Growing in The Garden: Could This Be Why Your Plants are Failing?


Gardening is a fantastic hobby to have- it’s productive, keeps you fit, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor come harvest time. You might even save yourself a bit of cash on your grocery bill. However, gardening can be incredibly frustrating, and if you’ve not had much luck, it’s tempting to want to throw in the towel. But stick with it, there are a few minor things that could be affecting your success so make sure all of these are right.

Your Soil

Peat or clay soils are heavy and retain a lot of moisture. Sandy soils are much lighter and faster to drain. Different plants will require different types of soil- this being wrong could lead to them becoming waterlogged or not getting enough moisture. Before sowing seeds or planting up flowers and shrubs, do some research first. Work out what kind of soil they thrive in, you could even go a step further and test the pH level too. According to when you’re planting trees, the soil should be no deeper than the pot it was grown in. Trees are resilient but they’re not indestructible, the last thing you want is to invest in a beautiful young tree and for it to die where it wasn’t planted correctly, Get the soil right and whatever you plant stands a far better chance.

You’re Over or Under Watering

Even with the correct soil type, it’s very easy to over or under water plants. This can lead to them shriveling and drying up, or the roots becoming waterlogged and rotten leading to the demise of the plant. Don’t neglect your garden but don’t kill it with kindness either. Usually just watering to keep the soil lightly moist is enough- if you’ve not had any rainfall in a while then pop out with a sprinkler or watering can.

It’s Not The Right Temperature

It’s important to know what climate zone you’re in when it comes to planting. Certain plants simply won’t grow if the temperature isn’t right, meaning if you want to grow more tropical crops you will need a greenhouse if you’re in a colder area. For example, it’s all very well thinking you’ll save money on avocados by growing an avocado tree (and tutorials and videos online show you how to do this using an avocado stone) but it will only tolerate subtropical and tropical climates. Again, do your research before deciding what you want to plant and grow.

Your Plants are Competing

Certain plants shouldn’t be put next to each other as they compete for the same nutrients in the soil. Therefore and planning out your plot beforehand is advisable. If you’re planting things willy nilly, this could well be the reason much of your garden is failing. Brush up on which plants are natural ‘friends’ and work well planted together. And which will compete for the same nutrients?

Have you ever considered that any of these could be causing your garden to fail? Do you have much luck when it comes to gardening?


How To Look Beautiful This Summer

Summer is finally here, the sun is shining, and you are raring to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. You need to look and feel good as you set foot outside, and here are some great ways to achieve it.

Fashion sense

The summer is a great time to replace your old clothes with some fantastic new looks. Whether you buy a collection, such as Alfred Dunner from Anthony’s or mix and match your own style, wear clothing that looks and feels good on you.

Buy clothes in a range of styles and colors to match your activities during the day. A new swimsuit is essential while spending time in the pool, and t-shirts and shorts will give your body the freedom it needs during the stifling heat. At the moment, the 1980’s styles are back in fashion with bright, bold colors and jumbo frills. Fuschia colored pinks were popular on this year’s catwalks, and pinstripes were the design style of choice.

You may want to accessorize with a cool new hat, and a trendy bag to complement your summer outfit. At the moment Audrey Hepburn style sunglasses are in fashion, giving you that cool, chic look as you walk around town.

Skin care

You may be wearing the latest fashion in color and design, but if you don’t look after your skin, you may end up walking around town with your face looking like a tomato and blistering like bubble wrap! Not good when you are trying to look beautiful, so you need to take care of yourself.

As awesome as the sun is, you need to stay in the shade when possible to protect yourself from the intense heat. Always wear sunscreen on any exposed areas of your skin, and when lounging in your garden buy a large umbrella to shield you from the sun.

Moisturize your face to keep it soft and supple. There are ways to do this naturally using coconut water or milk, giving you a fresh, healthy glow. Exfoliate daily as well, removing the impurities that have gathered under your skin.

Our bodies lose a lot of water every day, especially in the warmer months, so it is important to rehydrate ourselves by drinking plenty of water. Not only will this hydrate our skin but it will remove harmful toxins as well.

You may prefer the natural look but if you do wear make-up to look beautiful find the right shades to suit your eye coloring and the tone of your skin. You will be sweating a lot, and possibly spending time in the pool, so apply waterproof mascara, to avoid those ugly black streaks running down your face. Curling your lashes will make your eye color pop, and applying bronzer to your forehead and cheeks will give your skin a beautiful glow. However, make sure you wash it off before you go to bed as it will irritate your skin, and make it look blotchy, not helpful to the fabulous new look you are keen to show off.

