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Woman says most young people ‘don’t want to make sacrifices’ after buying first house at 22

Georgina put a 5% deposit down on a £82,000 house

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A young woman who bought her first home at the age of twenty-two has revealed her thoughts on how young people can get themselves on the property ladder.

Georgina Carson, twenty-five, bought her first property with her fiancé in Wigan three years ago, which was on the market at the time for £82,500.

The couple put down a 5% deposit on the three-bed terraced home, which they saved through sacrificing nights out and budgeting, all while living at home with their parents.

They spent around six months modernising the home during the lockdown – costing them between £6,000 and £7,000 – before selling it for £115,000, making a profit of £32,500.

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Now onto renovating and selling their second property, Georgina told the Manchester Evening News: “Whilst saving for our first house my partner and I were both earning just over £20,000 a year, so not an extravagant wage.

“We put away savings every month and managed to save about £1,000 per month between us. When we got the keys, we moved into the house straight away and lived in it whilst we were renovating.

“We didn’t even have a bed, we just had a mattress on the floor and were living very basic.”

And, when asked about recent remarks made by TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp about young people not making enough sacrifices to buy their own homes, Georgina said she agrees.

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She said: “I think this is true, a lot of people don’t make sacrifices for what they really want. A lot of young people don’t want to make these sacrifices which, each to their own, but if you want something that much you would do what you could to get it.

“I still enjoyed myself whilst saving, I always liked to make sure I have money saved to go on weekends away or to go abroad and that’s just because I manage my money well not because I come from a wealthy background.”

Read More: Piers Morgan slams Kirstie Allsopp for ‘unbelievably stupid’ comments on first-time buyers

Georgina thinks too many young people ‘rush to move out’ at the age of eighteen, and advised living at home with parents for as long as possible.

She said: “I think young people rush to move out so young, and then use most of their wages on rent.

Georgina Carson

“For some people that might work but then you are stuck in a trap of paying rent from a young age, which then makes it harder to save for a deposit for a house.

“I think it does help to try and stay at home with parents if you can, just so you can get yourself on track and save up a bit more money instead of moving out at eighteen.”

She also advised that first-time buyers should shop around for the cheapest deals, saying:  “Shop around and go to the clearance sections in supermarkets, and go on Facebook Marketplace to buy second hand things.

“All of our doors in the house were second hand and we just painted them. Try and learn DIY on YouTube as that’s really helpful. We got a quote to get a kitchen fitted which was £3,000, but because we did it ourselves it only cost £1,000.

“The more you can do for yourself the more money you can save – and the more you can make on it.”


Dad accidentally buys 60 pairs of reading glasses

‘He thought the packaging was a little excessive’

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A dad accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses after misreading an order.

The dad has gone viral on Twitter for his massive order of reading spectacles. He was left baffled as to why the parcel was so full when it arrived at his address on Sunday March 26th, leaving his son in stitches.

Tom Arnold, 61, from Perranporth in Cornwall, thought he’d only ordered one pack to share with his wife — not a whole shop’s worth. Radio and podcast host, Chris Arnold could not stop laughing as he witnessed his dad open the parcel with a bewildered look on his face.

The viral tweet read: “My Dad has accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses off the internet after misreading the quantity of his order.”

Speaking about the mishap, Chris said: “I just found it hilarious, he said he thought the packaging was excessive, then he opened it up and the box was full.

“He seemed confused as to what had happened. We looked at the order and he had ordered 12 packs instead of one, as they were for him and my mum, plus spares. The order came to over £100 but he’s managed to get a refund!”

He described the incident as ‘very funny indeed’, saying it ‘cheered up’ him and his family. As the tweet went viral and accumulated thousands of likes, Specsavers jumped in on the banter as they tweeted: “Do we even need to say it?”

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Chris joked in reply: “At this point guys, I don’t think you do. P.S. Are you interested in buying 59 pairs of reading glasses off my dad?”

They hilariously replied: “If you can’t shift them you might want to consider adding an extra 118 eyes to your dad’s face.”

Specsavers tweeted an update on the situation: “The glasses have been safely returned, but Chris’ dad deserves a bit of good luck. How about a free eye test and a brand-new pair of glasses for good measure?

“You really should’ve gone to Specsavers.”

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Aldi is selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort

Suitable for festival season!

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Aldi is now selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort — they even have arm and leg sections.

If you love to go to budget supermarket Aldi and have a wander over to the middle aisle, you’ll know you can find all sorts of handy and unusual things to buy.

Aldi shopper and TikTok user Paris de Jager sharedwith her followers how she picked up a wearable sleeping bag ‘onesie’, that even has leg and arm sections.

The social media user upload a video to her TikTok account @parisdejager showing her modelling the bright pink seasonal must have.

She wrote in a caption: “The sleeping bag one-z you never knew you needed until now.”

She ‘catwalked’ in her home as she showed off her incredible new bag suit by Adventuridge, looking ‘snug as a bug’.

Her video has racked up over 137k likes and many people were amazed at her incredible Aldi find.

Her followers flocked to comment and rave about the hot pink cosy number.

One said: “might just have to purchase for DofE.” Another added: “need for weekends.”

And a third joked: “Glastonbudget.” A fourth chimed in : “My reading outfit sorted.”

Aldi launched a similar wearable sleeping bag last year, and it weren’t long before the cosy suit sold out online.

You can purchase a wearable sleeping bag in time for festival season here.

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Grandma, 85, from Greater Manchester chosen as face of new Adidas advert

Well done, Barbara!

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A ‘fit as a fiddle’ charity runner, 85, from Greater Manchester has been chosen to be one of the faces of a new Adidas advert.

Barbara Thackray, a grandmother from Altrincham, runs 10k twice a week to keep fit. She has been chosen — alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer, Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube advert — as one of the faces of to feature in it.

The retired college lecturer took up running eight years ago, aged 77, to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.

She has been raising money for the hospice since her sister died there in the 1990s.

She said she watched the new advert ‘on a little screen’ and it was ‘fine’, adding: “So long as they were prepared to make a significant donation to St Ann’s Hospice, I felt ok about it.”

Ms Thackray has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for over 10 years — including during her sister’s illness and eventual passing.

She’s not planning on stopping running any time soon.

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