Preparing financially for Becoming a New Mum can be daunting – Here’s what I’m doing to try and make things easier on our family finances in the run up to our baby arriving
At the time of writing this I am 31 weeks pregnant with my first child. As always I’m thinking about our future and our finances and how best to prepare for the weeks and months ahead. Because this baby is my first, I’ve got no idea how I’m going to feel as a new mum in the days and weeks after she’s born – so I’m preparing financially now in the hope that in that in those precious early weeks I can focus on my newborn baby girl and nothing else.
Many of us have bad habits, financial or otherwise – from Smoking to a Posh Coffee or Magazine on the daily commute, lots of little spends can soon add up. . .
Here’s how to kick them in 30 Days
Sometimes we can have bad habits that we know about. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health and bad for your wallet. However, sometimes bad habits might not be so obvious, or we might be fooling ourselves into not admitting how much they are actually costing us.
This week I’ve been testing some Freeze Dried Food* products from Lio Licious to see whether they could be the answer to reducing food waste . . .
As regular readers of my blog will know, I’m always looking for ways to reduce to the cost of our weekly food shop and in turn reduce our food waste too. So, I jumped at the chance to review some freeze dried food products to see how they tasted and whether they could be the answer to preventing certain foods getting wasted.Continue Reading
If you’re still looking for that special someone don’t let looking for love leave you in a financial mess – try my tips for Dating on a Budget
The world of dating, in particular online dating is more different and diverse than it has ever been. With the advent of dating apps such as Tinder and Plenty of Fish and pretty much everyone and their brother having social media it’s a completely different ball game to what it was twenty years ago. On top of that, people’s expectations seem to have risen – with many girls now expecting to be wined and dined on every date and expecting the gentleman to pick up the tab every time. Here’s how to cope when you find yourself dating on a budget.
If you fancy a new hairstyle but are tight on funds, try these top tips for changing your hair on a budget
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Feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your hair but don’t have the money for an expensive restyle? Try these tips to get a whole new look for your hair while sticking to a tight budget.
Dreaming of Summer Sunshine? If you’ve yet to book your 2018 Summer Holiday then here are the things you need to consider when looking for the best deal
After the excitement of Christmas and the slow, cold plod of January, it finally feels like spring is just around the corner. The rare glimpses of spring sunshine that are slowly starting to appear have got me longing for some proper summer sunshine, sandy beaches and balmy evening walks. Yup, I’m dreaming of a lovely summer holiday.
The Wedding Breakfast is one of the biggest parts of any Wedding day – But also one of the most costly. Here are some alternative ideas that might save you some money too.
While a three course Wedding Breakfast is generally considered the norm, many couples are now opting for alternatives – whether it’s to save money or to create a more informal atmosphere, choosing food you really love is important. And it’s often only the bride and groom that will remember exactly what was served – so there’s no need to feel your guests will be missing out if you don’t provide them with a fancy three course dinner.
I may have mentioned once or twice that I’m a massive Harry Potter fan – when I got married in 2016 I decided to bring a touch of magic to our big day with a Harry Potter Sweet Table
Creating my very own Harry Potter Sweet table was probably one of the most fun things I did for my wedding and something that brought me a lot of enjoyment during what was actually a really stressful time. I loved getting super creative and I think the end result turned out really well. Plus, with a bit of know how I think it’s something that can easily be achieved by anyone, whether it’s for a wedding, a Harry Potter party or even just for fun!
On a super tight budget this Valentines Day? Why not have a Poundland Date Night. . . Here’s what happened when my husband and I tried it.
If you’re on a super tight budget this Valentines day then don’t despair – I have the perfect solution for you. Why not try a Poundland Date Night challenge? It’s easy, fun and should also get both your romantic and creative juices following. In this post I’m going talk about what my husband did for ours – don’t worry, there’s not anything NSFW here! (Although Poundland do sell sell one vibrating love ring PER SECOND so if that your thing then go for it!) You can find Poundland’s Valentines range here.
If you have a growing family and are worried about rising food costs here are some ideas to bulk meals up without breaking your budget. . .(and not a lentil in sight!)
With food costs ever on the increase and even budget supermarkets like Aldi becoming more expensive it can seem like feeding a growing family can eat into more and more of your budget. In particular, teenage boys can often seem as though they never stop eating and have hollow legs.
In this post I’m going to show some fab ways to bulk meals out and make sure there’s always something extra around to eat without breaking the bank.
