Monthly Archives: June 2011

Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Fuel

Fuel IncreaseFuel prices just seem to be going up and up hey. Well here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of fuel you use and cut down that petrol bill!

1. – Don’t break the speed limit. While you might not particularly want to go slower driving at a faster speed means you will go through more fuel.

2. – Get rid of any surplus weight from the car. Additional weight will cause you to use more fuel.

3. – Simply by keeping away from the car ahead will cause you to reduce braking and stopping based on their driving which will in turn save you fuel.

4. – Remove roof racks and “top box” when they’re not needed because as we said earlier more weight means more fuel used.

5. – If you are going to be stationary for more then 3 minutes switch off the engine while you wait.

6. – Check the tyre pressures weekly. This helps reduce the friction of your car to the road which means more fuel savings.

7. – Accelerate in a business-like manner when pulling away, changing up a gear at 3,000 rpm (2,500 rpm for diesels)

8. – “Block change” into the highest possible gear when the car reaches the maximum safe or legal speed for the road and conditions.

9. – Heating & Air conditioning are particularly fuel hungry. Keep your windows clear and dry by cleaning the inside as well as the outside and by making sure that no wet clothes or footwear are left in the car overnight. This is especially important in periods of wet weather.

10.Reverse into your drive or your parking place at work. A cold engine uses much more fuel than when it’s hot, so minimise cold running. Combine a number of tasks into one trip, clear frost from windows and open driveway gates before you start the engine and reverse into parking bays or driveways so that you can drive straight out and warm the engine up as fast as possible.

If you have any other fuel saving tips please mention them below! Thanks.

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Sell Your Unwanted Goods on

Remember the saying someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure? Well someone out there might just be waiting to snap up your unwanted everyday household items!

There are so many misconceptions out there about the value of general goods. Many people think that old kettles, sporting equipment and DVDs are worthless – but it couldn’t be further from the truth. By selling these items on you can free up space at home and make some extra cash. is about local face-to-face trading so it is very simple to off-load your unwanted possessions to someone in your neighbourhood. Here are six tips to selling your unwanted good on

1.    Check – first check to see how much other sellers have listed their items for on, by selling for a lesser amount could help secure a fast sale.

2.    How old is the item – with basic everyday household items generally the newer the item is the more you will be able to get for it. Some questions to ask when determining the price are: Is this a trusted brand? Is it the newest model? How much was this brand new?

3.    Include the instructions manual – this is especially for technology items or gadgets and kitchen appliances. It can help raise the perceived value of the item.

4.    Present the product well – to get the most from your item give the item a good clean or polish and present it well in your photos, this will help catch the eye of potential buyers.

5.    Sell lower-value items together – items like a toaster, kettles and sandwich makers work well together and help appeal to those looking to update their kitchen.

6.    Don’t feel guilty about letting go of items you have a personal attachment to – it’s amazing how good you feel when you get extra cash for that ‘unwanted present’.  If in doubt think of a price that feels right and add 10 per cent.

Good luck!

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