Budget, how to save money, interiors, lifestyle, London, Money, saving

Pre-loved, Re-loved, Treasure!!

Step outside that comfort zone, chuck out the view that auctions are filled with useless and smelly items. They are a veritable treasure trove of quality and design and will also save you major bucks.

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General Commentary, Guided Tour, how to save money, lifestyle, London, Travel

Secret Places for Autumn in London

We are spoiled in London for green spaces, those happy places where memories are made and life is lived, where we all played.  The green spaces of London are not just the Royal Parks of which there are 8 but the ones than often are more practical, they form a cut through as you run… Continue reading Secret Places for Autumn in London

Budget, Food, how to save money, London, Projects, saving

£50 a month for food is very possible

  Food can be as expensive as you want it to be. If you don't plan, have a list or shop around then you will always pay more.  Savings never fall out of the sky; you have to do a little legwork.  I always use an ingredients list for the week or month, spend a… Continue reading £50 a month for food is very possible

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Final Week – Some Lazy Treats

When I have mentioned the challenge, guesses on how much a plate of food costs have varied from 50 to 80 % out (they have all guessed more expensive). To the extent that I think I'll consider a pop-up as I'd clean up 😉

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Week4-Eat for £50 a month-Final Week

By now I hope you will have mastered a few of the previous weeks recipes and even perhaps given them some of your own little twists.  I have found that it is often the simple and easy recipes which are the ones I return to again and again as they provide the best flavours.  So… Continue reading Week4-Eat for £50 a month-Final Week

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Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 6-7

I am on the third week and I am not missing anything, I am well fed, my energy is up and my pocket has surplus cash. Some recipes I haven't eaten in years and they have been easy, quick and tasty.  The menu is varied and I am eating leftovers as well as cooking in… Continue reading Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 6-7

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Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 1-5

My introduction to Italy was a trip from Napoli to Amalfi where the food made me sing.  The ingredients are often humble but with the most amazing flavours, my love story with Italy didn't begin with a cute guy called Giovanni (even though he was nice) but with a brioche and an amazing plate of lemon spaghetti… Continue reading Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 1-5

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Week 2 – Eat for £50 a month, recipe 6-7

I have founds so far on this challenge that I am rather partial to lentils and that's not just because they bulk out a meal and are cheap but because they are yum and research has found they are exceedingly good or us.  I love potatoes and eggs and I eat both a little too… Continue reading Week 2 – Eat for £50 a month, recipe 6-7

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Week2 – Eat for £50 a Month Recipes 1-5

    My list for the week has changed a little, but not too much that I have had to change the menu posted yesterday (summer greens replaced with salad and lemons with limes).  I have managed to purchase some great frozen fish for £3.25 at Asda. I also have quite a few eggs left… Continue reading Week2 – Eat for £50 a Month Recipes 1-5

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Week 2 – Eat for £50 a Month Challenge

Today is the end of the first week of the £5o a month challenge and I am feeling a little smug as on the whole it's been a resounding success. Two friends & some of their friends are all set to sign-up, after one came round for dinner last week and sampled the meatballs and the… Continue reading Week 2 – Eat for £50 a Month Challenge

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck is Often a State of Mind

I started my adult search for a career straight out of college in Ireland,  I didn't get the jobs I applied for initially.  I was a trained analyst/programmer and female which 20+ years ago was unusual as there weren't many a) programmers around and b) female ones were a novelty.   I went for a… Continue reading Living Paycheck to Paycheck is Often a State of Mind

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Day 6-7 Eat For £50 A month Challenge

It's rather hot in London today! and hotter in my kitchen where I've had trial and error with recipes, requiring a few changes due to the remaining items still available on the shopping list.  I do think however that I have managed to conjure up a few tasty, healthy treats "high five to me", or perhaps a… Continue reading Day 6-7 Eat For £50 A month Challenge