Want to save money? Learn how to save hundreds a month without earning more

Want to understand your finances a little better? Wish you knew all the tricks when it came to how to save money? Or do you simply want to have more money to spend on the things that are important to you? Guilt-free.

Well if the answer is yes to any of those questions then good news! There is a free guide, available by signing up below, teaching you how to do it.

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This lovely little e-course will help you do the following:

  • understand your monthly outgoings a little better
  • see how your average spending on clothing, groceries etc compares with the UK average
  • identify which areas you want to spend less on (so that you can spend more on more interesting things!)
  • learn tips to save money on your household bills
  • find out how to spend less without buying fewer of your day-to-day purchases

How can you get this FREE e-course? Sign up below. Only your email address is required and at no point will you be asked to share any financial information.

Why have I given away a course that will show you how to save money? Well, this is FeastStyleThrive and the purpose of this site is to help you eat where you want, buy and wear what you want and live an amazing life. One of the biggest obstacles we face when trying to live life to the full is a lack of money, or a misconception that we lack the money to do what we want.

I’m not saying you should throw your money away on frivolous things but so many people are spending more than they need to on their utilities or their groceries or their travel.  By reducing what you spend, you have more to save and more to use to have a fulfilled and happy life.

So, what are you waiting for? Want to see if the course can help you save money?  Sign up here:

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Reasons to save: Kitchen gadgets to make your life easier

I really enjoy cooking and one day I shall have a huuuuuge kitchen with all the latest gadgets including a built-in teppan plate, two fridges, a boiling water tap and a central island for the hob so I can show off my culinary skills in front of the many guests who will come and visit me in my mansion.

I’ve got a lot of saving to do though!

In the meantime, until I have that kitchen, I shall be filling my current place with all the kitchen gadgets that will fit in an attempt to come across as a proper cook. The items below caught my eye while I was being cooked for by my friends and family recently and are brilliant.  None are really essentials, and several of these kitchen gadgets aren’t particularly easy to use, but they all look good and make my life better and that is enough for me!

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The first of my essential kitchen gadgets is this milk frother thingy from Graef. My mum showed me this and while a cheaper alternative would be an electric whisk in a pan, it is very good and made the milk so frothy I was able to build a little house on the top of my coffee with the foam.

This is currently available at Amazon for £37.12.

On the theme of coffee, I can’t bear instant and making a pot of coffee just for me is a waste. If you find yourself in a similar position then you MUST get an Aeropress coffee maker.  It’s cheap, doesn’t take up space in the kitchen and makes a great cup of coffee in seconds.

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It’s currently £25.99 at Argos.

Another non-essential but totally tempting kitchen gadget is the pasta maker. I appreciate that a bag of pasta is incredibly affordable but seeing the Masterchef guys create some fresh penne was highly impressive and something I wanted to be able to do immediately.

This one from Imperia looked pretty similar to the one they used on tv so I expected the results for me to be EXACTLY THE SAME. They were but it took me HOURS. (Still worth it though!)

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This is available on Amazon for £44.66.

Now, the following was on my wedding gift list because it was something I couldn’t really justify buying for myself but really wanted.

Le Creuset is the best and these are great for cooking pretentious mini dishes.  They also come in a multitude of colours – heck you could get them to match your nails!

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Available again on Amazon for £17 each.

For aaallllll the baking I do, you’d think I would have built up rather strong arm muscles! But no, I cheat! I watched Nigella on the TV with her electric mixer and thought “I too want to be able to simultaneously mix cake and cook dinner!” So I bought a KitchenAid. And it matches my kitchen. Oh yes.

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It’s currently available at John Lewis for £499.95.

Now if I’ve compelled you to buy any of the above, check first if you can get any cashback on any of them.

How to make your own really REALLY good chips

Are chips money saving? Well, noooo. But, if you can make delicious food at home, you JUST MIGHT eat out less often and therefore……SAVE MONEY! HURRAH! SEE I MADE A CONNECTION!

Anyway, back to the post….

If you love chip shop chips, then I’m afraid this recipe is not for you. If you like super crispy chips – think chunky McDonalds fries with less salt and more pepper – then read on. My mouth is watering just writing this!

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Serves 2

Preheat your oven to 210 degrees C/ 190 degrees FAN

Peel 3 large potatoes and slice into large sticks as thick as your thumb. We want these to be chunky.

Lay them between 2 pieces of kitchen towel to dry off some of the starch.

Find a large baking sheet and pour in 3 good glugs of olive oil. Use one of your potato thumbs to spread the oil over the baking sheet. You don’t want to miss any bits as this will mean your chips will stick to the tray.

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Add all of the potato pieces onto the baking tray. Top with a very good sprinkling of salt and pepper (and chilli flakes if you fancy it) and give them all a good mix together with your hands. If you feel you need a little more oil so that they are lightly coated, go ahead. Once coated, spread them out across the tray so that they’re not on top of each other and can all be properly exposed to the heat. This will help them to crisp.

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Put the chips on the top shelf of the oven for 40 minutes. Make sure you check back every 10 minutes or so to move the chips around. They will crisp on top so will need turning.

