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Cutting your Shopping Bill in Half: 7 Tips to Help You Save £30 a Week

Cutting your Shopping Bill in Half: 7 Tips to Help You Save £30 a Week

Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you would have noticed your grocery bill slowly rising. All the basics have been hit, leaving us shoppers sandwiched anywhere between high prices and fewer wages. We’ve all been feeling the pinch, but there are a few […]

Internet Rip-Off: How to Get a Good Deal on your Broadband

Internet Rip-Off: How to Get a Good Deal on your Broadband

With soaring line rental costs and out of contract pricing, many of us are being hit hard with soaring broadband bills. Research has found that when our contract ends, 15 million of us in the UK are unintentionally paying an average of £113 a year […]

Weekly Meal Planning: How To Do It So It Saves You Time and Money

Weekly Meal Planning: How To Do It So It Saves You Time and Money

If your family is anything like mine, then by dinner time, the family have turned into a crazed pack of wolves. From schools out until bedtime, life is a mad dash between running everyone to their clubs, homework, and appointments. While there’s nothing I can […]

How to Save For Your Next Holiday as a Family

How to Save For Your Next Holiday as a Family

We all know how important it is to save money for a ‘rainy day’, but it’s equally important to put aside some money to allow us to get away (albeit temporarily) from those rainy days. The perfect holiday doesn’t come cheap though. Deciding on your […]

Can You Really Make Money from Multi-Level Marketing or is it Really a Big Scam?

Can You Really Make Money from Multi-Level Marketing or is it Really a Big Scam?

I’d like to make this clear now, I don’t work for or ever have worked for any multi-level marketing (MLM) companies nor do I plan to. I can’t sell anything for a start, and don’t wear much makeup, buy perfume or books for that matter. […]

5 Budget School Packed Lunch Ideas That Cost Under £1

5 Budget School Packed Lunch Ideas That Cost Under £1

It’s September and that can only mean one thing, the dreaded packed lunch. I really want my eldest to try the school meals this year, not only because it means I don’t have to worry about giving her a packed lunch (I’m not very organised) […]

15 Free and Creative Printables That’ll Help You Get Your Money Under Control

15 Free and Creative Printables That’ll Help You Get Your Money Under Control

With the new year fast approaching, and Christmas on our doorstep now is a great time to try and get all your finances in order. With the kids just starting school, I can’t manage everything in my head like I normally do, so I’ve been […]

15 Games to Give Your Child the Best Start at School

15 Games to Give Your Child the Best Start at School

It’s September and for most the first day of the new term. We have been thinking a lot about school this year as one of us has a daughter who is starting school and the other has one starting next year. Being a teacher, learning […]

5 Days, 5 Meals, £5: 5 Ingredient Budget Meals That Will Get You Through a Working Week

5 Days, 5 Meals, £5: 5 Ingredient Budget Meals That Will Get You Through a Working Week

I love cooking healthy meals, but just don’t have the time while working, so I’m making it my September resolution (it’s the start of a new term, so it totally counts) to try really hard to cook, and not turn to chicken nuggets and chips […]

7 Money Saving Tips for Christmas: Act Now to Slash Costs

7 Money Saving Tips for Christmas: Act Now to Slash Costs

The sun may still be shining, but Christmas is closer than you think! It’s never too late to start saving for the festive period; from just saving pennies to buying presents in advance. Here are our top 7 tips to have you spread the cost […]


Parenting

Here’s How the Perfect Bedtime Routine Could Save You Money

Here’s How the Perfect Bedtime Routine Could Save You Money

Sleep – the holy grail of all new parents! Unless you are that one in a million, your little one will be keeping you up at some point. It might be from the moment they are born, from the 4 month regression or maybe from a randomly chosen night. Every baby is different and will start not sleeping at different times. There are also different types of not sleeping. Do they just not go to sleep? Do they wake up and not go back to sleep? Or, if you are really lucky, your little one might do both! We have a multitude of strategies to get our little ones to sleep, but personally, I think one trumps all others. A bedtime routine!

Why is Routine Important?

Routines seem to split the parenting population. Some passionately believe that a baby can’t be put into a routine and that they should be allowed to do what they need to, when they need to. Others rigidly hold on to a routine as the only bit of control they have! Personally I am in the latter camp for two main reasons. I like to know what is happening. I work much better and am much calmer when I know what is happening next. But more importantly so do babies.

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