Monthly Archives: June 2009

Celebrities and their money

Like many people, I was shocked to hear of Michael Jackson’s death last week. Whatever the question marks over his conduct and personal life, I grew up in the 1980s and his music was a big part of my childhood. … Continue reading

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Cut price cut flowers

Although I do my best to save as much money as possible in the different areas of my life now, especially as cash has been tight this year, I still have some weak spots. One of them is for cut … Continue reading

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Save money on your booze bill

Money may be tight for many of us this year, but we’ll still want to toast the holiday season by enjoying a refreshing beer or a glass of wine in the summer sun. Beyond the cut price deals in the … Continue reading

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Frugality: What’s age got to do with it?

I was shocked to see an item on The One Show the other night about scam artists deliberately targeting older people. This wasn’t some hi-tech internet scam but very much an old economy one. Somebody would receive a letter through … Continue reading

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The Frugal Garden: Goodbye to an old friend

I’m feeling a bit melancholy this week because we’ve had to say goodbye to an old friend and a major feature of our garden – our apple tree. It has had canker for a long time – at least since … Continue reading

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Does TV advertising still work?

A friend of mine told me the other day how her daughter demanded she buy her a toy she’d seen advertised on TV. She is barely three and still learning her vocabulary, but she was able to pronounce the rather … Continue reading

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Five wild foods in season now

I’m getting a bit concerned about my cat’s burgeoning interest in wild food. Perhaps it was a mistake on my part to let him watch Ray Mears, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Bear Grylls on TV. Whenever he gets tired of waiting … Continue reading

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How to Water Your Garden Frugally

Anybody who tells you that gardening is a cheap hobby is telling you a big fib. Of course, growing your own and keeping an allotment is the height of fashion at the moment. Everybody you meet has Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall fever … Continue reading

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Friends and Frugality

Most of us are being more careful with our money these days as the recession bites. But do you sometimes still feel pressure from friends or family to spend money you don’t have, or that would be better spent on … Continue reading

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