reverse advent calendar

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How to make a reverse advent calendar

Answers to all your questions about reverse advent calendars: what are they and how much should you spend? Here is my reverse advent calendar for this year, with a show-and-tell of everything I have packed. I spent £17 – but did you know you can make a reverse advent calendar for as little as £5? In terms of the difference it will make, that’s an amazing ROI. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 November 3, 2017


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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 Thrifty3 December 18, 2016

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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 Thrifty16 July 1, 2016

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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

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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

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Tired pineapple? Turn it into pineapple chutney!

I liberated a pineapple from the supermarket discount aisle. The leaves on the top began to turn brown. Food waste? I think not. PINEAPPLE ACTION STATIONS. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty12 September 30, 2014

peach iced tea recipe

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Peach iced tea in five minutes

This quick and easy peach iced tea recipe comes in at less than £1 a pitcher: what’s not to like? I adore it: chilled until it is super-cold, this recipe is as thirst-quenching as it is delicious. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 September 2, 2014

slow cooker camping recipes

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Slow Cooker on Holiday: Four Camping Recipes

On our recent glamping holiday, my slow cooker came with us. It sounds weird; it turned out to be a great idea. Here are the cheap, simple & filling dishes I cooked (plus a boozy recipe). Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 July 18, 2014

tomato soup recipe

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The best tomato soup you’ll ever make

This homemade tomato soup is something else. It is fresh and full of flavour. This is a Frugal Grandma recipe, so it is as inexpensive and simple as it is delicious. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 May 23, 2014

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Emma’s Top 5 Tesco Everyday Value Products

What are the best Tesco Everyday Value products? Emma from the Aldi to Harrods blog is a time-served Tesco shopping DEMON, who has kindly agreed to share her (ahem) Value-able secrets… Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty11 April 17, 2014

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Naomi’s Top 5 Sainsbury’s Basics Products

Naomi is a Miss Thrifty reader who blogs at Slender Means. She is also a Sainsbury’s Basics superfan, who scouts out the top buys. Here are her 5 top Basics products. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty23 March 24, 2014

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HOW TO: upcycle old salad

You know how old, limp salad has a habit of ending up in the composter? It doesn’t have to be that way. When salad has reached its use-by date, here is what you can do. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 March 5, 2014

dab recipe

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Money-saving tip for the week? If you like fish, try DAB.

Dab is like sole and plaice: a flat fish. It tastes like them too with soft, sweet, milky flesh. The difference? The price! I picked up a whole fish for 72p. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty7 February 6, 2014

8 ways to reduce food waste

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Eight simple ways to reduce food waste

The average UK family throws away almost an entire meal daily, wasting nearly £60 a month. I hate food waste, and wrote up my favourite tips and ideas for Tesco Living. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty24 January 10, 2014

discount slow cooker

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Eye on a slow cooker? This post is for YOU.

If you are planning to invest in a slow cooker, for yourself or for a Christmas present, buy now. Click through for my top picks and recommended price guide. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 November 17, 2013

spice cake recipe

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Thrifty Recipe: Grandma’s Wonderful Spice Cake

I love cakes, but I don’t bake as often as I’d like to. This is partly because, to my annoyance, the cakes I bake magically disappear out of their tins as soon as my back is turned. (The conjurer is … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 May 20, 2013