XMA$WATCH: Tesco chocs deal and half-price M&S fizzy

I've been shopping this morning and spotted some deals it might be worth buying now for Christmas: a. Tesco  has two for £7 on family sharing tubs of Cadbury Roses; Cadbury Heroes; Celebrations and Quality Street. Normally £5 each. While stocks last. b. Marks & Spencer's Louis Vertay champa...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

British Gas customer? How to avoid being stung

s Get your electricity from British Gas? Are you on the standard variable tariff ie not on a special deal? Brace yourself: there's a 12.5% price hike coming tomorrow which could cost you up to £76 more a year. It also brings the average dual fuel bill for BG customers to £1,120 annually. With a tast...
Continue reading
  1 Comment

Have you got hidden treasure in your pocket? Coin in here!

Don’t you love a windfall story? When someone finds an old pot of Grandma’s in the attic and it turns out to be a Ming vase, for example. Or how the gloomy picture that’s hung in the study for years which nobody likes is actually by Van Gogh. It hasn’t happened to me, sadly. But I have found a pair ...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Don’t wait for the deadline: five reasons to start #investing in a Junior Isa now

Now the kids are back to school, I’m reminded of uni days when no-one bothered to get on with any work until it was critical. In fact, I don’t remember either myself or any of my friends starting a task on the day it was set. I do however remember staying up until 4 am the night before the tutorial,...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

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...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

How to get #mobilephoneinsurance for kids

Forget the pens and pencils: their mobile phone is the most important piece of equipment for older children going back to school next month. If your kid is starting in secondary school, it’s likely they’ll be experiencing a modern-day rite of passage which is ownership of a smartphone for the first ...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Homegrown horrors: courgette recipes for garden oversupply

I've returned home from my Majorca meanderings to a monster in the veggie patch: goodness knows how this fella (see photo) escaped my attention before we left. That's a normal-sized courgette on top by the way. The zucchini fairy must’ve been busy while I was away or maybe there’s something I didn’t...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Holiday, holiday, holiday

I'm taking a summer break from my brilliant blog and will be back at the end of August. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page for essential news and updates. See you then!
  0 Comments

#Rentingacar abroad? You need to read this before you go

Are you happily bowling along the Promenade des Anglais in a rental Renault? Or gridlocked in a hire horror? There’s been a lot of sobering stories in the media recently about car rental rip-offs, particularly in Europe. They range from companies inflating the cost of repairs to hard-selling of over...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Where to get the best #savings rates

I had a mystery communication from Lloyds Bank the other week. It informed me that my Easy Saver account will be changing to a Standard Saver in September and I’ll then get a lower variable rate of just 0.05% in interest. Not great news at any time but the thing is – I don’t have an Easy Saver accou...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

How to spend in Pigalle in style: no-hassle travel money solutions

Just back from Paris where I spent a relaxed weekend in South Pigalle. It's (allegedly) one of the most fashionable parts of the city these days, a kernel of cool inside a gritty shell of sex shops and girly bars ringing the 'world-famous' Moulin Rouge. Once you're past the neon, SoPi, as it's short...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Why everyone needs travel insurance

Ooh la la, my travel insurer has paid my claim and I'm off to Paris on the proceeds of it. I hope the train isn't delayed like last time. I was about as thrilled as Charles Dance looks in the photo when we were both made en retard by Eurostar shenanigans. It's not all plain sailing. I did have to gi...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Why you shouldn’t bother with a fancy hotel this summer

You can tell it’s the school holidays. The weather is rubbish, the traffic is amazing and the silliest stories are going around. Normally I would spurn such spurious nonsense but one money-saving travel tip caught my eye. It’s so hilariously tongue-in-check that it has to be a wind-up. But all the s...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Six things to do that mums enjoy too

The long summer holiday lies ahead. How to fill all those endless days? Even those going away on holiday will have a few stretches in which child entertainment must be provided or at least supervised. Instead of the purgatory of the playpark, SMM brings you six ideas that, as in the picture of my go...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Extreme saving: five crazy schemes to build up a deposit for a house

Here’s one solution to the London housing crisis which I spotted: store your stuff in a disused telephone box. I wouldn’t rate the security but it was very close to Tate Britain and therefore a Zone One address. With property prices (and rental) in the capital so high at the moment, it’s a situation...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Cut up that credit card: debt will get more expensive soon

I found a strange business card on the table in a London pub the other day. It was advertising a venue where you pay to go into a room and break stuff: plates, crockery and so on. Only £19 for 30 pieces! It helps vent frustration, apparently. It seemed funny until I thought about it. There must be a...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

10 great reasons for a family summer holiday in Cornwall

It’s almost that time of year when Team Minted decamps to north Cornwall, with friends, for a short summer break. We go to the same large, but scruffy, house every year near Padstow and squeeze in us, another family and Grandpa. It’s hectic and messy and as close to that Enid Blyton endless summer a...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

Should I let my 14-year old take beer to parties?

With the end of term approaching, festivities are well underway. Dear Daughter has been invited to back-to-back parties over a 48-hour period. I’ve agreed to her going because isn’t it nice for her to hang out with her friends in other people’s gardens while enjoying a can of coke or lemonade? Hold ...
Continue reading
Recent comment in this post
Eleanor Kiy
Putting aside that it's illegal and bad for them, you can't win either way. Our child isn't fussed about drinking but asked to ta... Read More
Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:23
  1 Comment

Your child needs euros for school trip? How to avoid getting fleeced on travel money

I’m in a panic. Darling Son is jetting off to Tuscany this week and needs some euros. It’s a school trip – his choir is singing in various wonderful churches – so he won’t require too much cash. The organisers say 100 is enough. That sounds like too many souvenirs to me, but hey ho. Normally, travel...
Continue reading
  0 Comments

How you can get the best deal on fuel bills without lifting a finger

I managed to save £624.75 this year by switching my energy supplier. Hurrah for npower (I never thought I'd hear myself say that). That's the difference between what they estimate they'll charge me for the next 13 months and what Sainsbury's were going to extract if I stayed with them. Six hundred q...
Continue reading
  0 Comments