It’s impossible to be on Instagram and miss the nation’s obsession with cleaning. Mrs Hinch, hairdresser who dispenses cleaning advice to 2.4m Instagram followers, has been credited with newfound popularity of products such as Zoflora, Elbow Grease degreaser, Astonish glass cleaner, Cif and her beloved Minky sponges – all of which she stocks her “Narnia” cleaning cupboard. Sophie Hinchcliffe’s fans are so loyal, that the “Hinch effect” means that… View Post

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Thank goodness it’s Friday. It’s hard to believe that another week is almost over – it’s time to share five fabulously frugal things that I did this week to save money. 1 MADE DO AND MENDED – EVERYTHING I COULD FIND We all have a fraying mobile phone charger or a suitcase with a broken zipper at home which is destined for the bin. But… View Post

Recently, I went to the movies and one of my friends offered to book our tickets as she could get 40% off all our passes with her workplace reward scheme. What further sweetened the deal was she could also hook us up with some cheap cinema snacks. As if it couldn’t get any better – the discount wasn’t only on set weekdays. She could buy low-cost cinema tickets any day… View Post

For Christmas this year, my husband kindly gave me an Amazon Echo – and so far, I love it. In fact, I wish I had one in every room. It’s great for listening to podcasts and my Audible audiobooks, plus the reminder function is very handy. Plus, now that my daughter is back at school and my home office is terribly quiet, it’s almost like Alexa is my new colleague,… View Post

As a parent, particularly as a mother, the lead up to Christmas can be fraught: there’s your children’s parties and nativities to attend, the classmates’ cards to write and the present shopping to be done. And this year, I cocked up. Not because of the last-minute revisions to my daughter’s letter to Santa, but somehow, I managed to buy duplicate items  not once, not twice, not even on three occasions. Yes,… 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 we are watching what you spend. While for many of us, this might sound a bit creepy, but bear with me: it is possible to cash in on your curiosity and it doesn’t involve anything sinister. You just need to know where to look.… View Post