Common Exercise Myths Debunked

You know what they say; for every two truths, there is a lie! Well, this is certainly the case when it comes to exercising and fitness. If you take a look on the Internet, you will see an abundance of conflicting advice, making it difficult to know what to believe. Below, we debunk some of the most common exercise myths.


You aren’t working hard enough if you aren’t sweating – Everyone feels that working hard and sweating goes hand-in-hand. However, everyone is different, meaning we all have different sweat rates. For instance, did you know that men sweat more than women? Plus, being physically trained boosts your ability to start sweating sooner and more. Also, there are other factors that are going to have an impact on how much you sweat, such as the environment. If it is humid and hot, you are naturally going to sweat more, even if you are not working hard. If you are dehydrated, you will sweat less. All in all, sweating is not a reliable indicator of how much effort you are putting in.

Strength training will make you bulk up – A lot of women are worried that they will end up with massive muscles if they do strength training. In fact, it is pretty difficult for females to bulk up from a standard strength training routine, as they do not have as much testosterone as men do. Strength training is actually great for anyone that is looking to lose weight or tone up.

It doesn’t matter what type of workout equipment you use – Actually, it does! It is important for the effectiveness of your workout, as well as your motivation levels. Are you going to want to hop on your exercise bike every day if the wheels don’t move smoothly and you feel like it is going to fall apart? Would you prefer to work on a treadmill that tracks your performance and gives you feedback, or one that doesn’t provide any of this? Choose quality equipment, and you will achieve more. To get started, here are reviews of the best Sunny Health and Fitness bike machines.

You should work out every day – You will be pleased to know that this is a myth. You break down muscle fibres when you exercise, so that they can rebuild stronger. But, for this to happen, your body needs time to recover. This is why it is important to have one or two rest days every week.

You need to eat more protein to gain muscle mass – We all seem to be a bit obsessed with protein at the moment! While you do need to eat some protein to gain muscle mass, there is no need to go overboard. Don’t ignore other food groups. Here are some great tips on giving your body all the fuel it needs.

No pain, no gain – No doubt you have heard this saying before. While workout intensity and soreness can be connected, if your muscles don’t feel achy, this does not mean you haven’t had a good workout session. Being sore means that a considerable amount of stress has been applied to the tissue, but it doesn’t mean you have had a great workout. In fact, a lot of people feel fantastic after working out and then feel sore the next day.

To Build Or To Renovate – The Biggest Decision You’ll Ever Make

We all have a dream home in our heads; the perfect space that encompasses style, comfort, and beauty, and is the perfect family home in every sense of the phrase. A lot of people presume that their dream homes will always be just that – dreams, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Believe it or not, you can make your dream home a reality, it’s just a case of taking the steps to create your dream space, as well as knowing what those steps are.


When it comes to creating your dream home, there are two options to consider; these are: renovating or building. One option is to renovate an existing property and transform it into your idea of a dream property. Another option is to have your dream home built from scratch to your exact specifications. The option that you opt for will depend on a range of factors, including which is the most suitable option for your needs, time frame, and budget.

Knowing which of these two options to opt for isn’t easy, as it can be difficult to determine which the best solution is for you. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider all of the options and decide which one would offer you the best solution to your situation and needs. To help you to do that, below are some pros and cons to each option, as well as some useful tips and pieces of advice to take note of.


Renovating can be a great option, as it allows you to transform an old property, potentially the house that you live in now, and make it a dream home. A lot of people choose to renovate an older property rather than building a new one from scratch, but it has to be what’s right for you. It all depends on what you want your dream home to be like, as well as what your time frame is and the size of your budget, of course.

What are the pros of renovating?

One of the main benefits of renovating a property to transform it into your dream home is that it’s less work than building from scratch. Or, at least, it should be. You can opt to do as little or as much work to it as you would like to, it all depends on what changes you think need making to transform the building into your idea of a dream property. You could choose to simply convert the attic into a master bedroom with an ensuite and add a conservatory to the kitchen, or you could strip the property back to the bare bones and start again.

