About Skint Dad

Ricky aka 'Skint Dad' has been sharing thrifty tips since September 2013. His mantra is all about spending less, cutting back, living frugally but not living without. He won the ‘UK’s Smartest Shopper’ out of thousands of entries. Ricky is father to 3 daughters and fiancée to Naomi, aka Skint Mum.

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Skint Dad’s homemade sniffle sorter-outers!

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As a busy dad of three, our pal Ricky Willis A.K.A. Skint Dad knows all about the woes of winter illnesses, and has some cheeky tips to help keep them on ice – over to you, Ricky! 

Hot water bottle and winter woolies

Put these winter warmers to the test!

As winter approaches and the weather turns from a gentle breeze to a bitter blast, the Skint household is full of cold.

Whether it’s just bad luck or we genuinely all have weak immune systems, for the last couple of weeks one or more of us have been suffering from constant sneezing, a runny nose and a total feeling of being run down.

We don’t usually take much in the way of medicines (unless it’s absolutely necessary) and much prefer to try homemade remedies instead, which sooth the throat, warm the tummy and start to relieve congestion.

So, without further ado, here are a bunch of beautifully easy cough and cold remedies we use to get us through the winter months.

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Skint Dad’s tips for a cracking Bonfire Night

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One person who knows how to have fun on the cheap is Ricky Willis aka Skint Dad – Recently we invited him to share his tips for a thrifty and fun Bonfire Night…take it away, Ricky!

Don’t let your money go up in flames!

Don’t let your money go up in flames!

With Bonfire Night only a few weeks away my kids are already talking about Catherine wheels, sparklers and Guy Fawkes himself.

I must admit there’s something magical about seeing thousands of different coloured sparks rain down from the pitch black sky, and hearing the far-off booms and shrieks of distant rockets. What better excuse to get wrapped up in your winter woollies and snuggle up tight with your loved ones?

Guy Fawkes Night can be a pretty pricey affair, however. Fireworks aren’t always cheap. You then need to factor in stuff like where you want to enjoy the spectacle – your back garden? What if you want to have friends and family over who’ll need feeding and watering? If a big firework display’s more your thing, you’ll need to think of food and transport for you and your brood. Keep going and soon enough, your money is bound to go up in smoke.

That said, I don’t want to be a complete spoilsport and make the kids miss out on a night of fun (even if I do feel sorry for all the scared animals). Instead I’ve come up with a handful of nifty ways we can do Bonfire Night on the cheap.

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Skint Dad’s top 10 back to school tips

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Our pal Ricky Willis A.K.A. Skint Dad has written a great guide to getting full marks on all the back to school essentials – over to you, Ricky!

Are you ready for the back to school rush?

Are you ready for the back to school rush?

With September and ‘back to school’ rearing its head, my mind begins to wander towards autumn mornings, wet leaves lining the roads, and hauling myself out of bed while wishing the alarm would just leave me be! 

Every year, without fail, the start of the school term manages to sneak up on me.

Even though I knew it was coming, it always feels light years away when you’re in the throes of summer fun with the kids.

With so many different things to pay out for, here are my top ten tips to ensure you’re top of the class on school savings!

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7 hobbies that won’t cost you a fortune

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 One person who knows how to have fun on the cheap is thrifty father of three Ricky Willis aka Skint Dad – Recently we invited him to tell us his recommendations on how to keep busy without busting the bank…take it away, Ricky!

Get on your running shoes!

Get on your running shoes!

We all like to make the most of our spare time and let our hair down. The problem is that pretty much everything costs money. Whether you like the odd pint down the pub or play a sport, most of the time you need to dig deep into your pockets.

The Money Advice Service recently claimed that we as a nation are putting ourselves in ‘social debt’ in an effort to save face in front of our mates. (note: based on research carried out for our 2013 statistical yearbook, StepChange Debt Charity found that unemployment and reduced income continue to be the two biggest drivers of debt problems for our clients).

No one wants to be ‘that spoilsport’ who avoids getting together with friends due to a tight budget, but it’s also really important we have that leisure time and interaction with people we care about.

Luckily I’m going to give you the low down on seven hobbies that will keep you entertained without breaking the bank.  Hopefully you can get your buddies involved too!

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Fakeaways vs. takeaways

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We asked one of our favourite bloggers, Ricky aka Skint Dad, to tell us what drove him to swap takeaways for ‘fakeaways’. There’s no turning back now for this thrifty father of three – let’s see how he got on!

The fakeaway should be on the menu every Saturday night

The fakeaway should be on the menu every Saturday night

“Can I have a chicken curry, special fried rice, beef chow mein, sweet and sour chicken balls, vegetable pancake rolls and chuck in a bag of prawn crackers?…

…Oh and a diet coke.”

These words, or variations of these words, are heard in households up and down the country throughout the year…and it’s costing us a fortune.

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