Category Archives: Budgeting

Keeping down the cost of kids’ parties

Our son just recently celebrated his fourth birthday. It’s always tricky to keep the costs down with birthdays – it’s so easy for things to spiral out of control. You want to spoil them and, the older they get, the … Continue reading

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Baby stuff: Brand new or second-hand?

It’s been a very long time since I posted here & our lives have changed dramatically in that time. Nearly four years ago we had our little boy, Stellan. Recently I’ve been going through a small mountain of baby stuff … Continue reading

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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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