Category Archives: Budgeting

Competition: Your favourite savings tips

Are you canny with your money? Fancy winning yourself £100 or more? Moneysupermarket have been in touch and are running a competition with personal finance and frugal bloggers as part of ISA season to see which of their readers can … Continue reading

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Talking moneysaving on the Chrissy B Show

Hope you’re having a good week. As I mentioned in my last post, recently I was invited on the Chrissy B Show – a London-based talk show broadcast on Sky channel 203 – to talk about living frugally and saving money. … Continue reading

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Christmas Budgeting

Have you started planning for Christmas yet? I’m really looking forward to it this year. I love the festive season anyway, but this year I’m especially looking forward to the break from work as it’s been a busy few months since … Continue reading

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The Delights of Christmas Leftovers

Will you be tucking into turkey and all the trimmings this Christmas? I’m looking forward to serving up our home-grown vegetables on Christmas Day which – amazingly – are still alive despite the sub-zero temperatures here in Essex. Now, I … Continue reading

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Since when did shopping become a ‘hobby’?

Someone got in touch with me this week to ask my advice on a financial matter. They wanted me to look at the case study of a graduate who is heavily in debt but can’t stop spending and suggest some … Continue reading

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How green is your shopping basket?

We’ve often talked about our shopping tactics here on the frugal life blog – whether we stick slavishly to a pre-prepared list, shop online to save money and cut the temptation of buying things we don’t need, or fill up … Continue reading

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Are credit cards dangerous?

The door-step sellers may still be plaguing us – although thankfully new regulations coming into force mean that they now have to provide us with a written quotation. But one of the few benefits of the recession I’ve noticed is … Continue reading

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Summer spending patterns

How much do you spend in the summer compared to the winter? This is a question that’s been on my mind this week as DJ and I go through our summer finances. DJ raised the issue the other day when … 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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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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