Decorate for Christmas without breaking the bank

Decorate for Christmas without Breaking the Bank

As someone who absolutely adores Christmas and everything that comes with it I completely understand the urge to go over board with decorations come December. As a result this can of course mean spending a lot of money, but it doesn't have to. From affordable trees to simple touches that give your home a festive feel, here are ways to decorate for Christmas without breaking the bank. Find an affordable tree The centre of most homes at Christmas is the Christmas tree. There are two options when Read more [...]
five frugal things - november 2018

Preparing for Christmas | Five Frugal Things for November 2018

In an effort to pay off my debt as quickly as possible, I'm looking beyond simply making extra money. I have been assessing all of my spending habits, adopting a more frugal lifestyle wherever I can. Each month I will be sharing Five Frugal Things that I have done to help improve my finances and ensure I can reach my goal of becoming debt free as soon as possible. One Low cost Christmas. If you have read any of my posts about preparing for Christmas you will know that I am cutting right back this Read more [...]
Shopping for Christmas with Just Six Weeks to Go

Shopping for Christmas with Just Six Weeks to Go

For some of you, six weeks until Christmas will mean you still have loads of time to prepare. The festive season hasn't even started yet and you won't think about it for a while. For others Christmas started back in the summer and six weeks will feel like no time at all. Anyone on a strict budget may have a different way of looking at things. Six weeks until Christmas will mean just one more pay cheque, two if you're lucky, until the big day. If you have read either of my previous posts about Read more [...]
what are cash envelopes?

What are Cash Envelopes?

You have heard me speak about budgeting many times before on My Debt Diary. Today I want to talk about one specific method. Whilst many people choose to set up and manage their budget digitally, myself included, cash envelopes are also a popular choice. But what are cash envelopes? What are cash envelopes? Put very simply they are envelopes with cash in. They are a physical form of a budget with each envelope holding a designated category. Most importantly they each hold a set amount of money. Read more [...]