The £100 challenge – an easy way to fund your summer days out

I’ve done a bit of reading about frugality lately – I’m enjoying the topic of living simply, within my means and not spending unnecessarily. As a freelancer I’m always fairly aware of my bank balance. What’s coming in one month could be gone the next and I need to plan for the worst financial scenario … Continue reading The £100 challenge – an easy way to fund your summer days out

The parental income gap – how to cope

Like all things, there are pros and cons to being self-employed as a parent. When I started my business just over two years ago, we talked about how it would fit in well with family life - being able to arrange my own hours and work from home would hopefully give us the opportunity to … Continue reading The parental income gap – how to cope

Special work requirements: an office cat, please

A few years ago I was at a launch party for a local business which had been given its start-up after appearing on Dragons’ Den. I’d been asked to go along to conduct an interview with the girls whose business it was, and also to interview Theo Paphitis, who’d invested in them. I only remember … Continue reading Special work requirements: an office cat, please

The answer to procrastination (in a hashtag)

There was an article in my local newspaper recently about a woman who had turned to prostitution in order to feed her family, and has since had a change of heart. She now offers the somewhat less erotic service of hugging her customers. Yes, really. She opens up her home to strangers who want a … Continue reading The answer to procrastination (in a hashtag)

Ethical shopping: not just for the middle class

Earlier this week I read a Guardian article about Primark and Marks and Spencer. The former had reported profits the same day the latter reported a loss, and so cue the Life and Style section going wild (or as wild as you can get while sampling the latest technique for pumpkin soup). Lauren Cochrane, the … Continue reading Ethical shopping: not just for the middle class

The Soil Association’s prizes to be won!

I came across a fab little organisation a while ago called The Soil Association that do nice things like hand out free flower seeds to increase the bee population. They’ve had loads of success through this campaign and they’re now attempting to tackle the conditions of non-free range animals in farming. Vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters … Continue reading The Soil Association’s prizes to be won!

W is for women who sew

Sewing. It's cool, and it's back. Women everywhere are attending sewing classes, crafting workshops and buying sewing machines again to make their own clothes and home furnishings, me included. For most, this is a re-purposed activity from years gone by and a fun hobby or source of income. For some, it's a worrying turn against … Continue reading W is for women who sew

I is for inspiration

…Or inspiration boards to be precise. We can find inspiration in all kinds of places – quotes, pictures, songs, something small that catches our eye, the achievements of others – the list could go on forever. Inspiration also needs to come from different places, depending on what we are aspiring to. At the moment I … Continue reading I is for inspiration

Dear Sainsbury’s, you have all of my money

All of my 25 by 25 challenges are things I think I should have completed by my birthday, but aren't necessarily all fun. As much as I hate to admit it, 25 is definite 'adult' status, and one of the things concerning people my age is money. I blogged about my concern over the increasing … Continue reading Dear Sainsbury’s, you have all of my money

Money troubles: a permanent situation?

I got paid yesterday. It was my second pay since starting my job, and the first pay for a full month. Today I checked my bank balance. I'm £1400 overdrawn, and have no savings (unless you count the three pence in my ISA, and I can't say transferring that to my current account hasn't crossed … Continue reading Money troubles: a permanent situation?