Category Archives: Budgeting

18 smart and easy ways to save money

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Saving money is something that we can all get on board with. There are lots of ways to watch the pennies, it’s just a case of spotting them. 

Moneymagpie’s Jasmine Birtles stopped by the blog to share some top tips on how the whole family can save a few pounds… 

You may be thinking ‘everyone says how easy it is to save money, but putting it in practice is another thing altogether’. The good news is that you can save money the minute you get out of bed and start getting ready for the day. This is how a thrifty life is lived – baby steps, little by little, every day.

Once you know your own budget and needs, there’s a whole wealth of ways you can supercharge your savings. For now, let’s take a look at some thrifty tips that are so crafty you might just feel hoodwinked into saving money!

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8 free and local things to do when school’s out

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Half term breaks can be super-fun for you and the kids, but they’re not exactly thrifty! If you find yourself struggling to keep the little’uns – and the big’uns – entertained, fear not! Our pal Abby King from Latest Free Stuff has got you covered with some great activity ideas, whatever the season…

The school holidays certainly have a way of sneaking up on you. The summer break is barely over, and we’re in store for another week of frolics when schools close for the Autumn half term.

Entertaining kids in the school holidays needn’t be expensive, extravagant or difficult. There are plenty of activities for your kids to enjoy that won’t cost a penny nor require much travelling either. They’re ideal for all the family to enjoy, whatever the weather and no matter budget you’re working with.

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How to save the environment as well as your money!

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As lovers of saving the planet as well as pounds, we’re always looking for new ways to be eco-friendly and thrifty. Luckily, our friend Chris from Spend it Like Beckham is here to give a fresh perspective on how to be green without drifting into the red.

Way back in 2010, MoneyAware posted a useful blog that detailed 10 ways in which you could save money and save the planet. Our efforts to protect the environment are evolving all the time, so what better reason to take a look at new ways of being green and thrifty?

World leaders are treating the welfare of the planet as a bigger priority than ever, and scientists are developing new, ecologically-sound ways we can live our lives. Let’s take a look at some of the new ways we can squeeze those extra pennies, while doing our bit for the environment.

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Are you a secret spender?

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Do you know what secret spending is? It’s when, with all the good intentions in the world, you spend more without needing to, or even realising it.

Spending pitfalls are everywhere, from the supermarket aisles to the funfair. So, in a world where the invisible hand of consumerism is pushing us to spend, spend, spend, are you guilty of spending without even thinking?

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7 things cats can teach us about money

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Animated pictures of cats are the lifeblood of the internet. It seems like everyone loves a cat GIF.

So we’ve decided to embrace our feline friends and consider the lessons we can learn about our finances from cats.

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9 free ways to boost your happiness

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There are times when we feel like we could do with a boost but can be hard to know exactly what to do to make ourselves feel better. It’s even harder to know how to increase your happiness if you don’t have spare cash.

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12 recipes everyone should know how to cook

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I have a friend that often tells me he can’t cook. The way I see it, if you can read you can cook. The instructions are right there in the recipe!

There will be times when things go wrong. Pasta will boil dry. The base of your pizza will singe to a crisp because you thought it’d be OK to just put it on the bottom of the oven (ahem).

But aside from the odd mishap there’s nothing better than a home-cooked meal so it’s good to learn a few go-to recipes. Here’s 12 classic recipes from around the web that we should all know how to cook.

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