Four ways to save money through the year for Christmas

(Yes I know, I’m about to use that word, but…) Christmas can be a really expensive time of year for many people – especially if you have multiple children to buy for. Add to that buying gifts for other family members, it can all add up to a costly amount so I like to save money where I can. I know some people only buy gifts for children, but I’m a self-confessed giver as I just love to see the reactions when somebody opens a present I’ve spent the time researching and wrapping – possibly even making!

During the last few years I’ve become accustomed to a few really easy ways to save money through the year to use for Christmas presents (and sometimes food). I could say that you’ll be earning free money though it’s technically not, as you do need to spend to earn with some of the methods. But you don’t need to spend any more than you normally would, and you’ll see why.  Read more

A boy, a zoo, and an autistic meltdown | Days out

Two boys hugging in what looks like an upturned giant plant pot at Chester Zoo

Let me tell you a little story. One that isn’t shown by the abundance of happy photos taken during this day out.

One Friday in August a family went to the zoo. Mummy and Daddy, with their 7 and 9 year old boys.

The 9 year old (J) is autistic, with suspected ADHD. The 7 year old (N) is currently undergoing referrals for assessments too.

The family were hoping it was going to be a day of fun and adventure; seeing lots of animals – especially the meerkats, penguins and red pandas! Read more

Getting back together with a Jack’s BBQ | AD

sausages and burgers grilling on a barbecue

With gathering restrictions eased further and the summer season here, we’re finally able to get together with friends & family again, and begin having fun times like we used to.

Add to that the Euro 2020 tournament being in full swing, when is a better time than to have a garden gathering with a barbecue? A BBQ is one of my favourite things in the summer – I’d have one every week! Read more

Christmas at Jack’s supermarket | AD Review

I think we’ve all realised that Christmas is going to be a lot different this year than it usually is. No trips out, no big gatherings, no Christmas parties. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy all of the festivities, right? Other than spending time with family and seeing them open their presents (I’m more of a giver than a receiver), do you know what my favourite part is? FOOD! A lot of people have a lot less disposable income this year too, so we need to find savings anywhere we can. That’s where Jack’s Supermarket comes in handy. When you head to your local Jack’s you can find all your festive favourites for less!

Jack's Supermarket exterior Read more