Super markets, not supermarkets

Over the years I have become increasingly anti-supermarket. In my local area the big supermarket chains keep taking over empty retail spaces as, unlike many smaller businesses, they can afford the council’s ever-rising rents. Even the idea of buying their cheap milk and veg when the producers can hardly make a living because of price squeezes seems just so wrong!  Continue reading


Have a savvy holiday!

After a long weekend soaking up a good dose of sunshine and the atmosphere of vibrant old cities in Southern France, I felt a holiday post would be in order. Most of us are extremely savvy when it comes to finding the deals, thanks to price-comparison websites, travel search engines, and a choice of discount airlines. We also know to avoid travel outside school term time or during public holidays when prices rocket and both roads and airports become congested.

On my travels I have picked up a few other simple tips – some learned the hard way! – that can stretch the budget further, save time, or simply make the trip more enjoyable.

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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