Save cash on fuel during your next trip! — 4WD Supacentre

With modern advances in fuel delivery, and computer-controlled turbo diesel engines, 4WD fuel efficiency figures have slowly been becoming more palatable for those without blank check books to pay for their expeditions. We are going to go over 6 ways for you to enhance your fuel efficiency on long journeys away! MINIMISE EXCESS WEIGHT [ […]

When packing your vehicle it is important to remember that the heavier your vehicle is, the more energy you will need to use to keep it rolling. By packing less gear more efficiently and towards the middle of your vehicles wheelbase and lower towards the vehicles center of gravity you will minimize uneven stress on the suspension components of your 4WD meaning it will handles smoother, this results in an easier ride, and burning less fuel.

A set of Titan Rear Drawers help you to locate your bulky heavy gear lower down, and also freeing up internal cabin space for safer and better visibility which makes decision making much easier on the open road, because you give yourself more time to react to hazards ahead and slower vehicles that you may be approaching which can make you lose momentum for climbing up those bigger hills.



Whilst driving on any road in any car, regular stop start driving wastes a ridiculous amount of fuel, and in our personal experience a fully loaded 4WD being driven in bumper to bumper traffic DOUBLED…. That’s right doubled, its fuel consumption from nearly 11L/100Km to just over 22L/100Km.

There are dozens of tricks to making sure that you don’t burn this much fuel specially when travelling past and out of the city!

To avoid stop starting from taking its toll on your wallet, take off extremely slowly, and change gears early if you are driving an auto, simply holding minimal accelerator will allow the gearbox to upshift early without ‘winding out’ your revs through the gear range. Using the engines low end torque and not bringing your turbo into boost will save you many litres of fuel at the bowsers.

 Just because the car in front is zipping off the lights and slamming their brakes on at every traffic blockage doesn’t mean you have to as well.

Stick to the slow lane and drive it like a semi! This way you’ll always give yourself plenty of stopping distance to slow down in your own time and you will always conserve fuel being able to coast towards the red light ahead, instead of racing the car next to you right up to the stop!


The old saying ‘smooth is fast’ also applies for efficiency, smooth driving is efficient driving.

One of the best ways to avoid being erratic on the road is by giving yourself plenty of stopping distance and trying to maintain a steady pace.

The more erratic and agitated your driving is the more resistance your vehicle is likely to be encountering, making its job of cruising, much harder. Play some relaxed tunes on the radio and take your time making maneuvers in traffic and it will go a long way into getting you better numbers at the bowser.

Many modern 4WD’s handle just like cars, and with excellent handling characteristics, people automatically drive them as if their 2.5 ton 4WD is a micro-sized European designed hatchback, resulting in horrible fuel economy. Drive your vehicle like it is a fully loaded truck, and you will be rewarded with much smaller fuel bills than you are accustomed too!


When your vehicle encounters mechanical resistance you are burning excess fuel that you don’t need too. There are several things you can do to make sure your vehicle is not costing you stacks of hard earned.

Things like making sure that your vehicle is running the right tyre pressures is an excellent place to start, by using a compressor like the Thumper MKII to keep your tyres inflated to the right pressures, you will have a smoother drive, put less wear and tear on steering and suspension components and also reduce the rolling resistance of your tyres.

A set of new tyres every 2 or 3 years will also ensure that you are taking advantage of modern tread patterns, in the last 5-10 years Mud terrain tyres have increased in road handling and are much quieter than their dinosaur ancestors you used to hear coming down the road, but All terrains and highway terrains are still king at getting the best fuel economy figures.

Before any longer trip and every six months or so, you should get a good wheel alignment, this will make sure your front and back wheels are sitting square and riding true to the chassis, reducing any drag that the system might have and making your steering more responsive.

Don’t forget to check your wheel bearings, cv joints, and maintain your engine, gearbox and transfer case oils to make sure you aren’t wasting a drop of fuel.


There are few better ways to reduce your fuel bill, than by maintaining your momentum, if you have to keep adjusting your speed, you will be wasting fuel. It’s a good idea to keep your RPM lower, and cruise, with bigger vehicles a good cruising speed will allow you to make it up the hills on the freeway, and coast back down again without the need to floor it and rev your motor up.

