Why do I care if other people spoil their children?
Dec19

Why do I care if other people spoil their children?

The other day I had a nasty comment on my old Christmas Eve boxes post (the comment has been deleted and the commenter has been blocked because it was pure nastiness and not constructive). I get very few nasty comments on my blog, but they always upset me. But a small part of this one got me thinking. She asked why I care what other people do with their children? Well that’s a big question. I would be lying if I said I...

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Can we all just stop buying crap for Christmas?
Dec14

Can we all just stop buying crap for Christmas?

Christmas is a time of excess. Excess spending. Excess food. Excess drink. People love it, I get that. It’s a time to relax, to let your hair down, to spend time with family and take a break from the everyday grind. But the excess usually comes with a big side order of guilt. Guilt that you’ve spent too much and now don’t have enough cash to see you through to the end of the month. Guilt that you’ve eaten too...

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Occasional spending – it all adds up!
Sep13

Occasional spending – it all adds up!

For most families, keeping on top of the finances is an ongoing battle. You think everything is sorted for the month, then the car breaks down or you get a letter asking for payment for a school trip. This seems to be the story of our lives and it has got even worse with three kids at secondary school. The uniforms are more expensive, the trips are more expensive, the music lessons are more expensive and there’s an expensive...

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A question of pocket money
May31

A question of pocket money

Every now and then I read about people wondering when they should start giving their tweens pocket money. And in my opinion, if you’re asking when to give TWEENS pocket money, you’re already way too late. All of my kids had pocket money from the age of 4 – £2 a week. As a result, they are all very good with money. It is their money and they can choose to save it or they can choose to spend it. They know that if they...

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How much do we spend on holiday?
Aug25

How much do we spend on holiday?

Holidaying self-catering in the UK, it’s easy to think we don’t spend much on holiday. Because we’re just living in a house, like we do at home, right? So this year, as an experiment, a bit of fun and a lesson for the kids on how much everything costs, my husband decided to try to live to a budget on our holiday to Padstow of £100 a day. He took the cash out of the bank, so he could see exactly how much he was...

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