Brilliant Books For 2 Year Olds

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Books are a huge part of our home life. I’ve been obsessed with reading and books since I was a kid and Ollie seems to be the same. I love cuddling up on the sofa and reading a book together before bedtime. It’s the perfect way for us to get some quality time together while he winds down for the day.

I also love how cheap you can find books these days. I find the best places to buy are Amazon, The Works, supermarkets and charity shops.

At 2 years old Ollie’s already got a pretty impressive book collection but there are certain books he’ll choose time and time again. So today I’m sharing our favourites: 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 To Visit Top UK Attractions For Free

How to visit top UK attractions for free!

The summer holidays are drawing to an end (sure a lot of you are happy about that!) and 6 weeks of entertaining the kids has surely taken its toll on your bank balance. If you want to squeeze in a last minute day out, it is possible to visit some of the UK’s top attractions for free – or at least very cheap! All of these offers can be used year-round, so get planning your next family day out once the summer queues have died down!

Here are my top ways to visit the UK’s top attractions for free: read more

50 Free & Frugal Things To Do As A Family

50 Free and Frugal Things To Do As A Family

The summer holidays are upon us once again. Love them or hate them, they always mean one thing – kids that need entertaining.  For me, summer is a great opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. The only problem is, 6 weeks of activities and big days out comes at a price. But, there are plenty of free family activities you can do both at home and out and about.

I wanted to share my ideas for frugal and free family activities that you can all enjoy together. I asked fellow parenting bloggers for their suggestions and these are my 50 favourites: read more

London On A Budget – Frugal Family Days Out

Everyone knows London can be expensive, but with proper planning and a few money saving hacks, you can enjoy London on a budget!

A few weeks ago we had a family trip to London. We took Ollie’s big bro for his birthday. It was his first trip to the City and he’d been asking to go for a while, so we really wanted to make it special. Being a Tightwad Mama, I organised and planned the whole thing in advance to make sure we could have fun in London on a budget.

From getting cheap travel to free things to do, here are my top tips for a frugal family day in the city: read more

Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts For Any Budget

Father’s Day is only a few days away and I know there’s going to be lots of people who haven’t sorted their gifts yet! There’s still time to find the perfect gift to show your Dad, Grandad or father of your kids how much they are appreciated. It isn’t always about spending loads of money, it’s just showing them how much you care.

HOMEMADE
If you’re on a budget or want something truly personal, homemade is the way to go. Get the kids to make their Dad a card or present. A handmade drawing, handprint card or cake are all cheap and easy ways for kids to show Dad how much they care. read more

Frugal Family Days Out – Woburn Safari Park

Frugal Family Days Out - Woburn Safari Park


When you’ve got kids, days out can be pretty pricey. So I’ve decided to start a new feature on the blog – frugal family days out.

There are tons of ways to spend time together as a family without breaking the bank. Family days out don’t have to be as expensive as you think!

Last week we went to Woburn Safari Park.
We had a lovely family day out. We saw lots of animals up close, and best of all it was totally FREE!

I used our Tesco Clubcard vouchers to buy our tickets so it didn’t cost us a penny! read more

About me

Last February I discovered I was pregnant with my first baby. I was absolutely over the moon and couldn’t wait to start getting ready for his arrival.

It was only when I started shopping that I realised how expensive babies can actually be! Shelling out for a load of new baby gear, at the same time as taking a huge drop down to maternity pay meant our monthly budget just didn’t stretch far enough.

The only way we were going to manage was to reduce our outgoings.
I’ve always loved a bargain, and over the past year I’ve found there are tons of ways to make family life cheaper. read more