Simply by reducing your speed by 10 or 20 km/h, and cruising at around 90km/h instead of 100km/h and 110km/h, you can make massive savings to your fuel bill, you will find that by cruising at a slightly slower speed the frantic pace of the freeway no longer agitates you and you will gain plenty more stopping distance for smoother and easier driving all the way to and from your destination!


By planning your path ahead you can make sure there are no dramatic swerves to get to an offramp, or any unnecessary detours that can take you well off the beaten path, by using a VMS Touring 700 HDX GPS unit you can navigate easily to your destination without any silly wrong turns or time-consuming detours.

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Stepping into Spring with xylondon — Jenny in Neverland

I think Spring is a great time to spruce things up. Whether that’s your blog layout, a new hair cut, a re-decorated bedroom or a new wardrobe, Spring is a great time to jump into things head first. New beginnings and all that jazz. I always feel super motivated and inspired as Spring hits (apart […]

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Today, May 28th only, head to your local Family Dollar where Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent Power Paks 24-32 count are on sale for just $3.95. Even sweeter, head over here, clip this high value $3/1 Arm & Hammer Power Paks Laundry Detergent 17ct+ Smart Coupon and you’ll pay just 95¢ at checkout! Family Dollar Deal Idea…

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Recipe of the Week – Quick Chicken Risotto — Single Serve

Making your own risotto doesn’t have to be a big deal. You can cheat, like I have in this recipe. Poaching the chicken makes it soft and succulent plus it gives you a home made stock to cook the rice in. Read more at

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Younique — Jennifer’s Little Beauty Place

Hi everyone! I have decided to start selling Younique makeup to get a little extra income saved up. I am UK based and will post any offers on my Modern Goddess Facebook group. The makeup looks fantastic and I can’t wait for my sellers pack to arrive. I will be doing reviews along the way […]

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£1 Chef Miguel Barclay: You Really Can Make An Easy Dinner For A Quid Or Less

ARGUABLY, cooking isn’t a game. We’ve all got to eat, right? Being able to chuck stuff in a pan, heat it up and feed ourselves is a necessity, not a hobby. And preferably, what we cook shouldn’t bankrupt us. But food prices are rising, and if your culinary skills are limited, reaching for ready meals can be pretty costly.

Enter Miguel Barclay. The ex-biochemist jacked in a job in e-commerce to cook – and to only cook meals that come in under a stringent, self-imposed budget of £1 per portion – and is now on his third cookbook, Super Easy One Pound Meals, full of one-pot dinners.

His theory is that cooking and food shopping can become a ‘game’.

“It started with opening the fridge to see what there is, like [TV show] Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, but it wasn’t as fun as, ‘What can I cook for £1?'” he explains. “I’m quite scientifically minded. I like spreadsheets and calculating stuff, so it was the perfect game.”

Based in London, he’d “skive” off from his office job as much as possible, spend a tenner in the supermarket and cook all afternoon, “then just eat cold food later when we got back from the pub. My mates used to come round, so there’d be a cold lasagne, a cold cottage pie…”

Six years later, he started putting his recipes on Instagram (and now has 228k followers and counting) and got a book deal. “That’s all I do now,” he says bemusedly, “play this game every day.”

Calling cooking on a budget a ‘game’, when admittedly he’s not struggling to pay for groceries, could look insensitive, but Barclay sees what he does as “a puzzle or an equation – it’s a bit like sudoku, but more hands-on.” And he wants people to benefit from his solutions/recipes, whether it helps them get to grips with food shopping or budgeting, be less daunted by cooking, or just encourages them to be more inventive in the kitchen.

Surprisingly, he doesn’t find himself restricted by supermarkets. “I go to all of them, every single one,” he says, so you’re as likely to find him in Lidl (although he thinks there’s too much of a queue) as you are Waitrose (he’s a fan of their essentials range Arborio rice). “I treat them all equally, and it’s fun,” he says. Inform him that many people can’t stand doing the weekly food shop, he responds, with a slightly perplexed laugh: “Each to their own; I don’t really like opera!”

In Barclay’s world, food waste is also a “fun” conundrum, because “it’s an even more complicated equation to solve. Using up all the ingredients, it’s really like a jigsaw. I’m not on a crusade to stop people from wasting food, but I like the problem solving of how not to waste food.”

