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Showing posts from October, 2017

How to have a family and save money

In today's world having a child can mean signing up to a lifetime of expense. But what if I told you you could be a money-saving Mum or a debt-free Dad whilst also making memories as a parent? Bargains are everywhere… You just need to know where to look. I've always loved a find. As a child of money saving parents myself, I've grown up knowing that pennies equal pounds and soon add up enabling you to buy something special - every day bargain hunting meant we were lucky enough to enjoy a Summer holiday each year. This is something I hope to achieve with my own family of three. Rooting around charity shops, rummaging at jumble sales, scrolling through eBay and finding gems on Gumtree are just some of the ways I've been able to save money whilst being pregnant and subsequently as a Mum on maternity leave. A primary example is our pram. Shying away from the £1000+ models, I looked closer to home for our new wheels by searching the charity shops. It's second hand from B…

How do you like these apples?

Windfall apples
Just over a week ago I was lucky enough to drive past some windfall apples left on the roadside by a generous household. I quickly pulled over and picked up the bag which was full to the brim of huge Bramley apples.#5apples5days5ways
Straight away it got me thinking about how to make use of these autumnal beauties and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out some new recipes. I've always liked the saying 'An apple a day...' so I gave it a twist and it became #5apples5days5ways. This hashtag on Instagram was well received and people were only too happy to share their own apple recipes.Spiced Eve's Pudding
Here I wanted to share my favourite recipe with you for a Spiced Eve's Pudding - a delicious apple cake which tastes of pure Autumn. The recipe, courtesy of Mary Berry, is so easy and uses baking cupboard staples so should be very easy for you to create in your own kitchen. I made a few changes of my own as I was baking so below is the M…

10 things I no longer spend (as much) money on

Today marks the 10 day anniversary of my blog so I'm celebrating by posting my 10 things I no longer spend (as much) money on blog post. I was kindly tagged by @athriftyfox on Instagram to join in with this tag so I hope you enjoy the post and it gets you thinking about your own money journey too.

Food shopping. We now shop at Aldi and Lidl having taken the unbranded challenge and making savvy swaps. We don't miss the hustle and bustle of the top four supermarkets or the garish in store advertising tempting you to buy expensive items. We feel like we are on holiday every time we shop there and our bank balance loves us for it.

Baby products. As a first time Mum I was understandably nervous about which products to use with my newborn. I've sworn by Aldi Mamia nappies ever since becoming a parent and my love for Mamia products now extends into wipes, nappy bags, baby bath and organic baby food. I do use branded nappies but only if they have been sent as free samples - the c…

Lean, mean, weaning machine

Weaning. Yes, you've guessed it, we've reached that milestone in the Thrifty household. It can be overwhelming. So, how do you save money in an industry designed to get you to spend? I've been doing a little research and here are my fledgling findings:

Organic pre-prepared baby food pouches are all the rage and can be purchased everywhere from the big four supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morissons) to the smaller Lidl and Aldi. I'd suggest trying a small range and importantly, buying whilst on offer. Tesco has selected Ella's Kitchen organic lines on 5 for 4 until 22/10/2017. Lidl and Aldi currently have selected organic lines at just 52p - bargain!

Find those freebies. Bounty, Cow & Gate, Ella’s Kitchen, Organix and Hipp all offer freebies if you sign up to their newsletters. Freebies I've received recently include a weaning booklet, a height chart, taste chart, money off vouchers, baby food samples and more. A few clicks later you could be …

Prams, pushchairs and prices!

It all began with our pram. Our little green pram. Actually, it's not that little but it has been a little godsend ever since we purchased it! It was £20! Yes, that's right, £20 and I felt doubly pleased when we got it as it was from a Barnardos charity shop and so we knew our £20 would go towards making a difference.
It had the majority of accessories with it - rain cover, shopping bag, foot muff, straps so we snapped up a bargain. The only things it was missing were the apron (found on eBay), the carrycot liner (also found on eBay), an umbrella (found on Gumtree) and a changing bag which we managed to find in the exact same charity shop! All the important parts were machine-washable and came up as good as new. Of course, we did the obligatory new parent test run to check for safety and pumped up the tyres using our in car tyre pressure gauge.
Like most pregnant couples we had attended the expectant parent Mothercare events and oohed and aahed at the latest models (and pri…