Is a franchise right for you?

October 11th this year will by my one year self-employment anniversary. I can’t quite believe that I’m self-employed, but I have to say that it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. After accepting redundancy back in 2017, I wasn’t sure what my future would hold. Having worked for a company for 13 years, the majority of which was full time, I then went down to part time after my children were born. I thought that I’d be able to find a part time job that suited my family and I easily, but sadly that wasn’t the case. I… [Read More]

Millennials Spend Less Money on Jewellery Now Compared to Two Decades Ago

How much money would you or do you spend on jewellery? Although I own a fair amount of jewellery, I don’t spend an awful lot of money on it. I also don’t buy jewellery on a regular basis, and it appears that I’m not alone in this. According to industry analysts Millennials simply don’t see the value in spending their money on valuables. According to Sarah Berger of TheCashlorette.com, “Millennials gravitate toward spending money on experiences, and not things.” Like myself, todays younger generation are far more likely to spend significant money on travelling to places such as Thailand and… [Read More]

Getting the best deal on your next holiday

As a family, we’ve been very lucky to have two holidays abroad this year. The first was back in June when we went to Disneyland Paris, and the second was earlier month when we went to Menorca. Now, I’d like to point out that this isn’t a regular occurrence for us. We usually have just the one holiday, so I think it’s fair to say it’s been a truly good year in terms of holidays for us. Sadly the beginning of the year wasn’t great. My husband had a number of health scares, and ended up in and out of… [Read More]

How much life insurance do parents need?

It seems like for most of us our disposable income is constantly being squeezed. As a result, our regular outgoings, such as utility bills, TV subscriptions and food shopping need to be monitored and where possible savings made. But what about our life insurance cover? As a parent, I appreciate how important life insurance is in order to protect the financial future of our loved ones. But how do we ensure our life insurance is as comprehensive and cost-effective as possible? We asked the award-winning broker Reassured to help identify how much life insurance to take out and importantly how… [Read More]

5 Easy Money Saving Tips For The Summer

Guest Post Author Bio Mel Trudgett lives in the UK on the beautiful Jurassic Coast, with her partner, 2 daughters and their very hairy, but adorable dog, Lola. She set up www.melsmoneymindset.com with the aim of helping people to change how they think and feel about money. She also gives practical tips on how to make money from home and how to save money. 5 Easy Money Saving Tips For The Summer The long summer months can be bad news when you’re trying to stick to a budget, but these 5 money saving tips will help you stick to your… [Read More]

Money Saving Tips for Busy Parents

As a parent I know how hard it can be to keep children entertained during the long summer months. I also know how expensive it can be. That’s why I’m doing everything I can now to ensure that our summer holidays are fun, but cheap! Many people often think that in order to have fun or experience something new, you need to spend money, but that’s always the case. Here are some of my favourite and most useful money saving tips for busy parents this summer: Get Outdoors So many things are free and don’t have to be boring. If… [Read More]

What age should children get pocket money?

Our twins are six year olds and earlier this year, my husband and I made the decision to give them pocket money. It’s not a fortune, at just £1 a week, but we thought it would be a good way to introduce our children to the idea of money. While some parents will offer their children pocket money in return for chores, our girls don’t need to do chores to receive their £1 a week pocket money. However, I’m very open to the idea of allowing them to earn extra money on top of their £1 a week if they… [Read More]

Easy Ways for you to Save Money When You Have a Family

If you know that you need to start saving money because you want to book a family holiday or even because you want to try and have more money on a day to day basis for your family then there are things that you can do to try and help yourself with this. The best thing about these tips is that you won’t find yourself constantly struggling to say no to your family, and they are very easy to follow. Make a Plan The first thing that you need to do is have a monthly savings goal. The idea here… [Read More]

Mecca Bingo Cwmbran Bonkers Bingo Night

Earlier this month my sister and I attended Mecca Bingo in Swansea for their Bonkers Bingo night. We had so much fun! It was a very entertaining, funny and enjoyable night out! So much so that I couldn’t wait to go again! (Read my review from this night here.) As such when I was asked if I’d like to go to another Bonkers Bingo night in the Cwmbran branch of Mecca Bingo, how could I say no? The drive to Cwmbran took me around half an hour, but I spent another 20 minutes trying to work out how to get into… [Read More]

Mecca Bingo’s Bonkers Bingo Night is Absolutely Brilliantly Bonkers!

On Friday night my sister and I were very kindly invited to Mecca Bingo in Swansea to enjoy their Bonkers Bingo night! Having only ever been to Bingo once, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but what I did know was that my sister and I were looking forward to a good night out! Bonkers Bingo isn’t your usual Bingo! So if you’re after a quiet evening playing games, think again! It quite literally is bonkers! Bingo goers will have the chance to really let their hair down and enjoy a wild night of bingo with a 21st century… [Read More]