6 Messy habits that save me time and money

In today’s post, I’m admitting to some rather messy habits I have but I want to share them for good reason – I think they actually save me both time and money every day. Do you do any of these hacks or have any similar time-saving tips? Let me know!

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How I saved money & reduced food waste with the #FoodSavvy challenge

I’ve been doing the #FoodSavvy challenge throughout February and it’s been an eye-opener. Firstly because I couldn’t quite believe just how much food and plastic I had been wasting before the challenge and, secondly, because I was surprised at how easy it was to change my habits to create a more food savvy kitchen. Here’s what I discovered…

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How to DIY a Christmas t-shirt with heat-transfer vinyl

If you want to get into the festive spirit but don’t want to splash the cash on a new Christmas jumper, I’ve come up with an easy DIY version that you can make at home. I’ve used a T-shirt that I picked up from the charity shop for just £2 but you could add a festive design to any sweatshirt or tee you already have at home. Here’s how…

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3 Fashion essentials to pack in your suitcase for a winter getaway

If you’re planning a winter getaway this year, it can be difficult to know what to pack. Those chunky jumpers quickly fill up a suitcase, I can tell you! Likewise, you don’t want to under-pack, as you’ll end up feeling chilly and have to stay indoors rather than heading out exploring. So I’ve put together a list of essentials that you should pack in your suitcase to survive a winter break, whatever the weather throws at you..!

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3 Money-saving decor DIYs you can do RIGHT NOW to prepare for your 2020 wedding

If you’re getting married next year – congratulations! I’m sure you already have the ceremony arranged and the venue booked, and maybe you’ve even picked out a wedding dress. But have you started on your decorations yet? If not, here are three decor pieces that you certainly don’t need to buy because, you can make them yourself…

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Step-by-step guide to turn an old hostess trolley into a colourful bar cart

I don’t know why hostess trolleys ever went out of fashion. They’re so handy for gathering everything you need together, and wheeling it right where you need it to be. So, when I spotted this old wooden trolley in a skip, I was keen to rescue it. Here’s how to upcycle a retro trolley into a vintage style bar cart for bank holiday parties…

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Guest Post: 5 Natural alternatives to expensive skin care products

Everyday stress and pollution can cause a lot of damage to your skin. There are skincare products you can use to help you combat these negative effects, but they can also be very expensive, so here are five natural alternatives—some of which you may find in your very own kitchen:

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How to tick off your bucket list on a budget – Niagara Falls

Living on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t still tick a few things off of your bucket list. I mean, saving your extra cash for travel should be one of the benefits of a thrifty life, shouldn’t it?! Even so, there are savings to be made every time you travel and it IS possible to make a trip to an iconic destination, like the Niagara Falls much more affordable. Here’s how…

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Planning to travel? Here’s how to save money on your adventures

Everyone dreams of travelling around the world at some point but unfortunately, it can become quite expensive. Don’t worry – there are plenty of travel hacks that can help you save money and enjoy a better travelling experience. Here are 3 tips to get you started:

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The right way to shop online to find deals on products & services

Shopping online is quickly becoming the go-to for most people. The extra convenience, paired with great prices and special offers available, makes online shopping that much more fun. Of course, there are things you can do to make sure you are shopping online the right way so that you get the best deals available – here’s what you should consider…

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Upcycling charity shop homewares into cute storage for my home office

If you want to kit out your home (or home office, like me!) with some gorgeous coordinating homewares but haven’t got the budget to splash out on new items, why not head to your local charity shop to see what you can find? Here’s how I upcycled my Barnardos haul into useful storage for my home offce…

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4 Things you can do to refresh your bathroom without breaking the bank

Every now and again, most homeowners seek a change; something that will give a fresh new look to their home or a project that will reflect their changing needs or personal preferences. If the time has come to give your bathroom a nice uplift and create a more luxury look, the ideas below will help you get started…

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How to DIY a light-up outdoor bar using pallets & solar fairy lights

If you’re planning a festive get-together over the coming months, this light-up bar would make a great focal point to serve up cocktails. And even better, it’s made from pallets! So get out the drill, pop open that pot of paint and have a go at DIYing it for yourself…

