Stormy Shopping

After a rather kind offer from my Father-in-law to have our crazy kids for the day, Paul and I took ourselves for a fifty minute drive into town to finish off our Christmas shopping. I wasn’t exactly enthralled about the idea of trawling around town, don’t get me wrong I love Christmas but I will openly admit that unless it’s online, I completely and utterly detest shopping.

Having looked at a range of weather apps last night, I was well-aware that bad weather was to be expected. I knew that there was ‘snow-way’ that we’d see the white stuff, being on the coast we very rarely get snow.…

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Now It’s November – Christmas Is Coming!

The clocks have gone back, the nights have drawn in and there’s the subtle smell of chimney smoke wafting in the crisp, cool air. Christmas is creeping ever closer and unlike most years when I’ve just about finished my shopping by now, this year I’ve barely even begun!

God knows why but I feel quite stressed about the seasonal shopping stuff at present, not only is everything so ridiculously expensive these days but our kids seem to have everything they need and more!

Trying to find ideas for two children whose entire household is stacked high with toys, games and treats is tricky.…

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Why You Don’t Need Black Friday to Get a Good Deal

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are pretty new things in the UK. After all, we don’t have Thanksgiving. But they’ve made their way across the pond, and people often use them to get a good deal. But are they really all that? Panic buying isn’t necessary when there are other great ways to save some money.

There Are Other Great Seasonal Sales

For one thing, there are other seasonal sales that are just as good, if not better. Traditionally, Boxing Day and January sales have been big ones in the UK, as well as other bank holidays. The great thing about many of these seasonal sales is they don’t last only a day.…

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Must We Always Buy New?

Don’t get me wrong, I like my children to have ‘nice’ things but that doesn’t always mean those things must always be ‘new’. It really irks me that we seem to be such a throw-away society these days, thus why I will happily look for second-hand deals both on and offline for my children.

This week for example I have managed to acquire a bundle of school tights and socks for E, a Next ‘Bunny themed’ school coat and a pair of trainers for the kids. So long as it’s in good condition, a quick wash and tumble dry should revitalise any second-hand clothing.…

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Black Friday – Deals Or Deception?

It’s officially ‘Black Friday’, the latest American fad to hit the UK. As a lover of shopping, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as ‘bagging a bargain’. Black Friday however doesn’t seem to be all that it’s made out to be, I for one am certainly nonplussed by the so-called ‘deals’ which can apparently be had.

Black Friday – Deals Or Deception?

I purposely stayed up till past midnight specifically to carry out a little bit of ‘relaxed retail’ from the comfort of my sofa only to find that many of the ‘Black Friday’ offers certainly aren’t as cost-saving as all the hype them out to be.…

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