I’m 32 & my mum is 63 – we bought the same Primark outfits to see how they look

A SUPER stylish mum and daughter duo headed to Primark and bought matching outfits to see what they looked like on different ages and body shapes.

The daughter named Alex, who is 32, and her 63-year-old glam mum, were delighted to find that each of the three ensembles from Primark looked equally as fabulous on them both.


Alex, 32, and her 63-year-old mum tried on the faux leather skirt from Rita Ora’s collectionCredit: tiktok/@alexsimpson_x


Alex said the khaki-coloured suit was her favourite outfitCredit: tiktok/@alexsimpson_x

In a clip posted to TikTok, fashion whizz Alex Simpson (@alexsimpson_x) and her mum could be seen trying on a khaki suit, which is only available to buy in store.

“We absolutely love this,” Alex says.

“Trousers fit amazing – they’re also a really fab length for wearing trainers.

“We both did size up in the blazer, so I would suggest sizing up if you want a bit more of an oversized fit.”

Next up, the fashion guru and her stylish mum try on a trendy £18 leather skirt from Rita Ora’s new range with the high-street store.


The faux leather midi skirt is made with a lightweight faux leather and features the utility look of a button zip fly, front and back pockets, belt loops, a rear yoke panel, and a front slit for movement.

Admitting it’s her mum’s favourite look from the collection, Alex continues: “This second outfit is actually my mum’s favourite.

“Green one was mine!

“But this is actually from Rrita Ora’s collection, and then the shoes are also from Primark as well.”

Giving a summary, she adds: “So we’ve got the full leather skirt and the cable knit crop jumper, which is perfect to add with any high-waisted trousers or skirt.”

Moving on, the stylish pair rock a chestnut-brown two-piece suit.

“Last but not least, we’ve got this,” Alex says.

“It’s like a chestnut, orange/brown suit.”

Delighted with how it looks, she enthuses: “Fabulous. Love a good suit!

“Obviously you can always wear the blazer with jeans, trousers, pair of Uggs on.

“I just think they are very versatile.”

The fashion whizz goes on to ask her social media users: “Let us know in the comments which one is your favourite.”

And it wasn’t long before the post garnered an impressive 67k views and several comments from very impressed fashion fans up and down the country.

“First of all, can we have a clap for your mum – she’s looks amazing!” praised one.

“You guys are killing it!”

A second commented: “I thought ye were sisters, ye both look amazing, and all outfits look fantastic on ye both!”

A third praised: “Leather skirt looks amazing ladies.”

Meanwhile, a fourth noted: “Wow both of you look fantastic I love everything!”

Another penned: “Love these all so much! Need that khaki suit!”

And a further added: “Love these outfits!”


The mother-daughter duo also rocked a chestnut/brown suitCredit: tiktok/@alexsimpson_x

I bought $2 tank tops at Walmart – I swear they’re exactly the same as Skims

A FASHION influencer has shared her latest Walmart haul, including pieces that felt just like Skims tops.

She said the main difference between the Walmart tops and Skims was the price difference, with the tanks priced at just $2.


Kiley, a fashion influencer, shared her favorite Skims dupe from WalmartCredit: tiktok @kileylove16

Kiley (@kileylove16) shared the haul with over 20,000 TikTok followers.

She tried on a black ribbed tank top: “I swear they feel exactly like Skims, I have Skims and I’m telling you guys, these are exactly the same,” she said.

Next, she picked up the same tank in a bright blue for a pop of color.

For something with more coverage, she picked up a top in the same material in a long-sleeve style for just $8.

“When I saw them, I got them in every color, they’re ribbed, V-neck, and the Skims material but a little bit thicker,” she said.

She picked up the same top in a light blue color, opting for a neutral tone after trying on the hot pink style.

Last but not least, she showed off her latest waffle-knit sweater which she said was a complete steal.

“No one believes me but Walmart is literally game-changing, not see-through at all,” she said.

“Just go to Walmart if you want to ball on a budget and get Skims for like $8.”

People took to the comments to share their thoughts on her finds.

“I stand by these Walmart tank tops, I literally have 20 in my drawer rn,” said one commenter.

Others were easily influenced after hearing her review: “Running for the long sleeve,” said one commenter.

“Need the long sleeves,” agreed another.


The influencer said the tank top was comparable to her Skims tops for just $2Credit: tiktok @kileylove16

Man’s Tiny House He Bought from Home Depot Has People Divided — “It’s So Sad Millennials and Gen Z Have to Live In Sheds”

TikToker Robert Langford sparked a viral debate on the feasibility of living in a tiny home after he showed off his decked-out Home Depot backyard shed.