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How to cut the cost of a Christmas stocking in half

Did you know that the average cost of a Christmas stocking adds up to over £70? Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? That’s why I jumped at the chance to cut this cost by half and share the results of my Christmas stocking haul with you today. Plus, you can win all the items in my retro stocking in my giveaway below so read on to enter the competition…

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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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How to buy a new handbag without breaking the bank

I was watching How to Shop Well for Less last week and couldn’t believe how much it’s possible to spend on a handbag! I’ve never spent more than £15, I’m sure! But maybe I’m the exception and many people might not be able to find the bag of their dream on a budget. Here are some ways to shop while staying thrifty…

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Thrifty decorating tips from DIYDirect.com

Today I’ve teamed up with online DIY retailer DIYDirect.com to give you some advice when it comes to decorating – and in particular, how you can be as thrifty as possible in your project…

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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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“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 hair care

I’ve come up with some very easy ways you can save money on your regular hair care costs. Nothing here is hard to do, but it all helps you to spend much less money on your hair and helps you to stick to your budget!

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Versatile clothes you should pack for your next holiday

With the scorching hot temperatures we’ve been enjoying this week and the fun-in-the-sun feeling I got from the bank holiday, my thoughts turned to holiday season. So, I’ve come up with a suitcase packing list of super-versatile clothes that are worth investing in this summer…

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How to make a DIY pallet bench for your garden

Ahh isn’t it nice when the sun shines? Don’t you just want to sit out in the garden and watch the world go by? Here are some ideas for making your own bench (using pallets – a big win for upcycling!) and finding lovely garden furniture if you’re on a budget…

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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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4 Unique ways to cut costs on your wedding day

When it comes to their wedding day every bride to be wants to make their day as memorable as possible, so I’m sharing some of the unique ways you can make your day special without it costing a small fortune…

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5 Tips for roasting your own coffee at home

How much do you spend buying your morning cup o’ joe every day? The costs soon start to add up and you may find your monthly caffeine budget is more than you expected! And worst part is that you aren’t always guaranteed to get a good brew every time. So why not switch up your […]

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3 Classic outfit essentials every wardrobe needs

There are just three essentials that every wardrobe needs to give you a strong foundation to build upon with your own unique style. Read on to find out what staples you need for a great minimalist wardrobe and to enter my giveaway to win an ethically produced dress by TwoForJoy..!

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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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Weddings on a budget – How to find a low-cost cake

A wedding cake is an important part of a traditional wedding reception, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on something you’re going to eat! Here’s how to find a low-cost cake for your celebration…

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5 Easy bathroom updates on a budget

Think you’re stuck with your old, dingy bathroom until you have thousands of pounds to spend on a full remodel? That doesn’t have to be the case! Even if you’re sticking to a budget, you can do the following projects yourself to refresh your bathroom without breaking the bank…

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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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Tuesday Shoesday – The ultimate sale bargains of 2018

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve sat at my laptop on a Tuesday morning and written a shoesday blog post. In fact, come to think of it, it’s been a while since I bought any shoes… That’s probably the main reason! Anyway, I’ve been shopping in the new year sales and have picked up […]

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How to pick a special occasion outfit you’ll wear again

Shopping for special occasions. It’s something that I really don’t like to do. Sure, I love buying the happy couple a wedding present, and it’s wonderful to watch the youngsters heading off to their first prom. But it’s the concept of spending out on an outfit specifically for that special occasion that bothers me. In […]

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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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New year, new kitchen – my plans for a thrifty renovation

Oooh it’s the 12th December already! Who else thinks that December is the fastest month of the year? Blink and you miss it. I’ve barely got any decorations up yet! That said, I’m already planning ahead to my new year, and that’s because I’m super-excited about my kitchen renovation. So today, I’m sharing my plans […]

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Planning a successful home renovation

As you might have seen over the past few months, I’ve been renovating my new home this year. It’s time-consuming, costly and really tiring! But I’m loving the progress we’ve been making. Sure, some home renovations are a waste of money, but not all projects are bad investments. If you can renovate your home properly, […]

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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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How to create a budget-friendly outdoor wedding