Recalibrating how you shop and how you think about nabbing a bargain, he says, can contribute massively to cutting down how much food you chuck away. “You can get a big bag of peppers for cheaper than one pepper, but if you’re not going to use them all and throw half of them away, then actually, they’re double the price per pepper than you thought you were spending,” he says pragmatically. “It’s about knowing what you want before you get there.”

If you really want to save money, he says, planning ahead is a must.

“You’ve got to plan what you’re going to eat and overlap ingredients every day,” so the mince leftover from your Bolognese on Monday, doesn’t go in the bin on Wednesday because you didn’t think of a way to use it up on Tuesday.

Barclay, who first got interested in cooking as a pot washer while a student, considers Jamie Oliver his biggest inspiration, but also calls himself an “anti-chef”. With no formal culinary education and a food career built on kitchen shortcuts (his couscous paella earned him a lot of online abuse: “Even my Spanish nan was like, ‘That’s not paella, that’s rice with stuff in it’,”), you can see why. However, he thinks that’s why One Pound Meals has been such a success – he’s got no fancy chef airs and graces getting in the way.

Take his attitude towards Parmesan cheese: “Some people are like, if it hasn’t been aged for X number of years, don’t buy it – but I can’t really spend £7 on a wedge of Parmesan.”

“It’s like the art world, you’ve got to be pretentious to be believed to be the best, and that’s not me. I still eat McDonald’s all the time,” he continues. “Big Mac meal all the way. Chefs are always really sneery at it – I like it, it’s a good burger.”

For his next book, Barclay’s hoping to compile a collection of £1 veggie and vegan meals, and no, he’s not tempted to experiment with 50p dinners. “£1 gives me the flexibility to use some cool stuff, I don’t want to do a cookbook that’s just lentils,” he says.

:: Miguel Barclay’s Super Easy One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay, photography by Dan Jones, is published by Headline Home, priced £16.99. Below are three recipes from the book for you to try.


(Makes one portion)

3 eggs, beaten

Pinch of curry powder

Sesame oil

1/4 carrot, cut into matchsticks

1/2 spring onion, cut into strips

A few beansprouts

Drizzle of soy sauce

Salt and pepper


Season the beaten eggs with salt, pepper and the curry powder. Heat a splash of sesame oil in a frying pan, pour in the beaten eggs and fry for a few minutes until 80 per cent cooked, then add the carrot, spring onion and bean sprouts to the middle, drizzle over a little sesame oil and soy sauce, then fold the omelette over the filling and continue to cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and serve with another drizzle of soy sauce to finish.


(Makes one)

20 x 20cm square of puff pastry

2tbsp passata

Pinch of dried oregano

1/4 mozzarella ball, torn into chunks

A few spinach leaves

1 egg

Salt and pepper


Preheat your oven to 190C/gas mark 5 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Using a plate as a template, cut out a big circular piece from the puff pastry square. Place it on the lined baking tray and lightly score a 1cm border around the edge with a knife, making sure not to cut all the way through. Prick the inner circle a few times with a fork (this will stop it rising in the oven).

Spread the passata on to the pastry, within the border, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the oregano then add the mozzarella and spinach. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, then crack the egg in the middle and return to the oven for another 10 minutes until the egg white is cooked but the yolk is still runny.


1 chicken thigh, de-boned

1tsp hot smoked paprika

1 egg-cup of couscous

2 egg-cups of water

4 lettuce leaves

1tbsp yoghurt

Olive oil

Salt and pepper


Coat the chicken thigh in a mixture of paprika, a pinch each of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Pan-fry the chicken over a low-medium heat, skin-side down first, for 10-12 minutes on each side until cooked through and caramelised on the outside. Remove from the heat and set the chicken to one side.

Add the couscous to the pan (off the heat), along with the water, and stir for a few seconds to incorporate all the pan juices, then leave the couscous to rest for a few minutes and plump up. Slice the chicken into thin strips, then assemble your tacos by spooning some of the peri peri-infused couscous on to each lettuce leaf, placing some chicken strips on top, then drizzling with the yoghurt and sprinkling over some cracked black pepper.

Our Savvy Saver Explains How She Lives On £1 A Day And Saves To Pamper Her Pooches — Plus Win A Year’s Food Shop

ROSE Waters loved to spoil her pampered pooches but was ready for a challenge to save some cash.

