Reading week tips: 6 Ways you can help your teen to settle into university life

If your teen has gone away to uni this year, what can you do to help them prepare for their life at University? Sure they might already be settling in, but they’ll be home for their first mid-semester ‘reading week’ soon and with many first year students having second thoughts about their choice of university or course, this is an important time to support them and help them stay in uni. Here’s some advice I could have used when I was studying…

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Planning a Christmas engagement? Things to consider when choosing a ring

Christmas is a popular time for proposals and I can’t think of anything more romantic than a snowy backdrop when you’re popping the question. An engagement ring is a Christmas gift she’ll never forget and I’ve come up with some top tips for buying the ideal jewellery that she’ll be overwhelmed to open on Christmas morning…

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Moving to a new house? 5 Things to inspect before you move in

Buying a new home is a really exciting time even if it often feels like it takes forever between finding the house and completing on the purchase. But just because the mortgage company has completed a survey, it doesn’t mean that the house is ready for you. There are several other things you should have inspected before you move in…

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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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From keywords to content – 5 tricks to help your CV stand out from the crowd

It’s difficult to get the job of your dreams, isn’t it? First you’ve got to actually find a job you really want to do, then you’ve got to get through the software selection process and then the dreaded interviews. But you’ll only get that far if you have an impressive CV. If your CV is so-so, what chance do you have? So what makes a great CV? Here are 5 tricks to help yours stand out from the rest…

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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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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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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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“Your Thrifty Life” Newsletter – Please subscribe to my monthly round-up!

Great news! The GDPR has prompted me to make some changes around here at Cassiefairy HQ. Firstly, I’ve updated my privacy policy but I’m sure that’s not quite as thrilling as what I’m about to tell you next – I’m launching a new monthly newsletter called “Your Thrifty Life”! The newsletter will be a round-up […]

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4 Easy ways to save money on your next holiday

Going on holiday is often seen as the ultimate expense. People save up all year in order to be able to afford a few weeks of relaxation and exploration. However, going on holiday doesn’t need to be as expensive as it often is, read on to discover some handy money-saving travel tips…

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The importance of getting a survey when buying your home

There are few feelings as good as the first time you walk through your new front door. Buying a home is an exciting and complex process but the survey isn’t just another bit of paperwork, there are many ways that a surveyor can help you when buying a home…

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A guide to travelling with your dog over the Christmas holidays

Christmas is almost here, and for some people, that means travelling somewhere to celebrate the festive season. Last year, it was predicted that 4.5 million Brits travelled abroad for Christmas and New Year, and it is likely that even more people will be travelling this year along with their family, friends, or pets. With a third of British […]

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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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How to stay organised in 2018

Once you’ve tackled most rooms in your home, purchased new storage solutions, and discarded things you no longer use, how do you continue to stay organised? One of the most important parts of any organising system is sustainability. It’s when you maintain an organising rhythm that you’ll really begin to notice the positive effects. Today’s […]

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That was a rookie error: How to avoid classic travel booking mistakes

Do you know someone who almost always snag the best travel deals and never seem to experience any hitches with their booking plans? While I love hearing about the bargain trips that my friends and family have booked, I always wonder how on earth they are getting such great deals?! As soon as I start […]

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The Ultimate Checklist For Moving Abroad

Moving from one country to another is a challenge and if you are moving abroad for university or a job relocation, it can be overwhelming. With this checklist, you will be able to easily transition without fear, safe in the knowledge that you have everything you need for those first few days and weeks in […]

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Your guide to better sleep

A healthy sleeping pattern is essential to maintaining your health and I think it’s one of the most important factors in living a happy life. Despite its importance, many people neglect this vital function. You may have even adopted some unhealthy habits that are throwing off your sleeping pattern. However, it’s not that hard to […]

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5 Tips for choosing the right sewing machine for beginners

Last century, sewing was a skill that many people wanted to master. Sewing meant freedom of choice and the ability to be able to create your own textiles such as clothing, curtains, bedding, and other items for the home. Sewing was also a way to make money and earn extra funds to help put food […]

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My bathroom renovation project – How to fit a deluge rain shower

