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How to save money on spring cleaning

It’s all very well to save money on food shopping – but what about the other stuff? I reckon that at least a third of my shopping bill each week is on non-foodstuffs. Admittedly we have three cats who will only eat expensive cat food: I buy three boxes of 12 pouches a week for £11 and that just abou...
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How to diet cheaply

I’m gradually getting back on the dieting bandwagon. Last year I lost four stone, but what with Christmas and near-compulsory chocolate eating I’ve put six pounds back on. That means I still have nearly two stone to lose before I’m no longer considered overweight. That feels like a huge mountain to ...
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How to save £300 on your energy bills

Is your hairdryer costing you more than the kids’ PlayStation? Here’s a fun way to spend a few minutes – and learn something at the same time. There’s an online game from home interiors company Hillarys here . You have to rank household appliances according to how much they cost over a year. Some fu...
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How to make your garden grow – without overspending

The Chelsea Flower Show is in full bloom this week. It’s fabulous for inspiring gardening ideas – but possibly wallet-damaging for a skinted gardener. I love gardening but I am rubbish at it. I can’t even grow mint, unbelievably. Last year I shelled out for new turf for the back garden. Half of it i...
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How to have a great wedding – even if you’re not a Royal

The nuptials of Meg ‘n Harry have hardly been without drama – what with her ailing father and the chips on her half-sister’s shoulders. But at least the couple haven’t had to worry about the cost. I read somewhere that her dress alone could cost £100,000: you can get a house for that up north. When ...
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Food waste: my guilty secret

Throwing away edible food is bad news. Sustainability charity Wrap says UK households throw away about 7.3 million tonnes of food a year. I’m ashamed to say quite a bit of that comes from our house. A big part of the problem is there are only two of us (bar the cats) and we have vastly different tas...
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