Hi, I’m Penny!

I’m a journalist and author who set up this site to share all my favourite bargain-hunting tips and information. I love to live happily and creatively within my means, and can usually be found searching out all the nicer things in life for less.

What will you find here?

  • Ideas for living well and getting the most out of life, even when skint
  • Budgeting tips, and ways to save even if you think you can’t
  • Designer looks at high street and supermarket prices
  • Freebies, deals, offers and other ways to slash the cost of the good life
  • A cheeky attitude that may turn conventional wisdom on its head
  • Moral support for anyone on a low income, or trying to get out of debt
  • A preference for tiny occasional treats that won’t break the bank
  • Reviews, recipes and recommendations of services and products
  • Emphasis on value for money, and creative style on a budget

Any questions? Head over to the Contact form. For freelance commissions or PR enquiries, please visit the Work With Me page.

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Awards & mentions

A few examples of places where this site has been mentioned, quoted or recommended:

  • The Guardian ‘How to prepare for Christmas Day‘, December 2020
  • The Guardian, ‘Gardens: Great harvests from tiny plots‘, July 2015
  • Headline Money Awards 2015, Best Finance Blog finalist (top 4, alongside Guardian Money and Martin Lewis)
  • The ‘My Tiny Veg Plot; Grow your own‘ book by Lia Leendertz & Mark Diacono, 2015
  • GoCompare Covered ‘Five easy ways to start saving now’, January 2015
  • PeerIndex Finance50 top personal finance influencers on Twitter, November 2014
  • Yahoo UK Finance ‘How to cut the cost of Christmas’, November 2014
  • Huffington Post ‘How to save money without even noticing’, October 2014
  • The Expert Interview by Mint.com, August 2014
  • Good To Know ‘Top 10 money blogs every mum should read’, March 2014
  • MoneyAware ‘Rachel takes the Tenner Week challenge’, 2013
  • Confused. com, ‘Five money saving tips to cut the cost of Christmas’, 2013
  • Yahoo UK Finance ‘Your cupboards could be costing you dear‘, 2013
  • The Freelance Lifestyle Book of the month: Jump Start 2013
  • The Times ‘The five best cosmetics bargains’, 2012
  • Money-saving kitchen garden featured in TimeOut London magazine, 2012
  • The Guardian ‘How to save money with Twitter: 5 best accounts‘, 2012
  • The Sun’s guide to protecting your money online, 2012
  • The Independent ‘How to beat the budget‘, 2011
  • Finalist in the 2011 international Shorty Awards for personal finance
  • Winner of the Mighty Site award at TotallyMoney, 2011
  • The Times Money Central Top 20 Twitter accounts to save you money, 2010
  • Step Change charity’s MoneyAware 9 favourite frugal living blogs, 2010
  • This Is Money ‘Top 10 money saving Twitter accounts’, 2010
  • lovemoney.com Most Loved Blog award, 2010
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