So the thrifty 25-year-old from Liverpool attempted to live on £1 a day, setting aside the savings she made to buy treats for her dogs, six-year-old Precious and four-year-old Lucy.

Sun Saver Rose tells of making her £1 per day stretch and saving enough to pamper her pooches

Rose, who is unemployed and lives with her parents, has always been a savvy shopper.

But she was almost forced to take on the challenge. She said: “I missed an appointment, which meant I didn’t receive my monthly £250 benefits — so I needed to feed myself on as little as possible.”

In our weekly Meet The Saver feature, Rose shares her secrets on how she made the most of her money.


  • Be organised. Rose keeps track of all her spending, as she can then look back to see where she’s overspent. She says: “It’s crazy to see how much you can spend in a month but having evidence of it can show you where you could save money.” She keeps receipts and vouchers in mini folders she bought off eBay. Check that out for some savvy organisation!
  • Think of new ways to save money. Have you got something in mind you want to buy? Think of ways you can make the money to pay for it. When Rose needed a new bed and mattress, she saved up by taking online surveys on sites such as Toluna, Valued Opinions and Panelbase. She also used shopping apps like Shoppix, Shopprize and Receipt Hog. It took a few months but she earned £150 in Amazon vouchers.
  • Consider cutting out meat. Rose became a vegan two years ago, which means she saves money on expensive cuts of meat — but she’s seen health benefits too. She says: “It was mainly to be healthier, but also for animal welfare. Cutting out meat and dairy products even helped me with my asthma and eczema.”
  • Stay in. Entertaining with friends in the form of meals and drinks out can be very expensive, so Rose prefers to stay in with friends and family. She says: “Some of my best moments have been with friends or family playing board games or watching an old film together.” You can find cheap board games and DVDs in charity shops and car boot sales for a couple of quid.
  • Stock up on tins. Rose likes to stock up on tinned food so she can always make a cheap meal with what’s in her store cupboard. She says: “I actually just bought loads of tins. I buy things like beans, coconut milk, soups and tinned veg like sweetcorn. I use coconut milk in my curries or desserts and I could have beans with any meal to be honest – I love them!”

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My Sun Savers fiver

ROSE is a new Sun Saver and it’s no surprise what she plans to spend her first fiver on – treats for her dogs!



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Inside New Online Supermarket Star Bargains Which Saves You 75 Per Cent Off Your Shopping Bill


We are all looking for ways to save money on our supermarket shop, aren’t we?

A trip to the store can be stressful – especially when your kids are screaming in the trolley, wanting to be everywhere else.

The cost is skyrocketing with every item you put in your basket – so how do we save cash?

One online supermarket believes it help millions of people save money – by offering them significant reductions on their food shop.

Star Bargains launched in April this year and is being rolled out to consumers across the UK and Europe, reports the Mirror .

It’s the online website of Yorkshire-based frozen food retailer Fultons Foods, which has 100 stores across the North of England.

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What makes Star Bargains so unique is that – unlike current market leaders Aldi and Lidl – it promises to save you as much as 75% on branded items because of exclusive partnerships with manufacturers.

Its model is to buy surplus stock from supermarkets and sell it on at knock off prices.

“Over recent years we have seen a rise in the popularity of discounters who offer own brand products at low prices such as Aldi and Lidl,” explained Karen Gunter, director at Fultons Foods.

“We compliment these types of retailers – meeting the needs of those shoppers who want big savings but prefer to stick with big name brands and family favourites.

“We offer deals on food and drink items which have been sourced directly from manufacturers or bought as surplus stock.

“In addition to this, we also sell some items which are sold at even bigger discounts as they are close to or past their best before dates – these are clearly labelled and are perfectly fine to eat, but would otherwise end up contributing to the millions of tonnes of food that is discarded every year in the UK which could’ve been eaten.”

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The items available change every few days, with 250 new products added each month – right now there are around 900 to choose from.

Star Bargains offers four different categories online – retailing around 900 different products.

These include a ‘home basics’ aisle for kitchen cupboard essentials, ‘posh nosh’ for premium brands, and ‘Fultons Foods’ which includes items for sale already in the shop’s branches.

These also include gluten free, vegan and baby food products.