Another benefit of choosing to renovate rather than build from scratch is that if you already live in a property that’s in the ideal area for you and your family, it won’t mean moving. You can still stay close to your friends, local amenities, and jobs and the children’s schools, but can get a beautiful new home to live in; it’s a win-win situation.

Then there’s the cost to think about. Often, choosing to renovate a property can work out much cheaper than choosing to build from scratch, especially if you’re prepared to do the majority of the work yourself, with the help of a few handy tools, like those featured on, for instance. When it comes to renovating a property, having all the right tools in place is crucial, as it can help to cut costs and speed up the project.

A reason that renovating appeals to a lot of people when it comes to creating their dream homes is because it tends to be a quicker process than building a property from scratch. Building a home from scratch that is exactly as you always dreamed it would be can take a long time, so if you’re in a rush, renovating could be the best option for you.

What are the cons of renovating?

One of the cons of renovating a property instead of building from scratch is that you’re dealing with an old property. This means that it could end up costing you more than you would think to make changes to it, as repairs may need to be made along the way.

Then there’s the fact that you have to renovate around the structure that’s already there. Say you’ve always dreamed of having a large open plan living room and kitchen, if the wall between the two rooms is a supporting wall then you can’t pull it down. Renovating a property to create your dream home does tend to come with some compromises.

There’s also planning permission to consider. For older properties, you may struggle to get planning permission for certain changes that you want to make to the property, such as making changes to the exterior of the property, for instance.


Building is also a popular option, as some people prefer to create their dream homes from scratch, rather than making changes to a structure that’s already in use. Whether you opt to build your dream home from scratch will depend on a range of factors, these include things like your time frame, for example. Ask yourself, do you have the time to build a property from scratch?

What are the pros of building?

Obviously, the main benefit of building your dream home from scratch is that you are in total control of what the property will look like. You get to design both the interior and exterior structure of the property; you get to choose what it will look like when it’s built, you have ultimate control over what it will end up looking like, as well as what the layout will be like. You can choose whether it has three floors, four floors, or more – basically, you can design your property in any way that you see fit. Just make sure your plans fit your planning permission, that’s all.

Although it can be pricey to build from scratch, in the long-run, it will save you money. This is because you can opt to build a home that has all new fittings and fixtures that are under warranty and can create a property that’s efficient and eco-friendly. You can opt to install solar panels on the roof, the best insulation there is, and can install an air conditioning system that is an energy efficient as possible – building from scratch can save you a lot of money.

Then there’s the fact that you can literally build your dream house. If you want marble floors, you can have them. If you want a double staircase that meets at the top, you can have it. If you want windows shaped like church windows, you can have them. You get the idea – you can have whatever you want because you’re building your home from scratch.

What are the cons of building?

One of the cons of building your dream home from scratch is the fact that it’s a massive project and not one that should be taken on lightly. Building a property from scratch can take months or sometimes even years and can be a lot of work, and it’s important to understand that. Sure, the end result is great, but what you need to ask yourself is whether you have what it takes to take on such a huge project.

Then there’s the fact that the project could end up costing you more to complete than you thought it would. While it’s all well and good having a budget in place, it’s important to understand that sometimes things don’t go to plan and you end up having to spend more money than you thought you would need to. The question that you need to ask yourself is if things go pear-shaped, do you have the extra money that you need to put more money into your project? If the answer is yes, then there’s nothing to worry about, but if the answer is no, then it’s probably not a good idea to go ahead with the project unless you are sure you won’t go over budget.

There you have it, a guide to the pros and cons of renovating and building to create your dream home. It can be hard to know which option is the best choice for you. But hopefully, the pros and cons above, along with the tips and pieces of advice slipped in amongst them, have helped to make it a little easier for you to decide which is the best option for you, renovating or building from scratch. It might take some time for you to decide which option you would rather go with, but it’s important not to rush the process. The last thing that you want to do is rush things, and end up regretting the decision that you have made. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you take your time when making your choice about which option is best for you and your family.

What You Should Know About Shaping Up Your Legs And Glutes

If you really want to shape up your legs and glutes, there are a few things you should know. Getting your legs to look exactly how you want them to look can take time, but it can definitely happen! Here are some tips:

Using Heavy Weights
Using heavy weights is key if you want to build muscle tone in your legs. If you just want to slim down your legs, you can potentially do plyometric, HIIT, and circuit training. However, if you want more shapely legs, then using heavy weights is a must. By ‘heavy’, it means you should lift weights where you feel challenged the last few reps. A rep range of 8-15 is best!