After 40 minutes, and several good turns with a fish slice, they should look like chip shaped roast potatoes. They’re done! Pour them out onto a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil and then enjoy.

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Spring fashion must buys under £35

Cheap fashion post alert!

Yesterday I cleared out my wardrobe. Again. I realised I was hanging on to tops that I’d love to wear but can’t with my current lifestyle and so the only clothes that are appropriate day-to-day I end up wearing to death.

I think the main reason why I’m wearing the same thing over and over again is that I’m waiting for the nice weather to arrive. I’m in limbo. I want to get my shoulders out. I want to show off my toes. However, the weather won’t let me. There will come a day when I can wear my lovely summery tops and sandals but for now, I’m resigned to warmer clothes. Warmer clothes that I’m bored of.

Is anyone else experiencing the same problem at the moment?

As a result, I decided to write a post on how you can get through the next few weeks until the sun decides to put his hat on with a few items of clothing that are not expensive but are very, very lovely. And by not expensive I mean cheap fashion! UNDER £35 EACH!

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under3521. Oasis Crew Cardi £25 2. V by Very Printed Jersey Blazer £32 3. River Island Khaki Belted Utility Cargo Pants £35 4. Topshop Cyprus Lace up Trainers £22 5. Topshop Holographic Oversized Tee £24 6. Office Inferno Block Heel Ankle Boots £30 (reduced from £75) 7. M&S 5 pocket Jeggings in Indigo £22.50 8. Topshop Long Sleeve Drape Body £34

These should see you through until the sun is shining.

Cheap packed lunch ideas

Eat, Pret, Yo Sushi, McDonalds, wherever you go for your lunch everyday, you’re probably spending at least a fiver a time.  When I worked in London I EASILY spent a tenner every day on my morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack. With 20 working days in a month, that’s £200 on soups, sandwiches, fruit, chocolate and coffees.

Crazy right? Just think how good it would be to have that money to spend on more interesting things! So how do we do it, while still filling our bellies at lunchtime?

Stop spending a fortune every day on your lunch break

When I started working in Berkshire, my office didn’t have many coffee shops or takeaway food places nearby so I started taking in packed lunches everyday.  I also made my own coffee (with a cafetiere at my desk).  WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE. Not only did I lose half a stone within a few months but the cheap packed lunch also made a real difference to my bank account at the end of every month.  WHAT  a revelation.

The biggest barriers to packed lunches are a) that they’re a hassle to make and b) they are boring.  Well with the first point, deal with it – you’ll save money and you might lose weight – and with the second point, duh make them more interesting.  How? I hear you ask.  By making your own version of your high street favourites.

‘Make your own’ salads from Tossed, Chop’d etc

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You know those great places where you choose 1 base, 1 protein, 4 veg etc? Well make your own at home. For a couple of days’ worth of salads, I buy a bag of spinach, a bunch of spring onions, a pepper, carrots, a tin of sweetcorn and a packet of bacon.  Each morning, all you have to do is cook a few rashers of bacon and prepare the rest of the salad (with lots of freshly ground pepper). Then chuck it in a tupperware and take it to work.  Buy a bottle of salad dressing and keep it in the fridge at work so you can add it just before you take lunch every day.  Easy.

Chicken pot pie soup from Eat.

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Don’t worry. This is going to be better than a packet of soup from the shops. But first of all, forget about the pastry.  It’s really really really bad for you.  If you don’t believe me, check Eat’s website.  For the soup, here’s how you can recreate it as a packed lunch.

For 2-3 portions, buy a carton of covent garden chicken soup, 2 chicken breasts, a large carrot, 2 celery sticks, an onion, frozen peas, a little chicken stock and a little double cream.  Stir fry the chicken, dice the veg and fry off and then add all ingredients together in a pan to cook slowly.  Reheat in the morning and stick in a flask for work.

You can follow this process for a number of other soups, basically jazzing up the standard (and dull) soups available in the supermarkets by adding additional meat, some creme fraiche or cream, perhaps even some cheese.

Pret baguettes

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Can’t stand sandwiches but love Pret’s baguettes?  Then it’s simple.  Buy a bag of frozen baguettes rather than a loaf of bread and make yourself your special lunch every morning.  I won’t give you any more detail because I’m sure you know how to make a sandwich but remember to include a salad dressing or mayo and plenty of pepper like Pret does. The trick is to not to scrimp on the filling, and to add a generous amount of pepper so as to ensure your sandwich is far from bland.

Leftover roast beef from your sunday lunch would go really well in a sandwich with some horseradish!

Sorry there’s no homemade sushi option but that’s just too much hard work 🙂

If you prefer something more substantial for your lunch like a curry or a pie, then this is simple too. It just requires some planning. Rather than spending £6 a day on a bowl of pasta, make several portions yourself in advance for a fraction of the price. These can then be chucked in a tupperware and reheated at work. Lasagne would work well.

Have I missed any other cheap packed lunch options?

There are many MANY other ways to save money, and they don’t involve stopping your spending! By knowing the tricks of WHEN to shop and HOW to shop, you can buy what you usually do but spend less! To get the guide and save hundreds of pounds a month, sign up below!

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