Being £40,000 in debt isn’t a nice place to be. This was the situation we found ourselves in last August and it hit us like a ton of bricks.
Over the years I have discovered that if you want to keep your supermarket bills low, avoid the cleaning aisle. I am not suggesting that you avoid cleaning altogether – far from it – but once you find out how much money you can save by making products from scratch, it's difficult to go back. These days, the only items I buy are sponges, rubber gloves and washing-up liquid.
With the new academic year starting, and my middle daughter entering Year 5, my thoughts start to turn to the exams that she will be taking over the next 12 to 18 months. She's a bright spark and I feel confident in her ability to knuckle down, work hard and fully prepare herself but is that enough? Or will hiring a private tutor give her an advantage?
I’ve just returned home from a six-day trip to Sardinia. It was my first visit to Italy, and it coincided with my first experience of shoddy service from an airline.
What do bodily fluids, chocolate, fishing rods, mirrors and guitars have in common? No, not a dodgy camping trip. The answer is Parcel Monkey. More specifically, it’s that they’re all on the delivery company’s restricted items list.
Until relatively recently, coupons were the preserve of select groups of shoppers, namely harassed mums and the skint brigade. Now it seems that everybody is using them. Coupons are certainly more plentiful than they used to be but there has also been a shift in attitude.