Category Archives: Lifestyle Money

15 Everyday Things You Should Do Differently in 2019

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Check out this video by The Financial Diet of 15 Everyday things you should do differently in 2019.

She gives some fantastic advise on how to do things differently for 2019.

Chessington Garden Centre Santa’s Grotto

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This week we took my son to the Santa’s Grotto, at the Chessington Garden Centre. You do have to book way ahead of time as it tends to sell out rather quickly, but was really lovely to go.

Chessington Garden centre is on the Leatherhead road about two minutes away from Chessington World of Adventures.

We had a bite to eat in the cafe and which came to about £16 but not bad for 3 of us as my son had something to eat aswell, and you can get some lovely Christmas gifts there too.

We did the fantastic Christmas Wonderland experience, which is sold out this year, but worth planning on going to as of next year. You get to meet the creations team and make a gift for father Christmas, and then you follow it around to see the fantastic wonderland and get to see some familiar characters from those famous films and books.

Then at the end you get to meet the man himself, Father Christmas.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Watch “How to Master Your Money & Set Yourself Free with Amanda Steinberg” on YouTube

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Check out this video about How to Master your money and Set Yourself Free.

It always good to refresh our minds over money. I am guilty of those instant splurges forgetting I have bills to pay, but watching these types of videos reminds me of how to look after those pennies, and it is so simple.

 

Meal for a Tenner Review

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I posted a blog about a Meal for a tenner and so here is my review on it.

We tried the ones at Tesco and was very impressed, but not with Marks and Spencers which we tried last Saturday.

It was lovely meal, but both my husband and I didn’t go much on the Rose wine we had, and I think that you get more for your money with the Tescos meal for a tenner, so prefer the Tescos one compared to the Mark and Spencers meal deal.

I am not sure if we will do the meal for a tenner this Saturday, as we are taking a trip on the Watercress line Train ride as treat for our son, as he loves trains and so I will post about our trip next week.

https://www.watercressline.co.uk/product.php/120/santa-special

I am also going to take a trip to either the Christmas markets along the South Bank or to Winter Wonderland so when I do I will be writing a post.

On Youtube this week I came across this video by Sugarmamma.tv about Quick Cash Saving habits.

I have been watching Strictly still and I got to say I think Kevin and Stacey could possibly win it, I loved their dance last week doing the Paso, and feel they do have a real strong partnership.

So I hope you all have a good weekend and check out the Tescos meal deal, no I am not sponsored I just think it is great.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Money saving tips

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The one thing I try and do this time of the year is to save as much money as much as I can, as I know this is a busy season for me with birthdays coming up and then Christmas.

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I like to save money by not paying full price on anything, so if I can get it in a sale then I will.

The other thing I like to to see what I already have and use that up first. I only bulk buy on items I know we use a lot of, for example toilet paper.

I set a budget on each gift that I buy and stick to it.

I make sure I keep up to date with my finances and give myself enough for travel and food.

Planning ahead of time for me is the key to saving and check out what deals are online compared to in the stores.

I am not frightened of buying in Charity shops either, you can find some lovely pieces of jewellery, clothes, ornaments, books and other nic-naks.

So lets get saving and see what treasures we can find for this year.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Watch “How to Master Your Money & Set Yourself Free with Amanda Steinberg” on YouTube

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Check out this video on how to Master your money and Set Yourself Free. Really brilliant video.

Looking after those pennies

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The one place I constantly need help with is money. I have battled with debt, which is like a dark cloud hanging over me, that I continuously need reminding on how to live with a minimal life style.

In searching I came across these videos on “Miniimalism and Money- How to spend intentionally” by Muchelleb. See below:

She also does a video of how she paid off $30,000 in 1.5 years (and travel Europe).

They are worth watching, and really helps to control those pennies when you have so much to pay for.

Sometimes it seems endless that is why I budget all the time, from grocery shopping, to gifts for people, to any clothes or shoes I need as I try to use what I have got, and only buy for any replacement clothes and shoes, when they have become completely and utterly worn away.

If I never budgeted I would be worse off, and so whatever you spend your money on you should budget all the time, and one the thing I try to get out off is paying full price. If I can get something in a sale that is worth spending on, I will go for the sale.

Do you like to budget?

How do you control your money?

I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X