Top Ways to Save Money For This Christmas

Christmas Pudding With Brandy

Christmas is a time for friendship, family, food and warming yourself by the fire – but unfortunately it can all come with quite a hefty price tag. The perfect Christmas doesn’t always come cheap once you start adding up the costs of the presents, mince pies, wine, stocking fillers for the kids, Secret Santa at […]


Save money on your phone calls using VoIP

smartphone with voip

Mobile phones are a large part of everyday life in today’s society. With the development of smartphones and app driven devices, mobile phones can do almost anything we could want them to do. Unfortunately, this convenience and ease of use comes at a cost. Mobile phone plans with unlimited talk, text, and data can take […]


Low cost holidays

cheap holidays

Everybody loves a holiday, and we all need time to recharge after long periods of working hard.  However you don’t need to jet off for a five star retreat in the Seychelles to have a good time and unwind.  There are plenty of lower cost money saving alternatives that mean that you can still have […]


Homegrown tomato recipes

tomato recipes

If you have a number of tomato plants and they are fruiting beautifully, there’s a risk that your supply might outstrip demand.  Sometimes you get lots ripening all at once and you just can’t eat them fast enough.  Well, there are a number of things you can do to preserve your tomatoes, so when you’ve […]


Cheap recipes – butternut squash risotto

Cheap recipes - butternut squash risotto

Using vegetables as a base for your recipes instead of meat can save lots of money on your weekly food bill, and if you’ve grown the vegetables yourself, even better!  My eldest son, who is a university student and living on a tight budget, is always on the lookout for easy, cheap recipes.  He makes […]


Cooking for students – healthy eating on a budget

Cooking for students - healthy eating on a budget

Food is one of the main areas of expenditure for those studying away from home, and cooking can be a real challenge for students, but you really don’t want to live on Pot Noodles and Cup-a-Soup for a whole term.  Healthy eating on a budget is more straightforward than you might think – it is […]


Things to take to uni

student money saving tips

Getting ready to go to university for the first time can be a daunting prospect.  Knowing what you need to take is tricky, and if you’re on a budget you really don’t want to be shelling out for items that you’ll never use. Here are a few guidelines for things to consider when you’re preparing […]


Household budget planning

household budget planner

If you’re trying to keep an eye on your finances and keep control of your spending, household budget planning is a vital part of the process.  We all need to know if we are living within our means, or if we are overspending on a monthly basis.  However keeping track of your spending when you’re […]


Homemade chocolate truffles

Click for recipes for chocolate truffles

Homemade chocolate truffles make wonderful thrifty gifts for a birthday, Christmas, or as a present to take when invited to dinner with friends or family.  Surprisingly easy to make, they look like you’ve spent hours making them, and the variations are endless so you can choose a favourite flavouring or make a selection to please […]


Homemade jam

Homemade jam

Making homemade jam is one of the easiest ways to create wonderful thrifty gifts that will be loved by your family and friends.  If you use fruit that you’ve grown yourself in the garden or allotment, it’s even better value, and you’ll feel great knowing it’s been made with good ingredients that you’ve nurtured.  Jam […]


How to save water and reduce your bill

Saving water

If you are not currently using a water meter for your water bills, your first job is to find out if you could save money by switching – you could be saving up to £200 a year over a non-metered bill, so it’s worth the effort to check.  Simply go to to do a […]