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Value for money #thrifty

Being thrifty isn’t about buying cheap stuff, it’s about getting value for money. Expensive designer clothing is made in the same low-wage countries as the budget clothing. Food might be marked as value, but it might a little less perfect than the more expensive line. You have to use your own judgement when shopping around. (more…)


A Sunday best Christmas? #thrifty

In the old days when people went to church, they were scorned and criticised if they didn’t wear their Sunday best clothes. Buying smart clothes for the whole family was phenomenally expensive, especially as they had large families in those days, so the clothes became a valuable possession and were often pawned on Monday. (more…)


Easy Money #finance

I suppose most people like easy money, but some people make easy money as executives in an organisation that more or less run themselves. Then there are others that clean our hospitals and keep them clinically clean that need tax credits.  They need a big increase in the minimum wage. (more…)


Black Friday week? #thrifty

Black Friday is s discount day in the US but seems to last a week in the UK. It is mostly US owned companies that make the offers such as Amazon who have deals on goods that have low production costs and a high markup like CD’s and DVD’s. Asda, according to their website, has ended their event… (more…)


Cool lifestyles #thrifty

It can be difficult being cool and fashionable when you’re on a budget. What is cool anyway? The latest trainers or hoody? A lot depends on the trendsetters. They can be pop stars or sporting celebrities or even a cartoon character. Cool is  about association; understand that and  you’re cool. (more…)


Think ahead to save money #thrifty

 

Where I live in the heart of England the weather has been quite mild for the time of year and so hopefully we will have smaller energy bills this year. It’s still autumn, though, so we don’t know what winter will bring. It’s worth doing warming meals like stews and wearing sensible clothing to keep warm. (more…)


Planning ahead #thrifty

I still haven’t bought any Christmas presents, but I’m looking out for suitable gifts. Many prices will go up closer to Christmas, so you can save money by getting your presents early. One idea is to buy a few smaller gifts and put them in a gift bag. You can get the gift bags from Poundland. (more…)


Thrifty Halloween #thrifty

As usual I’m searching for bargains, but often you know which shop to go to, but the item you want is out of stock. Many shops buy in stock at a discount and when it’s gone either don’t restock, can’t restock  or are slow to restock because they have to negotiate a discount on new stock. (more…)


Is it really a bargain? #thrifty

Things might look like bargains in discounters like Aldi, Lidl and Poundland, but they aren’t always a bargain. We should always compare to other stores. (more…)


Autumn offers #thrifty

There are lots of ways we can save money and we don’t have to become really mean to do it, not unless money is really short. We need the basics; a home, food and water. We also need to pay taxes. (more…)


Planning for autumn and winter #thrifty

It’s the first day of October and in many government departments this is the day the heating is switched on. I switched mine on a few days ago but have the thermostat set lower than usual and I’m wearing a warm jumper more! (more…)


Autumn money savers #thrifty

Autumn started yesterday and I made my first autumn stew. They have the stew packs in Aldi now and all those carrots will help us see in the dark in the coming months! It’s getting quite chilly now and so we need warming foods. (more…)


Autumn and winter #thrifty

The autumn starts in a few days in Britain and so we have to think about saving money through autumn and winter.  Food that is suitable for colder weather like soups and stews can save money because they require cheaper cuts of meat or even no meat at all. (more…)


Offers online and offline #thrifty

offers

The Aldi super-six offers have changed this week, they are sweet pointed peppers, white mushrooms (380g), romaine lettuce (2), cocktail vine tomatoes (250g), mild onions (4) and fun-size pears. They are all 59p and the offers continue to Wednesday the 23rd of September. (more…)


Rich or poor? #thrifty

rich?

I watched a little of Britain’s spending secrets with Anne Robinson again last night. Once again it highlighted the gap between rich and poor and the discrimination against the disadvantaged. I saw a few seconds of a ‘benefits’ programme on channel 5 too, that was too disgusting to watch more. (more…)


How do you spend your money? #thrifty

I don’t watch much television, but I watched last night when Anne Robinson looked at the way people spend their money in Britain’s spending secrets. It seems the driving force behind the way many people spend money is their aspirational needs. They spend to keep up with the Joneses. (more…)


Salad days #thrifty

This week’s Aldi super-six has a few things for those summer salads. Cucumber, beetroot (500g), spring onions (100g), radish (250g), Iceberg lettuce and baby plum tomatoes (275g) are just the thing for summer salads and are just 29p each. A nice salad with some barbecued chicken is healthy. (more…)


Sweet deals and bargains

They have a sweet deal on at Poundland this week; two bags of sugar for a pound! They have a money belt for a pound too; just the thing for us stingy types! (more…)


Fishing for bargains #thrifty

The super-six at Aldi this week are peaches (4/5), little gem lettuce (2), galia melon, large vine tomatoes, runner beans and apricots. They are all 49p except for the little gem lettuce at 39p for two. (more…)


Summer bargains #thrifty

I had another good weekend, going to  events. I went to a community project and photographed a model railway, then on to West Bromwich Manor House on Saturday. Then on  Saturday night I went to a Big up the Black Country Event and photographed some local performers. (more…)


Thrifty and frugal on a budget #thrifty

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I live north of Birmingham in the Black Country. If you want a takeaway here, you can choose from pizza, American fast food, Balti, Indian, Chinese, fish and chips and most other food types. There are also restaurants, as well as takeaways. Why? (more…)


Cash-back and other deals #thrifty

cash-back and other deals

Using the internet to find deals is a good way to save money. Some sites are dedicated to offering us good deals too. There are some with voucher codes that you can search for and some that offer cash-back. (more…)


Fashion on a budget #thrifty

Fashion on a budget

Supply and demand dictates that things in short supply tend to be expensive. The most fashionable clothes are well made and well designed with attention to detail and so they tend to be more expensive.  That famous name too means you have to pay more. Is it worth it? (more…)


Save, save, save #thrifty

save save save money

We all need to save some money and so we have to shop around and look for bargains. We also have to make good use of what we have and think about disposing of things too. It can cost money to get rid of junk! (more…)


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