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Household Bills

Your Broadband Rolling Contract Is Costing You Hundreds

If you’re on a broadband rolling contract it’s costing you and many other Brits around £1.5 billion a year in wasted subscription charges you could be getting much cheaper. Out of contract broadband prices have steadily increased by 38% since 2011 for copper connections and 19% for fibre connections. In direct contrast, in-contract prices have pretty much remained steady over the same…

The image is a picture of a receipt highlighting why you should never throw them away until you have maximized their potential using various mobile apps
Household Bills

What Is Receipt Hog And Why Should You Use It?

I’m always looking at ways to cut the cost of my outgoings and this year I’m making it my mission to pay for as many birthday and Christmas presents with vouchers as possible through a variety of apps, including Receipt Hog. I’ve been looking at ways I can maximise my shopping spend and Receipt Hog is an app that stood…

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Why Your Energy Company Is Mugging Your Loyalty Off

“Loyalty doesn’t pay where energy firms are concerned” was the first blog ever posted on Thinking Thrifty, and it seems most of us are still having our pants pulled down by our energy company. If you’re a customer of SSE, you’re likely to be one of the ones affected most by greedy energy firm bosses failing to make enough effort…

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Household Bills

Why Your Energy Bills Are About To Drastically Rise

Doom and gloom I’m afraid, your energy bills are about to rise by anything up to 34%! After a brief spell of falling prices we’re all in for a shock this winter as energy bills rise beyond belief. All but one of the Big Six energy providers have bumped up their cheapest tariff costs since September with only British Gas abstaining so…

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Prepayment Meters: The Ultimate Insult For The Financially Vulnerable

Prepayment meters have always been a bug bear of mine, or should I say the cost of running them has. You pay before you try, yet you’re charged more than someone paying in arrears – crazy! I find it astounding that energy companies can get away with charging the most vulnerable of society more. That’s not to say everyone who…

home heating tips
Household Bills

10 Top Home Heating Tips: For Winter Is Coming

Jon Snow has been warning us for ages, winter is coming and it’s time we started talking home heating tips! I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m already freezing cold and dying of man flu, it feels like I’m living outside in a cave in this rubbish flat. The dark nights are drawing in **sighs** and the…

You hear the postman drop off your letters, you notice one that stands out - nooooooooo it's a utility bill! Having spent the last 11 months in a flat that has the bills included, I have to say it's been a welcomed break from seeing a utility bill. However, a recent survey by icount Money indicated that many Brits are struggling to keep up with the never ending rise in costs. On the infographic below you can see just how bleak this situation has got for many.
Household Bills

Why Brits Dread Seeing A Utility Bill

You hear the postman drop off your letters, you notice one that stands out – nooooooooo it’s a utility bill! Having spent the last 11 months in a flat that has the bills included, I have to say it’s been a welcomed break from seeing a utility bill.  However, a recent survey by icount Money indicated that many Brits are…

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Household Bills

How To Cut Down Your Water Bills

Water bills are fast becoming a major headache for many households in the UK. Water bills are increasingly becoming of significant concern for many households. Back in the days when I was still working in the energy sector, I was continually asked by customers whether we could help to switch their water suppliers too and reduce their bill. The answer…

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Household Bills

Energy Firms Maths Error Means You Could Have Been Overcharged

Energy firms just don’t seem to be able to get their shizzle together do they? This time, a simple mathematics mistake has lead to thousands of customers paying up to three times more for their gas. Here is what has happened and who has been affected. What went so wrong? Mixing up measurements from older imperial meters with modern metric ones. No,…

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