13 Easy Ways To Cut The Cost Of Food Shopping

13 easy ways to cut the cost of food shopping

One of the easiest ways to save money is to cut the cost of food shopping. Food is a necessity. It’s something we all buy regularly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it cheaper.

Before I went on maternity leave, we used to shop without a budget or shopping list. We would spend anywhere between £250-350 a month on our ‘big shop’ and still end up at the shops several times in between. Now we spend around £150 a month and that’s with an extra mouth to feed! read more

How To Become A Mystery Shopper

How To Become A Mystery Shopper

Becoming a Mystery Shopper is a great way to earn a bit of extra money and get free products.

It’s easy to do and you can schedule in visits to fit around your everyday life.

Since I started I’ve had so many free products and meals, plus earned a little bit of extra cash. Most mystery shops are quick and easy to complete. You’ll be provided with a full brief which you need to follow carefully, then complete a report afterwards detailing your experience.

I’m registered as a Mystery Shopper with several UK companies: read more

How To Survive Christmas On A Budget

Christmas is my favourite time of year and even though I’m on tight budget I don’t let that affect my celebrations. I’m actually normally a lot more organised and would have finished most of my shopping by now. This year has been a bit more hectic with a baby to take care of, but there’s still time to grab a few bargains and cut the cost of Christmas.


Decide how much you can realistically afford to spend and stick to that budget. If money is a bit tight, consider buying fewer presents – do you really need a gift for your kid’s teacher or the lady down the road? Set a spend limit with family or agree to only buy presents for the kids. read more

How To Boost Your Loyalty Points

I am a huge fan of loyalty schemes. If a company has one, you can bet I’m signed up to it. They are a great way of getting a little something back for shopping you would be doing anyway.

Some schemes can take a loooooong time accrue anything worth spending, but there are ways to boost your loyalty points and make your cards work for you.

Boost your Nectar Points:

Canvass is Nectar’s survey website. You’re rewarded with Nectar points for every survey you complete, and 2 points for every one you get screened out of. Personally I haven’t earned that many points as I do tend to get screened out of quite a few, which can be frustrating, but it’s worth giving it a go. read more

How To Start Managing Money Like A Pro

So you need to take control of your finances but don’t know where to start. If you’re struggling with money it can all be a bit overwhelming. The main thing is you’ve recognised that you need to make a change.

To take control of your finances you first need to know exactly what you’ve got coming in and going out every month. Write down everything, and I mean EVERYTHING you spend money on. Include your mortgage/rent, bills, shopping, petrol, food, nights out, even the chocolate bar you bought on the way to work. read more