How To Get The Best Black Friday Savings

Black Friday is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to grab a bargain. I’m sharing my best Black Friday tips to help you save big this year!

A lot of people think Black Friday deals might not be all they’re cracked up to be. Yes it’s true some retailers do use sneaky tactics to increase their profits, but it is still possible to get some great bargains. Personally I think if you do it right you can save a fortune…just make sure you’re not dragged into the madness and end up buying things you don’t need! read more

Toy Box vs Cardboard Box – What Kids Really Love!

Toy box vs Cardboard box : what do children REALLY love to play with?

Christmas is only a few weeks away and lots of us are already feeling the pressure to buy our children lots of new (often expensive) toys. But do we really need to?

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve heard people say kids love playing with cardboard boxes more than the presents inside. And since I’ve had Ollie I’ve realised how true this is!

I’m not going to lie, Ollie has a LOT of toys – especially as he’s just had his second birthday. He picked a couple of favourites out then spent the rest of the day playing with the wrapping paper, balloons and birthday cards! He regularly spends lots of time playing with things that aren’t really toys – his favourites are the laundry ball from the washing machine and plastic tubs! In fact we’ve played loads of games with items from the kitchen. read more

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary- Frugal Family Days Out

Frugal family days out: Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Recently we went on a family holiday to North Yorkshire. While we were there we visited Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary and had a great family day out. There’s loads to see and do and it can be very cheap!

We’ve been to this sanctuary with Ollie’s big bro before and really enjoyed it, but it’s the first time Ollie had been anywhere like it. He absolutely loved it from start to finish – there’s so much to see, and for a toddler it must be fascinating discovering all the new creatures he’s never seen before! read more

I’m Joining In The Reverse Advent Calendar Campaign

Items in a foodbank

Christmas is and always has been my favourite time of year. But for a lot of people, Christmas isn’t so magical. Especially if they’re struggling to put food on the table. That’s why I’m taking part in the UK Money Bloggers Reverse Advent Calendar.

Instead of opening a door each day and taking a treat, I’ll be putting one item IN each day. I’ve got a big box ready to add one item for 25 days. At the end, I will take my collection to my local food bank. I’ve chosen to do mine throughout November, so my local food bank has enough time to distribute it to those in need before Christmas. read more

How Batch Cooking Saves Me Hundreds A Year

If you’re looking to save some cash on your grocery shopping, batch cooking is the way to go. Ask any thrifty person and I’m sure they’ll tell you the same! I save hundreds of pounds a year, not to mention a whole lot of time just by batch cooking.

So what is batch cooking?

Batch cooking is basically cooking up a load of food in one go. I make the most of my freezer and cook food in advance to eat throughout the month. It saves me money and it’s always handy to have healthy meals available when I can’t be bothered to cook. read more

10 Things Every First Time Buyer Needs To Do

Two weeks ago my partner and I bought our first house together. It’s been a very exciting time, but also quite stressful. As a first time buyer I didn’t realise how much more there is to getting a mortgage than just saving a deposit.

The last 2 years have been hard work and at times pretty stressful. We’ve scrimped and saved for our deposit, paid off debt and improved our credit ratings, I even had to give up being a stay at home Mum in order to get a mortgage. We’ve had a lot of obstacles to overcome but we finally got there! There’s a lot of things I learned along the way and a lot of things I wish we’d known sooner. read more

Fruit And Vegetable Printing

Fruit and vegetable printing

This week we’ve been getting crafty with some fruit and vegetable printing. It’s a nice simple activity but always goes down well in our house. As always, it’s an activity that can be done with items you already have at home making it very thrifty!

I dug some fruit and veg out of the fridge and laid them out in our tuff tray with some bowls of paint.

The fruit and veg we used was mostly yellow and orange, so I used yellow and orange paint too for a nice autumn feel.

What To Use For Fruit And Vegetable Printing

You can use pretty much any hard fruit or vegetables. I chose peppers, apples, celery, a mini ‘munchkin’ pumpkin and sweetcorn. Potatoes, carrots and squash all work well too. read more

Why Baking Is My Favourite Frugal Activity

Why baking is my favourite frugal kid's activity

We’ve been inspired by the return of Bake Off and have been spending lots of time in the kitchen lately. Both Ollie and I have really enjoyed it. I love that as he’s getting older he’s able to do more grown up activities. I think baking is my favourite thing to do with him and here’s why:

It’s Cheap

Baking can really be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. It all depends on what you’re making and what ingredients you use. All the recipes I bake with the kids are very cheap as they only use a few basic ingredients. I buy all our baking staples such as flour, food colouring and baking powder at Aldi where they are really cheap. Fairy cakes, biscuits, rice crispy buns and even banana loaf are all very cheap and easy to make. read more

10 Ways To Improve Your Credit Rating

10 Ways To Improve Your Credit Rating

If you need to improve your credit rating, it can be hard to know where to start. It can seem impossible but with a bit of hard work and dedication it can be done!

I want to start this post by saying I’m not a credit expert. While I don’t have a background in finance, I can talk from personal experience. I went from one of the worst credit ratings you can have to one of the best in just over a year. I worked hard to get where I am now, and I want to share my experience and things I learnt along the way. read more

Mark Making With Coloured Salt

Mark Making with coloured salt

Mark making is an important activity for toddlers. It  lets them practise the skills they will need for writing in the future. Mark making can be done with all sorts of different materials – not just pens and paper! It helps develop fine motor skills, lets children express themselves and can be lots of fun!

We’ve been doing a lot of mark making lately with glittery sensory bags and mess free painting, but this week I thought we’d try something a bit different.

Coloured salt is good for mark making as the texture and colour of the salt provide an interesting sensory experience. Children make their own marks with their fingers, or with different objects. Plastic cutlery, wooden spoons and even paintbrushes work well too. read more