Today is Equal Pay Day – but don’t get too excited, it’s nothing to celebrate. Thanks to the gender pay gap, women still earn almost a fifth – 17.3 per cent to be precise – less than men. In other words, from today (November 20), up until the end of the year, us women are effectively working for free when compared like-for-like to men’s salaries. It’s enough to make my… View Post

It’s November! Not only does that mean that Christmas is around the corner, but it also means my birthday – the first one since my marriage ended and hopefully the only one during a national Lockdown. Secretly, I had been dreading the day as I wouldn’t be able to see family or friends either in Canada or here in the UK and I expected to feel very lonely. But as… View Post

AD: Hands up who claims cashback through their bank when they’re shopping on plastic? Nope? Well shockingly neither did I until I realised what I was missing out on. New research from Santander UK has found that a whopping 42% of Brits say they NEVER make savings using cashback. To put that into cold hard cash, the bank estimates that its customers missed out on £2.7 million in cashback in… View Post

  Good deals come to those who wait, or so that saying goes. Throughout the year, retailers adjust their prices as demand for different items fluctuates, that’s why planning when shopping is crucial when looking for a bargain. Here is my guide to the best time of year to make your purchase.   JANUARY The January sales are known for bargain prices, but this is especially true when it comes… View Post

  “Remember, remember, John Lewis in November.” This is my new favourite saying thanks to this month being big for family birthdays – mine, my daughter’s father’s and my mother in law’s – then it finishes off with a bombardment of Black Friday deals, which falls on November 27, 2020. It seems that every year, we buy each other birthday pressies, only to find them so much cheaper just two… View Post

Every year, I hang up the same advent calendar that my best friend Jamie made me in high school more than 20 years ago. It’s moved with me many times over the years; from where I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada to a couple of apartments during university. Eventually, it made its way all the way to England where it hung in several flats around… View Post

Have you ever dreamt about winning the lottery or finding out about a huge inheritance from a long-lost relative that you never knew even existed? Of course you have – we have all daydreamed about what we would do with the cash should a lump sum fall into our lap. But I bet few of us have actually thought about how we could make this money last? While a million… View Post

  Has there ever been a time in your life when you thought you could use the advice of a solicitor, but were put off due to the expensive legal fees? Perhaps you are one of the more than 200,000 workers that have been made redundant during the Covid-19 crisis? Had a dispute with a neighbour? Or maybe you were being discriminated at work? If you are anything like me,… View Post

I’ve just been a guest on Talk Radio and chatted to Mike Graham about why it’s important to teach our kids about cash. Why not have a watch? I pop up on screen at the 2:25:00 mark. Also, read on to find out all my other top tips for parents. I don’t want to brag, but when it comes to teaching my daughter safety and good manners, I like to… View Post

When on the hunt for a bargain, one of the first places most of us look is Amazon.co.uk – especially when Amazon Prime Day rolls around. But while the retail giant offers great discounts on thousands of products, sometimes you can find a cheaper offer elsewhere. For instance, some products may look like a bargain compared to the recommended retail price (RRP) – but chances are, few other retailers are actually… View Post

The other night, I couldn’t sleep and fell into an eBay wormhole. It all began with an innocent search for Diptyque candles – and you wouldn’t believe what I found… Once these beautiful candles melt, people are actually flogging the empty glass jars for as much as £24 – recouping 51% off the £47 cost of the 190g item itself. My mind was blown. Before I knew it, I had found… View Post

  With the temperature falling in recent weeks, there’s no denying that winter is definitely here. But the cold weather and dark nights don’t mean you have to wear an extra jumper around the house for fear of facing a massive energy bill. There are a few things that I refuse to scrimp on – and heating my home is one of them. But this doesn’t mean I am foolish… View Post

Forget the stereotype of the curtain-twitching pensioner keeping tabs on your comings and goings – a new wave of nosy neighbour is in town – and it’s not to grass on you for for breaking Covid restrictions. We aren’t counting how many people you have visiting in your home, we aren’t checking to see if you are isolating after your holiday in Europe – oh no! We are watching what… View Post

  GET PAID TO SHOP Hands up who likes free money? Well, if you shop online and you don’t use a cashback website, that is exactly what you are missing out on. Ask any of my friends or colleagues and they’ll say that I’ve been banging on about cashback websites for years. And it’s easy to see why: a quick look on my Quidco.com shows that I’ve been paid £1,800… View Post

  While on a walk this week, I noticed a mobile fishmonger outside the house of one of my daughter’s classmates and made a mental note to check out the service for myself. But later that evening I get a message from a local friend which said that there had been a couple of men in white butcher coats going door to door trying to sell “fresh fish” in an… View Post