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New car seat rules – what you need to know

New car seat rules are now in place, meaning some children who have been using a booster seat may want to switch to a high back one instead.

If your child weighs over 15kg, the chances are you’ve been using a cushion booster seat. You can continue using them, but if you are buying a new one, manufacturers will have to state that they are only suitable for children over 22kg and 135cm.

The new car seat rules are now in force and you could face a fine of £500 if you fail to meet the new requirements. The changes have been put in place to encourage parents to use booster seat only for older children; children as young as three have been using a booster seat.

The plans were introduced last year with a view for them to come into force on 1 March 2017, but they have now been put into place sooner, although 35% of parents said they were not aware of the new rules, according to a report by retailer Halfords.

If you are thinking of buying a new car seat, Halfords will trade-in any cushion booster, bought from any retailer, for 20% off a high back booster. If buying online, use code saferseat – you’ll have to use the click & collect service, where you exchange you booster seat for the discount.

Here are some highback boosters that will cost you less than £50.

Halfords own brand high-back booster – £35.

Halford high back booster seat, Sturdy and great quality.

 Kiddicare ‘Joie Trillo’ booster seat. £40

affordable high back booster seats

Good quality cheap high back booster seat from Kiddiicare.

Tesco Graco highback booster – £40

high back booster seat, new car seat rules

Tesco Direct, offer on Graco highjack booster seat. No harness. Great price.


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Reduce your grocery bill by 70% this summer!

The kids are off school and they are going to be hungry – inevitably, the next few weeks will see the cost of your weekly shop shoot up.

To help families keep the costs of food shopping down, MMM put Approved Food to the test, which can help slash the cost of shopping by as much as 70%.

There is of course one catch – the food is past or close to its sell-by date, but perfectly safe.

With a £30 budget, MMM managed to bag a fair amount – cereals, tinned food, sweets and treats, drinks and even laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets – the sort of things where you can generally ignore the date stamped on the product.

If you’ve tried reducing the cost of the grub by switching brands or shopping at discount stores but think you can do better, then try Approved Food  – you’ll be surprised at just how much you could save on some store cupboard essentials.

New products are available everyday and there are some real bargains. For example, Sprite Zero 330ml for just 29p or a 2kg Reeses Peanut jar for just £2.99. There’s even stuff for pets, at more than 50% off.

MMM was really pleased with service and surprised at just how at just how much £30 would buy (see pic above/ instagram).

Although we would like to see Approved Food cut down on the cardboard packaging, the items arrived well packed and in excellent condition.

So, if you’re looking to save a few more pounds on your groceries, take a look at Approved food – you’ll be surprised at just how good the bargains are.


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