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Save Money on Family Food

How on earth do you save money on family food when it feels like all the family could eat a horse - each! - on a daily basis? It really racks up, doesn't it? And that's before you add in those too-tired-to-cook takeaways and I-just-don't-have-time ready meals. Plus coffee and lunches and snacks and whatever when you're out and about ......

How To Quickly Save Money On Groceries

Do you sometimes find yourself having the same conversation over and over? It definitely felt like that for us last month. We all seem obsessed with finding a way to quickly save money on groceries. I guess the Christmas bills finally came home to roost. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!...

How to cut down your grocery bill

A few years back our grocery bill got huge. And I mean massive! And then it grew. And it grew. And it grew! Until we were spending crazy amounts BUT threw out loads of food and had packets & products festering in the cupboards unused. Seriously CRAZY! In my defence, I was a new mum, beyond tired and felt like I had no time at all to spare. But it was out of hand & we couldn't afford it! So in the last two years I've been on a mission to slash our grocery bill. ...

Budget Laptops for Moms

A decent budget laptop is mom's best friend! (Particularly if mom is a blogger.) But it's easy to be fobbed off with a cheap laptop that just doesn't cut the mommy mustard or to pay through the nose for a higher spec. There are though some great laptops out this year that are pretty nigh perfect for us moms, that come in for as little as $350 and should be even cheaper in the year end sales. Having got through a few laptops recently ... even great laptops don't like water! ... these are my tips on how to pick a budget laptop that will meet your needs as a mom ... ...

20 clever things to buy in the January Sales

It's really worth planning ahead if you want to make some great purchases in the January Sales that will actually save you money throughout the year. Random purchases, with seemingly awesome savings, may have the excitement factor, but if you can figure out a plan of action, and buy things you know you'll actually need over the coming 12 months... well that's clever January Sale shopping! ...

Money Saving Tips For Mums

Oh my goodness just how expensive are kids? So expensive that at times it makes my eyes water... ...or is it tears?! As a first time mum I was a total sucker for buying huge amounts of new stuff that cost an arm and a leg and lasted less than a month. Somewhere along the line reality and deep rooted skin flintedness took hold and I've found there are loads of creative ways to save money whilst having a great time with your kids. ...

Save Money With Your Freezer

Our fridge used to be full of food and half of it would go to waste. If you opened it now, you might think it looked a bit bare. There's dairy and juice but not much more because almost everything else has gone straight in the freezer. And doing this, we save money because less is thrown away and actually eat far more fresh fruit and veg.  A real win win.The five things I have found most helpful in this approach are: ...

10 useful things for thrifty presents

It is Mother's Day here in the UK this Sunday so my daughter and I have been planning what we are going to make for Grandma.I am not great at crafting and haven't been particularly thrifty in the past but at Christmas we had lots of fun making our own thrifty presents for the family - everything from pots of bulbs and lavender bags to packets of yummy fudge and jars of preserved peppers.
Copyright Lainey Powell 2006 Creative CommonsWe found these 10 things were incredibly useful in making the presents and we now squirrel away every bit of it that comes anywhere near the house ... 
JarsRibbonsFabric scraps & samplesPlant pots  ButtonsHerbs in the gardenSeedsTissue paperBeautiful cardsScraps of wrapping paper