UK shoppers are planning to spend an estimated £4.5bn in this year’s Black Friday sales, the equivalent of £165 per household, according to research from Go Compare, the comparison website. Black Friday officially kicks off today, but a third of us will splash our cash in the November sales bonanza that seems to last for weeks. What’s more, we have high expectations for hefty discounts too. A study by Topcashback.com found that while consumers hoped to save just £66 last year, now we have our sights set on a reduction of £193 – a savings of 47 per cent.… View Post

I like luxury beauty products as much as the next girl. I blame it on years of charity staff sales at The Telegraph. When the magazine staff would gather up all their leftover samples, dump them out on a table and let us snatch up brands such as Chanel, Givenchy and MAC for just £1 a product. You can imagine the horror I felt when one night I left my gym kit – and cosmetic bag! – on the train. How could I ever justify replacing the gems I had acquired over those years? The make up alone would have cost hundreds to buy at full… View Post

    It’s a fact – people who set savings goals save faster than those who don’t. What’s more, figures from NS&I show that people who have a have a financial focus save up to £550 a year more than people who don’t. If you have been meaning to save more, but just can’t seem to find the cash, here are five ways to set a financial goal and ensure that you achieve it.   1 PLAN, PLAN, PLAN Just like you wouldn’t go on a road trip without planning your journey, you need be focused when it comes to savings. If you have more than… View Post

  Since the start of 2018, I have been writing the Bargain Hunter page in The Metro newspaper. Each week I pull together ten handy money-saving hacks – and it has proven so popular, I thought I would share some of my favourites. Do you have any clever ways to cut costs? 1 Ex-display footwear for a fraction of the cost Fancy a new pair of red Hunter wellies for £52 instead of £95? Or what about a pair of women’s Adidas Stan Smith’s for £33 rather than £74.99? High street chains Office and Schuh each have a website –… View Post

    It seems everyone is at it these days. I’m doing it at least once – sometimes twice – a week, several of my friends claim that it has “changed their lives”; even my husband thinks it’s the best thing since the sliced bread. But it’s not the latest health craze that we are all obsessed with, oh no. It just seems that we’ve all caught a case of discount-shop-itis. What’s more, it isn’t just one shop that has everyone in a tizzy, but rather a handful of retailers right on your very own high street. For some, it’s… View Post

  It’s not long until the summer holidays kick off, and the thought of planning six whole weeks of entertaining can feel daunting. We spend our summers at home in Nova Scotia, Canada, but don’t worry – I’ve pulled together a list of eight cheap and cheerful – and often free! – things you can do in the UK to keep your little ones busy over July and August. What are your top tips for keeping your little nippers happy?   1 For nature lovers If you are like me and the thought of a wander through the woods is… View Post