Food kits: are they worth it?

Food kits: are they worth it?
I’ve just spent more than £100 at Sainsburys: and I don’t think I’ve got enough for more than three or four complete dinners. Yes, I did buy non-food items – cat food, toilet roll - as well as lunch/breakfast stuff and (non-alcoholic) drinks. But the dinner choices are uninspiring and basically come...
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Are you losing your identity to a fraudster?

Are you losing your identity to a fraudster?
  I have had my bank account targeted by fraudsters twice. In both cases, my bank sorted it out quickly and I didn’t lose any money. These days, I am so conscious of being defrauded my banking activities are set back in the 20th century. I don’t do bank transfers unless I can possibly avoid it ...
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When some things are too cheap

When some things are too cheap
I have had it with Poundland. I only ever went there to bulk-buy their £1 spectacles. But the last three pairs I had lasted – and this is no exaggeration – four days. The arm of one pair fell off as soon as I put them on. One lens of the next pair fell out after a day. The final pair managed to last...
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Back to school: at what a cost?

Back to school: at what a cost?
Next week school summer term begins: and we are ready for it, with the homework done and the uniform already ironed. Fortunately, junior has not yet undergone a massive growth spurt: unlike many of his 12 year old friends who surely must be eating Miracle Grow on their cornflakes. He still fits the ...
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Charlotte is off for a week

Charlotte is off for a week
I'm taking a week off from blogging to catch up on sleep.... back next week suitably refreshed.
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PPI: why I’ve staked a claim

PPI: why I’ve staked a claim
Call it the fear of missing out but I’ve just spent a few minutes filling in online forms to find out if I could be in line for a PPI payout. If you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years then you might not know about PPI. This was a kind of insurance that those with credit cards, personal ...
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Cheap breaks abroad: do they actually exist?

Cheap breaks abroad: do they actually exist?
We aren’t going anywhere this Easter. I did think about taking the boy on a road trip around the UK – the furthest north he’s ever been is Cambridge – but he didn’t fancy it. I think he’s worried they don’t have wi-fi north of the Watford Gap. However I’m hoping we can get away in the summer. Being ...
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Hatching a plan for Easter Egg alternatives

Hatching a plan for Easter Egg alternatives
I’ve just shelled out £10 for an Easter egg: but I wish I hadn’t. Junior is not that bothered about chocolate. He’d rather have a smoky bacon crisp egg (sadly unavailable). That inevitably means I will have to help him eat the egg, which are calories I hardly need. It does seem as if the whole Easte...
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Should you be switching to save?

Should you be switching to save?
Some good news at last: inflation fell last month from 3% down to 2.7% thanks mainly to lower petrol prices. Falling inflation means there’s less pressure on the Bank of England to put interest rates up – so that’s good news for mortgage borrowers. And what could be better than paying less for food?...
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Food waste: my guilty secret

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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