Friday Saving Round-Up

Friday Saving Round-Up

Catch up with Kayleigh and her latest money savings exploits for the week! From charity shops, car boot sales and coupons for ice cream! Some great ideas and motivation to…

Friday Saving Round-Up
Family Days Out

Family Days Out

We all love a nice day out as a family, but very often this can lead to empty pockets at the end of the day. From entrance fees to food…

Family Days Out
Friday Saving Round-Up

Friday Saving Round-Up

Find out what bargains and savings Kayleigh has discovered this week from free courses and charity shop treats! Also a little heads up to get yourselves down to PoundWorld to…

Friday Saving Round-Up
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17 Jan

When I started secondary school in 1997, I was one of the few people in a class of 30-odd people whose parents were still happily married. Why is this? An annual report by The National Marriage Project, under the direction of W. Bradford Wilcox, had the aim “to analyse the social and cultural forces shaping contemporary marriage, and to identify…

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17 Jan

On 4th January 2011 the UK government felt the need to raise VAT by 2.5% from the age old 17.5% to 20%. The only benefit I can see for this radical move is that it makes it easier for school kids to work out VAT in Maths exams! 17.5% was always a tricky figure to calculate whereas a fuller more…

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27 Dec

As we see in the New Year, most of us make resolutions (of which we have no intention in keeping… but 10 out of 10 for effort people!) and one of the main resolutions is related to fitness. Gym membership can prove to be costly, especially when your commitment skills are not so great and a substantial amount of cash…

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26 Dec

Stuck in your 9 – 5 and fancy a wee travel adventure? Or perhaps you are about to embark on a Gap Year to stock up on amazing stories of ‘this one time on an elephant in Thailand!’ Either way, the days of vagabonding around the globe are no longer as cheap and cheerful as we like to think and…

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23 Dec

Snacking is what we do best. Whether that is healthy eating of a salad or chomping on a chocolate bar in between meals. Generally snacks are inexpensive foods of which you do not ‘splash the cash’ as they only serve as an added luxury to keep you going until your main meals. However I have found the most ridiculously costly…

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20 Dec

It’s that time of year of over indulgence and eating masses of food and drinking our weight in beer and wine. It’s just how us Brits ‘get down’ when the festive period hits. It’s only when you review the Christmas party photos on your friend’s Facebook page that you feel the need to throw yourself under a bus as you…

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17 Dec

As a homage to the classic 1984 original song from Band Aid, we felt the need to take this and make it our own… just because we can! Please feel free to join in as we all sing superbly out of tune and embrace the Crimbo good times! If anyone remembers the backing tune, then please hum this in your head if…

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17 Dec

Tis the season to be jolly… but tis the season to also be financially ruined! There is no getting away from the fact that Christmas can inflict massive amounts of pain on our ever struggling bank balances. What with buying the whole of Tescos for a fat turkey, silly party food and fabulous inanimate objects like crackers. However the real…

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05 Dec

Northumberland County Council recently paid over £ 1/2 million to a group of consultants who are supposed to be assisting them in cutting costs to save money. The move is clearly a controversial one. If the consultants are truly able to save a lot of money in the long run then it might be worth it. However, when the government…

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02 Dec

Money can definitely be a problem for couples. We all know that. But did you know that even the choice to be frugal can be a big issue for couples? In fact, some of the biggest questions that people have about frugality are questions that come up in relationships. Three top questions that arise when frugality and romance collide are:…

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01 Dec

Are we in the midst of a shift away from the hyper-consumption of the 20th century to an age of shared product usage and reduced sole product ownership? In todays blog post we delve into a recent study on “the sharing economy” by the Latitude Group and Shareable Magazine. The study reviews future consumption trends,  one of them being Collaborative Consumption….

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30 Nov

FavStocks.com recently wrote an article called 6 Tips to Negotiate Better and Saving Money. The simple negotiation tips in this article were worth reiterating. Many of us have poor price negotiation skills and end up compromising our frugal goals because of it. The six tips to get you started with better negotiation are: 1. Identify your ideal price. The goal…

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30 Nov

Going vegetarian can save you a lot of money on your grocery shopping if you choose in-season local vegetables. However, there are a lot of people who don’t want to eat vegetarian food all of the time. And there are people who have favorite dishes that include meat as a main ingredient. So how do you keep your meal costs…

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30 Nov

Backpackers are the manual car drivers of international travel. Their gears may get stuck on occasion and their vehicles may be difficult to manoeuvre (comparative, say, to an automated traveller wheeling their luggage to a five-star hotel). And yet, the thrill gained from maximising your budget travel adventure makes all that initial trepidation and recurring uncertainty absolutely worth the effort….

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28 Nov

It is easy to spend a lot of money on kitchen gadgets. However, there is absolutely no need to waste money in the kitchen. Here are five tips to follow if you want to have a great functional kitchen that doesn’t cost a lot of money. 1. Buy multi-purpose items. It is very tempting to buy lots of little gadgets…

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