If there’s one thing that I thought I’d never do in my life, it was probably fitting a shower in a bathroom. It seemed like such a difficult process and I thought that we’d probably end up with a soaking wet bathroom and no shower. But it turns out that fitting a shower was exactly what […]

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Stop complaining! How to avoid guest gripes

Weddings are beautiful, special, romantic and joyous occasions that publicly celebrate a couple’s love. However, while everything is about the two of you, you’re also the lead hosts of a lavish event. All your loved ones have been invited and this leads to certain expectations. I’ve already blogged about which wedding traditions you could do without, […]

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5 things to think about when planning a loft conversion

Creating that much-needed extra space in your home can be achieved by creating a brand new room out in your unappreciated attic. Whether you live in an old Victorian semi-detached or a mid-terrace home; a loft conversion could be your next step in home improvement. I definitely want to convert my own attic in the future […]

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Getting the best from your DSLR camera

In terms of making an investment in technology for the long-term, Digital SLR cameras are definitely the way to go. They are able to capture moments for you in ways that your smartphone simply can’t. And (even though there are upgrades available) if you have a decent camera then you can stick with it for life.

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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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Students – Tips for improving your essay writing

We’re only one month into the new year and I bet that you college students out there will already have a stack of assignments to catch up on. I remember that my university tutors all used to set their essays, reports and presentations within the first couple of weeks of term, so by now I would […]

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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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Guest post – How online learning can help you achieve your career goals

If you’ve been looking for a way to reach your ultimate career goals, why not consider starting an online learning programme? Designed to help you achieve your employment objectives, these courses could open up new doors for you when it comes to your progression at work. If you’re unsure how online learning could aid you, […]

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Personal Development – Here’s my card… the importance of networking

Welcome to the weekend everyone! It’s time for me to remind you about work on Monday morning and let you know what you can do right now to help you achieve your career goals. After all (I’ve seen this quote literally everywhere last month) ‘dreams don’t work unless you do’. Okay, I know you just […]

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Guest post: 3 ways to free yourself from debt for good

For many people, getting into debt is a necessary evil. With the cost of living constantly on the rise, the majority of people these days are finding it impossible to buy things such as houses, cars, and more necessities without first borrowing money. Although the ability to borrow money when needed can be extremely helpful, […]

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Guest post: How to be a good bridesmaid

  Your bestie finally asked — you’re going to be a bridesmaid! The next few months (or even years) are going to be a whirlwind of planning, preparation and parties. If you’re going to go down in history as the best bridesmaid ever, you’ll need to up your game. While I’m away for the last […]

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Stash your cash in 2016 by maximising your finances with Ofgem

Want to maximise your finances this year and keep hold of as much cash as possible? I do too. You probably know that I’m a rather thrifty lady and that I’d make any changes to my lifestyle in order to live better for less. But thankfully, this option doesn’t require any big changes, no hardship […]

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Relationship tips for Valentine’s Day & beyond

Yesterday I read a newly launched article (and challenge!) about getting and staying close to the one you love; 27 Expert tips to be closer to your spouse. The article taps into the knowledge of experts from the fields of psychology, relationships, counselling and health care, asking each professional to share advice on maintaining a […]

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My experience of becoming a self-hosted blog

Today I wanted to share my blog post on making the switch from WordPress.com to .org which was first published on The Fairy Blogmother blog, where you can find jargon-free advice, user-friendly tutorials and support with any aspect of WordPress. Earlier this year, I became a self-hosted blog. I’d been a lifelong WordPress.com user and had run […]

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Pieday Friday recipes for bank holiday fun ~ it’s all about the barbecue!

Okay, I can’t fight it anymore. After almost a week of unbroken sunshine and with the bank holiday weekend and half-term fast approaching I can’t deny that barbecue season has well and truly arrived. We all knew it was only a matter of time before we started tidying up the patio and the shops knew it too: everywhere you […]

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Self-Employed? Here’s some cheeky & inspiring words

I’ve recently come across a bit of advice that I found both cheeky and inspiring! Working for yourself is a massive challenge and quite often we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we do, and the effort involved in working alone and motivating yourself. Have a read and bolster yourself up a bit – you work hard, […]

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