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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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Mr Minted goes to Lidl

As regular readers will know already, I’ve recently been made redundant. Although it’s never nice to lose your job, we’re lucky that the Minted finances are relatively sound for the immediate future. However, it does mean the family is somewhat less Minted than it was. Jane took the news of a 15% cu...
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Revealed: glitch that lets your kids get discounts on shopping

Children say and do the most remarkable things, especially when left to their own devices. I was (pleasantly) surprised to find that, while I’ve been concentrating on the two behemoths of yesterday’s Budget and tomorrow’s Black Friday, Dear Daughter has been quietly reeling in her own bargains. She’...
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Shop horror: why supermarket deals are often rubbish

Here’s an unusual money saving tip: ignore special offers: you will save money. Bogofs and twofers (buy one, get one free and two for the price of one) deals are often not worth it, nor are many simple money-off deals. And don’t take it from me. A report just out from Which? found that while 43% of ...
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How to save money on shopping

I hate trying things on in shops – the easy way to make yourself really miserable is trying on a dress in a tiny changing room when you’ve got odd socks on and haven’t shaved your legs. And the mirrors are like those in old fashioned amusement arcades. Buying make up is out because I have a real fea...
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Every mum should read this book even if it triples your shopping bill

I don't know how Eating Animals got on my holiday reading list. An expose of factory farming in the US sounds a bit dry for the beach. I think Mr Minted had shoved it in his Amazon basket without really looking because he likes the other books by the author, Jonathan Safran Foer (as pictured, somewh...
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Cheap as chips US holiday just piled on the pounds

Look at what I got in my shopping trolley - or cart, as they say here. I confess, I let the kids go mad in a Florida supermarket and guess what, no vegetables came back. I think this little display probably entitles me to receive the Bad Mother of the Year award for disservices to child nutrition. I...
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