Five Frugal things I’ve done this week to save money {28th August 2015}….

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Five frugal things I've done this week: 1.  After our visit to a Lavender farm this week I've used the lavender I came away with to make lavender sugar.  I'll write a post up about how I did it but it's super simple really and once the lavender has infused itself into the sugar I'm going to bake with it - Lavender Shortbread is the first thing on my list! 2.  We were away last weekend and we had some gorgeous weather which was a surprise as we were expecting a pretty poor weekend weather wise.  The sun was shining though and as I'd been expecting poor weather, I'd left the sun tan … [Read more...]

10 random frugal habits that will improve your life (or at least your bank balance)….

10 random frugal habits that will improve your life!  (or at least your bank balance)

Whatever being frugal means to you and whatever your reasons are for trying to live a more frugal life, there are certain habits you can adopt that will help you along the way. Make sure you know what your monthly budget is and review it regularly and keep a close eye on your bank balance so you know there are no nasty surprises and you can check that you're still within your budget - the earlier you find out about any problems or overspends, the more time you have to put it right before it impacts you. Regularly check to make sure you're on the best deal with your utility providers … [Read more...]

Five Frugal things I’ve done this week to save money {21st August 2015}….

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There's kind of a holiday theme going on in this week's five frugal things post as we've booked a weekend away for this weekend.  ;-) Five frugal things I've done this week: Despite knowing that this was the weekend we wanted to go away I only booked the holiday yesterday as I wanted to get the best deal possible.  We managed to get an amazing deal with Butlins which is where the kids were desperate to go back to and it was cheaper than we were expecting to pay so I also booked adventure passes for them which are cheaper if you pre-book.  I would definitely recommend leaving it until the … [Read more...]

10 things I learnt while considering buying a new car….

10 things I learnt while considering buying a new car....

Last week I told you all about the 10 things that made me realise that I was going to need a new car in the not-so-distant future and you may (or may not) be interested in the fact that I have indeed been searching for a new car - not because I'm ready to buy one just yet but because I want to see what's out there so I'm prepared. Everyone seems to 'Guarantee' that I'll get finance Most of the car companies that I've come across on my search seem to advertise guaranteed car finance on their websites. However, as highlighted by Stoneacre recently, it's illegal to offer a finance product that … [Read more...]