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"Sometimes you just can't help comparing" - Do you agree? What do you compare? You could win £250 by sharing your thoughts with E.ON NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Oct-13 09:59:04

Inspired by the new E.ON comparison tool, they have asked us to find out your views on comparing - not just energy consumption but in other aspects of your family life too.

E.ON says "How does your energy use stack up compared to other E.ON customers in your area? Now, if you manage your E.ON account online, you can find out with the Saving Energy Toolkit our new energy comparison tool to help you use no more than you need."

So, if you are an E.ON customer and manage your account online, check out the comparison tool and let us know how your energy use compares to similar E.ON customers homes near you. Has knowing this prompted you to make some changes to how you use energy in your home? If so, what sort of changes do you think you could make? What quick fixes could you make? What could you plan for the future?

If you're not an E.ON customer (or don't manage your account online) please share what sort of things you compare with other people or with things you read or see in your own life: does this make you ever change your own behaviour? For example: do you compare your child's lunchbox with his/her friends and get ideas for your own? Or do you ask friends what books they've enjoyed and then go onto buy/ borrow them yourself?

Everyone who adds a comment to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £250 voucher (a "Compliments voucher" (a multi-store gift voucher that can be spent at 130 retailers and 450 independent stores making up over 20,000 outlets nationwide).

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ
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Happiestinwellybobs Sun 10-Nov-13 20:03:01

Just wanted to say thank you again. My vouchers arrived and I've spent some on my nephews Christmas presents which they will be thrilled with smile

Happiestinwellybobs Thu 31-Oct-13 12:07:24

I am so chuffed - thank you so much! YIPPEE grin

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 31-Oct-13 11:50:57

Thanks for all your comments! The winner of the prize draw is Happiestinwellybobs - congratulations smile I'll PM you for your details shortly.

Hopezibah Tue 29-Oct-13 23:30:10

I compare my hubby to others (thankfully he compares well - especially when it comes to helping with household and kids compared to some of my friends).

I compare diets and what meals other are eating just to see if what we eat is 'average' or different.

I compare how often others clean their house, do the hoovering, change the bedsheets - I tend to not do so well on this!!! I remember hearing one friend say how she mopped the floors every week - i'm lucky if it is once a month in my house!

tootssweet Tue 29-Oct-13 17:18:52

A comparison I often make that I'm not proud of is comparing dc2's progress against dc1. It's not fair as they are two different personalities but I suppose it is human nature & those are the 2 children I know most about.
I do like comparing houses on rightmove which is probably one of my favourite apps (along with MN of course!)

YoucancallmeQueenBee Tue 29-Oct-13 12:42:13

I compare my entire life constantly with everyone else. I feel vaguely comforted by those who are worse off or in a worse situation to me & vaguely aspirational about those whose lives are in some way better.
I also compare prices on pretty much everything I buy - isn't that the whole point of the internet?! hmm

weaseleyes Tue 29-Oct-13 11:43:53

I compare everything to check if I'm normal, as I never feel I have a very good sense of what this is. After a bit, I decide I am not normal, but somehow superior. (Ah, delusion, you are my best friend.)

I compare lots of things, my figure, my feral children, my sex life (sob), my college work etc etc. A little bit of healthy comparison is good but it's best to be happy with your lot, what other people have May look all very good but you don't know what goes on behind closed doors.

WhyIRayLiotta Tue 29-Oct-13 10:49:45

I compare everything. Clothes / cars / homes / careers etc. I don't mention it ever... but I will spruce up my home if my friend with the pristine palace is coming and I won't bother if it's my slovenly cousin.

I also price compare almost everything to try and get the best deals. especially on things like holidays. DP and I can spend several weeks comparing and contrasting hotels!

Lent1l Tue 29-Oct-13 10:36:33

I compare a lot of things. Every year I use price comparison sites to help me get insurance for house, buildings and car cheaper than my renewal quotes. I keep checking my current energy usage to see if the fixed price deal I am on is still saving me money (it is). When out shopping I now know (roughly) the price of certain items in certain stores and unless I have to have something there and then due to an emergency shortage then I will wait and go to another shop for an item to save money. Most of us these days are in the position where with a family to feed and clothe we need to save money wherever we can and this is just my way of doing that.

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 29-Oct-13 06:20:47

To the (micro dick) head of eon.

Comparing energy prices...why bother? as you're exactly the same as the others. Aren't you? Of course you are!. [Sarcasm mode on] you all match your prices in the early Spring with a "so-called discount of 2-3%" in the very early Spring & then raise prices by "at least 10%" with by the end of Summer" [Sarcasm mode off] The only people to benefit is YOU the boss & shareholders!.

