With VAT Rise Imminent UK Consumers Have Growing Concerns

A new survey has found people are worried about money, not having babies and stopping going on holiday due to financial concerns.

• In just 12 months, people in the UK have more concerns now than they during the recession
• Until their finances become stronger, people are not going on holiday, getting married or having kids
• People are worse off per month: 66% are £250, 15% are £500 and 10% are £500+
• Christmas costs worries 57% people, energy bills worries 48%, and paying rent or mortgage worries 40%
• Job security is a concern for 45%, for either partner

9 November 2010 – Compared to 2009, 88% have more money worries in the UK. British consumers have less money in their pockets than they did; with one in ten having more than £500 less, 15% have up to £500 less, and 68% have £250 less each month.

It was found by the new DiscountVouchers.co.uk survey which asked 1,000 people what they thought of certain commitments and payments over the year. It was found that 57% of people will struggle to find the cash for Christmas this year; 48% will find paying their energy bill difficult; 46% are worried about buying food; 40% have concerns over paying their mortgage or rent each month; and 27% of parents will struggle to pay for activities or school for their children.

Finances are having major effects on life-changing opportunities, such as 20% of people are staying in their jobs instead of moving on; 27% of people aren’t purchasing a new house; 14% are putting off having a child; and 13% have adjourned getting married, until their money worries are over.

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Lifestyle Inspirations Offers Free Personal Planner for Women in Time for 2010 Holiday Season

Lifestyle Inspirations LLC has just announced the launch of its newest product—MY LIFE MATTERS—a complete planning system for women. Like most day planners, MY LIFE MATTERS provides a practical way to schedule time and keep track of important appointments and commitments. Unique to this planner, however, is a flexible set of tools to help women master the important areas of their lives, as well as increase their sense of personal empowerment.

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MY LIFE MATTERS takes the concept of lifestyle planning in a new direction to encompass any of eight aspects of women’s lives: organization; physical health; personal finances; mental and emotional well-being; relationships; spiritual well-being; career, business, or volunteer work; and life dreams and passions.

Lifestyle Inspirations is the creation of three St. Louis women—Cecilia George, Bobette Kyle, and Laura Thake. Committed to their former Daysteps customers and the need for a truly comprehensive personal planner, the partners asked women what they wanted.

“We found,” says George, “that, while there are many books and resources about what to do in each area of life, there was little out there on how to integrate these changes and keep at it long term. MY LIFE MATTERS focuses on the how.”

Release of MY LIFE MATTERS 2011 calendar year edition is scheduled for November 2010. “But because we are eager to make it available to every woman who wants to organize and improve her life, we are offering November and December 2010 at no charge,” notes Thake. “The timing of this release is perfect because it will help with organization and budgeting through the holiday season. We believe our comprehensive approach to planning will have a major impact on the way women embark on self-development in all aspects of their lives.” These printable one-month previews can be downloaded from www.womansplanner.com/2010-free.

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Elbow Friend Arrives In Vegas In The 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY’s Gift Bags

ELBOW FRIEND is proud to announce that the Elbow Friend will be featured in this year’s Latin GRAMMY® presenter/performer gift bag, through their relationship with LA marketing firm Distinctive Assets. The 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards on November 11th, 2010 in Las Vegas will air live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

The Elbow Friend is the revolutionary, patent-pending ergonomic armrest solution for fighting the Forearm Fatigue and painful strain felt by every day chair users during prolonged usage.

From office, studio and home, to waiting rooms and vehicles, Elbow Friend provides the necessary elbow and forearm cushion support that most stock chairs lack with their hard plastic armrests and weak padding.

The Elbow Friend is available online, in SkyMall and CompUSA stores as well as other select retailers.

The Latin Recording Academy® is an International, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.

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