Tightwad Christmas: How To Save Money On Toys

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As we’re on the countdown to Christmas, I’m sharing my tips on how to get organised, save money and have a stress-free Christmas. This week is all about how to save money on toys.

Play is such an important part of childhood and toys are a wonderful thing to have. But we all know they can be expensive, especially if your little one is into the latest craze. There are plenty of ways to find bargains and save money on toys. From buying second hand to finding the best discounts, here are my top ways to save money on toys. read more

Tightwad Christmas: How To Have A Stress-free Christmas

Now it’s officially autumn I feel like it’s time to start talking about Christmas! I know a lot of people find Christmas stressful but I honestly never feel like that. I always get organised in autumn, set my budget, start buying gifts and plan my festive calendar. It really helps me save money and have a stress-free Christmas. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my top Tightwad Tips on how to save money on everything festive – from kids toys to toiletries and even family days out. read more

How To Have A Fab Frugal Family Holiday At Haven

If you want a family holiday this year without spending a fortune, I can fully recommend a trip to Haven. There is so much for all the family to do, and you can spend as much or as little money as you want when you get there. I’ve been going on Haven holidays since I was a kid, and now we have at least one family holiday at Haven each year. And no this isn’t an ad, I just genuinely love the place!

Earlier this year, Ollie and I went on a last minute trip to Haven with my sister and my nephew. We were both on a tight budget, so we decided to see how little we could spend in a week while still having fun! We visited Haven Reighton Sands in Filey – North Yorkshire, but there are Haven sites all over the country. read more

How To Make The Most Of Customer Loyalty Schemes

I am a massive fan of customer loyalty schemes, and they are EVERYWHERE these days. If a shop offers me a loyalty card, I take it. I know you might only get a couple of points at a time, but if you’re shopping there anyway, why not earn a few points? They all add up in the end!
Supermarket schemes like Sainsbury’s and Tesco give the highest rewards for me, but I also have loyalty cards for beauty stores like Boots, coffee shops such as Costa and Starbucks and loads of local independent places in my area. I love that my hairdressers and favourite local restaurant both have one! read more

5 Easy Ways To Earn Cash Back On Your Shopping

Shopping is something we all have to do. Whether it’s for food, clothing, household items or anything else…it’s an essential part of life. But if you’re trying to be more frugal, there are ways you can earn cash back on the things you buy.

These are my top 5 ways to earn cash back on your shopping:

Grocery Cashback Apps

I love using cashback apps on my food shopping. There’s a few good ones out there, but my current favourites are Shopmium and CheckoutSmart. Signup to the Shopmium App with my code KHEYEFKU and you’ll get a free jar of Nutella!
The basic idea with these apps is that you view the offers, pick what you want, buy it, then upload a photo of your receipt and get some or all of the money paid back to you. If you’re already going to buy a product on the app, you’ve instantly saved money. But a lot of the time you can find new products to try on there completely free. I’ve had £100s of cashback from these apps, over £200 from CheckoutSmart alone! read more

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

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

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

How To Visit Top UK Attractions For Free

How to visit top UK attractions for free!

I love a family day out as the next person, but they can be pretty pricey – especially if you want to head to one of the UK’s top attractions. However, there are ways to visit them for free – or at least very cheap! Some take a little planning but could save you a small fortune.

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

LOYALTY POINTS

If you read my blog regularly you’re probably used to me banging on about Tesco Clubcard Boost. But honestly it’s amazing for saving money. read more