How we date now.

I’ve been married to my husband for 10 years now, and we have been together for almost 22 years, so it is sometimes surprising to me when I think about how people date in the 21st Century. I met my husband through my sister and we spent our first dates in pubs (I’m sure my son will one day ask me ‘what was a pub?’), my husband paid for all the drinks and made sure I got home OK, by dropping me at my front door. It was chivalrous and gentlemanly, a little old fashioned I guess, but still lovely.

These days it all seems so different. I have attended two weddings in the past year where the bride and groom met through dating sites, and have single friends who use Tinder on a regular basis to meet new people and date. I know of people who have had their relationships ended through a text message on a mobile phone, and relationships that have been tested through Facebook messages and photographs on Instagram. It is all so modern and different, and reflects that the way we date, meet people and spend time with people has fundamentally changed so much, particularly in the last decade.

Money saving site My Voucher Codes has been looking at the way we date now, and the issues that have made a difference, from technology to AIDS,  from contraception to Netflix and Chill, and has produced a rather fun infographic looking at the factors that have effected the way we dated from the 1960s, right up to the present day.


Whether you did your dating in the 1960s, or if you are currently searching for the right one, it seems that every generation has its own set of dating challenges. Ultimately it does seem that the path to true love never ever runs smoothly.

You can read a more about the ideas behind the infographic here.

Worrying for our children’s futures.

As adults, I think it is an inbuilt part of our pysche to worry. We worry about bills, money, our health and our jobs. But mostly, we worry about our children. As a mother of a six year old boy, I constantly find myself dithering about him. I worry about school, if he has friends, I worry myself sick when he is ill. But what really worries me is when I begin to think about his future. What sort of a life will he have, and what will the world we live in be like then?

I worry about my boy's future.

I worry about my boy’s future.

My Voucher Codes has recently conducted a really interesting survey, asking people from all over the UK what most worries them for their children’s future. There were lots of different concerns that came up, and some of these had a topical, or geographical slant. It is no surprise that parents in the South East were worried about House prices and High Rents, worrying if their children would ever get on the housing ladder. Many parts of the UK were also clearly worried about extremism, terrorism and safety – no real surprise in the increasingly unstable world we are living in. (You can read the article in full and see the full results here.)

I was most interested to read the results from the West Midlands, where I live. There, a huge number (71%) said that their main worry was financial instability and the economy. I have to totally agree with this. Unemployment figures are very high in parts of the Midlands, with lots of boarded up shops and pubs, and many factories and businesses closing. The unemployment rate is supposedly falling in the area, but those figures do not take into account zero hours contracts or short term employment. Certainly, the rise in food banks, including one in my own village, do not fill me with positivity, and I worry that this will only get worse as Joe grows older.

Emergency Food Banks Stretched As More And More People Struggle To Pay Their Bills

The Rise of the Foodbank - from The Guardian

The Rise of the Foodbank – from The Guardian

Mark Pearson founder of My Voucher Codes, commented on the results of the research: ‘From what we have found from speaking to parents, it seems that that many of them are worried about the effects of the economy, whether that is financial instability or house prices and high rents for their children’s future. The recent budget announcements seem to have many parents concerned about what the future holds, especially for their children.’

What worries you about your children’s future?


Save some money on Christmas ‘must haves’ with My Voucher Codes

As I am writing this, someone has just tweeted that there are only nine Sunday’s left until Christmas. Can you believe that? So much shopping to do, so many presents to buy, and some special party outfits to sort. It all costs so much money these days, money that is in short supply to start with. But, if you are a savvy shopper there are things you can do to help you save money. One of them is to bookmark the MyVoucherCodes site.

As regular readers know, I am a huge fan of MyVoucherCodes, a site which helps you to find money off vouchers and discount codes for a huge variety of sites. Just at the moment, if you research a topic close to my heart, women’s fashion, you will find so many fabulous offers. These include money off discounts for Lands’ End, Joules, Rare London and Wallis. You can also find options for free delivery and a pointer to all the finest sales available online.  You can also look at more specific options – I have a pregnant sister so I’ve been looking at the great discounts for Crave maternity for little Christmas gift ideas. And let’s not forget that there is a Designer Clothes shop search option for true shopaholics.

MyVoucherCodes are a really great way of saving some cash so you can spend it elsewhere. I have recently used the voucher codes for Debenhams when selecting gifts for both Christmas and birthdays. Using a Debenhams Discount code I was able to save more than £10 on my bill, If you order at the moment you can get lots of bargains in the Blue Cross sale and free Post and Packaging.

Do you use voucher codes? Do you have any tales of great savings? I would love to hear your best savings and discounts stories.