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Host your own garden party on a budget

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If you can’t get to Spain, why not bring Spain to you! Lucia in our training team gives you her tips to make a Mediterranean feast on a budget…

Phew, we can all breathe a sigh of relief…summer has finally landed. Well, that’s what my calendar tells me, but the weather’s saying differently at the moment!

At this time of year all my friends want to spend the weekend in the pub, and the cost of this can soon add up.

As an alternative, how about asking the girls round for a summer garden party? If you’ve not got a garden you could easily pack up the food and take it to the park, or even have an indoor picnic. With a little bit of creativity you can whip up some tasty food and drinks without breaking your food budget. If everyone helps out and brings a bottle, you can still be the hostess with the mostess!

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7 new uses for old things

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When we spend money we may as well squeeze every single penny out of the things we buy, right? Glad you agree! Join me on my mission to dabble with the boundaries of being overly frugal as I attempt to give everything a second lease of life.

They say cats have nine lives, well these objects have at least two, I tell you. Here are my top seven new uses for old things that’ll save you money, straight from Jenny’s
marvellous recycling emporium. That name makes reusing things sound pretty exciting doesn’t it? Before we have time to debate whether it actually is or not, here’s the list:

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5 MoneySavingExpert.com challenges that could change your spending habits for good

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Could an MSE challenge help you reach your money goals?

Living on a budget isn’t easy at the best of times, and sticking to a strict budget can sometimes feel like a slog.

This is something we hear from clients, which is why we offer as much motivation and support as we can along the way. But sometimes all you really need is to speak to someone in the same boat.

The MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) forum is one of the biggest online communities of money-saving movers and shakers. As well as hundreds of forum threads discussing everything from freebies to consumer rights, there are loads of money-saving challenges to get involved in.

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10 frugal fails you should be avoiding

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Sometimes it costs to be frugal…

You know us; we’re always encouraging people to be frugal. It’s our ‘thing’, as it were. There are times though when your good intentions could cause a money-draining fiasco rather than save you pennies.

There’s an old saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’, meaning that sometimes going for the frugal option can often cost you more in the long run. There are also pitfalls like BOGOF supermarket deals (who hasn’t fallen prey to them from time to time?) and snags in the fine print of vouchers to be wary of.

The best way to avoid falling foul of a false economy is to not be thrifty where it counts to spend a little more. Sometimes being frugal isn’t worth the hassle it may cause in the future. Not that we can see in to the future, we’re just using the power of hindsight.

Find out when being thrifty does more harm than good with our list of frugal fails.

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8 frugal but delicious soup recipes

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Cheap and tasty winter warmers

As it’s getting colder and the nights are drawing in, one of the perks is snuggling up in your PJs with a hot bowl of soup. It’s even better when you’re watching a trashy show on telly at the same time, but enough about my Saturday nights.  

As well as being good for you, soups are cheap and incredibly easy to make. You can actually get some pretty decent flavours from not that many ingredients.

All you need to get started is some stock cubes and some salt and pepper. A hand blender can come in handy too, which you can pick up quite cheaply in big supermarkets. Mine cost me just under £5 and does the job just as well as some of the more expensive models!

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The ultimate Christmas DIY gift guide

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DIY Christmas gifts

Remember when you were a kid and it was perfectly acceptable to give someone the misshapen clay pot you’d made in school at Christmas? I miss those days. Life was simpler back then.

Fast forward 20 years and I’m currently stressing out about buying gifts – and it’s only November. “Tis the season” and all that but unfortunately it’s an expensive season that actually only lasts a day. Can’t we all decide on a universally acceptable amount to spend on each other at Christmas? Is this something we can vote on?

Until my utopia is formed (it’s only a matter of time, mua haha!) I’ve decided to go back to my roots and embrace the DIY Christmas once more (the 6-year-old me would be so proud). The good thing about DIY gifts is that everyone will be touched that you put some thought into their pressie! Luckily for you guys, I’ve put together a list of DIY presents so it’ll save you the time of actually having to come up with any ideas yourself. I really do spoil you!

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Zero Waste Week: are you up for the challenge?

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How could Zero Waste Week save you money?

How could Zero Waste Week save you money?

How often do you find yourself chucking plastic packaging in the bin because you don’t know if you can recycle it, or throwing away food because you’ve made too much? I’ll put my hand up and confess I’m guilty of doing both.

It’s incredible to think that in England alone we generate a massive 177 million tonnes of rubbish each year. As well as the environmental cost of wasting our resources, there is also a huge financial toll. How much money could we save if we planned our meals better, used up leftovers, and didn’t always look to buy things brand new?

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