Eating A Nutritious Diet
A nutritious diet is also key. Having balance is important, so don’t deprive yourself of a treat here and there. However, you will always get the best results from exercise when eating lots of nutrient dense foods. Bear in mind that how much you eat will make an impact on your results. If you really want to grow muscle, you’ll need to eat more than maintenance. If you want to lose a little fat, you’ll need to eat just below.

Targeting Specific Muscle Groups
Let’s say you want your glutes to grow but not your quads. You will need to spend time activating the glutes before a workout with bodyweight exercises and resistance bands. Also, make sure you focus on exercises you can really feel in the glute but not the quad. Alongside your healthy diet and exercise routine, there are a few other things you can try. Take a look at the infographic below!

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Ultimate Fashion Advice To Give To Your Man

Let’s face it, if you have a boyfriend, fiancee, or husband, you know they struggle to ‘get’ fashion. They might think they know how to dress smart, but do they really know the right colour combinations or the right way to accessorise an outfit?

No, they don’t. In fact, a lot of the time they just chuck on whatever’s comfortable and don’t really care about their outfit. You know this is perfectly fine if they’re just going to the shops or you’re not really doing anything. But, when the two of you go out as a couple and go on a date or go somewhere nice, you want both of you to look good. After all, you spent a lot of time making sure you look great, so shouldn’t they?

So, it’s time to sit them down and give them a few fashion pointers that will help them pick out the right outfits and look good all the time.


Learn What Matches

Guys have a real struggle when it comes to learning what colours match each other. This often causes them to wear clothes that look nice on their own, but don’t combine well together at all. Like, yeah, those jeans are nice, and I like that top too, but that doesn’t mean they look good as an outfit because the colours completely clash. Show them articles like this one here that pretty much explain how to match colours. If they learn how to get this right, then they’ll definitely be able to put together good outfits from here on in.

Men Can Accessorise Too

It’s rare that a guy will buy accessories for their outfits, but they really should. Something like a nice watch on their wrist can add to an outfit. Or, as seen here, a diamond necklace to completely amp up their look and give them that celebrity style. Even something simple like a pair of sunglasses or a hat can go well with different outfits, particularly in the summer. The bottom line is, they need to know that accessories can help bring their outfits together, and shouldn’t be neglected.

Dress For Occasions

Finally, you have to teach them to dress for different occasions. I recently posted an article on the popular athleisure trend, and most guys are hugely into this. The problem is, they wear this type of clothing when it’s just not suitable. We’re going out on a date, you need to change out of your gym sweatpants and into something nice. Guys have to learn when to tone things up, and when to tone down. It doesn’t matter how good their outfit is, when worn in the wrong setting, it can embarrass them and you. Make sure they have different clothes that can fit different situations and don’t just fill their wardrobes up with the same things.

There you have it, this is the advice you should give to your man about fashion. They’ll act like they don’t care, but trust me, they’ll listen and love you for it.

How To Nail The Athleisure Trend

The athleisure fashion trend is sweeping the world, and everyone wants to know what to wear and how to wear it. So, read this guide, and you’ll find out how to do just that!


Understand The Trend

The first step in nailing the athleisure look is understanding what it actually is. Essentially, this trend stems from gym and athletic culture. People wear certain things to the gym, such as sweat pants, leggings, tight fitted clothing, etc. Not only do these clothes look good, but they feel good too – they’re nice to wear.

More and more people began wearing these clothes because they looked and felt so good, even when they weren’t doing any physical activities. Thus, the athleisure trend was born. These days, if you want to rock the athleisure look, then you’re going to wear clothes that are nicely fitted and extremely relaxed. Basically, you want to dress like you’re going to the gym, but you don’t actually have to get dirty and workout!

Be Picky With Brands

Normally, it doesn’t matter so much what brands you wear as part of your outfit. However, the athleisure trend is different as there are so many different brands with this type of clothing. The problem is, you can find a lot of cheap looking brands that aren’t going to help you create the look you’re going for. Instead, these brands can make you look a little bit worse for wear, almost like you’re a delinquent youth.

