After my rant yesterday about my Blasted Energy Bill I’m in full frugal mode and so you mustn’t be suprised if the focus of quite a few posts in the coming weeks will be aimed at ways to save money.
Today I am focussing on getting away from it all. I did post recently about perhaps going on a cruise although that idea is probably one for the 2015 season now. Taylor will be a little older and more able to join in with the wealth of activities the cruises seem to offer. Also, I’ve left it too late to plan a cruise around everything else we have going on.
With my money-saving head on I have been looking to find a more local escape and cheap holidays for summer 2014. I don’t fancy 12 hour flights for the sake of some sunshine or something I’ll be paying for next summer however a break to Ireland sounds fantastic or perhaps some soaking up of the local culture in France?
In truth the more I think about it the more I think a destination not too far from home would suit me just fine and France is just over the pond, as is Ireland.
To be absolutely honest I am somewhat miffed about how much I seem to be paying for utilities as well as everything else so a holiday away which isn’t going to add to my spending misery is always going to be a good thing. The whole point of going away is to enjoy ourselves and if I pay over the odds for a holiday I’m not going to be good company!
My question for you today is: How do you search your summer holiday?
Do you use a holiday checker website which searches for the best deals?
Do you prefer a specific airline / travel agent 0r travel company?
*Written in colloboration with the mentioned business yet true to my own thoughts feelings and experiences.
I am with EON and currently pay £220 a month for dual fuel gas and electricity.
Yes. TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY POUNDS A MONTH. Better still that rather stinging payment isn’t covering our monthly consumption apparently and I expect it to hike up in the next few months.
I live in a three bedroom terraced house. It is a fairly large house but has a new-ish boiler which is maintained yearly and we are as frugal as possible with our energy.
I am on the cheapest tariff (fixed) available to me and have maximised all discounts to go towards my bill rather than Tesco vouchers etc.
We have a tumble dryer (yes I know it eats electricity but I’ve always had one and we use when needed).
We have lots and lots of lights, 40 spotlights embedded into the ceiling and in the lounge and dining room we have drop down lights which take candle bulbs. I have replace the candle bulbs with LED varieties and am slowly changing over the other spotlights (or in some cases stubbornly refusing to replace a bulb when it runs out).
We are very frugal when it comes to light and heat, or as frugal as possible and I take steps where possible to reduce my bill.
Still my bill is through the roof. We are insulated etc and fairly savvy with the old being green and saving energy lifestyle so what is the plan? Surely we won’t always be paying this horrendous amount? Gawd forbid it keeps rising?
Does anyone else have such a ridiculous bill for a similar sized property? I’m waiting on specific usage information from EON to do a comparison with other companies but would be interested to hear what other people pay / their energy bill experiences are.
*The tumble dryer stays.
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