How Not to Shop

I’m re-posting this, as I think it’s still relevant for the pre-Christmas and Black Friday frenzy we are about to be consumed by – take care out there!   With all the Black Friday chaos around today, it made me realise that so many people (including myself on occasion) feel a compulsion to ‘buy’ to find a bargain, to get … Read More

You Asked, We Answered!

New Course! I have been wanting to start our workshops and courses, but with my butterfly brain I found it hard to decide what to do first. We already have our free e-book and free Ta-Dah! course available, but I wanted to do more… I decided to ask what the real issues are for families trying to budget and be … Read More

Gorgeous Gifts for £5 and Under

There are NO AFFILIATE links here, I’m not getting any personal benefit from sharing these ideas with you (more fool me!) but I wanted to inspire people to stop spending money they don’t have, or only buying from large corporations when you can get wonderful, handmade, beautiful, ethical gifts from small suppliers, local producers and great people. You are likely … Read More

Thursday Thought 46

Following on the recycled theme, and seamlessly matching it to the Christmas theme, I came across these beautiful recycled coffee sack Christmas stockings from Fern Cottage Crafts. Buying gifts that have a recycled element can be done in all sorts of ways. There are lots of homemade ideas for gifts from children, or you may have a piece of jewellery from … Read More

Why Recycled Paper? – Guest Post

Why I chose to use recycled paper? – C&E Designs – Emma Cottam  At C&E Designs we create bespoke paper craft items, ranging from flowers to buttonholes to framed gifts to cards and tags. As a staple we use recycled paper – that is paper that we collect second hand. We hunt through second hand stores, we receive lovely donations … Read More

Thursday Thought 43

It’s been a much calmer week all round, and so ‘we’ have started to consider what we are buying for Christmas and lists have been created – presents, food, cards etc. One strategy we use is to stick to one supermarket and use their points scheme, this means we have  a nice sum to use for our Christmas Treat Foods. … Read More

Party On!

One great way to support local business people is to shop locally, particularly in the run up to Christmas. I will be doing a post about that in more detail next week, but here I wanted to focus on the great power of holding a ‘party’ at home and inviting one or more local sellers to come along. These are … Read More

Reuse and Recycle

Just to prove I’m not the only person banging on about reusing mugs, or using recycled products, here is The Guardian showcasing the argument for coffee shops (you know who I mean…) being more green. However, we can all make an individual difference too, but recycling our cups or taking our own – and yes, this is going to be … Read More

Thursday Thought 34

Today can do one! Just when you think one more thing might tip you over the edge… And then one more thing happens and you have to decide whether to laugh or cry. Being frugal for a comfort eater and shopper isn’t easy – especially when stressed. However, I’m developing a list of free ‘feel good’ activities for moments like … Read More

Thursday Thought 30

One persons rubbish is another persons really useful thing, these are being collected by someone moving house who is super excited about them! No money has changed hands and lots of smiley faces x