The key is wearing brands that have established reputations such as Nike. Nike makes a lot of clothes that are ideal for the athleisure look. You’ll have plenty of hoodies, track pants, and all the other items you need to complete this look. Sure, the clothes might be on the expensive side, but you might get lucky and find a Nike promo code that reduces the price. Plus, you pay for what you get. If you want a good look that nails the athleisure trend, then I’m afraid you’ll have to pay for it.

Also, one final note on brands is to avoid mixing and matching them. If you have a Nike top try and pair it with Nike leggings and hoodies, etc.

Make Sure Everything Is Fitted

Perhaps the key to the athleisure trend is ensuring your clothes are fitted. This doesn’t mean they have to be skin tight to your body. It just means you should stay away from loose and baggy clothes – especially baggy sweatpants!

Fitted athletic clothing is the difference between creating a look that fits the trend and creating a look that makes you look like a lazy bum! That sounds a bit harsh, but it’s the truth. You can do a lot of things to make this look drift over the edge and become unfashionable.

This is a very interesting trend as it combines gym culture with fashion. It’s also interesting as there are a lot of ways your look can go wrong, so you have to be on your toes. Ensure you follow the advice above, and you’ll nail this trend every time.

Listen Up to Protect Your Hearing


In today’s noisy world, we often don’t do enough to make sure our hearing is fully protected. And as the old saying goes, “you don’t know what you have got until it is gone.” That is why you need to take steps to ensure that your hearing stays sharp for as long as possible. As you get older, the number of potential problems start to add up so that it why it is so important that you act as soon as possible. Here are a few simple healthy lifestyle adjustments that you can make to protect your hearing for as long as possible.

Use Earplugs

The risk of your hearing becoming damaged is down to two main factors: how loud and for how long. Most experts agree that sustained exposure to noise at or above 80-85dB can cause permanent damage. If you are exposed to loud noise on a regular basis, it is a good idea to use earplugs or earmuffs. Remember, as well as using this protection, you should also be ready to take regular breaks from the noise is this is possible.

Turn Down the Music

Avoid listening to music in your headphones at a loud volume, and never use them to drown out background noise as it is much more difficult to tell how loud it actually. A good rule of thumb to use is 60:60. Don’t use your personal music device for more than 60 minutes a day and don’t listen to it at more than 60% volume. If the person next to you can hear music blasting from your headphones, then you know it is too loud (and probably very annoying!).

Have a Hearing Detox

After your ears have been exposed to loud volumes, it is important that they are given time to recover. The organisation, Action on Hearing Loss suggest that you need a minimum of 16 hours rest for your ears after they have been exposed to around two hours of 100dB sound. If you are looking for a reference point, this is roughly the volume of a motorbike or loud nightclub. Reducing this exposure can reduce the risk of permanent deftness.

Avoid Using Cotton Swabs

For many people, it has become common practice to use cotton swabs to clean wax out of their ear canal. A little bit of wax is normal and can stop dust or other harmful particles from entering. You also risk causing harm to your ear drums. As an alternative, you could try to use these home treatments when your ear feels clogged. Otherwise, a damp towel can be used to gently clean around the canal.

Keep Your Ears Dry

Exposure to excess moisture can encourage bacteria to enter and attack your ear canal. Make sure to gently dry your ears with a towel after bathing or swimming. If you feel that water has entered your ear, tilt your head to the side and gently pull your earlobe to clear it out. Investing in some swimmers’ earplugs may also be a good idea.     

The Key To Turning Your House Into A Home

There is a big difference between a house and a home. A house can be beautiful, clean, modern and impressive, but still a little lifeless. A home is cosy, comfortable, welcoming and warm. Perhaps you’ve recently moved into a new house and you’re not quite feeling those homely, cosy vibes just yet. The place might be modern, but it doesn’t quite feel like it’s your home, yet.

The key to turning your house into a home is to find that fine blend between modern, colourful and clean contemporary design and the creature comforts which are personal to your taste. It’s about making the place your own, whilst retaining that chic and sleek modernity which was present when you first moved into the house. Here are some tips for turning your house into a home.


Don’t worry about trends.

Trends change all the time, and there’s no point designing your home in a certain way only to find that it becomes outdated a few years later. That’s why minimalism is a good look for any property, as you’ll resist trends and create a timeless feel for your home. Better yet, you’ll open up lots of space in which you can add your own personal touches, ideas and quirky aesthetic concepts to really turn this house into your personal zone.