Looking to Save even more money this year? Sam Jefferies from Money Nest explains how you can save over 7k with these five simple steps.
Over to Sam . . .
I’ve always cringed when I see experts advise reusing tea bags to save 10 pence a week or why you should never pay for coffee.
By working to reduce your biggest expenses you can find you end up with far more cash in your pocket than if you’d spent a lifetime restraining yourself from ever purchasing coffee and only ever using the same tea bag!
Love to curl up with a good book? Me too. Here are my top tips for finding books for less
I was recently asked to take part in a series by another blogger that involved talking about which six famous people (dead or alive) that you’d most like to have dinner with. And without hesitation, the first two I thought were not celebrities as such, although they are famous, but two of my favourite authors – J.K Rowling and Terry Pratchett. It made me realise how important books are to me and how they have shaped my life.
I love saving money on food and keeping my monthly food budget low – here is an update for 2018 – all about what we’ll be spending and where
January is always seen as a time for new beginnings and fresh starts and is always a good time to take stock of things and change and improve them where we can. One of my most popular posts is one that I wrote all the way back in 2016 – about how I cut my groceries bill down to just £50 a month (I also wrote an update at the end of year which you can read here.) And so I though it was time for a bit of an update on our monthly food budget – whether it’s changed and we’re going to be doing this year.
Kitchen Gadgets come in all shapes in sizes – here are my top picks for those that will also save you money
Having been a chef most of my adult life, I’m a sucker for various kitchen gadgets. While this can range from anything to fancy blenders and bread-makers to the more humble kitchen timer, there are a few I simply wouldn’t be without. Here are a few of my favourites which after the initial investment should also save you money in the long run. Teaming up these kitchen gadgets with the books recommended in my recent post about the best cookery books to become a budget savvy chef could really help you save some pennies in the kitchen this year.
Feeling a bit nervous about buying reduced food for the first time? Here I clear up 10 big misconceptions about buying yellow sticker foods
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know how much I love buying reduced food. I head straight for the yellow sticker sections as soon as I get to the supermarket and grab whatever I can. It means the majority of the food I buy is discounted, often by as much as 90% and it means we eat really well while not spending very much at all. Yes, we could spend a lot more but I enjoy saving money where I can I have a bit extra to spend on the fun things in life.
Looking to improve your skills in the kitchen this year? Here are my 10 favorite cookery books for becoming a better cook while on budget.
You’ve herd the phrase ‘Some times you need to spend to money to make money’ right? Well sometimes that’s also true when saving money. While I do consider myself a very competent cook and I while I’m fab at sticking to a super tight food budget, I’m not always the best at cooking the most frugal meals. My husband is some-what of meat fiend and after years in the pub and restaurant trade my repertoire tends to revolve around dishes that are a bit more upmarket and therefore often using more costly ingredients, usually steak, cream and butter among other things.
Want to be a Crazy Coupon lady and save loads of money on your shopping? Here’s my guide to getting started with Coupons
Before you get started with using Coupons it’s really worth looking at your overall shop to see if there are any areas where you could be saving money. Learning to coupon is great but you need to have a good attitude to saving money on your shopping to begin with or you might start to feel it’s not worth the effort. Couponing can take up a bit of time – which is why I only coupon for about a third of what I buy – the rest is usually either supermarket basics or from the reduced section.
New Year, New You? January is the most popular month of the year for Slimming World sign ups – here’s how you cans save money on all the new foods you’ll be eating while shedding those pounds.
If you’ve just joined slimming world then you may be wondering how you’re going to afford all the new foods you’ll be eating. Fruit and Vegetables can be expensive and then there’s the more Slimming World specific food like Frylite, Chicken Sausages and Quark. That on top of the weekly fee for the meeting and learning how everything works with regards to syns etc, it can all be a bit overwhelming.
In this post I’m going to share with you my top tips for getting all of the most popular slimming word foods for less and hopefully save you some pounds while you shed some lbs.
Planning a once in life time trip this year? Las Vegas is top of many people’s bucket list – here are some tips for splashing a little less cash when you visit
This time last year I was excitedly preparing for and planning our honeymoon to Las Vegas and the west coast of America. I’d already saved as much money as I could on our flights and accommodation (see this post for details!) and was now planning our day to day to itinerary. We had just under a week in Vegas and there is so, so much to do there was no way we could fit it all in. We went for our absolute must do’s and then gradually worked back through to the less important stuff. We also left plenty of free time for sight seeing and general wondering around which we definitely needed.