For many people, their special day is all about being with friends and family in familiar surroundings, having a celebration to remember. With Pinterest taking the online world by storm, this desire has become a reality through all the wonderful pins of outdoor weddings we’ve seen over the years. If you have a garden large […]

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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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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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Need a new kitchen? Get the show home look for less

When it comes to renovating my home, the kitchen is the room I am most excited about tackling. The kitchen is traditionally the heart of the home; it’s where you cook and eat your family meals, the space where you have a coffee with your best mate as they tell you about their latest news, […]

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Get the ultimate beach look for less

There’s no better reason to make summer your favourite season than the opportunity to hit the beach. With the heat ramping up as the summer season goes on, it’s only right that you get outdoors and start enjoying the sunshine. If you live close to the beach, you can make it part of your daily […]

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DIY picnic basket, lunch box & flask upcycling project

Have you seen this month’s issue of Reloved Magazine yet? If not, quickly get yourself a copy from WH Smith, Sainsburys, Tesco or Costco, because my picnic project is in the magazine with an impressive double-page spread (and 3 further pages of step-by-step photos, too!) Yes, I’m seriously excited! Not one but three of my DIY upcycles were […]

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Pieday Friday – Two summer desserts (& how to grow organic fruit for them!)

More and more people are turning to their own ingenuity to feed themselves without the need to rely on supermarkets. Organic fruit and vegetables are becoming ever-more expensive in stores because, unlike their chemically enhanced contemporaries, it’s more difficult for farmers to grow them naturally. Not only does it take hard work, it also takes […]

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5 Ways to spruce up your bathroom for summer

The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the sun is out in full force.  That’s right – summer is well and truly here and now is the perfect time to refresh your bathroom. I’ve been working on my own bathroom renovation project and will be sharing photos of the ‘finished’ room next week […]

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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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Affordable kitchen updates for decorating on a budget

Renovating a whole kitchen space can easily be an expensive and time-consuming process. This may be the reason why many people end up neglected their kitchen interior, which can end up looking tired and shabby. I’ve been putting off tackling the kitchen so far, even though it’s definitely the most dated room in the house. […]

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Unexpected wedding costs you might not have considered…

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive and, despite the determination to stick to a predetermined budget, it’s easy to overspend on your big day. Even with all the budget-busting tips in the world at your disposal, there are unexpected costs that sneak up on you and leave you with less money than you thought. […]

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Thrifty fashion – Re-wear your wedding clothes

When you plan your wedding outfit, it’s with the knowledge that it’s only for a day. For this reason, some brides choose to hire their dress, and many grooms hire their outfit too. But it’s much more common for a man to hire his wedding outfit than for a woman. Brides want to have that […]

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5 tips to help you start sewing with a machine

Whether you’ve never sewn a stitch in your life or can vaguely remember how to sew from your schooldays, you can be reassured by the fact that sewing is a pretty straightforward task. It’s repetitive, precise and anyone can have a go at it. I’d love for you to have a go at it if you haven’t […]

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How to give your bedroom a bohemian makeover

All photos of Ju’s home by Alexandra Joseph The bedroom is a place we spend a lot of our time in, therefore it’s normal to feel a bit uninspired by the decor and in need of a change every now and then. When it comes to home inspiration, the bohemian style is a great choice […]

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Lint roller printing – and my April showers scarf is in Reloved Magazine!

So excited to share with you my latest project for Reloved because my DIY infinity scarf was chosen to be photographed on a model for the magazine! Pick up a copy of the magazine this week to see my step-by-step guide to fabric printing using a lint roller.It’s a doubly-thrifty project because I’m upcycling an old tablecloth and […]

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Saving money with LED lighting

After much research for my own home renovation project, I’ve discovered that LED lighting is becoming more and more popular these days. Not only are we illuminating our homes with this type of light bulb, they are also popping up commercially in schools, hospitals and offices. Many businesses are using LED neon signs more frequently, […]

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My decoupage Easter egg project was featured in Reloved magazine!

Am I ready for Easter? You bet! I’ve been DIYing Easter projects for a couple of months now and the great news is that two of my projects have been published in my favourite magazine Reloved.The first project was turning some very old books (you know the kind, where loose pages flutter out as soon as you open […]

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