8 Frugal Living Tips For Mums and Dads


The difference between frugal living and being a cheapskate is something you can see when you look in the fridge.  When you look inside a cheapskate’s fridge you will find nothing but on the other hand, a frugal cook will have a lot of healthy foods stocked in the fridge. The literal meaning of frugality is to spend less money than you are earning, saving it, and utilizing it for useful purposes. I have compiled a list of frugal money saving tips to help out mums and dads on a quest for saving money.

Ceramic piggy bank

  1. Make sure you find some good coupons, as well as visiting UK free stuff sites for some fantastic frugal savings. You can save a lot of money by checking out the current offers before you start your shop. Also shop around for the best deals on household appliances, home wares and other items that can be more expensive purchases to make sure you get items that will really work for their money and should last you longer. I also suggest to read product reviews before you buy anything – you can do that on Trustorereview.
  2. Save all the change and extra coins in a piggy bank that no matter what you can’t open (without using a diamond cutter.) When the piggy bank gets full and heavy then you should open it and save the money in your bank. I deposited £128 in our bank account the last time we broke our piggy bank.This is also something I get my little boy to do to save his holiday spending money.
  3.  You should take a look at your weekly menu and cut some of the meat out, going vegetarian is not only good for your health but it also lets you save a lot of money.
  4. Make your detergents at home, it’s easy to do and there are a lot of tutorial videos on YouTube.
  5. You can visit Baby and Kids Market and eBay to sell all of your baby’s old clothes, toys and other equipment. I personally did this and made £112 which I then used to buy new clothes for Joe. This habit can not only help you save money but is also helpful for the environment as we get to recycle our old things. Most children’s clothing is not that worn – they grow so quickly after all, so good quality stuff is snapped up and you can make a decent profit.
  6. Take your kids to the nearby park or playground instead of an indoor play centre which can cost a lot of money. Joe loves the park, we just take a picnic and a football, and can have hours of fun.
  7. My visits to the supermarket are always planned. At the start of each month, make one visit to the grocery store and meat, vegetables, milk and bread in bulk – this is often a cheaper option.  Freeze the excessive stuff and use it through the month. It not only saves money on making the trips to the store but also stops you from buying clothes and other luxury items that you don’t really need on each visit.
  8. Always keep an eye on your electricity consumption. Keep the extra lights switched off and make sure that all of your appliances are running on energy-saving mode.

Is there anything you do to be more frugal? Let us know…

Children’s Fashion Focus – River Island

There comes a time in every parent’s life when you realise that your child is growing up, like truly growing up. This is happening to me at the moment with my (not so little) boy. Joe will be nine Christmas, and has suddenly discovered fashion and aftershave. It’s scary for me as his mom, but very exciting in that Joe is suddenly more interested in shopping, and in places other than the sports shop.

His latest discovery is River Island, which, has well as having a pretty amazing ladies collection this Autumn (I’m wearing River Island as I type this) now has a great children’s collection that goes from birth to 12 years old. The collection, for both boys and girls, is gorgeous and very wearable. It has a cool edge that trendy kids will love, but it also practical and remembers that kids are kids. So you have great looking skinny jeans that come with a skull keyring attached, something that is sure to delight even the fussiest dresser.

Boys light grey biker Sid skinny jeans

The collection is all encompassing, so there are pieces that are perfect for every day and the weekend wear, as well as smarter shirts and formal gear for when your mini fashionista wants to get a little more dressed up.I love the long sleeved polo tops for boys that are an echo of the current men’s collection, just great for those boys who want to dress like daddy. There are also all the things that boys seem to gravitate too, I’m talking hoodies, parkas and a t-shirts with a range of slogans, logos and prints.

Boys burgundy stripe long sleeve polo shirt

Joe recently chose the blue shirt featured below and really loves it, and this week I was actually able to persuade him that there were other types of footwear out there, not just trainers, when he picked a pair of RI boots to wear for a trip to the theatre this week.

Has your child discovered fashion yet?

Boys blue long sleeve Oxford shirt

The Coolest New Shoe Style For Kids of All Ages

For kids, being and staying cool is very important. It is a vital source of their self-confidence and self-esteem. With their confidence at the highest levels, getting friends and staying motivated in their education can turn out to be very easy. If you want to your kids to grow up into fine and confident citizens of our country, then helping them to be cool is definitely very important.

 

In order to become a cool kid that can stand out from the rest of their peers, fashion and styling must be top-notch. And one of the most visually effective methods is by having a pair of cool shoes. And surely, with a pair of the latest light up shoes for kids, your kids will definitely be able to stand out in the crowd and shout at the top of their lungs that they are COOL!

Light up shoes or LED (Light emitting diode) shoes have actually been available since the early 1990s. Back then, most sports and their biggest personalities have started gaining worldwide fame and interest. And with their fame, people also started paying attention to their gears and clothes especially their shoes. By then, shoe manufacturers started to take notice and immediately took advantage of the growing trend and started designing and selling different kinds of sneakers. And from then on, different gimmicks in the styling of the sneakers started to pop out from nowhere, from inflatable shoes, convertible shoes to waterproof sneakers until bright LED shoes were created and introduced in the market.

LED shoes are indeed very attractive, they don’t even lack in the styling department. LED shoes are basically similar in all aspects to regular sneakers except that their soles have bright led bulbs installed inside which lightens up every time the wearer steps and applies pressure to it. It was very popular back then to the point that each kid already owns at least 1 pair of led shoes until safety and power issues started to affect their reputation. People started to complain about always changing batteries as its capacity was low back then. Also, concerns about its’ safety started to make people afraid of it as there were cases when kids got hurt from the mercury inside the batteries. From then on, led shoes starting to drift until they were phased out.

Luckily, today, LED shoes have made their biggest comeback ever. With more dazzling, stylish and cool features to offer, they have definitely started to take over the trend charts. Furthermore, the safety issue which was the cause of their downfall was splendidly solved thanks to the help of USB rechargeable batteries that are totally mercury free. Additional features of the new LED shoes include:

 

  •    USB-rechargeable, Up to 10 hours
  •    Multi-Color LED lights with series lighting functions (red, yellow, green, blue, white, blue)
  •    Waterproof soles and led bulbs

 

With the help of today’s technology, LED shoes have made their greatest comeback and is surely going to be the COOLEST shoes for all kids.