Are you planning a kids party? Wondering what party favours won’t break the bank, but will keep everyone happy? Why not hand out popcorn cup/baggies?
Popcorn is great because you can buy or make large quantities inexpensively. Disposable cups or cellophane / paper bags work well, and for that finishing touch, why not add one of my labels? Just download a sheet of 12 labels for free and attach them to your popcorn favours. You can print as many sheets as you require.
Yes, I know we are only in September, but this is your reminder to start Christmas prep now! If you want to spread the cost of Christmas and give yourself a stress free December, try the following things:
Start Putting Away Treats & Food:
If you can buy a few items you will need each week leading up to Christmas, you can spread the cost of your Christmas food bill. I even buy my turkey well in advance and pop it in my freezer. Starting early also helps you buy when items are on sale and not full price in the festive season.
Buy a Gift or Two a Week:
This follows the same train of thought as the previous point, spreading the cost and giving yourself time to search for sales or deals. It’s worth checking the charity shops each week too.
Start Making Your Handmade Gifts:
If you are a crafter or have a skill/hobby, why not make your gifts to save money? Start now to allow yourself time to work on your crafts.
It is okay to not buy gifts, or to spend less than previous years. Now is the time to discuss budgets with friends and family. I’m sure they will be as relieved as you are to set lower budgets or come up with alternative ideas ie Secret Santa.
I am very aware of the energy price cap increases and how this will make winter particularly hard (UK). I have been gathering up some things and prepping for winter to lower our electricity usage where possible:
Warm Yourselves Before Your Rooms
Can you add layers and try to keep yourself warm before turning up the heating. I have rummaged through the cupboards and made sure we all have dressing gowns, fleece blankets, and slippers or fluffy socks etc.
Indoor Clothes Racks
I plan to line dry as much as possible, but the weather will be adverse. I have a clothes airer and plan on investing in a second to ensure drying space indoors.
Battery Operated Lights
I have stocked up on LED battery operated lights and candles. I shall use these in the evenings to save on electric lighting. Great for power cuts/ black outs too.
I also have a small stock of candles. These are also great for power cuts or just for saving electric.
Bed warmers whether they be a hot water bottle or the microwave heat packs, work great for warming your bed before you get in it. Once you are in bed, you don’t need the heating on high, and an electric blanket would also cost you energy.
We have electric storage heaters in our house and they can be energy guzzlers. We have a small, portable heater that allows us to heat a room for just as long as necessary.
Avoiding the Oven
If we can cook a meal in the slow cooker, air fryer, or microwave we will do. Our oven is the least energy efficient of them all.
Washing Laundry Off Peak
Finding out when the off peak times are on your tarriff, and do energy intensive chores such as running the washing machine during these times, means you’ll pay less for your energy used. We do ours early in the morning.
If you have any tips or tricks, please feel free to share them in the comments.
The start of the school term is fast approaching (UK) and for many it can be an expensive time. I am all for keeping back to school costs low, and here is how I suggest to do it:
Gather What You Have
Shop your house first. Check your stationery supply, and see if old uniforms still fit etc. There isn’t any point in wasting money on all new items.
Check Local Charity Shops
As they say: why buy new when used will do? Your local charity shops may have a stock of second hand uniforms for the local schools. They also stock rucksacks etc.
Check Local Online Selling Sites
Are there uniforms, shoes etc on Facebook Marketplace locally? You could even put out an ‘items wanted’ post. Someone in our local area has set up a selling page on Facebook purely for uniforms etc for our school and schools from the surrounding area.
Ask friends with older kids if they have any school supplies they could sell on to you. You could even swap items between yourselves.
Ask the School
Check to see if your school has second hand uniform to sell. Some schools will let you buy items left behind from the year before.
And if you are really struggling, some schools have spare uniform that they can give to families in financial difficulty, so it is worth asking if you require this.
New bills have been passed (UK) to ensure uniform is affordable. By 2023 all schools have to allow parents to buy uniforms etc without logos.
I hope this post as helped you in some way. A little time, effort, and searching around can save you lots of money.
If you have some bananas that are going brown, you can always use them up in banana muffins (basically banana bread but in a muffin case). I like to make these as they are easy to pack in lunchboxes and for people to just grab on the go.
2 ripe bananas
125g melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
10ml of milk
250g self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
150g brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Preheat your oven to 180
Mix all your wet ingredients together in a bowl.
Mix all your dry ingredients together in another bowl.
Combine the two, but do not over mix.
Spoon evenly into muffin liners.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180, or until a knife comes out clean.
When it comes to keeping the kids entertained in the summer, I am all for cheap or free ideas that we can do as a family. I have compiled 30 ideas into one free printable that you can download, print, and check off as you complete each task
When it comes to the end of the school year, I always stress over what gift s to get the teachers. I don’t want to get them something they’ll end up with 20 of such as cups or key-rings, and I never buy food gifts if I don’t know someone’s dietary requirements. This year, I thought up a gift t that is small, simple, and practical, but a nice gesture of thanks. I also wanted to offer you the chance to download it for free.
A bookmark printed on card stock or laminated is a cute, little token gift. . You can gift t them as they are or with a journal or book. Just keep it practical, so it is more likely to be appreciated and used.
With the cost of living crisis fully raging, we all need a little help to curb costs where we can. Groceries can be a huge expense if you’re not vigilant with your spending. Here are my 7 grocery shopping mistake to avoid!
Not Working Out the Price Per Unit
Divide the price by the unit/ quantity to work out what is really the best deal.
Buying Items Purely Because They Are On Sale
Would you have bought the item if not for the sale price? A bargain is only a bargain if you’re saving money.
Shopping Without a List
Meal planning and shopping from a list prevents you purchasing too much or items you don’t need.
Not Using Loyalty Cards
No loyalty card = no freebies. Build up points on store loyalty cards and gain in-store cash, deals, or vouchers.
Buying Out of Season
Out of season fruit and veg costs a lot more than whatever is currently in season in your area/country.
Not Looking Down
Stores place the most expensive items at eye/ grab level. Look down for cheaper options.
Not Using Receipt Apps
Market research apps will exchange info from your receipts for points. Once you have enough points, you can cash out.