Ten Ways to Save for your Summer Holiday


 *This post contains my personal affiliate links. Most families are having to do some uncomfortable belt-tightening, but that doesn’t have to mean giving up on your summer holiday. Fun Family Holidaysare a great way to get in some quality time with the kids, before the busy school year starts again, so it’s worth doing all that you can to make sure it happens. There are lots of ways to save cash that you could then put towards a bargain break. Do as many of these as you can and see how much you can put into your summer holiday savings fund! 1 – Swap utilities One usually easy way to save cash is to switch your utilities to a better deal. If you’ve haven’t switched in a while check moneysupermarket.com to see if you could be better off. 2 – Go down a shopping brand If you usually buy luxury supermarket brands, try the supermarket’s own version. And if you already buy that, go basic. It’s an easy way to shave pounds off your weekly shop and you might not even notice the … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways To Save Money On Groceries


This is a post from Instawares Kitchen Supplies. Their Restaurant blog is updated daily with tips on how to open and maintain your own restaurant business. As gas prices go up, so does the price of food, and families everywhere are starting to feel the pinch. Whereas frugal living was once a fad, for many, it’s quickly becoming a necessity. The good news is that there are a number of ways to save money on groceries, and you can use one or all of them every time you visit the store. If you’re having trouble making ends meet, then give these five strategies a try. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save. Clip Coupons Clipping coupons is the classic way to save money on groceries and still one of the best. While the average coupon may save you anywhere from 25 cents to $1, when you multiply that by 100 items, the savings can add up quickly. In addition to the coupons you receive in the mail, you can look online for printable coupons for specific items that you’d like to … [Read more...]

Breakfast At Home Makes Cents! (Giveaway!!!)


CONGRATS TO Sheila Korman #497! *The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark Do you know how much money you could save by having breakfast at home? Do you always eat breakfast out or do you eat breakfast in? Cooking at home is always much cheaper and much more healthier. So, eat at home!!! Though I am not really a breakfast person (never really have been), I do enjoy a good cup of coffee! My kids and hubby on the other hand love breakfast. Whether I cook it or give them cereal in a bowl, they love their breakfast :) Beginning on June 15th, you can take advantage of great savings in-store and online on some of your family's favorite General Mills breakfast items like Honey Nut Cheerios®, Lucky Charms® and Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereals! Simply select the coupons you want and print them directly from your printer. It’s that simple! So, instead of going out to eat, eat at home!! Save money and have some family time too :) … [Read more...]

Shopping for Bank Accounts, Is It Possible?


*This post is sponsored by Halifax. Story is my own. One thing I do NOT like to think about is money, when I rarely have it to spend in the first place! Sure, I wish I had a TON of it to do with what I please, but lets face it, that will not happen anytime soon! Ugh.. But, one way to get a lump of money, is to SAVE it. I know, that is hard to do, especially with little kids and a money hungry hubs, sigh. Everyone wants something and mama is left with no money!! :( Shopping for Bank Accounts IS possible and saving money IS possible. You just have to find the right bank and the right account for YOU and your family. I prefer a secret account just for ME. For emergencies, like a quick mani or pedi or even a quick color on my crazy looking hair. You know, those kinds of emergencies... ;) Every mama NEEDS one of those accounts! You can certainly compare bank accounts to get a better deal. It IS possible!! I went to a few banks that charged more then a couple other ones and I … [Read more...]

Honoring Our Military As Every Day Heroes! (Giveaway Too!)

CONGRATS TO Kelly Grant #636! *Product received. Opinions are mine. In celebration of our nation’s brave soldiers who have returned from service and are making a difference in their communities, Procter & Gamble® has teamed up with Dollar General to honor our military as Every Day Heroes in June (well, ALLLL the time as they should always be honored everyday!!).   Just as military families have made a commitment to our country (my family was one of them growing up), Dollar General is committed to delivering valuable savings on America’s favorite brands every day. Dollar General Chose... To celebrate and honor military service, Dollar General chose Sparky Edwards as its Every Day Hero for June 2013. Sparky exemplifies the Every Day Hero. He is a retired, decorated military veteran who served in South Korea and in Iraq.  Once an at-risk teenager, Sparky turned his life around with the help of a National Guard youth academy.  The fresh start helped him earn his GED and … [Read more...]

Staying In London On A Budget: Top Tips And Advice


*This is a sponsored guest post The city of London is appealing to thousands of people planning to visit, from all over the world, not least of which being Brits in search of a city break. A trip to London is high on the agenda of many people who fancy a few days in the capital, taking advantage of their time there to see what’s on offer. The wealth of attractions, landmarks and sights to see is unending, with the majority of people visiting the city finding that one trip isn’t enough to see it all. With many people choosing to stay a little closer to home this summer, instead of spending money they don’t really have on holidays abroad, it’s no wonder the prospect of London is an attractive one. As far as cities go, it pretty much has it all – museums, theatre, music and sights all on the doorstep of your hotel. Of course, staying in the centre of London can cost a bundle if you’re not careful. Boutique hotels and upmarket accommodation can cost hundreds per night, but … [Read more...]