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Man’s Tiny House He Bought from Home Depot Has People Divided — “It’s So Sad Millennials and Gen Z Have to Live In Sheds”

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Owning a home in the United States is becoming a pipe dream for more and more citizens. In some parts of the country, unless you’re completely debt-free and not only earning enough cash to afford a fat mortgage payment, along with having a high enough credit score to get approved financing in the first place, you also are expected to front the bill for constantly increasing property taxes.

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Home ownership is becoming increasingly difficult.

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This means that you have to pay even more money just for the privilege of owning a piece of property that you’re already paying for in the first place.

Even if you own your home, it comes with a heavy tax burden.

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Even if you’re lucky enough to pay off your property, you’ll still need to fork over annual taxes just to make sure that it isn’t seized by the government and pawned off at a tax sale.

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And the issues don’t end there.

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All of this has driven a rise in popularity of so-called “tiny homes.”

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So not only is home-owning becoming prohibitively expensive, but those who are manufacturing/remodeling these homes are receiving an influx of complaints as to their quality. Meaning that the most costly purchase in someone’s life oftentimes ends up becoming something that they don’t even want in the first place.

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Tiny homes are usually pre-fabricated buildings that come at a far lower cost than traditional homes.

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Well, TikToker Robert Langford and his fiance Andrea Jones opted for a solution that many other folks are finding more and more attractive these days: tiny homes.

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Home Depot has recently got in on the tiny home market.

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They highlighted a massive backyard shed that was being offered by the Home Depot, complete with installation and full building materials, that could be financed for around $252 a month. A Duet of the clip with fellow user Marcel Monroe reacting to the house and all of its amenities, conceding for that amount of money, it’s a pretty darn good deal.

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“You can’t beat these prices at all,” one TikToker claimed in a viral video spotlight Home Depot’s tiny homes.

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“Ya’ll, there’s a post going around saying apparently you can get a house from Home Depot now. You can’t beat these prices at all. Inflation is on the rise. We about to go on a recession,” Marcel said.

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Thankfully for all of us, a man with one of these tiny homes decided to give us a tour.

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There are tons of materials and resources that have highlighted the pros and cons of Tiny Home lifehowever, it’s hard to deny that it’s definitely a more cost-effective solution than renting.

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The couple built their tiny home on their existing property, and are using it as a photography studio.

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Some Tiny Homes are even built on towable hitches, meaning that folks can hook them up to a reliable car and drive around the country. With a boom of remote work opportunities available, many Americans could live like nomads and even shack up their towable trailers at campgrounds/RV parks for utility hookups.

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It has heat and air, as well as plumbing.

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Or they could build a stationary “shed house” like Langford, complete with the scaled-down amenities/necessities other, full-sized homes require. Robert said that the backyard shed took about five years to complete and cost him $50,000 to turn into its full homely glory.

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As cool as the house looks, some commenters were saddened by the whole situation.

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Tons of commenters thought that it was “sad” many millennial and Gen-Z people are having to seriously consider living in structures intended as sheds in the United States.

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Here’s what to look out for if you want to buy one of these tiny homes.

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The Home Depot offers an array of different backyard shed and Tiny Home kits. If you’re thinking about purchasing one, make sure to read the item description to itemize what exactly is being offered in the product package.

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Some of the kits just sell aluminum framing.

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Some of the kits just sell aluminum framing for the tiny home, so make sure that the Home Depot you’re buying from will also be willing to set up the basic structure for you. Of course, you’ll need to mention that you’ll want to have a fully functioning plumbing/electrical system and be forthright with your local retailer, to see how much of that work they can assist you with. Of course, if you’re handy yourself, then you could probably handle the logistics of that yourself.

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If you want to know what it’s like to actually live in a tiny home, you can check out Robert’s TikTok account.

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If you want to know what it’s like to actually live in a tiny home, you can check out Robert’s TikTok account where he posts a series of videos asking followers’ questions. He built the Tiny House as a backyard studio, but many think it looks like a more-than-viable living space for their needs.

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Buying a piece of property and living in a trailer is also an affordable/practical solution.

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If you’re a bit cautious about building a permanent structure, buying a piece of property and living in a trailer is also an affordable/practical solution.

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Saving up money to afford a home is becoming a more and more difficult prospect for many people.

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With rental properties costing more and more every single yearsaving up money to afford a home is becoming a more and more difficult prospect for many people. And it’s not like that money you’re renting with is building up any equity. So, investing that same amount of money you’d otherwise be putting into rent for a plot of land that you develop while living on said land in a tiny home, allows you to save up and build your “forever home” while you’re there.

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What do you think?

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And if you decide while living in said tiny home that the scaled-down life is for you, then you can just spend your money on other things and continue living in your tiny house.

Trump campaign backtracks on claim ex-president bought a gun as it could have broken law

Mr Trump is currently indicted on two federal charges, as well as two local sets of allegations. They amount to 91 counts in all and Mr Trump has denied all of them.

