Anyone that owns a car will be well aware of how costly they can be to run – with insurance and fuel costs continually rising it’s not surprising more and more people are looking for ways to keep the cost of running their motor down.
For a little while now, I’ve enjoyed reading other people’s spending diaries – I think it’s in the same vein as watching shopping hauls on YouTube – as a money blogger I find it fascinating what people choose to spend their money on – where they save, where they splurge and so on. So, I thought it was about time I did my own spending diary.
Food poverty in the U.K is real and life has been made considerably harder for many who were on the breadline already with the introduction of universal credit. While U.K food banks really do appreciate all donations there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your donation is exactly what they need and will be the most possible help to someone in need. Here are some things to consider when donating to your local Food Bank this year.
There are loads of ways to save money in the run up to Christmas and I also know there are plenty ways to earn extra cash in the run up to Christmas too. Being a total foodie, for me, Christmas is all about the food. I’m really careful with what I spend on food throughout the year (in 2016 I spent just £50 per month on food while I saved for my wedding!) so at Christmas it’s nice to have a few treats and indulge in some really lovely Christmas food.
Pumpkin carving is one of those activities that has grown hugely in popularity recent years and with most of the supermarkets offering them at bargain prices, often the whole family will get involved and have a pumpkin each. While pumpkin carving provides hours of child friendly fun, especially during half term when Halloween usually falls, it can also produce a lot of unnecessary waste. This post is all about how to avoid Pumpkin waste this Halloween.
Sticking to a budget for Christmas can be tough. Whether spending more than you wanted to on the kids, last minute panic buying or going overboard on the food, Christmas rarely comes cheap and it can be so easy to lose of track of what you’ve spent. The average person spends £820 on Christmas – which to me seems like an absolutely crazy amount. For someone on minimum wage that’s three and a half weeks pay! This year I’ve been using a budgeting app for Christmas shopping to help me curb my spending and stick within my limits. Continue Reading
Today I have another guest post, this time from Araminta who is the creator of Financially Mint, a personal finance blog for university students written by an actual student. She interviews experts, does weird experiments and a ton of research to help her and others graduate financially intelligent.
In this post Araminta discusses why Freelancing is great job for students and how it could help their future prospects.
Ah, who doesn’t love B&M for a nice bit of bargain hunting, especially in the run up to Christmas. Luckily for me, (although perhaps not for my wallet!) I have a huge B&M less than ten minutes walk from my house. I’ve been taking an afternoon stroll there the last few weeks and have really enjoyed looking at all the Christmas stock that’s gradually been appearing. This has also meant I’ve been able to make a good start on my Christmas shopping – I love getting ahead, even if I pick up just one or two items each week.
This is a guest post from Tuppenny who blogs over at tuppennysfireplace.com where she talks about living the frugal life and saving enough money to retire early. Being frugal and saying no to spending all her money means she is on track to retire in 18 months, 15 years earlier than usual.
For any long time readers of my blog you’ll be aware that I am a massive Harry Potter fan. I’ve read the books and seen the films innumerable times. I’ve been the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. I’ve done the Warner Brothers Studio Tour Twice. I even had a Harry Potter Sweet table at my wedding (if this is something you’d like to attempt for yourself you can read my full post on it here!)