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Month: September 2016

Money Saving Christmas Tips- Ideas to help you save this Christmas

Money Saving Christmas Tips- Ideas to help you save this Christmas

  If you’re looking for money saving Christmas tips, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re already thinking about Christmas, or avoiding all mention until December, these Christmas tips will help you save money over the festive period. The first money saving Christmas tip is to get some money saved, if you haven’t already. In our house, we don’t start preparing for Christmas until November, except for the part where we save up the money.  In our first joint budget,…

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Use your travel budget to buy gifts on your travels

Use your travel budget to buy gifts on your travels

This is a good tip to help you save money on gifts for Christmas or birthdays AND get something that’s extra special. If you’re going on holiday between now and Christmas, and the place you’ve visiting is known for something in particular, use your holiday budget to pick up a gift for someone you know who will appreciate it. How does that save money? Well, it’s usually quite easy to make little alterations to save money on holiday so that…

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Thoughtful gifts that cost less

Thoughtful gifts that cost less

You can reduce the cost of Christmas by buying thoughtful gifts that cost less. Those glossy catalogues, glittering Christmas displays, and tempting 3 for 2 deals seem to be promising the same, but do they really offer thoughtful gifts and do they help you save money? Check out these 3 ways that I buy thoughtful gifts that cost less. 1. Don’t opt for luxury for the sake of it; know who you’re buying for It’s tempting to splash out at…

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10 cheap fruits to help you eat well for less

10 cheap fruits to help you eat well for less

If you’re trying to eat well on a budget, it’s easy to put the ‘budget’ before the ‘eating well’. Check out this list of 10 cheap fruits to help you eat well for less. It’s more difficult to find cheap fruit than it is to find cheap vegetables, but it’s also supposed to be better to eat more vegetables than fruit anyway. It’s even more difficult to work out which fruits are cheap, because lots of fruits don’t have a…

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10 cheap vegetables to help you eat well for less

10 cheap vegetables to help you eat well for less

If you’re trying to eat well on a budget, it’s easy to put the ‘budget’ before the ‘eating well’. When I tried searching for cheap vegetables, I couldn’t really find a list. There’s so much information out there, but it’s almost too much. So, I thought up a load of vegetables, added them to a shopping list on mysupermarket and had a look for which vegetables you could get more of for your money. The prices were sometimes per 100…

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How to live on one income

How to live on one income

It doesn’t always feel easy to live on two incomes, so living on a single income can feel like an impossible task. However, it’s a reality for many couples and families. If you want to live on a single income, you’ll likely need lots of discipline and lots of planning. But it’s not impossible. Whilst the prospect of living on one income may seem daunting, it can also be empowering, giving yourself more freedom and flexibility to get what you…

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The Marie Kondo method: does it work?

The Marie Kondo method: does it work?

Do you feel like you’re surrounded by clutter or constantly tidying, only to find you’re soon in the same mess you were in before? It’s a common complaint. In fact, Steve Howard, Head of Sustainability at Ikea recently announced that Western consumers have hit their peak for home furnishings. Coming from a company that is trying to selling furniture to us, that’s quite a statement! Our houses are often so full of stuff, that there’s nowhere to put it all….

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