Commentators pointed out it was a federal crime to receive a firearm while under felony indictment or to sell a firearm to someone under felony indictment.

Mr Trump’s campaign spokesman Steven Cheung had written on social media that he had bought the weapon. He later deleted the post and told CNN that Mr Trump himself had not bought the gun.

He then said the former president had “wanted” to buy the weapon.

His visit to the store came ahead of a speech he delivered in South Carolina, in which he denounced the Biden administration, and poked fun at his GOP rivals, describing Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor who served as his UN Ambassador, as a “birdbrain”.

Mr Trump is far ahead of his GOP rivals, so much so he has decided not to take part in the second Republican debate to be held on Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

In his speech, he reported his claim he would be able to bring an end to the war in Ukraine and defended having a close relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

“I had a great relationship with him” he said. “It’s good to have a good relationship.”

Woman Discovers Hilarious Secret Behind the “Antique Chair” Her Father Bought Her

When this woman’s dad bought her an antique chair for her desk, she couldn’t understand why it was such a pain to sit on, until now…

A woman shared the hilarious secret behind an “antique chair” her father gave her as a gift.

I don’t know what it is about being a dad and trying to enforce our very specific preferences on our children. I’m always trying to be cognizant of allowing my kids to form their own opinions and ways of doing things because chances are if they have a certain preference, it’s more than likely deeply rooted in something that they need to do.

But there are some philosophies and opinions that I embrace as immutable facts of life. Like this dad’s predilection for antique furniture.

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The chair itself looks rather strange…

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This woman, once upon a time, asked her dad for a study chair for the desk in her room she could sit on and get work done. Instead of hitting up Amazon or Costco looking for an office chair, he decided to hit up his favorite antique furniture store to get her something with a bit more character for her to sit on.

For some reason, he decided to get her something that looked all sorts of uncomfortable and undeniably phallic like.

With the chair looking so odd, the woman decided to do some research on it.

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But this story doesn’t just end with the “har har, that chair kinda looks like a you-know-what” punchline. Does this wooden slab look like a child’s drawing come to life? Absolutely. Is the seat itself as wide as a piano bench and looks specially formulated for either my fat butt or someone with Kardashian-levels of hip and bum cosmetic enhancements? Yes again. And why does it have handles? In case you want to pretend like you’re on a rocket ship or floating down from a jet’s ejector seat?

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Turns out, it’s a “birthing chair.”

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Well, it turns out that there’s a very specific reason for this…that’s because when this woman’s boyfriend came over her house, he saw the chair that she long replaced but still kept in her room (awww, she loves her Dad) and he couldn’t help but shake his head and laugh. It turns out that her father had purchased her an old-school birthing chair.

As in a chair that was designed to help women get through labor.

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They even provided similar looking birthing chairs in side by side photos as an example.

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There’s a very likely possibility that a mid wife in someone’s home, or nurses in some old-school hospital helped many a pregnant woman buckle down and push a baby out of their body, which would explain the handles on the side.

They even provided similar looking birthing chairs in side by side photos as an example.

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In case you thought the story couldn’t get any better, it does.

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In case you thought the story couldn’t get any better, it does. Upon further inspection of their home, OP discovered that their father has some very specific tastes when it comes to furniture: he must have a subconscious love for birthing chairs of different cultures, because there was an African-style one in their living room and yet another in the father’s study.

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Unsurprisingly, tons of people online sure got a kick out of it.

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I’d like to think that this was all an accident and dad just seems to have a proclivity for this particular aesthetic. Or maybe he knew what he was doing all along and wanted to surround himself with chairs that have witnessed the miracle of life, on several occasions, first hand. While the sentiment might seem wholesome, something about it is kind of unnerving.

Whatever the reasoning, tons of people online sure got a kick out of it.

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“Dad knew exactly what he was buying,” one user joked.

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And why wouldn’t they? It’s not every day you come home and realize that your father’s been littering your home with decorative pieces constructed to help usher babies into this world. If I were them, I’d take a very close look at any antique tongs he has lying around the kitchen or grill for those “really big” cuts of meat and vegetables…

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Other commenters already knew what the chair was.

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“My mom had one of these in her living room,” one commenter remarked. “I’m also one of nine kids.”

We bought a grotty, old static caravan and turned it into a plush tiny home

A DIY fan has shared how she bought an old dated caravan and transformed it into a lush tiny home on wheels.

The DIY fan said she now intends to sell or rent her new project after her laborious renovation.


A DIY fan has shared how she bought an old dated caravan and transformed it into a lush tiny home on wheelsCredit: Tik Tok /@gemmamallis


In the renovation Gemma created a beautiful open plan living room and kitchenCredit: Tik Tok /@gemmamallis


Gemma revealed she had to completely gut the caravan starting with a new frame from scratchCredit: Tik Tok /@gemmamallis

Gemma Mallis shared the stunning transformation in a TikTok video online.

