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Trying to find frugal fun this autumn with a toddler in tow

Trying to find frugal fun this autumn with a toddler in tow

So I noticed that there was quite a lot of negativity around here and not a lot of joy. It probably reflects how I feel right now, hell, how everyone feels. And it’s good to have an outlet and actually learn that other people feel the same. However, these days are not perfect, but they are still days in our short lives that I want to try to make the best of, both for me and for my rambunctious toddler….

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A whole post about bedding, apparently

A whole post about bedding, apparently

I know even before writing this that it will be dull to many people. But I also expect those people won’t be clicking on this post. And so, I hope the 5 of you that do read, get something from it. So this post is all about bedding. Seriously. I have so many thoughts about it, that I can fill a blog post. Wanting new, but not wanting new This is how it starts; the flicker of an idea in…

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Money blogger gets mending!

Money blogger gets mending!

I don’t think I’m the only person blogging about money who sometimes feels like there’s not a huge amount to always say about money. When everything’s automated, you’re months away from renewal of any insurance, your savings and investments are ticking up and you’re not ready to address your food costs which have spiralled out of control since you had a baby, it leads you to thinking about other things. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. You can…

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The case for cutting the small expenses

The case for cutting the small expenses

If you want to spend less, you can cut big expenses or small expenses. Or you can cut a combination of both. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that cutting big expenses will save more. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t worry about the small expenses. When you’re stuck with big expenses There are some big expenses that we can choose to go without, or that we can reduce. Obvious examples are holidays and luxury vehicles. You…

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How to stop bad days ruining good money habits

How to stop bad days ruining good money habits

Bad days, weeks, months and even years are a part of life. Money more than likely isn’t your chief concern when you’re having a bad day but it can be so frustrating to see you financial plans delayed or destroyed when you’re working so hard. It can be especially damaging if you were already struggling to get a grip on your day to day finances. But how do you save money in sub-optimal conditions? Or to put it another way,…

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What to do on a no spend weekend with kids

What to do on a no spend weekend with kids

Whilst it may be simple to have a no spend weekend with kids, it’s most certainly not easy. Kids may not like doing the things we adults do to spend money- like food shopping for instance- and are happy with simple things, but it’s much more difficult to organise pulling off a no spend weekend with kids. It’s easy to say ‘kids enjoy the free stuff just as much as expensive stuff’. It’s difficult, as adults to follow our own…

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No spend challenges to improve your finances

No spend challenges to improve your finances

If you’re looking for a way to improve your finances, you should set yourself a no spend challenge. It’s the perfect challenge, regardless of whether or you’re good with budgetting. We are all different and one size certainly doesn’t fit all, so you can flex your challenge to suit your circumstances. You could start with a no spend day, or go the whole hog on a no spend year (eek!). Improving your finances in the long term Before suggesting some…

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How to have an awesome no spend weekend

How to have an awesome no spend weekend

If the thought of a no spend weekend sounds tedious or fills you with dread, you’re looking at it all wrong. Let me start by asking you this. Do you spend money every day? I reckon I do. I reckon most of us do. Spending money is, somehow, easier than not spending. Shops open 24 hours, 1 click online ordering, and contactless payments mean spending comes as naturally as getting out of bed in the morning. With spending money being…

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Cheap and easy (indoor) entertainment for kids

Cheap and easy (indoor) entertainment for kids

It’s always good to have a list of cheap and easy entertainment for kids, especially indoor entertainment as the weather can put a stop to getting out in the fresh air. As February school half term approaches (surely one of the most miserable, weather-wise), I was chatting with my sis about what she could do that wouldn’t cost a fortune but would keep my niece entartained. We came up with some pretty good options (the benefit of trying many of…

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Food shopping tips for families

Food shopping tips for families

Budgetting and saving money are both more important and more difficult when you have young children. More expenses, less free time. Families come in all shapes and sizes and are all different. There’s no one size fits all with budgetting, and no where is this more true than the food budget. That’s why I decided to ask lots of different families what works for them. Everyone I spoke to did things differently and had various tricks up their sleeves to…

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