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    With just over a year until our Wedding day every penny really does count and saving is definitely top of the agenda for Al and I, but with the latest iPhone 7 on the market and more pressure to deliver Insta-worthy flatlays, I am beginning to feel the pressure when it comes to purchasing a new phone. Luckily for me my phone contract is almost up but after signing up to a deal that didn’t meet my needs and paying over the odds for the last couple of years, I decided that this time I would do my research earlier to ensure that I purchased the right device for me.

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    Flawless Flatlays.

    But what if you could compare mobile contracts and SIM-only deals in one place when it suits you? Luckily for me you now can, as a gentleman named Adam Cable founded MobilePhoneChecker back in 2006 to help find the best deal for us.

    Now if I am honest I love saving money on the things I want, but I  don’t exactly want to spend hours on the internet just so I can source a good deal. I would much rather be capturing the perfect flatlay with my built in 12MP camera. So I decided that whilst I won’t be purchasing a new mobile device until later in September 2017, I better check out the latest deals. I may even consider switching my mobile provider as I have been with O2 for several years now, but just recently I have struggled to achieve a decent mobile signal.

    The deals I found that met my exact requirements included:

    1. EE came out at the top with unlimited minutes, texts and 5 GB for my data allowance on a 24 month contract. Despite having to pay £89.99 upfront for the handset  the monthly cost was only £42.99 with an average monthly cost of £46.74.

    With my last three bills being £71.50 or higher, this could potentially save me £24.76 a month. That means that I could save £297.12 on my device plan alone! I have to say I am surprised just how much I could save, that would almost cover a deposit for our honeymoon and with the upfront cost being £10 less than what I would normally pay that is £307.12 that I could save or £604.24 as the contract is over 24 months.

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    Dreaming of crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.

    If you have a particular network provider that you would like to stay with then mobilephonechecker can also search for the best deal for you with that provider. So the next deal I looked at was with my current provider O2

    2. The best deal with o2 was their 24 month contract with unlimited texts and minutes, 10GB of data  and an upfront cost of £79.99. However, the average monthly bill came in at £58.33 that’s £11.59 more than the EE offer. As my average monthly data usage is only 3.3GB I don’t require 10GB of data. So for me the EE deal is defiantly the winner and I am most likely going to switch my network provider after seeing this

    My Requirements where:

    • 4GB of Data
    • 500 Minutes
    • 500 Texts

     

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    Summer Dreams.

    This website is incredibly easy to use and can find you the best deals literally within seconds. To help me ascertain what my needs where I used the o2 app which showed me my usage for each month as well as a monthly average and then I just selected the applicable option for me on the mobilephonechecker website it really was that easy.

    Why not check it out today and see how much you could save

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    Now if you’ll excuse me I am going to go and have another look at our dream honeymoon destination in the Caribbean. Steel pans, Rum and sun here we come.

    Love Emma

    XxXx

    This post is a paid for collaboration with mobilephonechecker.co.uk  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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    Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees.

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    When the film Confessions of a Shopaholic was released in  2009 little did I know that I too would become obsessed with shopping. Luckily, my addiction to buying nice things hasn’t resulted in any severe consequences like many young women. However with our wedding fast approaching the reality has begun to set in.

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    So I thought I would set myself a challenge for the next 30 days to help me curb my impulse spending habits and hopefully encourage me to save! I will be keeping a diary from the 1st June which I am considering sharing with you, if you are interested.

    1. I will limit myself to one treat per month😩
    2. I will budget for events such as Birthday’s🎉
    3. I will switch to pack lunches oppose to daily meal deals from ‘Boots’ or Subway 🥗🌯sandwiches.
    4. I will stop ordering Papa John pizzas 🍕
    5. I will avoid the high street on my lunch break – This is a tough one as I work in retail.🛍
    6. I will create new looks with my current wardrobe.💃
    7. I will sell items if I wish to make a purchase👀
    8. No Bridal or Fashion Magazines👰💍
    9. I will put £10 in our Honeymoon Fund at least once a month.😊
    10. I will put a portion of my wages into my savings💰
    11. Continue to pay off credit card on time.💳
    12. I will ask myself do I really need it or can it wait?😂
    13. I will pay for things with cash and avoid using my card for contactless  payments🙊

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    Some other useful tips from my lovely Twitter followers include:

    1. Meal prep your lunches at the weekend (or when you are free) instead of buying lunches when you’re at work everyday @RetroSnowflake🍱
    2. Write down everything that you spend from day-to-day for a week – when you look back you’ll be able to see areas where you can cut down @pollymaisie 😵

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    Are you a shopaholic or a savvy saver? Do you have any tips I could try?

    Love Emma

    XxXx

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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