Category: Budgeting & Thrifty

The Re-use Centre

A few people have mentioned to me that at our local tip (somewhere I do not frequent, but my mum seems to go to on a weekly basis!), has recently opened up a re-use centre. The idea behind it is simply that people donate certain unwanted goods, and the staff …

Our Top 5 Family Meals

Now I’ll readily confess to not being the greatest cook, though I’ve got considerably better since becoming a mum. I don’t have much knowledge about food and food preparation, and with two small children, I don’t have a lot of time to devote to it either. So I look about …

How We’ve Reduced Our Weekly Food Shop

I don’t know about you, but I feel we spend a lot on consumables here, or more specifically, food. Now, I know we need food!, but I have started to more closely analyse our expenditure in this area, and I’m working on a five-pronged attack to reduce the bills. Here’s …

The Great Bug Hunt Adventure

We woke up on Wednesday and the thought struck me that we had no plans whatsoever for the day. No nursery drops, no play-dates, no kids classes, no cards basket collections, no appointments, nada. It felt good. The whole world was our oyster so what would we do? The sun …

Visit to the New Library

When I was growing up, I loved going to the local children’s library with my mum and brother. Whether it be for a story time session, or to choose our books, it always evokes a happy childhood memory. When Boo was born, I imagined similar trips, and then a few …

Kidstart Review

Do you shop on-line? I do, frequently! I like to be able to search for products, check best prices, look for voucher codes and read reviews. Oh, and it beats walking round the shops with two little ones! I use Kidstart, and would highly recommend it. It’s all really simple …

My Weekly Planner

I’m getting organised! Or better organised, I should really say. Now, I am a naturally organised person. The type with a family organiser calendar (and the type who is really happy to receive said organiser as a Christmas gift..!), where it has reminders such as ‘worm dog’, ‘wash Dyson filter’, …

Our Tesco Clubcard Buys

In my bid to be thrifty, I’m always looking to get treats for the children for as little as I can. I like them to still have lovely days out to enjoy, and nice presents when it’s birthday time, but not that cost the earth. Especially as they’re still young …

Tips for Getting The Best Mortgage Advice

As you may know, my life before kids was in financial services, covering lots of areas and products, but specialising in mortgages and related insurances. I was a co-creator in deciding how mortgage advice was given across our branch network, and then coached, managed and supervised the advisors to deliver …

The Sun Holidays – Tips for Booking the Best Breaks

Right, I’m assuming whether you love them, hate them of are indifferent to them, you have at least heard of them. Collect tokens in the Sun newspaper, get a cheap holiday. Simple. Since our SAHM decision, these have been our holidays – a huge departure from our life before kids …

The Present Hoard

Today I’ve added another goodie to the present hoard. I love my little present store! It’s an easy way to spread the cost of gift buying, grab things when they’re on offer and ensure I’m organised and prepared! Little Man’s first birthday is in September and Boo’s is October, and …

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