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Christmas prep in September

Following on from the article in August, here are a few ideas to help you spread the cost of Christmas in September. Let’s start with a few tips to stop budgets spiralling out of control. This month and next month are a good time to start managing expectations, and we all know deep down that […]

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Thrifty Christmas prep in August on Penny Golightly Festive season 2017

Christmas prep in August

By popular request, here’s the first of a series of articles to help spread the cost of Christmas. Yes, it’s only August, but that’s plenty of time to prepare something really special, all without breaking the bank… Before we get started with any preparations, let’s all take a moment to think about our ideal festive […]

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Whats happening on the blog this month August Penny Golightly

Welcome to August on the blog!

It’s high summer and I don’t want to speak too soon but it looks like the sunshine is back. Kinda. So I’ve been chatting to a few of you on social media and via email, and asking about the things you’d like to see more of on here, and it’s been really inspiring. In particular, […]

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Amazon Prime Day 11 July 2017 offers

Look out for Amazon Prime Day deals on 11th of July

The 11th of July is going to be Amazon’s third annual Prime Day, an event that’s being described as a members-only sale to rival Black Friday. Subscribers can expect hundreds of thousands of offers, new deals starting every five minutes, short term Lightning Deals, and special offers across everything included with Prime—from music and video […]

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National Picnic Week how to avoid common problems and epic fails

National Picnic Week: How to avoid a #PicnicFail

It’s National Picnic Week, and there’s nothing I like more than an excuse to get out to the nearest park and have a good picnic. It’s a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, some delicious food and drink, and some excellent company. Perfect, what more could you want? Well… it doesn’t always work out like […]

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six things to do today that your future self will thank you for

Six thrifty things that Future You will thank you for

A small amount of effort and the cultivation of simple thrifty habits can pay dividends over time – even if you aren’t in the mood to do those little chores it’s worth pushing on and completing them. Yes, it’s very easy to be tempted by the quick hit that convenience brings, but it tends to […]

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When old fashioned money saving isnt as good as it used to be avocado with no toast

When old-fashioned money saving isn’t as good as it used to be

I’m all for using traditional money-saving techniques, but the good thrifty stuff isn’t always set in stone and we regularly need to go back and re-evaluate what works and what doesn’t. In particular, some of us might benefit from letting go of a few rigid ideas, especially when we’re commenting on other people’s choices or […]

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Penny Golightly no spend month zero spend 2017 final roundup summary

My no-spend month, the final verdict

One month ago I decided to have a no-spend month, cutting out all unnecessary purchases. It was a last minute decision, so there was no time to prepare and I had to throw together some quick rules for the zero spend period. The time is now up, so I thought it was time to have […]

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SmartBuyGlasses review UK delivery online shop glasses

Review of

Here’s my review. I’ve bought prescription glasses online before from a couple of different companies, mainly for convenience and to save money, and I’ve recently been given the opportunity to try another internet retailer’s services. SmartBuyGlasses is an international business selling glasses, sunglasses, sports glasses and contact lenses, and you can buy the frames alone […]

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