She said: “Static caravan renovation from start to finish. This will be home for the duration of our self build.”

Before the renovation Gemma’s caravan was old and dated a 70’s style aesthetic.

The dark and dull kitchen lacked natural light meanwhile the small bathroom could barely hold a full size shower.

The bedrooms were also small and dark, both lacking adequate storage space.

Gemma revealed she had to completely gut the caravan starting with a new frame from scratch.

She said: “My husband is a joiner and framed it up to strengthen it then new studs were put up the next day. It survived the night.”

They also made sure to fully insulate the caravan so it would survive on cold nights.

Gemma said: “We’ve put loads of insulation in so hoping it won’t be too bad.”

She added: “Kingspan in walls and no damp problems.”


And of course she had to tackle the poor lighting throughout the caravan by replacing the windows.

She said: “Yeh we put new windows and doors in and the boiler is a glow worm LPG combi boiler.”

In the renovation Gemma created a beautiful open plan living room and kitchen.

The master bedroom was opened up so it could fit a spacious double bed and connect to the second bedroom through a full size closed.

The DIY fan confessed she intended to either sell the caravan or rent it to others on holiday.

She said: “We will either sell it or turn it into a holiday let.”

Gemma’s renovation has been seen by over 154,000 people online.

One user said: “That’s absolutely stunning.”

Another said: “I’d live in this full time.”


Before the renovation Gemma’s caravan was old and dated a 70’s style aestheticCredit: Tik Tok /@gemmamallis


The DIY fan said she now intends to sell or rent her new project after her laborious renovationCredit: Tik Tok /@gemmamallis

Painting bought for $4 at a thrift store, sells for $1,91,000 at an auction

A seemingly unassuming $4 painting, initially purchased from a thrift shop in New Hampshire, turned out to be a valuable long-lost work by the prominent painter, N.C. Wyeth, ultimately fetching an impressive $1,91,000 (approximately. 1.5 cr) at an auction.

Painting named Romona sold at an auction. (Instagram/@Bonhams Skinner)

According to CBS News, the artwork was discovered by a woman in the middle of a stack of frames at a Savers store in Manchester back in 2017. However, what she did not know was that she stumbled upon a painting by Needham-born artist N.C. Wyeth.

The painting, titled Ramona, is one of a set of four commissioned from Little, Brown, and Co. for the 1939 edition of Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel ‘Ramona.’ In the painting, you can see a young woman who has lost her parents and is having problems with her foster mother. (Also Read: Amrita Sher-Gil’s ‘The Story Teller’ fetches record 61.8 cr)

Bonhams auction house took to Instagram to share about this painting. They wrote, “This long-lost N.C. Wyeth is coming to auction at Bonhams Skinner on September 19.⁠ Purchased for $4 at a thrift store in 2017, the painting was later discovered to be by the celebrated American artist.”

Take a look at the post shared by Bonhams auction house here:

This post was shared on September 6. Since being posted, it has received several likes and comments. Many were surprised by this find.

Here’s what people are saying about this post:

An individual wrote, “Awesome! Love Wyeth!”

A second said, “Wow! This is such an amazing find.”

A third commented using clapping emojis.

About NC Wyeth:

NC Wyeth established a successful career as an illustrator by frequently contracting with magazines and book publishers. His work was renowned for its rich colours and deft use of light and shadow. His art was recognised for its capacity to heighten the drama and character development of the surrounding text.

I bought my £150k home using a work scheme – it was so easy, I didn’t notice it

A LITTLE-known work perk helped Alens Gindra save £7,000 towards his £150,000 first home and he said it couldn’t have been easier.

Alens, 25, and his partner, Katie, 24, bought their three-bedroom first home in Warrington in April this year.


Alens, his partner Katie and their dog Fuji, moved into their home in April


They bought a three-bedroom terraced house with a £7,000 deposit


Alens made the most of a work scheme to save up enough for a deposit

Alens used a Sharesave, or Save As You Earn (SAYE) scheme to save up more than £9,000 to afford a deposit and additional fees.

An SAYE scheme lets you save regularly through your employer’s payroll over a three or five-year period.

You are then given the choice of taking every penny or your savings back, plus interest, or using the cash to buy shares in your employer.

You can save up to £500 a month under the scheme, plus you get to keep any interest tax-free.

The savings are taken directly from your pay packet, which means the money never goes into your bank account.

This means that if you find it tricky to save, you won’t be tempted to spend it rather than save it.

But it’s important to note that while you do get some interest on your cash, it might not be as competitive as other savings accounts.

Research websites like MoneyFacts.co.uk and price comparison websites such as Compare the Market, Go Compare and MoneySupermarket will show you the best rates available so you can compare.

