• 7 Ways to save money on travelling in the UK….
  • Teaching Children about Money: When’s the right time to let your child have their own debit card?
  • Are you a camper or a glamper….
  • {Free Printable} A Bored Jar Fit for a Tween….
  • Challenge: Can you make a three course dinner for under £20?
7 Ways to Save Money When You're Travelling in the UK!

7 Ways to save money on travelling in the UK….

We've had some lovely holidays abroad with the kids when they were younger but after our last holiday abroad we decided to stick to holiday's a little closer to home for a few years. The older the kids get, the more of a struggle it is to keep them protected from the sun when all they want to do is play in the pool all day.  They're so fair skinned that they catch the sun very easily and even the most expensive sun tan lotions need frequent top ups which means that I can't relax as much as I'd like to and they get fed up of me constantly smothering them.  I'm not being overly dramatic here … [Read More...]

When's the right time to let your child have their own debit card

Teaching Children about Money: When’s the right time to let your child have their own debit card?

Both of my children have received pocketmoney for a good few years now as I really believe that learning to manage their own pocketmoney is a great way to help them learn money management skills that will be invaluable when they’re older. We don’t have rules on what they have to do with their money as I’d rather they learned themselves so I don’t tell them what they can and can’t buy (within reason) and I don’t make them save a set amount out of their weekly allowance. I think this has helped them learn more because they've had the chance to make mistakes with their money – they now realise … [Read More...]

Are you a  CAMPER  or a  GLAMPER

Are you a camper or a glamper….

We went camping a few years ago and had an amazing weekend - we barbecued, played family rounders, had a couple of great trips out, had water fights and in general, had some good old fashioned family fun.  It was so much fun and amazing value for money considering it cost less than £40 for all of us to over the long Bank Holiday weekend. The one thing I wasn't keen on though were the nights and I can honestly say that I got hardly any sleep between two wriggling children, a snoring husband whose snores seem to be magnified 10x in the great outdoors and various trips to the toilets … [Read More...]

free printable bored jar for a tween

{Free Printable} A Bored Jar Fit for a Tween….

One of my all time most popular blog posts is a post from a few years ago where I told you all about our Bored Jar and shared 80 ideas with you in case you wanted to make your own version. Our Bored Jar has seen us through rainy days, school holidays and after school blues and we still have it now.  Sadly though, my two have pretty much grown out of a lot of the ideas I shared back then. At aged 10 and 12, they're don't enjoy crafting as much these days and their interests are very different so our bored jar of old has needed a bit of a re-vamp recently.  I decided to make a Bored Jar … [Read More...]

can you cook a meal for four with a budget of £20

Challenge: Can you make a three course dinner for under £20?

A little while ago I was asked if I could cook a three course meal for four people for under £20 and I thought that would be a good opportunity to invite some friends around for a bit of a Dinner Party. I'm not sure how you feel about cooking a 3 course meal for £5 a head but I actually thought that was quite a good budget so I was pretty confident that I'd be able to do it for much less than that. But was I right? Starter - Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Risotto I wouldn't usually serve risotto as a starter but I was watching a cooking show last week on TV and they served tomato and … [Read More...]

Have you been fabulously frugal this week

Fabulously Frugal Linky {24th May 2015}….

Welcome to this week's #FabulouslyFrugal - the last one of May already! Just in case you didn't know, #FabulouslyFrugal  is a weekly linky that we started (myself, Jen from A Thrifty Mum and Mum in The Madhouse and Emma from Emma's Savvy Savings ) with the aim of showing everyone just how easy to be thrifty or frugal. This week's featured post is a brilliant to do as a half term craft activity for younger children from Crafty Kids at Home.  We've made something similar to these little animals in the past and had great fun making a puppet show afterwards - we even had our own shoe box … [Read More...]