It’s so important that your home simply reflects your trends. You’ll likely change its appearance over time, but this should be in line with the changing tastes and interests of you and your family. Making your home look aesthetically pleasing is one thing, but if it simply looks nice and doesn’t feel nice, then you’ll have created a showhome rather than your own home.

The bedroom.

Your bedroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in the house, on a personal level, as this is the place in which you escape the stresses and worries of the world to unwind and rest after a long day. If you can’t feel comfortable or ‘at home’ in your own bedroom, then it’s hard to call your house a home at all. You should focus on vivid colours which match your personality and add some paintings, family photos or other artwork which reflect the things which either interest or most matter to you.

You could also check out companies such as Vaulia for unique and vibrantly coloured duvet covers to help add a little spark to your bedding. However, comfort is the most important thing, of course. You need to ensure the mattress, pillows and bedding are suited to your needs in terms of comfort, as many people end up keeping mattresses for many more years than they should and suffering from aches and pains as a result.

Retro design.

The best way to turn your house into a home is to use your creativity and passion for interior design to go for the unique, retro route. If you invest in a few antique pieces of furniture, you could really add an intimate, worn feel to your sleek, modern house. Perhaps it’s a family heirloom, which would be even better, as the problem with new homes is often that they feel a little lifeless; there’s no history there. Of course, there will be memories made over time, but bringing a few of your old memories and intriguing furnishings with you could really help create a homely vibe in your new house.

The garden.

You should be working towards making the entirety of your new house feel like home, and that includes the outdoor space. You don’t need to cough up even more money to transform the entirety of your garden landscape after you’ve already spent a lot buying your new house, but you could get stuck in with a little gardening and sort out the weeds or even plant a brand new flowerbed. Just adding a little life to your garden might help to remind you that this is your home and you’re responsible for taking care of it. You could even get a few comfortable loungers or chairs out there to create a cosy, homely feel for your garden.

Just make memories.

At the end of the day, you can never really force a new place to feel like home straight away. This has to come with time after you’ve made some memories there with friends, family and all the people you love. You can work hard to make your new abode cosier and bring some of your old family items with you, but it’ll be after living in your new house for a few years and have many great birthdays, Christmases or gatherings with friends that you start to truly see this place as your home.

Penny-Pinching On Your Home Entertainment



Going out and having fun isn’t cheap for a family, even the most frugal ones. Sure, you can plan the day in advance, find coupons and pick the least expensive options. However, going out is always going to be much more expensive than staying in and making your own fun. While technology has given us all kinds of ways to entertain ourselves from the comfort of our home, this can still be very costly. Here are some of the best ways to save money on home entertainment…

Make your Entertainment More Energy-Efficient

The most obvious costs of keeping entertained at home are your broadband, subscriptions to TV services, music services, and so on. However, there’s another, less obvious factor to this that you need to be taking into account if you want to save money on home entertainment. A modern TV can cost you well over $100 a year just through standby energy. One of the best ways to fix this expensive drain on your money is getting an advanced power strip. These start at around $20, and make it easy to keep you from draining electricity by leaving things on standby. If you pay a little more, you can also get models that will allow you to put the strip on a timer, so that you won’t forget to go down and turn everything off at the outlets before bed. You can find out more here: .

Use Bundled TV and Internet Packages

With the amount of TV and internet your average family uses, these things can represent a major drain on your household finances. Most people could benefit by switching to a different provider, so start researching some bundled TV, phone and internet packages like the one here: . If you’ve been getting these kinds of services separately, or from separate providers, making this one change can save you a small fortune! Aside from that, you’ll be able to manage your services and make any queries through a single interface. You may also be able to dodge separate installation fees which a lot of companies attach to their telecommunication services. Finally, don’t overlook smaller providers, who can give you a great service at a fraction of the cost.

Consider Refurbished Electronics

As much as we try to resist it, technology is always marching on, and every now and then your current entertainment system will become too dated, and you’ll want to spruce it up. Obviously though, buying new home electronics that have just been released can get very expensive very quickly. The next time you’re adding to your entertainment system, consider going with refurbished components. “Refurbished”, despite what some people think, doesn’t necessarily mean it has been repaired. It can cover things that have been opened and returned immediately, electronics that have had their packaging damaged, and products that have had some kind of aesthetic damage, but still work perfectly fine. It can be hard to source these things and keep up with modern standards, but looking for them can open your eyes to some huge savings.