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Old Dec 6th 2011, 4:40 am
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A little tip for those looking for furniture, check out the eBay shops as I have just found out this week that some sell ex catalogue goods.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/

For instance I have seen a sofa that I love for £405 inc delivery, this is Argos stock from the last catalogue and was retailing for £800!!

Also I had ordered a bed online and they have a chest of drawers and a bedside cabinet I liked, I asked if they had a clearer picture and was told to go to the Tesco catalogue online (current!!). I did and the drawers were selling for £130 I just ordered them from the eBay shop for £75.00 and the bedside cabinets at Tesco are £70 and mine are £40.00 each. I wasn't going to order them as they come in flatpacks and need power tools for assembly so when I told the eBay shop I couldn't order them because of this, they have said for £10 they will assemble them all for me!!!

I am a very happy shopper.

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Old Jan 25th 2012, 11:45 pm
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I found this site via the "London Evening Standard" online newspaper:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/

(you can subscribe to get e-mails with the latest 'hot' deals). I'm amazed at some of the low prices people are finding for items in the shops!

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Old May 3rd 2012, 2:18 pm
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Just want to say thank you all for the links above. They're such a huge help to this Aussie whose planning to move to the UK hopefully next year.
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For those who want to save money, this is the number one site for tips on everything:

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/
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Originally Posted by Beedubya View Post
Came across this LONG list of jobs quite by chance today, caring for the elderly...........

http://www.housing21.co.uk/index.php...rch-for-a-job/

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OOops you have to actually press the job search button to reveal the jobs.........
This is very helpful! Just referred this to a friend who is looking for a caregiver job in the UK. Thanks so much!
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Old Jun 18th 2012, 8:01 pm
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One Way Travel Insurance!


For re-pats (expats who are repatriating to the UK) one can get one way travel insurance with the Aussie travel insurers, 'World Nomads'. It doesn't matter if travel doesn't originate in Australia, they give cover from travellers from 140 countries. However, for UK returnees with the intention to settle there, one must be willing to be medi-vacced to the UK if necessary *and* everyone travelling must be eligible for NHS cover (even long-term if necessary) upon arrival in the UK - not a problem for British expats. A UK address must also be provided (it seems that a close relative's address is ok):

http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/

http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-in...questions.aspx (see the drop down FAQ on 'What is my country of residence?"

One expat returning to the UK in August 2012 on the Cunard QM2 ship has taken out cover with 'World Nomads' for a very reasonable price - see details below:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...=760400&page=5 (read all the posts on this page)

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Old Sep 30th 2012, 1:52 pm
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I moved my dog back to the UK with these people, they were very helpful!
http://www.passportforpets.co.uk/

You may also find this link to DEFRA (dept of environment) useful:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/
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Without checking each of the websites previously mentioned in this thread, what other information might users wish to be traced and placed here?
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Do you need to 'top up' your National Insurance contributions because you have been living overseas (towards your UK State Pension)?

Here is how to find out:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/volcontr/toppingup.htm

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/volcontr/abroad.htm
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UK Goverment page with useful links from applying for your UK passport overseas to how to apply for your pension

https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/living-abroad
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The BBC have produced a 'where can I afford to live' calculator - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23234033

Might be useful for checking out potential areas.
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LOVE this website
http://www.locrating.com

Great help if you are relocating with children and so schools are important to you. You can search/map schools by ofsted rating and also check train commute times.

Wish I'd found it sooner!
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The BBC have produced a 'where can I afford to live' calculator - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23234033

Might be useful for checking out potential areas.
Hi Rebs,

Thanks for the link it was really helpful and saved me quite a lot of time. I've still got to try and open a bank account prior to my arrival, does anyone know if this is possible or would I need to be in the UK to open it?

Rebs, I don't suppose you have anymore links up your sleeve haha

Thanks, James.
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For those of us who are returning to the UK to retire, Age UK has a wealth of information:http://www.ageuk.org.uk/?gclid=CICM9...FYJqfgodXT8AvQ
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Lots of useful information about the financial implications of (a) being an expat,and (b) returning to the UK:

http://boards.fool.co.uk/faq-january-2014-12953512.aspx

Contents
1. Preparing to leave the UK
- residency & domicile
- Inland Revenue
- tax
- pensions & social security

2. Living Abroad
- wills
- inheritance tax
- international fund transfers
- life insurance
- UK and off-shore banking
- property & investments
- letting your UK property
- pensions and QROPs
- financial advice

3. Returning to the UK
- tax
- offshore accounts

4. Retiring abroad
- pensions

5. Useful web resources for ex-pats
- on-line newspapers
- websites and bulletin boards
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