Green cleaning: lemon juice and cheap cola

My own attempt at becoming a savvy consumer has never been only about paying as little as possible for everything: it still is more about getting value for money, minimizing the impact on the environment, and only buying what I need. Paying more for one multi-purpose product can work out cheaper in the long run than buying several seemingly cheaper items, many of which might end up gathering dust as unused and unnecessary. Continue reading

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Railcards and split tickets: tips for off-peak train travel in the UK

A travel bug bit me many years ago and started a life-long passion for exploring new places . Whether the destination is a buzzing city on the other side of the world or a little seaside village on the English coast, I enjoy the change of scenery all the same. My husband and I travel whenever we can, and as a car-free family we do most of our journeys in the UK by rail. Although the ticket system can seem confusing at first and the walk-up prices sky-high, there are ways to find cheap fares and even bag a bargain.  Continue reading

Eating out: food glorious food

Eating out was one of the little luxuries in life we weren’t going to give up but as the saying goes, there is no such thing as free lunch. It’s easy to enjoy a pretty affordable one though!

You can easily find online vouchers for 2-4-1 deals at main chain restaurants and many UK supermarkets allow you to convert their loyalty card points into restaurant tokens. If that sounds like a bit of a hassle, these little tips can help you save money with little effort: Continue reading