What to look for when purchasing a kettle

Kitchen accessories are often very important in order to make our lives a little bit easier. We often look for appliances that make cooking / heating times shorter and are easy to use and easy to clean.

Almost all of us use a kettle at least a few times a day to either make a cup of tea or coffee or to boil water to cook potatoes or veg. With this in mind it is important to remember that if you want a reliable kettle you may need to fork out a little more than you had hoped. Some kettles have quite fancy features on such as keep to a certain temperature and rapid boil. These sorts of features often increase the price of the kettle, but if it is something that would be handy to you, then it may be worth the extra investment.

When choosing your kettle, many people go purely for looks and cost but you should also check how quickly it boils and the energy efficiency rating. If you tend to use your kettle a few times in quick succession or boil it and then don’t make a drink for a while, then choosing a kettle with the keep warm setting can be ideal. This can also save money on your electricity bills by reducing the amount of times you have to boil the water.

Should you get your child in to fashion?

Fashion is often one of those things that you either love or hate. Some people live by fashion trends where as other purposely dress the opposite to fashion trends that are currently on the high street. When it comes to children, parents may like their child to have on trend clothing and foot wear or they may think that they are too young to be worrying about fashion and would rather they just wear whatever is comfortable.

Some fashions for adults may not be appropriate for children and each parent has to decide for themselves what they allow their child to wear.

If you find that your child is becoming a little bit too concerned with fashions and with named brand labels then you may want to start to teach them about the value of money. Some parents offer their child one pair of trainers for example, but say if the child wants a more expensive pair then they need to save up their own money to put towards it. This will make the child really think if they want the item or not and if they want to spend their money that they may have been saving for a while on a pair of trainers. Really the important thing is that your child feels comfortable and happy in what they wear regardless of what everyone else is wearing.

Doing your weekly food shop online?

Not many people enjoy the weekly food shop. It often consists of spending a fortune of food and drink which you then have to find a space for when you get home. It can take up a good hour or so of your day and you may end up spending a lot more than you had hoped.

Online food shopping has been around for some time now, but recently more supermarkets are offering delivery to a wider location.

There are a number of advantages to doing your online shop. Firstly you can do it from the comfort of your home and take your time. You can add items to your basket throughout the week, and then just select your delivery time and check out when you are ready to place your order.

The other advantage of shopping online is that it can help reduce what you spend. You will know exactly what it is going to cost you before you checkout so there will be no horrible surprises. You can also shop the deals in an instant and see cheaper alternatives that you may have missed in the store. You can choose a convenient time for it to be delivered and so can stay at home and get other household chores done whilst you wait or relax with a cuppa.

Buying electrical goods abroad

When you go on holiday you may decide to treat yourself to a new gadget.  Often you may find that prices are cheaper abroad then they are in the UK especially for electrical goods.  It is important to remember that not every country has as strict safety checks on electrical goods as we do here in England.

You may find a lot of counterfeit goods abroad which may be sold to you as genuine.  This is not only very often illegal but may mean that you end up with something that does not work properly or worse still is dangerous.

When buying electrical goods abroad be sure to check for all the safety standards marks.  If the item is supposed to be genuine but is a lot cheaper than you would expect to pay the chances are something is amiss.

If you do wish to buy electrical goods abroad then be sure to buy it from a reputable retailer ideally one that has branches in the UK also.  Check to see if you have any warranty with the manufacture as you may struggle to return the item if it becomes faulty or damaged.

Is your shopping habit getting out of control?

With hoarding becoming a bit of an issue in the UK, we may all need to take a step back and look at our shopping habits. Retailers are very good as enticing us in with sales and discounts and we can often find we leave a shop having spent and bought far more than we intended too.

This can be a dangerous game and if you are not carefully your shopping habit can quickly spiral out of control. Not only can you get your self in financial difficulties but you may also find that you simply run out of room to store all your new purchases.

It is important to have a good clear out once in a while and either chuck or donate some of your belongings to stay on top of your home. Before going shopping, try to make a list of what it is you actually need to buy. Having a look round your home first will allow you to truly see what is needed and importantly what is not needed. Make sure that you stick as close to your list as possible so as not to overspend and bring home items you don’t really need.