Take your neighbours into consideration when putting up your lights

How your festive lights could get you in trouble

Some people may argue that decorating your home for Christmas should be a crime, but research has revealed that you could actually end up getting fined for giving your home a festive makeover.

Angry neighbours have taken their gripes online, with forum posts and social media users complaining that they are struggling to sleep with lights blinking all night. This comes as research...

Christmas 2020 could mean that we’re going to be buying and not eating far too much.

Stop fattening up turkeys and reduce food waste for Christmas 2020

It’s going to be a socially distanced Christmas, and this is going to lead to massive food waste.

With fewer people in households celebrating the festive season, it looks like we’re going to be buying – and not eating – far too much Christmas food.

That means, according to food waste collection company , we’ll be wasting more than usual as people scale...

B&Q are offering home delivery this year on Christmas trees

 Ho Ho home delivery B&Q to deliver real trees for Christmas

B&Q has announced that for the first time ever it will be launching nationwide delivery for online orders of real Christmas trees. This means anyone having to self-isolate will still be able to enjoy a real Christmas tree in their home.

The socially distanced door drops will be available from 20th November and customers can pick a delivery date that’s convenient for them. The new...

Decorating the tree brings the most joy to a quarter of Brits at Christmas

Styling tips to get your tree Insta-ready

The countdown to Christmas is officially on, with Halloween and Bonfire Night behind us, Brits are looking ahead to the festive season, with many households starting to decorate even earlier than usual.

According to new research by Censuswide for Dobbies, which explored the Christmas trends and opinions of over 2,000 UK adults, decorating the tree brings the most joy to a quarter (25...

Households are being more savvy and more prepared than ever

Survey reveals how the UK is planning for Christmas

Potentially signalling the end of the last minute Christmas shopper, households are being more savvy and more prepared than ever before this year with the UK remaining determined to indulge in the festive spirit early - and that still includes a trip to the high street to do Christmas shopping - according to a new survey.

The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of John Lewis has...

Why Christmas will be even more meaningful this year

It’s looking likely that unless the impact of Coronavirus dramatically decreases over the next couple of months, then we are in for an even more intimate Christmas than usual. However, just because certain restrictions will be in place does not mean we can't still enjoy the day. With a little imagination and a lot of goodwill, we can all make Christmas 2020 a Christmas to remember for all the...

Why are retailers clamping down on returns and what does it mean for consumers?

A shoppers, we appreciate the convenience of sending something back if it isn't quite right. But with some people stretching the rules, retailers have been clamping down on their returns policies lately and becoming more strict about customer behaviour that isn't acceptable.

Some have been sending warning emails to customers about their behaviour, according to Barclaycard.


Here’s what you could do right now to save money this Christmas

Think it’s too early to start planning for festive spends? Preparing now could save you huge amounts of money.

It may be way too early for many people to want to think about Christmas (unless you’re one of those hyper-organised festive types who starts preparing almost a year in advance!).

But right now could be a golden opportunity to do some planning, which will help you...

Seven things you’ll only know if you’re really organised with your Christmas shopping

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

You know that cliché of a frazzled parent running around the 24 hour supermarket just hours before Christmas, trying to buy gifts for the whole family and enough food to feed the five thousand? Well frankly, it’s a scenario that some of us just can’t relate to.

You’re such a fan of forward planning that you’ve ticked off all your...

Home security: 12 ways to deter burglars this Christmas

A former burglar and the police reveal how to keep your house secure over the festive season. Lisa Salmon finds out more.

If you’re looking forward to Christmas, bear in mind that thieves are gleefully anticipating it too – last year, there was a substantial increase in insurance claims for burglaries in winter, particularly over the Christmas period.

Halifax Home Insurance...

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