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

    Savvy shoppers know that in order to get the best bargain, it is all about getting the timing right. But did you know that what day of the week you buy impacts the price too? Here is your guide to the the best days of the week to buy just about anything.   SUNDAY If you fancy a bit of a boozy brunch, head to Las Iguanas and choose a starter, main and enjoy unlimited prosecco or Brahma beer for £24.95. Two-hour slots are available Sundays 11am-5pm and are by reservation only. If you are looking to make… View Post

  There are nearly eight million people living alone in the UK according to figures from the Office of National Statistics and it turns out that they are spending £21 a week more on average than those living as a couple. Whether you’re single by choice, or as a result of a recent breakup or divorce, living on your own presents some unique financial challenges. As you’re the only one bringing in the money – and paying down those bills – you need to be sure that you’re making the most of what you have. Thankfully there are ways of… View Post

Now that you know the tricks that these discount retailers use to get you to spend more, why not beat them at their own game? Here are five ways to make your money go further at the pound shop. 1 COMPARE PRICES ON THE SHOP FLOOR A good way to ensure you are getting the best value for money is to compare prices on the shop floor. Download the “My Supermarket” app on your phone so that you can quickly access the prices of products across major retailers. The is especially useful if you are a fan of the supermarket… View Post

  It’s hard to walk down your local high street without passing a pound shop. From Poundland and Poundworld, these discount shops are everywhere – it seems business is booming. These single-price discount retailers all work on a simple premise where nearly everything costs £1 (or 99p) and the goods are bulk-bought cheaply and stacked high. To be successful, the shops must shift large volumes of stock, and it seems that they are doing just that. How many times have you popped in for “just one thing” and left with a basket full of goods. I often take my five-year-old… View Post

    I’ve noticed a bit of a pattern recently. When the weather warms up, I feel the need to get in shape. It’s not because I’m trying to get my body “beach ready” (whatever that is anyway!), but simply because the sunshine gives me an energy boost and the longer days means I don’t have the excuse of refusing to run by myself in the dark. Admittedly, I have yet to hit the ground running, but I have good intentions. I’ll start tomorrow. Yes, definitely tomorrow. Ha! Early in January, like just about every person, I was tempted to… View Post