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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Budget Wedding vs Wedding Debt?

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Would you be willing to get into debt for your big day?

My Garden Makeover

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that my week has been spent transforming my garden. Shane and I have done absolutely everything ourselves and we couldn’t be happier with what we have achieved, especially as it has only cost us £150!

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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Ten Valentines Dates for Under a Tenner!

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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!

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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…

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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.