HOMES & FINANCE

4 Tips for Creating The Perfect Home Office

Despite the world returning to regular post-pandemic times and many people are still working from home or making the jump from being employed to working for themselves, in 2022, there were over 340,000 self-employed people in Ireland alone. With working from home still being a popular choice for businesses, it makes sense to have a …

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House Prices See Slight Rise In October

House prices across the UK experienced a slight rise in October after six months of falls according to the latest set of data released by Halifax. The annual picture shows that over the preceding two months show drops in the selling value of falls, based on mortgages completions, including Northern Ireland. The monthly update from …

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More Than 39,300 Food Parcels Distributed By The Trussell Trust In Northern Ireland As Need Continues To Soar

New figures released by the Trussell Trust reveal that 39,334 emergency food parcels were provided to people between April and September by food banks in the charity’s Northern Ireland-wide network. This is the most parcels that the network has ever distributed at this point in the year and represents a 23% increase from the same …

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Do Not Overlook These Important Exterior Home Maintenance Tasks

Ah, home ownership. It is a lovely thing when everything is working as it should. When things go awry, however, the fun stops right away. There are a couple of important things you can do to keep your home’s exterior in good working order so you can spend less time on emergency repairs and more …

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Top Tips On How To Cut Costs, Save Money And Keep Warm This Winter

With the darker nights drawing in and temperatures dropping across the UK, the temptation to flick on the heating and cosy up by the fire has arrived. Despite the new energy price cap leaving some bills to cost less than last year, there are still many ways you can reduce the costs and keep expenditure …

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10 Top Tips For Reducing Your Food Costs This Winter

With the high cost of food a concern for 95% of consumers in Northern Ireland, the Consumer Council has put together some tips to help save you money at each stage of your food shop. “We know from our consumer research that households in Northern Ireland are already changing their shopping, cooking and eating habits, …

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Are You A Good Neighbour? Here Are The Tell Tale Signs You Are!

New research has revealed as many as three quarters of people in the UK (70%) insist their community is closer than it ever has been before. In fact, four in ten (40%) think the cost-of-living crisis has helped bring their community together, while 70% say they have grown closer due to the challenges of the …

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Check Out These Luxury Celebrity Pads For Sale Including Elton John, Travis Kelce & Paul Anka

Ever wonder how the other half live? Check out these sprawling celebrity pads for sale at Top Real Estates: Elton John Is Selling His Huge Atlanta Condo Elton John has been performing in the United States since 1970 when he did his first American concert. Elton eventually became so busy with his music, television, films …

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Christmas Has Arrived At The Middle Aisle In Lidl Northern Ireland

That time of the year is fast approaching when we think about decorating our homes with twinkling lights, wrapping gifts to place under the tree and spending quality time with our families playing board games as Christmas carols play softly in the distance – it really is the most wonderful time of the year. At …

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Consumer Council Issue Advice As SSE Airtricity 7% Price Decrease Comes Into Effect For Electricity

Northern Ireland’s second largest electricity supplier, SSE Airtricity will reduce their standard tariffs by 7% tomorrow (1 November). This will mean savings of around £95 per year for a typical customer with a standard rate credit meter and savings of around £93 per year for a typical customer with a standard rate keypad meter. Peter …

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Budget Energy Announces An 8% Price Decrease For Electricity

Budget Energy, Northern Ireland’s third largest electricity supplier, has today announced a price decrease of 8% for their domestic electricity customers. This decrease will be effective from 1 December 2023 and will see around £112 savings for a typical customer with a standard rate credit meter and around £110 savings for a typical customer with …

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Ditch The Dates: Here Are 15 Foods You Can Eat Beyond Their Expiration

As price hikes continue to eat into food shopping budgets, shoppers in Northern Ireland are being advised on the foods they can eat past their expiry date. The team at online retailer MuscleFood as featured on Healthy Shop have revealed 15 commonly bought food items which families should think twice about before throwing away. This comes after …

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Hitting Home: PropertyPal Partners With Co-Ownership To Help More Buy A Home

PropertyPal, Northern Ireland’s leading property website, recently announced a new partnership with Co-Ownership, the province’s shared ownership provider. In a move that emphasises the need to make purchasing a home more accessible, PropertyPal has integrated a toggle onto its website allowing potential homeowners to easily filter and identify properties that could be eligible for Co-Ownership. …

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Extreme Decluttering: For A Tidier Home, Mind, And Life

Have you ever tripped over something in the hallway, or spent an inordinate amount of time searching for an item that’s seemingly been misplaced? You might benefit from an extreme decluttering session to give yourself more peace of mind – not only by retrieving lost remote controls or other items but also in terms of …

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Powered by Sunshine: 4 Easy Ways to Increase Natural Lighting at Hom

Did you know that many homeowners consider lighting as the deal breaker when choosing their home? It’s because lighting has many effects on your home— it can make your décor shine, help in airing out rooms, warm you up during winter, and bring positive effects to your health. The best part is, it’s totally free! …

