plus a few dog grooming tips.

25/06/2020

Is your cat in the best of health?

Here are some top tips on spotting the difference between a healthy and unhealthy cat – and knowing when they need extra care.

25/06/2020

A guide to grooming your cat

Grooming is an activity that any cat will soon come to enjoy as, if it’s done carefully and gently, it is an act of love and care.

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

16/06/2020

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.

Make your garden glow... on a budget

15/06/2020

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

15/06/2020

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.

Solo travel over 40

24/10/2019

Creating a Smart Home

Thinking of upgrading your home with some smart devices? From the latest high-tech home additions to added security measures - create the perfect smart home with our visual guide.

05/06/2019

Millennialise Your Home

Millennials know a thing or two about interior design, so here are some tips to steal when you’re redecorating your home.

04/06/2019

Driving safety tips from a rally driver

No matter how good you think you are at driving, there’s always something you can learn from the best.

10/05/2019

Dog Friendly Festivals to Try

These dog-friendly festivals are completely brilliant.

09/05/2019

Pooch-friendly city breaks in the UK

Packing up your pooch can often seem like a hassle but these UK city breaks are more than worth the effort

Cat Proof Your Home

18/02/2019

How to Cat-Proof Your Home

Keep your feline friend – and your stuff – safe and sound with this guide to cat-proofing your home.

Rescue Pets

05/02/2019

Rescue Pets: What You Need to Know

Thinking of adding a rescue pet to the family? Make sure you read this first.

Summer plants

05/02/2019

What to plant now for your summer garden

A little prep now will pay off in dividends come the summer...

25/10/2018

Protect your home from winter damage

These small steps could save you money.

25/10/2018

Winter Wonderlands to visit this winter

The Winter Wonderland events that won’t break the bank

25/10/2018

DIY gifts for furry friends

Because your pets shouldn’t miss out this Christmas…

12/06/2018

Guide to buying a used car

Looking to buy a used a car? Our illustrated guide provides handy tips on what you should consider when searching for a second-hand bargain.

23/04/2018

The house plants to buy this year

The house plants to transform your home this year

18/01/2018

New Year’s resolutions for your finances

The New Year’s resolutions that will help you boss your finances in 2018.

Christmas decoration tips

20/11/2017

Christmas decoration tips inspired by Pinterest

Get ready to make your home picture perfect.

Happy pet dog

20/11/2017

How to keep your pet happy this winter

It can be tough in winter for our four-legged friends, here's how to keep them happy and healthy.

Leaving pets at home Christmas

20/11/2017

Need to leave your pets whilst you're away over Christmas?

Having to part with the pets this Christmas? These apps can help…

08/09/2017

Five ways to add value to your home

We ask the estate agents about the best investments when it comes to home improvements.

08/09/2017

Decorating tips from Instagram

Quick, crafty tips from Instagram that will make your home look gorgeous in days

08/09/2017

Quiz: Are you hanging on to summer?

Or ready to dust off your winter coat?

08/09/2017

Home selling tips from pro house flippers

We’ve got selling secrets from property professionals…

14/08/2017

How to build your own dream home

The dream of owning a beautiful, bespoke home might seem like a speck on a distant landscape. But what if you could build it yourself?

14/08/2017

How to build your own dream home

The dream of owning a beautiful, bespoke home might seem like a speck on a distant landscape. But what if you could build it yourself?

14/08/2017

Saving for a mortgage in your 30s?

Here are the struggles you might be familiar with - and the tips, hints and hacks that might make the journey slightly smoother.

14/08/2017

Saving for a mortgage in your 30s?

Here are the struggles you might be familiar with - and the tips, hints and hacks that might make the journey slightly smoother.

14/08/2017

The smartphone apps you need to make your home smart

The future is happening right now. The smart home is here, and our appliances are becoming cleverer than we are

14/08/2017

The smartphone apps you need to make your home smart

The future is happening right now. The smart home is here, and our appliances are becoming cleverer than we are

29/06/2017

Here’s where you should live in the UK, according to your favourite pet

Wonder what your favourite pet is telling you about where you should live in the UK? We were too. So we did the hard work for you.

20/04/2017

The hidden moneymakers in your home

Here’s how to turn clutter into cash...

Basil plant in a pot

20/04/2017

7 plants that pay their way

These are the best things to plant to save you pots of money.

20/04/2017

6 old-school skills that could make you money

Love a bit of woodwork or got seriously green fingers? Here’s how to make some money from your traditional hobby.

7 Happy Home Hacks to go from Festive to Fab

23/12/2016

7 Happy Home Hacks to go from Festive to Fab

Bring some post-festive cheer to your home with these decorating hacks and go from gloomy to gorgeous.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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'

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?

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.

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.

Room regeneration

29/01/2015

Room regeneration

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

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!

Evaluate your providers

05/11/2014

Evaluate your providers

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

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

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...