So eon are you still trying to rip off big businesses or was that an "DISHONEST MISTAKE"?

~~~~~~

An open message to all energy suppliers (and not just the spokesman of eon) cut your "standing charge by at least 75%):-

Who ever cuts their costs by 3/4s, I could guarrentee that everyone would join the cheapest supplier possible.

Dancealot Mon 28-Oct-13 21:02:51

I compare clothes and make-up with friends. It's always good to find out where they are shopping and if they have picked up any bargains recently. I also look for bargains online using comparison sites to find cheapest prices.

LauraTrashley Mon 28-Oct-13 19:44:45

I compare just about everything I buy to try and make sure I am getting the best deal possible, but I dislike the trend for people to 'try things out' in bricks and mortar shops and then promptly go online to buy the same item cheaper elsewhere.
Recently I spent a lot of time getting advice in a specialist shop, I know I could have gone home and compared online prices, then saved maybe ten pounds, but the advice was so valuable it was worth that bit extra to me.

jojane Mon 28-Oct-13 19:43:47

I compare anything I am buying whether instore or online. I compare my life to others, my children etc etc

neffi Mon 28-Oct-13 19:30:56

Not an E-on customer.

I do compare prices, I look online before buying etc but customer service is always an important part of the equation. I will always pay more if I know the customer service is better than that given by the cheapest provider. Good customer service counts A LOT.

SuzySuzSuz Mon 28-Oct-13 17:57:10

I think we all compare on certain levels, it's human nature to see if we're all doing the same or different / worse / better, the main difference is that some people get judgy when doing these comparisons.

Most work places will use bench marking as a tool so it's not unnatural to do the same outside with aspects of our personal lives!

Some things I compare;

Grocery shop prices to get best deal
Our own year on year energy & water consumption
Mobile phone cost & usage
Petrol prices
Cooking recipes
Different lifestyles (some friends & neighbours have very different lifestyles, compared but not judged)
Gardens (as in who's mowed their lawn used as an indicator when we need to do ours!)
Candy crush progress!

I don't think comparisons are a bad thing, we can learn new things and better ways of doing things smile

I compare prices in supermarkets.

I also compare how other people have decorated their homes. I like seeing what wallpaper or colour schemes they have (I feel as if I don't know how to express myself within the home & am happy to keep the decor as it was when moved in!)

Letitsnow9 Mon 28-Oct-13 17:37:37

I do compare but try not to as the quickest way to unhappiness is to constantly compare

I compare the things I buy online, but I wonder whether I spend too long comparing little things and forget to compare the big ones.

TerrorTremor Mon 28-Oct-13 16:47:13

I compare all the females in our families personalities.

Sometimes, it's like looking into a mirror.

Others, we are miles apart. smile

OrangeJuiceSandwich Mon 28-Oct-13 16:07:08

My husband is in the army so I find myself comparing a lot with my 'settled' friends and family. I recently had a baby and felt very low afterwards because we just didnt have the support that we might have had if we'd been anywhere near our home towns. I find myself a bit tearful at the school gates when I see the Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, cousins etc picking up the other children in DS's class, whereas its always me. I didn't even have someone to put as an emergency contact for the school as we just don't know anyone and our families are 6 and 8 hours away. I long to actually be part of somewhere.

magentastardust Mon 28-Oct-13 14:03:57

I compare food prices when shopping ,and will be comparing the price of toys/gadgets etc before I do all the Christmas shopping.
This is a positive comparison experience !

I also however compare how I look , what I am wearing, what other people can buy their dc's to other friends and people around me which is just nonsense really and is a really negative thing to do. Recently I have been a lot more confident and been doing this a lot less and not caring about anyone else and it is sooooo much better!

foolssilver Mon 28-Oct-13 12:56:25

I definitely use comparison sites for big purchases, bills, financial products etc.

Currently 30 weeks pregnant so I'm also comparing my bump to other women!

BoysWillGrow Mon 28-Oct-13 12:06:35

I compare things like broadband and phone packages online, the only other things i kind of compare are toys at our local playgroup. If theres something they really enjoy playing with I'll compare prices and keep them in mind for christmas or birthdays.

newtothenet Mon 28-Oct-13 10:45:46

I compare shop bought things with my own home made things! I love crafting and am always seeing ideas in shops that I try to make myself at home - particularly Christmas gift ideas.

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