Europe Deals With Heatwave From Portugal To A Finnish Supermarket

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Europe’s heatwave gripped Spain and Portugal on Friday, as governments checked for forest fires, a Budapest game reserve fed its animals iced snacks and a Finnish supermarket invited customers to sleep over to stay cool.

People walk across the Millennium Bridge in central London, Britain, August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Summer has brought drought and forest fires as far apart as Britain and Greece, where scores of people died, and Sweden warned of forest fires on Friday.

Hot air from North Africa has caused the most severe heatwave since 2003 in Iberia. (Europe’s drought)

Portugal’s Civil Protection agency reported 426 firefighters were putting out or checking fire alerts in the north and center. Fires typically flare late in the day when the weather is hottest.

Spanish and Portuguese temperatures will remain above 40 Celsius at least until Sunday, and could rise 2 or 3 degrees. That could push them above Europe’s record high of 48C, set in Athens in 1977.

The record in both Spain and Portugal is just over 47C. In Portugal, local media said temperatures could beat Death Valley in California, one of the world’s hottest places.

“Lisbon will be one of the hottest cities in the world this weekend because it’s 10 in the morning right now and the weather is already way too hot,” said Ana Pascoal, 56, a cleaner at a high-end restaurant.

Parts of Portugal’s parched southern Alentejo region were forecast to hit 47C. The country is on alert to prevent a repeat of its worst fires in history last year when 114 people died.

People cool off in the fountains across from the Eiffel Tower as a heatwave with high temperatures continues in Paris, France, August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau“NEVER THIS HOT”

Francois Jobard, a forecaster for Meteo France, said the hot air mass from North Africa could cause temperatures in Portugal and Spain of 45C until Saturday and perhaps hotter.

Last month, wildfires killed at least 91 people in Greece.

“I don’t want to say anything bad but yesterday, while I was watching TV, I thought the same could happen here but I’m praying it doesn’t,” said Eva Stigliano, a Greek tourist visiting Portugal for the third time. “I’ve been here in the summer but it has never been this hot.”

Lisbon’s temperature reached 43C.

Spanish authorities issued a heatwave warning for most of central Spain, expected to last until Sunday with temperatures of over 42C in some parts of Andalusia and Extremadura.

Two men died of heat-stroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Cadena Ser radio station reported on Wednesday.

A branch of the K-Supermarket chain in Helsinki’s Pohjois-Haaga district has invited 100 customers to sleep in its air-conditioned store on Saturday.

Finland’s August average is 19C but temperatures approached 30C this week and few have air-conditioning at home. A store manager told the state broadcaster that beer sales would end at 9 p.m. (2000 GMT) as usual though snacks would be available.

In Germany, state rail operator Deutsche Bahn said it was offering free water to passengers in case of delays and would keep air conditioning running on its trains even when they are empty.


Tourists took shelter under umbrellas outside the Louvre Museum in Paris and ignored ‘No Bathing’ signs to paddle in the fountains.

“We’re here for two days, so we’re going for it,” said David Jones from England, cooling off by the fountains with his wife.

Martina Ihrig, an office worker from Germany, said she was delaying visiting the Eiffel Tower with her three daughters until evening.

“It’s too hot to visit it now,” she said.

In Switzerland, mountain railways reported booming business as city dwellers fled to the Alps. Fishery authorities in the canton of Zurich were combing creeks to rescue fish from suffocation as streams dry up or oxygen levels plunge.

The Swiss army let soldiers wear shorts and T-shirts instead of standard uniforms.

The small Budakeszi game reserve outside the Hungarian capital Budapest said it was helping its animals cope with the heat with iced fruit and a diet with less meat and more nutrients.

In another sign of drought, water levels in the Danube River in Budapest are about to fall to a level that will expose a small outcrop called Dearth Rock that is almost always underwater, the National Water Management Authority said.

In Scandinavia, temperatures hit records until a few days ago. In Sweden July was a record month and wildfires burned in parts of the country.

Authorities in Sweden and Poland warned against swimming due to a bloom of toxic algae spreading caused by hot weather.

Reporting by Sonya Dowsett in Madrid, Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm, Michael Shields and John Miller in Zurich, Lefteris Karagiannopoulos in Oslo, Gabriela Baczynska in Warsaw, Catarina Demony in Lisbon, Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Helsinki, Jack Hunter in Paris, Matthias Inverardi in Berlin and Marton Dunai in Budapest; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg