Lighting up my home for winter using smart technology & smart bulbs

If you want to learn more about creating your very own smart home (without rewiring your whole house!) today’s blog post is for you! I’m sharing my honest experience of smart lighting for the first time, plus I’ve got a Phillips Hue Starter Kit to give away to one lucky reader in my competition so read on to find out how to enter…

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My freelance life: Why working from home can save you money

Other than an improved work-life balance, working from home has many benefits – and the extra money in your pocket is a big incentive. If you were to work out how much money you spend going to the office each day, you would be amazed. Allow me to throw some figures at you…

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5 Ways to make your rental property warmer & more efficient

Now that the cold winter months have arrived it’s time to make sure our homes are warm and cosy. Landlords now have to make sure their properties are more energy efficient – good news for us renters as it could save us valuable pounds! Here are a few DIY jobs you could do to make your rental home a little toastier…

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Pressure cooker Vs slow cooker – the pros & cons of each appliance

Pressure cookers and slow cookers are two of the most popular small appliances to have in the kitchen for even cooking and simple preparation. But, what one is the better option for you? Let’s look at some of the common uses and pros and cons of each appliance.

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5 Easy (money-saving!) ideas to make your home and life more sustainable

Everyone wants to do their little bit to help the environment and there are so many effective, yet simple changes that could be done around the house that could help the world become more sustainable. Here are just 5 great ideas that you could do on a day-to-day basis that will really contribute to a better planet. Oh, and some of them will even save you some money too..!

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3 Ways to improve your credit score before buying a house

The property market is starting to be driven by first-time buyers, bucking historical trends. With that in mind, here are 3 simple ways that you can boost your credit score while you’re saving for that deposit, so you’ll be ready to apply for a mortgage when you find your first home…

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5 Money saving tips for going away travelling

It does cost money to go travelling but not as much as you might think, especially if you apply these 5 thrifty travelling tips that will help you to see the world on a budget..!

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Getting to grips with smart technology in my home

I know I’m probably way behind everyone else in saying this but I’ve never tried any smart home devices. So, when EDF Energy gave me the chance to try out an Echo Dot this month, I was excited to get started. In today’s blog post I’m letting you know how I got on and whether I intend to turn my house into a smart home anytime soon…

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How to prepare your spare room for Airbnb hosting

Offering holiday accommodation in your spare room is a great way of making a little extra cash. But how do you do it? Here are some easy ways to keep a spare room useful for yourself AND comfortable enough for Airbnb guests.

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Simple ways to find more money for your savings

If you’ve been saving for something special lately, or you simply want to make sure that you have some emergency savings in place for a rainy day, the following tips will help you to find more money for your future…

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Making your money go further this Christmas

The decorations and mince pies are already on sale in many shops around the UK now and, with the nights starting to draw in, thoughts turn to Christmas. And also to the expense associated with the festive season, which for some is a stressful time of year. Here’s how to plan your budget ahead and keep yourself feeling happy about ‘the most wonderful time of the year’…

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4 Low-cost ways to entertain kids in the summer holidays

There’s still a couple of weeks of the school holidays to go, so here are some ideas for entertaining your little ones on their days off, including free events, rainy-day activities and inspiration for learning while they play…

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5 Occasions when you really should read the small print

The world is full of small print and terms and conditions. They ping up when you update your apps and they’re on the back of your bank statements. I bet there are many times when you just don’t read the details and simply accept the terms – they’re just stopping you from doing what you went online to do anyway, right?? Nonetheless, there are some terms and conditions that you simply must read before diving in head first, so here are a few key times when you should check the details… 

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How to start investing in your 20s and 30s

If you’ve finished college or university and have started in your career and are looking at buying your first home (or maybe even starting a family) then this blog post is for you! You may think that there’s no need to start investing your money when you’re in your 20s and 30s – I mean, surely you need that money for other things? But, in some ways, this age is the freest you’ll ever be because you’re not studying and you may not have commitments like children, pets, a mortgage or elderly relatives yet.

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5 Tips to make your printer ink last longer

It’s the little light that fills us all with dread. Today, an inkjet printer might be cheap to buy, but it almost seems cheaper to throw it away and buy a new one that to put in new ink cartridges! Printers can have a thirst that is downright scary, particularly if you use your for printing out photos or artwork with any kind of regularity – here’s some tips for making your ink cartridges last longer…

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Who owes you money & how you can get hold of it

If you’re saving hard for a special occasion, home or holiday, you’ll want to gather together all the cash you can to make that dream a reality. So what if there was money out there – your money – that you could get back? Here’s some ways to reclaim your cash today…

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How to make more money when selling your vehicle

If you’ve upgraded your car or no longer need your motorbike, it’s a good idea to put it up for sale to recoup some cash. But how do you ensure that you’re getting good value for your vehicle? Here are a few tips to help you sell your car or motorbike for the best possible profit…

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Best multi-use items to bulk buy to save on household & beauty products

Life is already busy enough as it is, without the constant need to pop into the shops whenever you run out of household essentials. However, if you stock up with the following five handy and healthy items, you’ll not only save precious time, you’ll also help your budget stretch further… TURMERIC POWDER This golden spice […]

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How the internet makes ‘life admin’ easier + what to do to simplify your life

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. When you’re running a home and working practically every hour, it’s a pleasant surprise to find something that simplifies your life, rather than taking up time and energy that you just don’t have. That’s why I’ve decided to pull […]

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How to save money on your contact lenses, glasses & sunglasses

Eye-wear can be expensive, can’t it? I’ve winced at the price of prescription glasses many times! But this year been I’ve searching for ways to cut costs on my frames, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses. Read on to hear about the bargains I discovered online…

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Where to find vintage kitchen accessories on a budget

If you want to revamp your home on a tight budget here are some ways to shop savvy and get the best deals on retro homewares. Plus, you could be in with a chance of winning a super-cool on-trend belly basket in my giveaway so read on to enter..!

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Bank Holiday DIY: How to make your home more energy efficient on a budget

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy bank holiday Monday everyone! Are you doing some DIY today?? Want to minimise your energy bills while still keeping your home warm and bright? Here are a few ways – including some smart tech ideas – that’ll help […]

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How much value do home improvements add to your home?

Are you planning some home improvements? A new kitchen perhaps? Converting your loft? Adding a conservatory? Well, before you begin these huge DIY tasks, today’s guest post will give you an idea about how much value each project will add to your home…

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How to buy a family car on a budget

It’s time to buy a new car for the family, but you’re on a budget. So, you’ll probably want to stick to used vehicles to get the most value for your money. New cars depreciate in value massively over the first few years so used cars are a smart choice as they save you money […]

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How to cut your day-to-day spending to save for a rainy day

Unexpected expenses can appear from anywhere — and most of the time, we aren’t financially prepared to deal with the issue. Whether it’s a broken-down car or a faulty boiler to repair, it all adds up. For that reason, I’ve made some suggestions on how to make extra savings that’ll come in handy for a […]

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Thrifty ways to increase your credit score

The average UK household owes over £8,000 in debt (not including the mortgage) which is why many more people are becoming more thrifty! The great news is that there are ways to improve a damaged credit score…

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3 Ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a tight budget

This year, many Brits are vowing to live healthier and be more active by spending time outdoors. Not only do you get to have quality time with your family, but you also get to enjoy the full benefits of being out in nature. Here are a few ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a […]

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5 Little-known disadvantages of renting your home

Today, an increasing number of families rent their homes from private landlords or agencies, by choice, or because they are unable to save up the deposit for a mortgage. I rented for my whole adult life until a year ago and it worked for me for all those years. But whatever your reason for considering […]

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How to decorate your rented home without breaking the #RentingRules

Today’s blog post is all about renting and what you can – and can’t – do in terms of decorating your rented home. I’ll be sharing some #RentingRules to ensure that you don’t upset your landlord or end up losing a hefty chunk of your deposit. This blog post has been inspired by HomeLet, as […]

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DIY improvements to make my home cosier this winter

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own You never really know everything about your home until you’ve lived in it through the winter, do you? No matter how cosy a house can seem in the autumn, or how light and airy it can appear in the […]

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How to choose the best savings account for you

Do you want to kick-start your savings for the coming year? This is the ideal time to get ahead on your financial goals and a great way to do this is with saving whatever you can, as often as you can. But you need to know exactly what to look out for when choosing the […]

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How to save money on everyday home expenses

There are so many expenses to consider when purchasing your first home or choosing to rent a property. Maintaining and running a household can be expensive, and most people find that out the hard way. I for one didn’t have any clue about just how quickly my pay cheque would disappear when I began renting […]

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3 Inexpensive upcycling projects to warm up your home this winter  

The arrival of autumn and the festive season has got me thinking about making a few tweaks to my living space to create cosy interior. So, while you’re putting up Christmas decorations all over your home, make sure you’re being sensible budget-wise about decorating your home for the holidays. You actually don’t need to spend money […]

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5 Things you can sell to make money right now

Being tight on cash is never something that is easy to deal with, especially when payday is looming ahead, and you need to catch up on the grocery shopping. There’s only so far you can stretch the larder and when you are in a position where you have to look around the house and start […]

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4 Pots of money that you didn’t know you had

Today’s money-saving (or should that be money-finding?) blog post is an interesting one and it’s a topic that I’ve only just started to research. I wanted to share what I’ve learnt with you so far just in case there are some pots of cash out there that you never knew you had. Wouldn’t that be […]

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Gift ideas to build memories (and how to do it on a budget!)

Some people are just naturally good with gift buying, whereas others are just not that gifted (excuse the pun!) It’s always a tricky time when a loved one’s birthday is coming up – you’ve bought them everything you can think of in the past, so what do you get them this year? The new trend […]

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7 Easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly

With colder weather drawing near and the price of our energy bills about to shoot up, being eco-friendly can not only contribute a huge deal to the environment, but reduce the size of your energy bills at the same time. Being eco-friendly is more than just recycling the odd cereal box;  there’s so many more […]

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4 Ways to get the word out about your party

When you’re planning a party, spreading the word without spending a fortune on pricey invitations is important. Whether it’s a birthday party for a child or a party for the grownups, you need to let friends, family and your acquaintances know well in advance so they can plan for it. But how do you do […]

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The ultimate ‘Pomegranate Noir’ scented candle sniff test

Have you heard about the candle that shoppers going wild about this summer? It’s a budget version of the Jo Malone ‘Pomegranate Nioir’ scented candle and it’s available – wait for it – in Aldi. But how good can this low-cost replica really be? Of course, as a thrifty blogger, it’s down to me to […]

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My money-saving home energy hacks

Ever since becoming a homeowner, I’ve taken much more interest in home maintenance and household utilities. I’m sure I’m becoming quite a money-saving bore when it comes to bills, but why spend more than you need to, eh? I’ve suddenly found my ears pricking up when they mention gas price increases on the news. I’ve […]

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Guest post – 5 Steps to take if your appliance breaks down

Appliances make our lives easier as they help us to save precious time. We may take them for granted, but they play a key role in helping us enjoy life the way we want. They do a lot without requiring too much attention, but they do need proper care and maintenance if we want them […]

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Be more eco-friendly at home

While the high rate of technological advancement we’ve been enjoying over recent years has made life easier (and more fun!) us all, these developments are not without negative impact on the environment. The use of machinery, fuels, the increase in population and corruption of natural resources like water have eroded quality of the atmosphere. I […]

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Are smart meters making bills better or worse?

Today’s blog is is something that I’ve started to do some research on since moving into my new home. Sure, it might not be the most exciting subject but it can make a huge difference to the cost of energy bills so the thrifty gal in me just can’t help but share this information with […]

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How to keep your home-moving costs down

Moving home is a regular feature in the famous list of ‘most stressful events’ a person can ever endure, alongside divorce and having a baby. Part of the reason why it is so stressful is that there is just so much to think about and plan. However, the biggest factor in the stress game is […]

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Four simple ways to make a second income from home

I don’t know many people that aren’t looking for more ways to make money. The cost of living isn’t getting any cheaper, and unfortunately, wages aren’t always going up accordingly. So being able to make a second income is always handy – I call it my ‘side hustle’! You can, of course, start to sell […]

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The easiest fruit & veg to grow at home + some recipes to use them in

Whilst the idea of growing your own vegetables sounds fun and is a great money-saving idea, many people think they just wouldn’t have enough time to tend to their veggie patch. Sure, it can mean spending a lot of time in the garden, but don’t give up – when the sun is shining and the breeze keeping you cool, there’s […]

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Create a holiday-home inspired interior fit for a staycation

This little run of bank holiday weekends has got me thinking about the summer holidays – has it been the same for you too? If so, I thought I’d share a little staycation inspiration with you this week! I’d love to help you enjoy a holiday in your own home – after all, that’s what […]

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3 things you can sell to make extra money this week

Happy hump day everyone! It’s the middle of the week and already I’m looking forward to the weekend. Want to know why? I’m planning to spend a bit of time clearing out some of my belonging and see if there’s anything I can do without. That may sound like the least exciting weekend ever but I’m […]

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4 budget-busting tips for your wedding day

Put the word ‘wedding’ in front of anything and suddenly the cost goes up. It’s insane to think how much the average wedding costs. In the days when I got married 14 years ago, there wasn’t half the choice there is now. Then again, the services that were available didn’t cost half as much as […]

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How to earn money from your spare room

When most people think about thrifty living they automatically think of frugality: cutting costs and counting the pennies. But thrifty living is about far more than that. Of course, not paying too much for things you buy is important, as is making your existing possessions work harder by upcycling or repurposing them. But one of the things I’ve […]

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Saving money this winter – tips for home, wardrobe & cooking

If you are living on a tight budget, each season brings its own challenges and I think that winter might be one of the most difficult. During this season one of the biggest issues homeowners face is finding the money to pay for higher-than-usual power bills. We all know that it’s likely that we’ll be […]

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How to restore leather furniture + I’m in issue 38 of Reloved magazine!

I have some wonderful news to kick start the new year – I’m in Reloved magazine this month! My “How to restore a leather chair” project has been given a full four-page spread in the magazine AND it even made the front cover; look carefully and you can see it in the thumbnail images at the […]

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Homemade upcycled gifts – How to make a memory bear using baby clothes

What do you get for your niece and nephew when you’re the coolest aunt in the world? Why, handmade teddy bears, of course! It’s a project that has been six months in the making and now the bears are finally wrapped up and flying across the sea to reach the little ones in Ireland in […]

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DIY Gifts Video – Step-by-step camera case sewing project

Over the past month I’ve been busier than an elf in Santas workshop – yes, I’ve been DIYing lots of festive projects ready to share with you on the blog this December. And what better way to kick off the month than with a simple gift project – a felt camera case.This easy-sew project lets you […]

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How to be happy (and cosy!) this winter

Winter is coming, and it’s time to think about ways to stay cosy and, more importantly, happy during the winter. With cold weather and long dark nights (and sometimes days) it’s no surprise that many of us start to feel a little down when December comes. But don’t worry – that seasonal slump can be overcome […]

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Pieday Friday recipe – Coffee shop Christmas menu hacks

You know that Christmas is approaching when the coffee shops start serving their Christmas drinks. The usual selection of coffee and tea suddenly flips over to the festive menu sometime in early November. One day you’re buying your usual latte and the next day there’s a turkey and cranberry toasty on the sandwich counter and gold stars are being sprinkled on […]

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Stay warm this winter – 5 tips to make your home cosy & lower your heating costs

Brr, it’s cold out there this morning! I’ve already loaded up the fireplace with coal and eaten a bowl of porridge to warm myself up. And we’re not even in winter yet! Ooh, it’s making me shiver just thinking about the chilly days to come. If you’re looking for ways to save money around your house, and keep […]

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Money-saving tips for your autumn wardrobe

Finding the perfect style to suit your everyday life can be difficult, especially when you need to save money. Whether you work in an office, as a shop assistant or are a student most people like to put a little effort into their daily outfits, with an increasing amount of cash being handed over to […]

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How to put aside a little extra cash for Christmas… starting now!

If you’re already thinking about Christmas, you’ll probably be wanting to find a few extra pennies for your festive shopping. When money is already tight it can be hard to imagine how you can save anything between now and Christmas but believe me when I say it can be done! And here’s how:Earlier this week […]

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Book Review + Interview – Upcycling by Max McMurdo

I can’t believe that it’s been a whole week since this book launched and I’m only now telling you about it. I’ve had my eyes on it for weeks and have been eagerly awaiting it’s release. Teaser tweets and Instagram posts by Max have got my excitement for this book bubbling up to a dangerous […]

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Tuesday Shoesday: How to dye your shoes – step by step video tutorial

When you really love a pair of shoes, you find yourself wearing them at every opportunity. Perhaps they are the comfiest shoes you’ve ever worn, maybe they are the coolest colour or are an on-trend shape, or it can be as simple as ‘they go with everything’. Whatever the reason, it’s really sad when they come to […]

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How to save money on ALL your bills today

Some people call it ‘tight’, other’s say I’m being ‘stingy’, and some would even nickname me Scrooge. But I say; why wouldn’t you want to keep hold of as much of your money as possible? Okay, okay, let’s call it what it is: I’m a money-grabbing scrimper. And I’m proud of it. Because I know all […]

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