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The Proof is in the Pudding: Healthy Food Really is More Expensive

The Proof is in the Pudding: Healthy Food Really is More Expensive

We’ve all heard the cliché right? That to eat healthily you need to spend big. Turns out, it’s not quite a cliché after all. Eating right really does cost you more. So when the IEA recently realized a document stating that eating healthy is cheaper compared […]

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10 Tips To Help You Budget for Maternity Leave

10 Tips To Help You Budget for Maternity Leave

The week before Christmas I was told I was at risk of redundancy. I was eight weeks pregnant and it was fair to say I panicked. We had already been preparing ourselves for a frugal second half of 2017 as I’d only receive Statutory Maternity […]

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How to Keep Your Kids Entertained During the School Holidays on a Budget

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained During the School Holidays on a Budget

During the school holidays your kids are going to need something to do, if only to spare your furniture and walls. There are plenty of activities to do both inside and out, dependent on the weather, and Rossall have a few tips to keep them entertained during […]

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Learning Ideas: Homemade Ways to Teach Your Kids Their ABCs & 123s

Learning Ideas: Homemade Ways to Teach Your Kids Their ABCs & 123s

Now I’m no expert on teaching my kids things unless you count throwing a whole loo roll down the toilet multiple times a day or saying “gross” when they even spy anything green in their food, and between my 5 to 9ner every evening, i’ve surprised […]

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70 Wines, 1 Goal – Finding the best, affordable wine!

70 Wines, 1 Goal – Finding the best, affordable wine!

Last Friday, Laura and I went off to London to taste wine for the Co-op. When Co-op invited us we jumped at the chance. We are always on the lookout for deals and never say no to a glass or wine so this was the […]

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The Penny Challenge – Is it worth it?

The Penny Challenge – Is it worth it?

I am always looking for any ‘get rich quick’ schemes that actually work. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. But I have found several ways that help you save money without really noticing it. Things like skimming are great, as I find I don’t really […]

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Games to Play With Your Kids Inside – For Free!

Games to Play With Your Kids Inside – For Free!

Summer’s coming and that means good weather right! Not in the UK! As a mum of two I need just as many inside games for the summer months as for the winter. The problem is that inside games become boring quickly or cost a small […]

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Debt-Ridden: How to Get Advice When There’s No End in Sight

Debt-Ridden: How to Get Advice When There’s No End in Sight

Chances are, if you have kids, then you’re probably in some sort of debt. Whether that’s a mortgage, car, preschool fees or just to your local library for book fines. We all have some sort of debt. It’s the hazard of modern day life. My […]

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Excessive or Impressive? A Day Out with Thomas on the Watercress Line

Excessive or Impressive? A Day Out with Thomas on the Watercress Line

If you leave anywhere near Winchester, then you’re sure to have heard about the Watercress Line, and their Thomas the Tank Engine days out. We’d never been before, so in proper Light style, we planned to turn up at 10 am, have a steam train […]

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Cheap & Easy Flapjack: A Healthy Picnic Idea

Cheap & Easy Flapjack: A Healthy Picnic Idea

My kids love picnics, especially when i promise to bring a sweet snack. These flapjacks fill the brief perfectly. They’re sweet, soft, so easy to make and have added fruit that the kids can’t see. Now that’s a win in my book!

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Parents as Teachers? The Free Way to Help Your Children Succeed in School

Parents as Teachers? The Free Way to Help Your Children Succeed in School

Since the new curriculum has come in the expectations for our children has increased. The new SATs papers (tests taken at the end of year 2 and year 6) are more challenging than in previous years, yet somehow teachers are expected to reach these new expectations. Not only have the teachers got to reach these higher targets, they also have to do it in such a way that it is fun and enjoyable; at the end of the day they are only children.

Speaking to parents they want their children to meet the desired expectations (who wants to be told their child is below age related expectations) and some are looking else where to help their children achieve this. Employing a tutor is not a new idea and has been used by millions of parents but are they a waste of money? Are there things that you can do to help your child achieve without spending a penny?

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