• Budgeting,  Home,  Lifestyle

    Jo Malone Candle Dupes at Aldi

    I love Jo Malone as much as the next girl! The scent lasts all day and the feeling of femininity that accompanies it is just gorgeous,  I even chose it for my wedding, combining Red Rose Cologne with White Jasmine  & Mint, a heavenly scent to match my 1940’s themed wedding.. However.. their candles are divine but (I sound like a broken record here) saving for a mortgage restricts my luxuries.. Therefore I was delighted when Aldi came out with three dupes, Pomegranate Noir (LOVE IT), Lime Basil & Mandarin and Freesia Pear, They smell almost identical to the real thing priced at €52, but at €4.99, I’ll make do…

  • Budgeting

    Saving for a mortgage getting you down?

    I officially paid off my wedding loan two years after getting married and then the mortgage saving started. I’m 6 years married in November and I feel like I’ve been saving or paying off loans for all of my adult life so far. I have to admit, it sometimes it gets on top of me. I see friends going on holidays, buying loads of gorgeous clothes and it’s enough to make you weep! I feel I can’t enjoy my thirties now because I’ve robbed myself of a social life! Working my ‘posterior’ off in full time work, saving 75% of my salary each week, no concerts, no shopping spree’s no…

  • Budgeting

    Dear 20 year old me…

    I’m in my 30’s, considered a responsible adult, married happily to the love of my life and about to buy our first house. Not even thinking about kids yet as I still feel I sometimes need mothering, myself! When you look at photo’s of yourself as a teenager, the memories that resurface of your mindset, you didn’t care about a thing, did you? Don’t you wish we could go back to that for a few days? Zero responsibility… So young and not a clue what lies ahead… As I went through some of my possession’s the other day, shoes and jewellery, memories of my twenties flooded back to me and…

  • Budgeting,  food

    Budget: Feed your family for less than €50 a week

    We’ve all been there, most of us are paid monthly and often there’s “Too much month, too little money” I’m going to share some recipes for dinners which alone roll in at under €32, leaving you with €18 to spend on lunches and essentials! I’ve spent the past week doing this so I could share with you and prove that it works. My family are serious food snobs and my Mum raised me to buy the best of everything which is not always the best way and certainly not economic! Nowadays there is so much competition that you can get great tasting food for pittance, Tesco, for example are king…

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