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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 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 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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Review of SmartBuyGlasses.co.uk

Here’s my SmartBuyGlasses.co.uk 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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Penny Golightly no spend month zero spend 2017 three weeks on

My no-spend month, end of week three

It’s now been three weeks since I started my impromptu no-spend month. So far I haven’t cracked and broken any of my self-imposed rules, but hey, there’s still more than enough time for that to happen and temptations are all around. Part of the reason for the success to date is that the rules weren’t […]

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My no-spend month, end of week one

It’s been seven days since I started doing my impromptu no-spend month, and so far it’s going okay… in spite of the woeful lack of planning. Because there was no time to plan ahead or stock up, I had to make a few allowances. These included keeping existing social commitments, allowing myself a drink whenever […]

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Penny Golightly no spend month zero spend 2017

My plans for a no-spend month

I mentioned last week that I was going to try to have a no-spend or zero spend month, and I’ve decided to start it on the 15th of March. I’ve never done a no-spend month before, so it could be a very strange experience. The most I’ve probably managed at any one time is about […]

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2017 Themes and goals: March

Let’s have a quick run down of what happened in February, then move on to some goal and intention setting for this month (March). The theme I picked for last month was ‘vitality‘. The goals were: Take 3 & 1/2 hours of moderate exercise + do 300 sit-ups weekly Eat at least five portions of […]

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2017 themes and goals February Penny Golightly

2017 themes and goals: February

Well hello there, how the devil are you? I’ve had a couple of days off after Jump Start January, then caught some virus or bug thingy that meant I needed to have an extended lie down, so apologies for the relative quietness of the blog at the moment. On the mend now, and catching up […]

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