Plus, not all companies offer these schemes. You should check with your HR department to see if your employer has one on offer.

If not then don’t worry, because there are other accounts on offer that could help you save for a deposit.

A Lifetime Isa can be opened by anyone aged 18 to 39 and the government will add 25% to your savings, up to a maximum of £1,000 a year.

That means if you put in £4,000 a year you’ll get a £1,000 free cash bonus to put towards your first home.

Alens and Katie are now settled into their new home and are getting ready to welcome their first child together in November.

We sat down with to discuss how the couple went from being savers to homeowners or The Sun’s My First Home series.

Tell me about your house

It’s a three-bedroom terraced house in Warrington.

We have an open-plan living room and dining room and a separate kitchen.

The bathroom is also downstairs and we have a good-sized back garden.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms – the master, a home office and a bedroom that will become a nursery.

Katie and I are expecting a baby in November.

How did you decide on the location?

Both my sister and Katie’s family live in Warrington so we were keen to stay in the area.

We are in an ideal spot, because it’s just seven minutes drive to both Katie’s family and my sister and nieces.

How much was it?

Our house was on the market for £150,000, but we had our offer of £140,000 accepted by the sellers.

We put down a 5% deposit of £7,000.

We were able to take advantage of the government’s mortgage guarantee scheme to get a 95% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage.

This is one of the reasons that we decided to go with Halifax because they were still enrolled in the scheme.

I took out a mortgage of £133,000 for 30 years with a fixed rate of 5.09%.

Our repayments are £720 a month.

How did you save for your first home?

I moved to the UK from Russia six years ago. It was meant to be a temporary move, but I met Katie and decided to settle down here.

I first started saving in September 2019 when I enrolled in a Sharesave scheme at work.

It’s a scheme that lets you save regularly through the company’s payroll over a set period.

You are then given a choice of taking all your savings back, plus interest, or using it to buy shares in the company.

I saved £260 directly from my monthly salary every month for three years because I knew this would get me a decent deposit.

It was also an affordable amount for me, and I could still cover my rent and all my bills.

At the end of the three-year period, I saved £9,360, which was enough to cover my deposit and additional fees, like solicitors.

I think the Sharesave scheme was really worthwhile because it meant I was saving without having to think about it.

You just adapt to being paid a little less every month because you don’t even see the money.

When you come to the end of the three years, you cash out all your savings and then you suddenly also benefit from being paid a little more because the money you were putting away, now goes into your bank.

How did you afford to furnish your first home?

We had a lot of furniture from our old house that we brought with us from our rented house so that saved us a lot of cash.

This included all of our appliances and our bed.

We managed to get some good bargains on Facebook Marketplace, like a brand new sofa for £100.

It would have cost us around £2,000 brand new.

Do you have any advice for other first time buyers?

Make sure that you don’t overlook small things like making sure you are on the electoral roll.

This is important because it will help to boost your credit score.

You can take out a credit card too, spend small amounts and pay it off every month to show that you are a responsible borrower.

Meanwhile, we spoke to one couple who managed to bag their first home using a “lifeline” small deposit scheme.

Plus, one first-time buyer bought with his mum after an easy mistake ruined his credit score.

Do you have a money problem that needs sorting? Get in touch by emailing money-sm@news.co.uk.

You can also join our new Sun Money Facebook group to share stories and tips and engage with the consumer team and other group members.

I bought an EV and hate it – they are so frustrating… I cried in a car park

AN EV owner has revealed he was left crying in a car park because his new ride was so frustrating to deal with.

Ed Cumming was left with a “sinking feeling” when he tried to take a trip in his new electric Skoda Enyaq.


An EV owner claims he was left ‘weeping’ in frustration at the lack of working chargers on his road tripCredit: Getty

Writing for The Telegraph, he explained how range anxiety and a lack of proper charging infrastructure left him “weeping tears of pure frustration” outside an Ikea store.

On a journey from London to visit relatives in Hampshire, he was left panicking as he pulled in to the “last charge saloon” by the furniture store, only to find it full.

Ed wrote: “I pulled into the car park, where my satnav had indicated several electric charging points. Seeing them, I had a sinking feeling in my stomach.

“A delivery van was parked at an angle, splayed across three spaces so it didn’t stick out into the road. Another car was in the final slot, charging patiently.

“There was no room at the power inn.”

This apparently came after he had tried two other charging stations, only to find them both out of service.

He was then forced to queue for the charger at the Ikea or face running out on the roadside.

This extended the usual hour and 45-minute drive well beyond the three hours he had budgeted for it.

And even when he did finally make it to Hampshire, the misery did not end.

Ed explained that when he tried to use a rapid charger at the local Waitrose, he arrived only to be told by drivers leaving the car park that it, too, wasn’t working.

