The Ultimate Guide To Cashback Apps

The ultimate guide to cashback apps

Cashback apps are a great way to save money on your supermarket shopping.  They regularly offer you free drink and food as well as money off at supermarkets. If you follow my Instagram or Facebook page you’ll always see photos of freebies I’ve bagged through cashback apps!

So, what are cashback apps and how do you use them?

Cashback apps allow you to claim money back on certain products that you buy in store or online. The apps all have slight differences, but pretty much work in the same way. You check out the offers on the app, go shopping and buy the products listed, take a photo of your receipt and get some or all of the money back! read more

Baby Sign Language For Beginners

How to teach your baby sign language

Baby sign language is something I’ve been really passionate about teaching Ollie.
I read a lot of information about it when I was pregnant, and thought the benefits like improving communication and decreasing frustration sounded great!

Children’s ability to understand language and communication is often a lot more advanced than their ability to speak. And if you’ve ever been around a tantrumming toddler, you’ll know how this can be frustrating for them – and how often it can lead to total meltdowns. Baby sign language gives children a way to communicate using gestures and signs. read more

The Best UK Baby Clubs

The best UK baby clubs

A great way to save money when you have kids is to join a baby club – or several. A lot of people ask how to get coupons for baby products – well baby clubs are one way. Companies will send you money off vouchers and freebies as a way to get you to shop with them or try their products. Often they’ll also send you emails full of information related to your stage of pregnancy or your child’s age.

There are lots of clubs out there, but here are my favourites:

Boots  is definitelymy favourite baby club by far, as they just give you so much stuff! read more

Free Toddler Activities – In The Kitchen

This week’s free toddler activities are all based around items you can find in your kitchen.

I’m forever looking for new ways to entertain my toddler, especially when he’s teething and needs a lot of distraction. He loves making noise – the louder the better – and he’s at the stage where he’s really interested in everything adults are doing and using…including kitchen utensils!

Usually he plays with his toys while I prepare his lunch but since he’s discovered what’s behind the kitchen cupboard doors, he definitely more interested in those! read more

The Best Survey Sites To Make Extra Cash

The best survey sites to make extra cash

If you want to make extra money online, answering surveys can be a good way to do it. With a bit of effort you can earn cash or gift cards from the comfort of your own home.

There are tons of survey sites out there, but here are my favourites:


Swagbucks gives you points known as Swagbucks or SB, for completing tasks such as answering surveys, watching videos, playing games or online shopping.

Once you have enough SB, exchange them for gift cards or cash via PayPal.

The site works better on a laptop as not all areas of the website are compatible with smartphones. However, they do have a couple of apps and there are still plenty of ways to earn points on your phone from the main site – read my full guide here. read more

Mess Free Painting – Sensory Activity

Mess free painting - sensory baby activity

Mess free painting is a great sensory activity for children of all ages. I’ve done it with my son when was he was a baby, and as a toddler. You can do it using items you have at home so it’s totally thrifty!

Mess Free Painting For Babies

Mess free painting is a brilliant activity for babies. It allows them to experience new textures and sensations and incorporates tummy time.

The first time we tried mess free painting, Ollie was around 3 months old.

At the time I just used what I had to hand, which was cling film. I put a piece of paper on a baking tray, added some paint, stretched cling film over it and taped it in place underneath…simple! I laid him on a comfy curved cushion and let him investigate. read more

Penny Challenge – The Tightwad Mama Way 

I’m sure many of you will have heard of the penny challenge. The basic idea is you save one penny more than the day before, each day for a year. So January 1st – 1p, 2nd – 2p, 3rd – 3p etc. At the end of the year you have £667.95!

I think it’s a great idea but having tried it myself last year, it just didn’t work for me. Firstly, I wanted the money for Christmas shopping, so saving until 31st December didn’t really help.

Secondly, the first few months are easy, but the further through the year you get, the more you have to save each week. As a stay at home Mum, money is tight and I can’t always find a spare £24 a week to put away. When the values crept up, I got a bit disheartened and I gave in. read more

30 Minute Money Makeover

30 Minute Money Makeover

Take control of your finances with a quick 30 minute money makeover.

Many of us overspend over the festive period, so January is the perfect time to give yourself a money makeover and take control of your finances.

Maybe it’s one of your New Year’s Resolutions to save money or pay back debt. Maybe you just need to get a bit more organised. Whatever your aim, there’s a few quick things you can do to get started:

Check Direct Debits 

It’s insane the number of people who are paying for unused gym memberships or TV subscriptions. Check your Direct Debits, make sure they’re all up to date and if there’s something in there you don’t use or could do without…cancel it!!! read more

A week in the life of a Tightwad Mama


Being a Tightwad Mama isn’t about being stingy or mean. It’s all about being sensible, organised and realistic with your money. I look for opportunities to save money every day, and last week was a great example:

Today was a GREAT day for cashback app freebies. I know I’m always banging on about them, but I save so much money using them I can’t help it! Personally I check them every day as the offers change sporadically and I don’t like to miss out.

This lot is a great haul because there’s so many products I love but find a bit pricey – like the Brookside chocolates and the Little Dish meals – so getting them for free is awesome. read more

Swagbucks Review – Earn Cash And Gift Cards

Swagbucks Banner

Swagbucks is a great way to earn extra cash in the form of gift cards or via PayPal.

The basic idea is that you earn points (Swagbucks or SB) for completing various tasks such as completing surveys, searching the web or watching videos. You can also collect SB for shopping online (although often you’ll earn more with Quidco or TopCashback so check these first).

When you’ve earned enough SB, you can swap them for gift cards or cash via PayPal.

So…is it too good to be true?

I’ll be totally honest. Last year I absolutely swore by Swagbucks. With a newborn, I needed something to keep me awake during the night feeds. I did tons of surveys and even kept the videos playing on my phone while I was doing other stuff. I cashed out nearly £200 of gift cards in a few months and used them for my Xmas shopping – brilliant! read more