how to save a mortgage deposit

Personal Finance

Zero to house-buying hero: how to save a mortgage deposit

This time 10 years ago, we were buying a house: our first home, in North Yorkshire. The floors were bare boards, the walls were covered in yellow vinyl wallpaper, and the gas and electricity were on pre-pay meters (on a frozen … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty37 February 13, 2017

Deals & Bargains

I’ll tell you how to clean up at the January Sales

I love to fling myself into a sale and emerge with an AMAZING bargain. BBC Watchdog recently filmed me sharing some of my favourite & sneakiest sales shopping tips, and I have set them all out here. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty27 January 23, 2017


Thrifty Food

Is the Lidl Hot Air Fryer Worth £59.99?

There are 8 things to like about Lidl’s cut-price hot air fryer, and I list them all here. You can cook meat from frozen, in minutes. It is pretty hard to burn anything. And the price point (swoon)! This model was sent to me for review, and I have been putting it through its paces. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 December 18, 2016

Personal Finance

Retirement Planning: Your New Year’s Resolution for 2017?

When it comes to saving for your retirement, are you a Savings Snail, a Money Mole or a Wise Owl? Skipton Building Society asked me to team up with them to help raise awareness of the dire state of the nation’s retirement savings – and I have a challenge for you! Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 December 8, 2016


Thrifty Christmas

Thrifty Christmas: How To Make Brown Parcel Paper POP

This is how I wrap my presents every year, for a number of reasons. Brown parcel wrap looks so pretty. It’s also sturdy, neat – and very cheap. Here is the quick & easy lowdown on how brown paper roll can make your Christmas gifts look like they belong on Pinterest. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty0 December 7, 2016

retirement lifestyle planner

Personal Finance

Pension Planning: Like Ripping Off A Plaster The Size Of Your Entire Body? (Ad Feature)

I dare you: are you brave enough to do what I did and see a snapshot of what your retirement will look like? Are you going to be old and bold, or old and cold? Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 October 28, 2016

pension planning

Personal Finance

How Late Is Too Late To Plan For Retirement? (Ad Feature)

Job-hopping in my 20s, self-employed in my 30s… is it too late to salvage a decent pension plan? This is my personal finance weakspot so, when Aviva got in touch to ask me to test and write about their new Shape My Future tool, it seemed like the perfect time to face my bowler-hatted demons. (Glurk.) Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 October 21, 2016


Personal Finance

The Student Money-Saving Tips I Wish I’d Known

If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that I recently wrote a post for Matalan’s blog, with some of my top money-saving tips for students. My number one piece of advice? Don’t bother keeping up with the Student Joneses. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty3 September 23, 2016

Thrifty Food

Thrifty Recipe of the Week: £1.44 Chocolate Orange Cake

Yes, you read that right: this delicious chocolate orange cake costs just £1.44 to make. It is one of my thrifty adaptations of a Nigella recipe. The secret? A 27p jar of value marmalade. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty15 July 1, 2016

vintage engagement rings

Thrifty Wedding

Engagement rings: the 10 best ways to save money

Diamond engagement rings are popular, but expensive. Here are some of the best ways to save money on this big purchase, from buying vintage to buying “light.” Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty11 June 21, 2016

Thrifty Food

Thrifty Recipe of the Week: Broad Bean Pesto

A jar of broad bean pesto costs less than £1 to make and there are so many things you can do with it in all its garlicky, lemony loveliness: stir into pasta as a sauce, or spread it on toast. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 June 5, 2016

ice cube trays frozen

Thrifty Food

Ice cube trays: how do you use yours?

Ice cube trays: who knew they were useful for so much more than ice cubes? Here in the Thrifty House, they help to reduce food waste – thus saving money on our monthly grocery bill. Here is what I am freezing – and why. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 May 22, 2016

financial admin diet

Personal Finance

The Financial Admin Diet: Little & Often

Recent research from Standard Life found that just 26% of us regularly put time aside to review our finances. These are the habits I have developed to keep everything in check. It’s like a financial admin diet – except that you are putting pounds on, instead of losing them. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 May 17, 2016

lacura lip balm

Thrifty Beauty

Lacura Makeup: grab it while it’s on special

Lacura makeup is currently an Aldi Specialbuy. I came away with a decent haul when I visited my local store at the weekend, so here are my reviews & recommendations. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty11 April 20, 2016

contact lenses online

Thrifty Beauty

How to Get Cheap Contact Lenses

I’ve been playing around with Vision Compare, a free comparison tool for contact lens wearers. It’s simple to use: type in your contact lens make and model. Up pops a list of all the online retailers selling boxes of the lenses, with the prices. As ever, substantial savings can be made on high street optician prices. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 April 10, 2016

pampers wonder week

Deals & Bargains, Thrifty Baby

5 Must-Dos When You Buy In Bulk

For those who plan ahead, there are significant bulk-buy savings to be made in British stores and supermarkets. As part of its Wonder Week promotion, Pampers asked me for my five top tips. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 March 30, 2016