He then had to drive around in heavy rain to find another charger and wait for the motorists ahead of him to finish up yet again.

He fumed: “I had always thought the whole point of a car is its predictability.

“There’s less choice in rural areas. Sometimes none.

“Without our own charging point, an EV introduces new things to think about.”

Overall, his experience left him feeling “flat” and he slammed the charging infrastructure in the UK today as “pitiful”.

It comes after a man who bought the UK’s cheapest EV blasted it as “rubbish”.

Meanwhile, a major car brand is discontinuing its diesel models next year as it pushes towards an all-electric lineup.

I bought puppy for £140 but it grew up to be totally different beast

A WOMAN was left in shock after discovering the “dog” she bought grew up to be a completely different beast.

Ms Wang paid £140 for what she thought was a Japanese Spitz, and said she should’ve noticed the several warning signs.


A woman paid £140 for a ‘dog’ but it grew up to be a completely different beastCredit: Shanxi TV


It turned out that Ms Wang’s ‘puppy’ was a white-coated foxCredit: Shanxi TV

The woman started to become suspicious when her “puppy” stopped eating dog food at three months old.

Ms Wang told Chinese media she also fed the “pooch” fruit and chicken breasts to no avail.

She then noticed her pet never barked and its fur got thicker and tail longer than that of a normal dog.

Turns out Ms Wang had bought a fox cub instead, Chinese media reported.

Sun Letian, expert in animal epidemic prevention at Taiyuan Zoo, confirmed Ms Wang’s pet is a fox after she brought her pet in for advice.

“Based on the size, it is a domesticated fox,” he said.

“It carries a smell in their body and the smell can get stronger as it grows older.”

The white-coated fox, currently measuring 12 inches, is expected to grow bigger, the animal expert revealed.

Ms Wang, from Jinzhong in China’s Shanxi province, told Shanxi Network Television she bought the “puppy” from a pet shop in July last year.

“The fur got thicker when it reached three months old. Its face became pointy and its tail grew longer than that of a normal dog,” she said.

She added that before learning the truth, she had heard from people at her local park that the animal she was walking was not a dog but a fox.

“Other pet dogs seemed to be scared by my pet so I walked it with a leash,” she explained.

Ms Wang said she opted to give her pet to the zoo so it can receive a more suitable diet and “better living environment”, it was reported.

The fox will placed in quarantine for a month before it is placed in an enclosure, subject to approval.

“If you miss it, come by and have a visit,” the animal expert told Ms Wang.

The Chinese pet owner was not the only one to accidentally get a fox.

A man was stunned to discover as the animal grew it became less canine like and began to develop a bushy tail and pointed ears.

It soon became clear that what was sold to the man as a puppy was in fact a bright orange and mischievous-looking fox cub.

The video of the cub – posted on Tiktok – was captioned “My funny looking dog” and showed the baby fox playing with the man’s finger.

Games Inbox: What if Microsoft bought Nintendo

Nintendo are not up for sale (Picture: Nintendo)

The Wednesday letters page worries about Bethesda’s Indiana Jones game, as one reader is curious about Gargoyles Remastered.

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Corporate intrigue
All the secrets that were revealed from the Microsoft leaks and yet it’s that email about buying Nintendo that takes my breath away with its sheer arrogance, total lack of humility, and complete misunderstanding of how Nintendo think and operate. It read like some ill-informed post by an Xbox fanboy, not a billionaire (I assume) exec that pretends to be an actual gamer.

I’m not going to believe that again. Nintendo controlling its own hardware is precisely and exactly why it’s so successful. It creates unusual hardware for its games, just as much as it does games for its hardware. They’re connected in a way that’s completely different to any other company (especially Xbox and its PC in a box attitude), where Nintendo will happily delay a new console if the launch game isn’t ready and add abilities to the consoles if they think it’d help certain games.

The way Phil Spencer was talking was so disgusting to me. It made it obvious Microsoft is not interested in what’s good for Nintendo or gaming they’re just rich bullies, jealous that they cannot create anything worthwhile themselves and reduced to strip mining actual creatives, destroying everything that makes them unique in the process.

Microsoft could certainly afford Nintendo, and obviously wants to buy them, but I hope they never do. Especially if their only way of doing so is to slowly undermine Nintendo via a mole in the board of directors. For shame on Microsoft and for the first time ever, after years of feeling indifferent, I actually hope Xbox fails now.

Without a clue
I think the news that Microsoft still thinks it could buy Nintendo proves they don’t have a clue what they’re doing in this industry. Nintendo would never allow it. The Japanese government would never allow it in a million years. And it shows they don’t understand the ethos of Nintendo either.

The thought of Nintendo being swallowed up by an American mega corporation and Phil Spencer swanning around pretending he’s doing everyone a great favour is just horrific.

