Becoming a Homeowner – One Year On

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This time last year I was walking into the estate agents to collect the keys to our house. After years of saving and months of paperwork, the moment I collected the keys was actually a huge anticlimax. There were no party poppers or anyone ringing a bell, not even a shake of a hand… the lady simply handed me an envelope containing a key. Despite the lack of ceremony, I was elated that the wait was finally over.

Suddenly that year has flashed by and we have made the house our home. Looking back at the whole process has made me realise that I learnt a lot, so here are my tips for anyone saving to buy, or buying, their first house…

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Thrifty Thursday – How to Create a Gift Hamper for Less!

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This is a brilliant little hack that is perfect for creating a special gift for Mothers Day, birthdays or for Bridesmaid proposals. My Thrifty trick costs just 89p and looks brilliant…

DIY Wedding Flowers

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According to Hitched.com, the average cost of wedding flowers is £1200-£1500! To keep costs down I’ve decided to buy artificial and to make my own bouquet. My total cost for all our wedding flowers was a very Thrifty £70!

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Big Day for 5K!

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Did you know that the average cost of a UK wedding currently stands at a whopping £30,355! It’s great if you can afford to spend, but if you don’t you can still have the day you want on a smaller budget…

Savvy Shopping – Beating the Supermarket

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It’s not a coincidence that the bread and milk are nowhere near each other in the likes of Asda, Tesco and even Lidl. The idea is you have to navigate a labyrinth of temptation just to get that much-needed pint of milk and loaf of wholemeal bread.

That’s because supermarkets are designed to make you spend more! If you’re savvy enough, you can avoid paying more than you need to.

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Back to Basics

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I’ve been thinking about when I first started saving money back in 2010. I realised that maybe some of my money saving techniques – like bulk buying, cashback apps, Groupon deals and printing coupons – won’t work for everyone so I want to take it back to basics…