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5 Ways to elevate your home without spending a penny

We all want our homes to look and feel like a space we can be proud of. However, to really achieve this, we need to spend money. But what happens when you can’t afford to dip into your savings right now? Here are some each home hacks to elevate your space…

Home buying

Buying a house? Learn how to avoid a money pit!

When you’re searching for a new home and are putting your hard-earned savings into the property, how can you be sure it’s a good investment? Here are some ways to avoid buying a money pit…

Personal development

Rewarding career suggestions for people that want to help others

For some of us having a job just isn’t enough. What we want is a career that is meaningful to use, and often the best way to do this is to find a job where we can make a difference, and genuinely help others. The good news is many possible careers fit these criteria. Just keep reading to find some of the best options and what they entail below…

Bedroom

How to DIY a matching pair of bedside tables from an old chest of drawers

When I needed a pair of bedside tables but couldn’t find the mid-century modern style I wanted in the shops, I decided to make some myself. A small chest of drawers and some mid-century style screw-in legs from an old planter were all the materials I needed to create my minimalist beside units.

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day gifts that you can organise right now

If January has ran away with you and all of a sudden Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, don’t worry – here are some romantic gift ideas and experiences that you can still order today and receive in time for Valentine’s…

travel

5 Thrifty tips to look after your tyres this winter

If you’re travelling around this winter or even just commuting to work or school, it’s a good idea to look after your car and make sure the tyres are in top condition, ready for whatever the weather throws at you…

HOME DIY

How to save a significant sum when building a home extension

Expanding your home can cost you a hefty slice of your savings, for sure. But does building a home extension always have to be a pricey endeavour? Well, it’s never exactly going to be cheap, but there are some thrifty tips you can put into action, to save a significant sum nonetheless…

Money Saving Tips

How to make saving money your top priority this year

Let’s chat about something that’s on everyone’s mind as we stride into this year: saving money. When you know how, it’s easy to transform your financial habits into a treasure trove of savings this year…

THRIFTY LIVING

Old cars vs new electric vehicles – the pros and cons

Right now there is a debate raging in the car community concerning the sustainability of the vehicles we drive. If you’re considering ditching your old classic in favour of a new electric vehicle, here are both sides of the argument for you to help you decide…

DIY

Three types of home improvements that’ll add extra space

If you’re considering moving house this year, perhaps there’s another option? If you’re solely planning to move in order to gain more space, perhaps one of home improvement projects will help you to improve your square-footage AND add value to your property…

WELLBEING

Budget-friendly ice baths: creating your DIY cold exposure sanctuary at home

As cold therapy gains mainstream popularity for its wide-ranging health and wellness benefits, more
people are looking to incorporate ice baths into their routines. However, commercial ice bath offerings can be prohibitively expensive for most. Thankfully, with some simple guidance, you can create your own affordable ice bath oasis at home…

Home tours

Home tour: Party-ready interior with pops of neon

This gorgeous apartment is just made for parties, which makes it the ideal home tour to share before new year! Be inspired by the dark decor, jungle-like environment and glowing neon lights…

DIY

Easy DIY project: Light-up Hollywood dressing room mirror

When I found this wide-framed dressing table mirror at a car boot sale for only a couple of pounds, I knew that it was the ideal size to create a light-up Hollywood mirror using solar-powered fairy lights. Here’s how you can create this glamorous look yourself:

DIY

DIY Project: Christmas tree wall shelves for festive treats

If you find it difficult to fit a Christmas tree into your home, here’s a handy solution: build these DIY shelves in the shape of a Christmas tree! It’s ideal for the festive season and beyond. Check out the easy step-by-step to make a unit like this for yourself…

Kitsch Kitchen

Appliances you can live without – and the ones you can’t

Our homes are full of appliances, and while some are must-haves, there are others that are little more than decorative additions to already crowded work surfaces. With that in mind, here is a trio of gadgets that are far from fundamental, followed by three that everyone needs…

Living Spaces

3 Reasons to embrace minimalism when you want to save money

If you’re considering reducing your possessions and embracing a minimalist lifestyle, there are many benefits – including saving money every day. Here are 3 reasons to consider letting go of some of your belongings if you’re moving house or want to cut costs.

Home buying

4 Hidden costs to consider when buying a house

Even though it might appear to make sense to buy rather than rent, to move to an area where property is cheaper or to downsize to save money on your mortgage, there may be some hidden costs you should consider before buying a house – is the move worth it?

Festive

4 Things that’ll help you move house before Christmas

At this time of year, everything seems to be about ‘doing it before Christmas’. The celebration provides a handy marker to complete your goals before the end of the year. But what if moving into a new house is your goal? Here are some ways you can achieve it before Christmas…

Allotment

Allotment update: I’ve weeded the plot!

After a wet and warm summer, the allotment plot was ridiculously overgrown with weeds. Here’s a rather satisfying before and after of the work we’ve done to get it back to being a usable plot, plus some updates on our current produce…

DIY furniture makeovers

DIY video: Upcycling my Adirondack chairs with vibrant stripes

If your patio chairs or garden benches are looking a little worse for wear after years in your backyard, why not give them a fresh makeover with some seaside-inspired stripes? Here’s a step-by-step video to show you how I upcycled my Adirondack seats for summer…

Home buying

How to buy your own home on a budget with shared ownership

With soaring interest rates, unaffordable property prices and saving for a deposit often out of reach, it may feel like you’ll never get a chance to buy your own home. Here’s how shared ownership is helping first-time buyers to invest sooner rather than later…

Family

How to personalise a lunch box and flask for back-to-school

I know the school holidays have only just started but why not encourage your family to customise their flasks or upcycle their lunchboxes over the summer break? It’s a fun crafting activity that’ll help them get ready for back-to-school…

Bedroom

6 Soft furnishing sewing projects & how to find fabrics on a budget

Making your own soft furnishings is one of the easiest DIY projects to tackle for your home. Here’s a round-up of simple sewing projects (and some no-sew ones too!) that’ll help you update your decor. Plus, I’ve shared some thrifty ways to get hold of suitable fabrics too…

Special Occasions

6 Affordable & handmade gifts for friends and loved ones in 2023

When it comes to showing our appreciation for the special people in our lives, gifts play a significant role – and I’m not talking about gifts that are over-the-top and impossible to afford, but thoughtful gifts that come from a space of love and empathy. Here are 6 affordable present ideas…

Money Saving Tips

3 Ways to save money on (almost!) everything you buy

If you’ve got things to buy – whether it’s a gift, back-to-school clothing or even your weekly food shop – there’ll probably be a way that you can save money on your purchases. Here are three ideas to help you cut the cost of your shopping…

Money Saving Tips

The Insider’s guide to shopping auctions and estate sales

Auctions and estate sales offer opportunities for thrifty folk to get great deals on all sorts of amazing items. If you’ve always been interested in this scene, but never had the courage to actually get involved, here’s an introduction to all you need to know to start your thrifting journey…

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