Voice of experience
Wow, that news article about Microsoft wanting to acquire Nintendo was good reading.

I own a Switch and an Xbox Series S myself, for the reason they both provide me with different gaming experiences.

I’ve never been to Japan, so I’m not aware of their culture or how Nintendo are going to take this news, but I’m willing wager it’s going to be somewhere between disappointed and offended, if not both.

To think they can come in and know what is best for a company that has done pretty well for itself over the last 150 years?

Is absurd and quite frankly stinks of arrogance and I think it will bring a lack of trust and even more stubbornness from Nintendo, now that they know what Microsoft’s supposed ‘long game’ is.

Besides all this, Microsoft are totally missing the point of what makes Nintendo great.

Yes, they do make amazing games and if the only outlet for me to play the next Zelda game was on a Microsoft console would I buy it? Absolutely.

The games are only half the story though and it’s the quirky little Innovative ideas that the consoles are capable of that sets them apart from the pack.

Whether it’s building a racetrack around my living room for Super Mario Circuit, making a cardboard shotgun for VR Labo or even just pretending to eat a sandwich while holding my controller. These are all experiences I’ve never had with Xbox consoles and to be honest I take exception to the fact that Microsoft think they know what’s best for me too.

Let’s not forget Nintendo did all this off the back of being squeezed financially when the idea of laying off staff was being bandied about (God bless you Satori Iwata). Can Microsoft say they could do the same? Or would they just throw as much money in the direction of the problem, in the hope that raw power gets them over the line?

Telling a Nintendo fan that you know what’s best for them is like telling a Lego fan to stop messing about with plastic building blocks and just go straight out and buy a model of the real thing because it looks better and less pixilated. It totally negates the idea of why they’re into it in the first place.

One thing is for sure though, that next phone call between Nintendo and Microsoft is going to be a frosty one and I bet it’s Microsoft who have to pick the phone up and make the first move.

They say don’t hate the player, hate the game.

On the other hand, don’t play games with people who know all about games.
freeway 77

Making the list
I’ve had the exact same experience this year, as Rickandrolla who wrote in yesterday regarding the Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space remakes. I originally abandoned them when I played the originals but going back to them with all the improvements this year has been a revelation and both games are currently sitting atop my game of the year list, with Resi 4 remake in the current top spot, and I don’t suspect anything else will dethrone it.

Resi 4 was so good in fact I’d have it in my top 10 games ever.
Angry_Kurt (Twitter)
Now playing: Pikmin 4 (Switch)

Alternative sources
With the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer stating PlayStation 5 exclusivity lasts for (at least) three months, a lot of attention has turned to suggesting this means an Xbox or PC release. What does GC think to this possibly instead, offering a clue to the Switch successor’s release date?

Although this would be before any Summer Games Fest, Nintendo have demonstrated they march to the beat of their own drum. Could they drop the Switch 2 at the end of May/start of June. I’m sure when Square Enix think about increasing profits they don’t look at the install base of the series’ consoles, but imagine the likely userbase of a Switch successor.

GC: If Final Fantasy 7 Remake does come to Switch 2, we’d assume they’d start with the first game. That said, we’d imagine any time from May next year as a possibility for the Switch 2’s launch.

Bad start
Although I’m sure a new Doom game is imminent I really can’t imagine there being a new Dishonored. None of those games seemed to sell and if Bethesda didn’t cancel the third game I’m sure Microsoft did.

I’m actually most interested in finding out what MachineGames’ Indiana Jones game is like, because I’m sure the new movie has put a massive spanner in the works. I haven’t seen the film – like everyone else I’m just waiting for it on Disney Plus – but if the game tries to tie into that it’s going to have an even harder task ahead of it than it is anyway.

I imagine it’s an expensive game that is now associated with a flop film that proves the whole franchise should’ve ended years ago. Not a great starting point for a new release.

I wonder what the other licensed game was though, as that’s not something Bethesda usually do? Maybe it was a double deal with Lucasfilm and they’re also doing a Star Wars game as well? Although what team exactly? Id Software? I can’t really imagine that, considering story isn’t usually their thing.

Unknown remaster
Just seen about this Disney game Gargoyles Remastered on Limited Run’s website, I was not aware of this game back in the day. Having played Aladdin and The Lion King on Mega Drive, which I enjoyed but found very hard, I was wondering what GameCentral’s opinion on Gargoyles is?

I’ve added it to my wishlist.
Andrew J.

GC: We’d not heard of it before either.

Advanced tech
Well, that was certainly a mistake on Microsoft’s part, wasn’t it? I know someone must’ve lost their job over this but I can’t help but laugh at the sheer amount of information they leaked, including neat little diagrams and illustrations, and everything about their next hardware plans and all Bethesda’s games. Incredible really.

