Monthly Archives: February 2009

Marks & Spencer’s Storm in a Jam Pot

Some people tell me that, now and again, they love nothing better than dining on a sneaky jam sandwich, partly for convenience and partly because it brings back childhood memories of picnics in the park and warm summers (I’ve certainly … Continue reading

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Safe as Houses?

Walking up and down our high street this week, I was a bit taken aback to witness a hive of activity in our local estate agents. For months there have been only one or two agents sitting miserably in their … Continue reading

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Eight ways to a frugal vegetable plot

Thanks for all your comments this week about vegetable gardening. It’s been great to hear what you’re all up to and what you’re planning for your plots. As well as getting me all fired up and inspired for my own … Continue reading

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Could spring be on its way?

I don’t know about you, but for weeks now I’ve felt as though we’d never see the last of this winter with its rotten snow blizzards. My heart sank when on Thursday night I was preparing to go out and … Continue reading

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Do you dread Valentine’s day?

February 14th is approaching and the TV is filled with the usual adverts for Valentine’s-related tat. But there is a difference this year – deference is shown to the credit crunch. There is a sharp trend towards cut-price items. Sainsbury’s, … Continue reading

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The Frugal Card Sharp

I’m writing this in the dark by the light of a candle as our power is out because of the storms. Apparently the experiment I did last year – trying to manage without gas and electricity – was good practice! … Continue reading

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Where’s Your Community Spirit?

The other morning we had a knock at the door. Due to the timing, I assumed it might be the postman or, if I was unlucky, somebody trying to flog me something I didn’t want. So I prepared to be … Continue reading

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The Snowball Effect

You’ll probably think me a miserable killjoy, but I hate snow. I know it looks pretty when it’s falling – as a child I used to look out of my bedroom window every morning from September 1st praying it would … Continue reading

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