This month’s top ten money-saving articles

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You CAN grow vegetables without a garden!

You CAN grow vegetables without a garden!

Are you looking to add some feng-shui to your wardrobe? Perhaps you’ve landed an amazing job but you’re wanting to give your old work clothes the sack. Or maybe you’ve been putting off your dreams of growing your own greens due to being deprived of a garden.

Never fear! Your friendly neighbourhood thrift geeks here at MoneyAware have put together a smashing line up of money-saving articles from our favourite bloggers. So sit back, relax and let’s get started!

1. 15 ways to save money in the kitchen (Diary of a Frugal Family)

There’s lots of ways to save some extra pennies while feeding the five thousand, and frugal mum Cass has 15 to share with you. From meal planning to getting on first-name terms with your slow cooker, Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family has all the know-how when it comes to money-savvy meals.

Connect with Cass on Twitter.

2. How to grow vegetables without a garden (Skint Dad) 

I’ve long daydreamed of growing homegrown greens from scratch (yes, that’s how dull my daydreams are…no wistful wishing for a lottery win here, no sir!) but with no garden, I’ve never really considered it an option.

Being the resourceful chap that he is, Ricky aka SkintDad may have the answer. Ricky doesn’t have a garden either, but it turns out that allotments are relatively cheap to rent, and you’ll soon make the difference back once your greens come to ‘fruition’ (oh, that was terrible. Seriously, sorry about that…).

Spill the beans with Ricky on Twitter.

3. How to build a new job wardrobe on the cheap (Living on the Cheap)

There are few feelings that compare to the one you get when you find out you’ve landed that dream job. It can soon deflate, however, when you sling your wardrobe open only to find it stuffed with the tired, dreary rags from your last job. A top with more holes in it than Swiss cheese and a skirt that looks like it’s been around since Abba’s heyday does NOT scream ‘dress for success’.

Living on the Cheap talks you through how you can spruce up your work wardrobe without giving your wallet the P45.

Living on the Cheap can also be found on Twitter.

4. How to save water and money (Frugal Queen)

According to the United Nations Human Development Report, the average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water a day – that’s almost two bathtubs full of water. Be it in the bathroom or the back garden, Frugal Queen has come up with a few crafty ways to keep your water costs down.

Say hello to Frugal Queen on Twitter.

5. Sorry kids, we’re broke; 4 reasons to live like you’re poor (Club Thrifty)

At the risk of sounding like my grandmother, it’s really not like how it was in my day. Kids just seem to be bombarded with this constant pressure to have the latest gadget, clothes, and whatever else their mates say they need to care about. How, then, do you explain to them that money really doesn’t grow on trees?

The good folk at Club Thrifty know the importance of teaching our kids the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’ at an early age. Instilling some important money lessons now are sure to benefit them long into the future.

Join Club Thrifty on Twitter.

6. Sneaky high street secrets the shops don’t want you to know (My Family Club)

Even the savviest shoppers can be tricked into buying stuff they don’t need. The supermarkets have had decades to learn how best to part us from our hard-earned cash, and irresistible price cuts are just the tip of the iceberg.

From awkwardly placed escalators to clever lighting, My Family Club have compiled a list of the dastardly things your local supermarket will do to get you spending. *insert villainous laughing and moustache twirling here*

Exchange some wicked words with MyFamilyClub on Twitter.

7. The 4 biggest money lies we tell ourselves (Penny Golightly)

We’ve all been in denial over something at some point in our lives; “that slice of cake was definitely calorie-free!” “This haircut definitely doesn’t make my head look like a pumpkin” “Brad Pitt is definitely gonna marry me one day” (shhh, don’t be spoilsports! I can still have that one…Angelina? Angelina who?)

Money is one of those things that many of us like to fib to ourselves about; mainly that we have more to spend than we actually do. Mistress of money-saving Penny Golightly knows this scenario all too well, and has some great tips to keep you on the straight and narrow.

Penny can be reached on Twitter.

8. 7 questions to ask yourself before decluttering your wardrobe (A Thrifty Mrs)

Remember that film ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, and how it was dominated by a mighty-mouthed, constantly hungry carnivorous plant called Audrey 2? Well, that’s the name I’ve given my wardrobe, because everything that gets thrown in there is gobbled up and swallowed into a pit of darkness from which few fortunate garments ever return.

If your wardrobe is taking on a life of its own, El’s handy guide to decluttering like a pro should soon get you off skid row.

Swap decluttering tips with El on Twitter.

9. What the World Cup teaches us about personal finance (Blackbullion)

Just because the World Cup’s over doesn’t mean we have to completely shake off the football fever.  Whether you’re a footie fanatic or you wouldn’t know who Suarez was if he bit you on the bottom, Vivi over at Blackbullion has some very valuable money lessons to share.

Have a kickabout with Vivi on Twitter.

10. Miserable and broke? 7 ways to cheer yourself up (DiscountCoder)

As many bloggers and our own clients have attested, living a frugal life can often bring out the best in you and make you appreciate what’s really important in life. That said, being short on cash is no walk in the park, and dealing with limited funds day in, day out really can wear on even the most upbeat person.

Our friends over at Discount Coder want you to be happy no matter how many (or few) coins you have rattling around your purse. Check out their 7 great tips on how to keep the tight-budget blues at bay.

Laugh it up with DiscountCoder on Twitter.

What were your favourite money-saving articles this month? Did we miss any? Is there a thrifty blogger we should keep a beady eye on? Let us know in the comments.

Rachel Connor has been with the charity for over 8 years, starting in Helpline before joining the MoneyAware team in 2012. Rach enjoys travelling, video games, watching anime, reading and creative writing in her spare time (currently writing a Young Adult fantasy series). She had a previous life as head writer on Cartoon Network's Ed Edd n Eddy and as a copywriter for LivingSocial. She's also written comics and graphic novels for the animated series Regular Show.

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  • An oldie but a goody – I follow most of these sites already but there’s a couple of additions I wasn’t aware of – guess that’s why you’re called Money Aware 🙂

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      Thanks for your feedback – hope you have found them helpful!

      Becca