And yet at the same time I didn’t actually find any of it very exciting. A Switch knock-off that runs via the cloud doesn’t sound very exciting to me, simply because it’s never going to be very reliable. It might be handheld but it’s never going to be portable, because you’d be going from one Wi-Fi area to the next with no consistency.

I assume there’ll also be a home console version, that looks and works like an Xbox Series X, and I may be interested in that but I don’t look forward to years of pretending a technology that clearly needs a few more years in the oven is already ready for the big time. Does Microsoft not remember what happened to Kinect?

Inbox also-rans
Of course The Elder Scrolls 6 won’t be on PlayStation 5. Sony will be on PlayStation 6 or 7 by the time it gets released.
Mark Matthews

GC: Do you think it will be released on those formats?

Can I just pay my respects to whoever it was that accidentally uploaded those Microsoft documents to the internet? They must be so sacked by now, Microsoft probably put them in a cannon and fired them out the window. What a mistake to make.

This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Goulash, who asks whether video games are getting too long and if you have trouble fitting them into your life?

This year has already seen multiple high quality games that can easily swallow 100+ hours of your time but is that asking too much of people? Should most games be shorter than they are and are open world titles becoming too prevalent?

Have you found yourself playing less games as a result or are you happy with the status quo? In terms of value for money, what’s the minimum length of time you expect a full price game to last and are you ever prepared to put up with less?

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Mum falls ill after wearing £4 second-hand shoes bought from Vinted

A mum has issued a stark warning after falling ill from second-hand trainers she bought for £4 from Vinted.

Becca Maddon bought the shoes after spotting them on the popular thrifting app that offers value items for those looking to save some money.

But the 29-year-old has told people to be careful when purchasing items online after getting a severe rash on her feet and ankles after wearing the sparkly shoes.

The rash quickly spread to her legs, leading the woman to call 111 to ask for advice. After visiting her GP, the doctor said it could either be scabies or an allergic reaction to the trainers.

Becca was prescribed medication and was worried it would spread to other members of her household.

Becca, who lives in Watford, Hertfordshire, said: “I was terrified [when the GP mentioned scabies]. I was freaking out that my house may be filled with scabies but luckily no one in my family came up with any rashes.”

Now she is urging people who buy second-hand clothes to wash items before wearing them to prevent things like this from happening to them. Becca, a medical secretary, added: “I don’t want to put people off. Just wash and disinfect them and make sure you’re not allergic, and if you are throw them away.”

When the shoes arrived at Becca’s home earlier this year, she stashed them on her shoe rack and then in vacuum-sealed bags while she moved house. The mum of one first wore them on Monday, September 4 and the rash appeared soon afterwards. No one in her house became infected with scabies or anything similar.

Vinted said it recommends sellers “wash or disinfect” clothes in a manner appropriate for the clothing’s material and any defects must be listed in the description. The company, which was founded in 2008 in Lithuania, say buyers may wish to wash their items “before wearing if necessary”.

“I’ve used Vinted for about three years and buy clothes and bags for myself off the app and clothes for my son. I love Vinted as there are so many sellers using it and you can always get great items on there, sometimes with the tags still on, for a much cheaper price,” Becca added.

“I wasn’t looking for any particular kind of pair of trainers. I just needed a pair and I’m always interested in glittery or funky shoes, they always catch my eye.

“They were chunky, glittery trainers with an iridescent design on them so when they go in the light they go a rainbow colour… Over the next two days the rash got worse and so I took antihistamines and then began to notice the red spots rising up my legs.”

The secretary has vowed to never buy pre-owned shoes again. She said: “They didn’t smell weird or anything so I didn’t wash them before wearing them. This has put me off buying second-hand trainers again no matter how much I want a discount. I will never buy shoes second-hand again but I will continue to buy clothes and bags. I will just make sure I wash and disinfect them before wearing them.

“I don’t want to tell people to not buy second-hand trainers. I just would urge people to wash them before wearing them as I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. I don’t want to put people off. Just wash and disinfect them and make sure you’re not allergic, and if you are throw them away.”

Becca said she doesn’t blame Vinted or the seller for her allergic reaction to the pre-loved sneakers – and because of this hasn’t contacted either to complain.

A Vinted spokesman said: “We’re sorry to hear of the member’s experience and hope that she is in better health now. In our listing rules, we ask members to check their items before listing, as any items put on sale should be clean. We recommend washing or disinfecting them in a way suitable to the item’s material. Any stains that don’t wash off, defects or other flaws must be indicated in the listing description.

“On receipt of an item, we also ask members to check their item thoroughly and report any issues to us, so we can assist promptly. Members may wish to wash their items before wearing them if necessary. We encourage members wishing to list items to check their items first, some advice can be found [on our website].

“And should any members wish to report an issue with an item they have received, they can contact us directly within the app – just tap the ‘I have an issue’ button in the transaction.”

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