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Transforming Tiny Spaces – How To Make The Most Of Small Square Footage

In the world of UK real estate, it’s no secret that square footage often comes at a premium, especially if you live in sought-after destinations like London.  As a result, many of us find ourselves living in smaller homes and apartments, which can be a challenge when it comes to decorating and making the most …

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Creating Harmony in Home Decor: Balancing Style and Functionality

When it comes to setting up your living space, finding the perfect blend of style and practicality is key. Your home is a reflection of who you are, your lifestyle and your preferences. In this guide to home decor, we’re here to provide insights and practical tips on how to create a space that’s truly …

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Lidl Northern Ireland’s Parkside Bargains Helping To Plant The DIY Seed

Whether tidying up the garden or building that cabinet at long last, Lidl Northern Ireland believes that DIY is for everyone. The Parkside range offers customers excellent value on top-quality, high-performance products from chainsaws to leaf blowers. Do it yourself this autumn and find plenty of DIY bargains while stocks last between 21st and 27th …

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Minimalism In Interior Design – Achieving Simplicity And Elegance In Your Living Spaces

The concept of minimalism in interior design offers a refreshing escape in a world filled with distractions and excess. This trend, characterised by its clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and emphasis on functionality, embraces the idea that less truly is more.  Are you seeking a serene and elegant home environment that exudes calmness and purpose? If …

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How To Prioritise Safety During Property Renovation

If you plan to renovate a residential building, you must observe various protective measures. This way, you can prevent workers and your family from falling victim to accidents and injuries. Whether you are DIYing or outsourcing the project, renovation can prove dangerous without precaution. Do you have plans to remodel your home? Here are some …

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Department For Communities Seeks Views On New Affordable Housing Fund

Growing the supply of more affordable, better-quality homes for rent with longer-term tenancies is a key commitment for the Department for Communities. The recent publication of its Intermediate Rent policy aims to set the foundations to introduce a new supply of Intermediate Rent homes, which is a new form of affordable housing for rent. The …

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Erase Back To School Costs With A Chance To Win £1000 At Lidl Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket retailer, Lidl Northern Ireland, has announced that it is giving away £50,000 in coupon vouchers to lucky customers across the region, to support with costs associated with the return to school. As part of the Lidl Plus scheme, Lidl Northern Ireland has launched its Back to School Stamp Card Competition, and …

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28 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets For Modern Families

Families today face numerous responsibilities that must be managed, from maintaining finances to creating delicious family meals. Kitchen gadgets have become an indispensable part of today’s family kitchens to make cooking experiences both efficient and enjoyable. In this blog post, we explore some of the top kitchen tools specifically tailored for modern families to provide …

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High Costs Prevent NI Consumers Accessing Free-From Products

Research from the Consumer Council shows almost half of Northern Ireland consumers with food allergies and intolerances have had to go without free-from products due to cost and availability. New research published by the Consumer Council has revealed that people with food allergies and intolerances (food hypersensitivities) are impacted by high costs and lack of availability …

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Lidl Northern Ireland’s Summer Clearance Sale offers up to 35% off Garden Must-Haves

Friday 14th July: From Saturday 15th July, customers can get their hands on sun-sational summer bargains from Lidl Northern Ireland’s middle aisle while stocks last. With up to 35% off garden furniture, barbecues and accessories, make Lidl Northern Ireland your one-stop destination this weekend. If you’re still contemplating whether you should give into the Hanging Egg Chair hype, Lidl Northern Ireland has made your decision much …

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5 Ways To Improve Your Finances When You’re Bad With Money

Not everyone is great with money, and this can often affect their finances. At some point, they could find themselves struggling with getting everything paid. That doesn’t mean you need to struggle for long. There are multiple ways to improve your finances when you’re bad with money. Some of these could be more practical than …

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1/3 Of People In The UK Get Their Gardening Inspiration From Their Parents

Almost 1 in 3 people in the UK get their gardening inspiration from their parents. Huw Richards, gardener, author and 24 year old leading gardening YouTuber shares his advice for how to encourage green fingers from an early age. As the weather warms up and the sunshine inspires outdoor activities, two thirds of people in …

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‘More For You This Summer’ In Lidl Northern Ireland’s Middle Aisle

Lidl Northern Ireland’s renowned middle aisle will be brimming with hot bargains to get you summer ready this year! Shoppers can expect to pick up garden furniture, BBQs, outdoor kid’s toys, beach essentials and lots more. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect to pick up in store over the coming weeks. Garden Party …

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Power NI And SSE Airtricity Gas Announce Tariff Changes Effective 1 July When EPG Will Reduce To Zero

Northern Ireland’s largest electricity supplier, Power NI, is set to decrease its tariff by 7.1% effective 1 July 2023 for over 474,000 households. However, this price reduction coincides with the UK Government’s announcement that the Energy Price Guarantee for electricity is being reduced to zero. This means consumers’ bills will increase despite the price reduction …

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