We love going to Center Parcs on holiday but the activities can be expesnsive. Here are my top 20 things to do for free at Center Parcs Longleat Forest
We love going to Center Parcs Longleat for a family holiday. Granted, it’s not cheap but if you can get away with going during term time, prices can be reasonable. However, the prices of activities can soon add up too – some are cheaper than others but we usually pick one or two ‘Must Do’s’ (usually for me it’s a spa day!) and then try and include as many activites as we can fro free.
Looking to slash the cost of your groceries bill this year? Here are 18 Brand New Tips for saving on food and Groceries in 2018
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Last year I wrote a post with 17 tips to save on your groceries in 2017 – it was a really popular post so I though I’d do the same again this year, with 18 Brand New tips that should help you continue to slash those groceries bills and save money week on week. I’m not promising you won’t have thought of some of them already, but hopefully some of these will help you start saving big.
I also have a money saving Facebook Group with a focus on saving money on groceries and household bills. You can find the group – I’d love for you to come say hello!
If you’ve a glut of leftovers from Christmas Day day and boxing fear not! This post brings you 40+Recipes for using them up and making sure you don’t waste a penny
It is so easy to buy too much food at Christmas. I think we all over estimate how much people will eat and have a huge fear of either not having enough food for everyone or running out of things. This leads to most households having a huge amount of leftover food (and sometimes even drink too!). Lots of food ends up getting thrown out simply because people don’t know what to do with it – or they leave it too long and it ends up going off at the back the fridge.
It’s that time of year where supermarkets slash the cost of vegetables in the run the up to Christmas – but do you know the best way to prepare and store them?
Being the super duper money saving sort of girl I am, I’m in a lot of money saving groups on Facebook. And one thing that seems to be up for debate at the moment is the price and bulk buying of supermarket vegetables. Being just a week out from Christmas they seem to have been slashed to ridiculous prices – in particular bags of carrots, sprouts, parsnips and Potatoes, mostly coming in at around 30 pence (or less!) a bag or even 20p in some cases!
Poundland have a pretty awesome Christmas range which could be your savior this year if your budget is looking tight!
With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, I know some of you out there will really be feeling the pinch. While it’s easy to have the best intentions throughout the year with regards to saving and buying a few gifts here and there when you can, I do know it’s not always that easy. If you’re currently wondering how your going to stretch your December pay to buy everything you need, Poundland might genuinely be the answer.
Families in the UK spend on average £220 extra on food over the festive period – here are my top tips for saving on The Big Christmas Shop
With Christmas Day just two weeks away I know many of you will be contemplating the big Christmas Shop. Christmas is undoubtedly a time of excess and unfortunately a lot of that excess often ends up in the bin – not only as wasted food but as wasted money too.
If you need a Luxury Food Hamper this Christmas the look no further than Hampers.com
Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to review a hamper of my choice from Hampers.com.
I spent a happy half an hour on their website browsing the huge range of hampers on offer and trying to decide which one to try. There are certainly a lot to choose from – with themes including ‘For Mum’ ‘Chocolate’ ‘Cheese and Wine’ and ‘Prosecco Pineapple for her’.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching and are some of the busiest shopping days of the year. Here are my top tips for finding and making to most of the best deals.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are mere days away and already there are offers everywhere. Finding the best deals can be a bit of a minefield. Is it it really a good deal? Will it be even cheaper after Christmas? Companies also pile on the pressure by having very short lived deals sometimes only lasting an hour (I’m looking at you Amazon!)
Black Friday is almost upon us – are you prepared? Love it or loathe it there are certainly some bargains to be had. But how do you know if you’re really getting the best deal?
Black Friday is an event that started in the USA and has gradually become part of the culture here across the pond too. In America the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally when the count down to Christmas begins and people dash out to the shops to begin buying their gifts. Shops have capitalized on this by offering special one day only deals on this day, or through the weekend through until ‘Cyber Money’ which is the day most people order their gifts online.
We all have our weaknesses and as long as we can afford it there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat – especially if we’re getting the best price possible – read on to discover how to get a pricey designer handbag for much less than the RRP
While I absolutely love saving money, in any which way possible, there are some things I will occasionally treat myself to. I have an iphone, even though there are cheaper options available. I love Hotel Chocolat and food from M&S even though it is more expensive.Continue Reading