How Gordon Ramsay taught me how to run a kitchen
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How Gordon Ramsay Taught Me How To Run A Kitchen

OK so the title of this article may suggest that I was hand trained by the legend that is Gordon Ramsey personally, not quite, but the guy has taught me an incredible amount about how to run a kitchen just from watching his shows. I’m a self confessed cooking show addict. PK has had to endure thirty eight seasons of…

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How I Renovated A Cafe For Less Than £500

You may have realised I haven’t been around much recently. Just over six weeks ago I was made redundant and boldly stated I was off to become a full-time blogger and freelance writer. Well, things didn’t exactly go to plan on that one. A while back I started helping a lady I know with her Facebook page to help drive…

If I had a quid for every time I’ve quit smoking I’d be living the dream in a luxury condo within spitting distance of a beach in the Caribbean. In fact, if I had saved every penny I’ve ever spent on smoking over the last 18 years I could be well on the way to that seafront gaff. I’ll cut to the chase. I am currently embarking on my two hundred and fifty millionth attempt to quit smoking.
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Run As Fast As You Can And Take Cover, I’m Attempting To Quit Smoking Again!

If I had a quid for every time I’ve quit smoking I’d be living the dream in a luxury condo within spitting distance of a beach in the Caribbean.   In fact, if I had saved every penny I’ve ever spent on smoking over the last 18 years I could be well on the way to that seafront gaff. I’ll…

When you are trying to stretch those pennies as far as possible, be it to free up some money to tackle your debt, or to save away, your food budget is one of the easiest things to attack first. I balk at the suggestion from some people I know who insist there is nothing they can do to reduce their food shopping bill, there is plenty. But today I'm going to discuss meal planning, as it really helps to cut down your food budget as well as eliminating waste - something I cannot stand! This was one of the first things I did when I first started to take proper control over my spending, and I couldn't believe just how much I could skim off. However, it isn't just the money side of things why I advocate the necessity of meal planning and here is why.
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Why You Should Be Meal Planning

When you are trying to stretch those pennies as far as possible, be it to free up some money to tackle your debt, or to save away, your food budget is one of the easiest things to attack first. I balk at the suggestion from some people I know who insist there is nothing they can do to reduce their…

A few weeks ago I went on a road trip to Sheffield to visit the Approved Food factory with a few of the other UK Money Bloggers. If you have never heard of Approved Food, they're the largest online retailer of short-dated food. Here is what I think of the products and service!
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Approved Food Review: Just How Good Is It?

A few weeks ago I went on a road trip to Sheffield to visit the Approved Food factory with a few of the other UK Money Bloggers. If you have never heard of Approved Food, they’re the largest online retailer of short-dated food. What I witnessed was an incredible, slick operation, which was the brainchild of Dan Cluderay who, with his…

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5 Thrifty Things I’ve Done This Week #3 Steamers, Storage & Books

I’ve had a mix bag of thrifty things this week The spring cleaning among my friends continues, allowing me to pick up a few more goodies that I was going to buy anyway. Having my ear to the floor and letting people know to contact me first before binning anything (some of them are a wasteful lot) has meant I’m…

what can you do to safeguard yourself this spring against overindulgence an frivolous spending?
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Don’t Let Spring And The Sunshine Screw Your Finances

Spring is here, HURRAH! Although, you wouldn’t know it just yet in sunny Manchester where we are still battling bouts of sleet, snow and icy winds. But, with spring comes the temptations that warmer weather brings as we all start to pack away our onesies and come out of hibernation. This is the time of year I like to refer…

Book Crossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book passes from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers.
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Book Crossing: Time To Stop Being Shelf-ish

I have long been accused of being a hoarder by PK, something I have always vehemently denied. Yet, every time we have come to move properties over the last eleven years (there has been a lot of moves), I am presented with the question, “are you finally going to get rid of these books now?” I generally agree they are…

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