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Glueing your lip – The thrifty beauty sh*t you shouldn’t try

After the best part of 38 years on this planet I have seen and heard plenty of ridiculous things, but glueing your lip to create a trout pout has got to be up there with the best of them. Social media has so many things to answer for, but the filtered fuckery of ‘Perfect Appearance Land’ is by far…

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Recognise, don’t criticise. Even money bloggers f*ck up sometimes

I set up Thinking Thrifty in December 2015 with the aim of having something out there that would keep me accountable for my money and ridiculous spending habits. I didn’t think so many people would go on to read it at the time. The aim back then was to save for a mortgage deposit to buy our own house,…

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An inside guide on how to completely screw your finances

Working in the debt industry I speak to people day-in-day-out who are struggling to maintain their household finances and credit commitments. Illness, breakdown in relationships, lost jobs, failed business ventures, reckless spending or just a total lack of meaningful income – I’ve seen it all. However, whilst chained to my desk for an obscene amount the day, you can…

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Syn free, Slimming World friendly hotpot

I can feel the backlash coming, this could also be known as Scouse, Lobbies, potato hash amongst others depending on what part of the country you come from. It’s the whole barm / roll / cob debate all over again. It’s a barm for the record! In our house it’s hotpot, and without a single tweak to my grandma’s…

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What you need to know about the new Ryanair hand luggage changes

Ryanair has changed its hand luggage policy again and there are a few things you should know if you want to avoid long queues and charges. The new Ryanair hand luggage changes kick in from November 1. After making numerous changes over the last few months it has become easier than ever to get caught out with too much…

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Easy, syn free Slimming World friendly pork meatballs in a tomato ragu

I love meatballs, but the shameless price of 5% fat beef mince has left me susceptible to hives, anxiety attacks and sudden fits of rage. On the bright side 5% fat pork mince remains as faithful to my pocket as ever. Make it into meatballs and serve it with this easy as fudge ragu and you’ve got a cheap…

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DWP benefits errors cause £5,000 refunds for ESA claimants

Tens of thousands of people on sickness benefits are set to receive backdated payments at an average of £5,000.  It is thought the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will have to pay anything up to £1.7bn in backdated payments and subsequent future adjustments due to the gross government error which has left many people living on the breadline…

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How to recognise a good debt from a bad debt

If you’re considering borrowing it’s beneficial to be able to recognise the difference between good debt and bad debt. Whilst there are some things in life where taking out a debt can undoubtedly be a great investment in your long term financial well-being, there are others that can leave your long term outlook in tatters. Arming yourself with the…

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How good is the Huawei T3 10 Media Pad?

I’ve been on the look out for a tablet for a while and there wasn’t cat in hell’s chance I was ever going to shell out for an iPad, be it upfront or on a contract, that being said I didn’t want to end up with a cheap, unresponsive pile of shizzle either, so after many hours of deliberation…

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