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Planning a baby on a budget

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sleeping babyHaving a baby is one of the biggest changes that can happen in your life and with the costs of raising a child going up, it’s important to plan ahead.

Hormonal ups and downs bring feelings of excitement, anxiety, nervousness, elation and fear; but along with managing all these emotions your finances play a massive part in preparation for a baby.

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101 ways to save money

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Just like any adventure, committing to living frugally can come with its pitfalls. When it comes to budgeting and taking care of debts, sometimes it’s not so much about making more money as it is about saving the money you already have.

The tricky part is knowing where to start! What savings can we make right now that could make a lasting difference?

Turns out it might be easier than you think!

Here are 101 hacks to save you pennies in six categories, compiled from various sources around the web including the Money Advice Service. If you’re looking for a way to keep the pounds in your pockets, this is a good place to start!

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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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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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8 ways to save money in your extra hour

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Save money with your extra hour

Save money with your extra hour!

So the clocks are going back this weekend. Cue obligatory panic about whether that means we’ll get an hour less in bed or not! Thankfully, this Sunday you’ll have a whole extra hour in your day. Or your Saturday night, if you’re the energetic type.

Rather than getting 60 minutes more sleep, here are eight ways you could use your extra hour to boost your bank balance this weekend!

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4 cheap ideas for kids’ packed lunches

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4 cheap ideas for kids' packed lunches

Keep your kids happy with these fun and thrifty lunchtime treats!

Earlier this month, we heard the news that all school children between the ages of five and seven will now be given free school meals. The initiative is set to save families a whopping £437 per year, which is great news for anyone who’s eligible.

As well as saving money, it means fewer families will have to do the packed lunch dash each morning!

But if this initiative doesn’t affect your family, how can you make sure your kids are getting a healthy, nutritious meal without breaking the bank?

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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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