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!

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

How To Stick To Slimming World On A Budget

I started Slimming World a few weeks ago in an attempt to lose my baby weight…. and I’ve just lost my first stone! I’m loving it so far but a lot of people have asked me if it is possible to stick to Slimming World on a budget.
The short answer is yes! I’ve already found ways to save money on our monthly food shop and I’m not spending any more now I’m on Slimming World.

I feel healthier, I’ve got more energy and I’m losing weight without that much effort! read more

10 Places To Take Toddlers Out For Free

10 Places To Take Toddlers Out For Free

If you’ve got a toddler you’ll know some days you just need to get out of the house. Whether it’s to keep them entertained, or for your own sanity. But, all these trips out to soft play, cafes and swimming add up quickly. If you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of ways to entertain your toddler without spending loads of cash. So I’ve compiled a list of places you can take your toddlers out for free!

MUM AND BABY GROUPS

Mum and baby/toddler groups are a great way to get out of the house, entertain your little one and meet new people. I know it can be daunting to go into a group of people for the first time, but I’ll bet most of those Mums felt the same way the first time they went. See if your local library runs any sessions, or join local parenting groups on Facebook. 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