The Brand Swaps I Thought I’d Never Make

Non-Branded November

Today I have a guest post from Katie, who writes the blog Katie Saves, she shares lots of fantastic ways to save money and make money over on her blog. so it’s well worth a visit. As part of Non-branded November, she is sharing the brand swaps she never thought she would make. Over to Katie…

Non-Branded Baby Products That Could Save You Money!

Non-Branded November

I am a bit clueless when it comes to baby items, luckily Corinna Nicol of The Mummy Circle has created this guest post full of helpful advice for #NonBrandedNovember. She and her members have put together what they think are the best non-branded items that could save you money along with some suggestions about when it is worth buying branded.

Savvy Shopping – Beating the Supermarket

Uncategorized

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.

IMG_20190221_171028.jpg

Ten Valentines Dates for Under a Tenner!

Uncategorized

Shane and I don’t really celebrate valentines day although we have done in the past. Instead, we use it as an excuse to eat some lovely food and drink a bit of wine. If you did want to mark the occasion but don’t want to fork out loads, here are ten things you can do for under £10!

Screenshot_20190210-140329__01

Thrifty Clair’s Top Tips & Tricks!

Uncategorized

This post contains lots of the little things I do to save money on a day to day basis. These little things have helped me change my spending habits, pay off debts and save to buy my first house. So if you want to start your debt free or saving journey, start by reading this post!

Thrifty Clair’s Top Tips & Tricks!

Uncategorized

I have been inundated with questions about my money-saving since a few articles were shared online yesterday and in The Manchester Evening News and Daily Express today. I’ve decided to put together a mega post of all the thrifty things I do to save money so you can start saving to!

Saving to Buy

Bargain Beauty, Coupons and Cashback, Dining for Less, freebies, Gifts for Less

I am nearly at the end of a long journey of saving to buy my first house with my partner Shane! I’ve always loved a good bargain but I’ve stepped up by game to be able to save for a deposit on a house. Here’s a few of the things I do to help save money.

Tastecard trial + £5 Pizza Express gift card for just £1

Uncategorized

I’ll keep this post short: you can get a Tastecard 2 month trial for just £1 and you’ll also get a FREE £5 Pizza Express gift card! It’s well worth getting but if you do DON’T FORGET TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL.

The gift card is sent with the Tastecard welcome pack. I ordered mine on Sunday and it arrived today. I will cancelling mine in the next few days as you’re still able to use the card until it expires. It’s a foolproof way to avoid being charged the thirty-something pounds that a normal membership costs!

If you want to get your own bargain Tastecard click HERE!

Happy Black Friday, 
Thrifty Clair x

Savings Update

Uncategorized

As you know, I’m currently saving to buy my first house and my money saving ways are helping me to save as much as I possibly can. This month I hit one of my targets a month ahead of schedule and I paid off my car meaning I AM DEBT FREE! For the first time in ten years I am back in the black! I am incredibly proud that I’ve been able to do this whilst renting a house and saving money. It’s not been easy but I’m sure it’ll be worth it when it comes to buying a house.

The money that was going towards my car each month will now go into the house fund. I have also stumbled across a clever way to save even more money. At the start of September I stopped taking my purse to work with me, It’s such a small change that has made a big change. It’s prevented me from making impromptu trips to the sandwich shop at lunch time and stopped me nipping to Asda on my way home. Amazingly, it’s saved me an extra £100 in just one month. It just goes to show how easy it is to spend £5 here or £10 there on impulse purchases. I am amazed how much money I must have wasted in the last by buying rubbish I didn’t actually need.

Although I am being quite strict with my savings, I am of course still allowing myself to have treats here and there. I don’t think I’d cope without any treats so things like Groupon, Clubcard vouchers and Meerkat Movies all help me to still have a good social life without it costing a fortune. My clever spending also means I can still have a night out every now and again. If it’s a friends birthday and there’s a night out planned then I know I can go, I just won’t go mad and get a tan and new outfit like I used to. It’s great because I’m not having to make too many compromises and I’m still able to enjoy myself.

I’m excited that years of hard work are finally paying off and hopefully another six months of sensible saving will give us some extra funds. My goal is to be a homeowner before I turn 30 in June and I’ve already got a bottle of pink Veuve Clicqout ready and waiting. I’m hoping I get to open it before my birthday so between now and then I’ll keep you posted on how my savings are coming along and when we finally start looking at houses. I will of course continue to share all of my bargain deals and money-saving tips as well. Let me know if you have any money saving tips in the comments below.

Happy Sunday,

 

Thrifty Clair x