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

Fizzing Messy Play – George’s Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine - Fizzing Messy Play

Today is Roald Dahl day which is basically a big celebration of all things Roald Dahl related!  It’s celebrated every year on 13th September – Roald Dahl’s birthday. As he’s my favourite children’s author, I thought we’d get involved with a themed messy play activity!

I’ve loved Roald Dahl’s stories for as long as I can remember. As a child I would read them over and over and never get bored. I loved the magic, the nonsense and the horrible characters. I can’t wait until Ollie is old enough for me to read them to him at bedtime! read more

Make Your Own Lavender Sensory Bin

How to make a lavender sensory bin

As summer seems to have rapidly disappeared and we’re getting more rainy days, I’ve been thinking of new activities to keep Ollie entertained indoors. This week I made him a lavender sensory bin which we had great fun with.

A sensory bin or sensory box is basically a container filled with objects that stimulate a child’s senses. You can put anything you like in them, so it can be a very thrifty activity. Just use objects and toys you have around the house! I use food in a lot of sensory play. Firstly, because it doesn’t cost me anything as I use items we already have in the kitchen. Secondly, because I think playing with food is a great way to get kids to become more interested in trying foods with different textures. 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

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