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

I don’t want to brag, but when it comes to teaching my daughter safety and good manners, I like to think that I’ve got it well and truly under control. Yet when it comes to educating our kids about money, few parents know where to start. Myself included. In fact, according to research from Yorkshire Building Society, just a quarter of us regularly talk to our children about money, But parents are the biggest influence on their children’s financial habits, yet we don’t talk about money. It seems like a massive taboo somehow. What’s more, unlike other parts of parenthood, there… View Post

  Shacking up, cohabiting or living in sin. However you label it, it means the same thing – moving in with your partner before you walk down the aisle first. Luckily, gone are the days when it was considered scandalous to move in with your partner before marriage. In fact, these days I’d be more shocked if friends of mine waited until after their wedding to live together for the first time. Couples who live together without being married are now the fastest-growing type of family in the UK, with figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that the… View Post

  When on the hunt for a bargain, one of the first places most of us look is Amazon.co.uk*. 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 selling at the RRP anyway. So, before you buy, it’s worth doing your research. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a hassle – these five tricks will help you find the best deal on offer,… View Post

Ask any parent about how we protect our children and we’ll spout all the ways that we try our best to keep them safe: car seats, vaccinations, teaching road safety, chopping up grapes – the list is endless. But a parent’s responsibility continues even after death, yet research from Scottish Widows reveals that 60% of women in the UK with dependent children have no life cover, leaving their families in a precarious situation if the worst were to happen. The research also shows that only 13% of mums have a critical illness policy, leaving many more at risk of financial hardship if they… View Post