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9 Steps To Save Money Every Time You Shop

May 3, 2018

Last updated on March 2nd, 2020 at 02:52 pmNever knowingly overpaying for something is my goal!  It’s my personal goal AND it’s my goal to help you too.  There are times when you get caught out and have to make a purchase of convenience.   It is normally on these occasions where you end up overpaying.  Some forward planning though and you can all but eliminate these situations AND save money.   Before you make a purchase, ANY purchase.  There are several things I want you to do.  Some of them might only give you a couple of pence back in your pocket but once those pence have been added up you could be a fair bit up.  Overpaying is wasteful and avoidable.  Make sure you take the steps below to avoid it.   1.  Do you really need it? OK!  This once isn’t a way that you can get stuff…

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Extreme Frugal Living in 2020? Would you go THIS far?

April 28, 2018

Last updated on March 26th, 2020 at 10:51 amEveryone is talking about extreme frugal living in 2020.  Luckily, it seems to be a bit of a natural state for me.  When left alone I will gravitate towards frugal living.  I love anything that saves me money and double points if it is environmentally-friendly too.   Over the last few years I (not so much Mr. Pennies) have made a few choices that could be called extreme frugal living.  Most people I know would never even consider some these choices.  But wow! I think I love them all.  I have more money and am closer to my zero-waste dream.   So here are my top four extreme frugal living tips for 2020: Can’t read now?  Pin for later. Extreme Frugal Living: Your Children Ok!  Not the whole child, just their nappies.  Cloth nappies are almost mainstream now.  I can go to…

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Cheap Parenting Hacks To Save Money (And Be Awesome Parents)

April 22, 2018

Last updated on December 28th, 2019 at 11:33 pmMr. Pennies and I have two little kids.  They are the motivation behind all we do but we refuse to let them be expensive.  Children have very basics need when you look at it.  They need food, drink, clothes, a wash occasionally and cuddles.  Therefore we choose cheap parenting.   When we found out that we were going to have a new member of our family we did what most new parents do and bought all the stuff.  We had entered a completely new world and we were vulnerable to the marketing and advertising.  Over the first few weeks of her life we realised that nearly all of what we had bought was pointless.  With a few simple (yet possibly controversial) parenting choices we were able to save ourselves hundreds if not thousands.   Related posts: Things You Buy Your Kids That…

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7+ Awesome Side Hustles for Teachers

April 18, 2018

Last updated on December 28th, 2019 at 11:31 pmTeaching is a tough job.  We haven’t had a decent pay rise in ages, government cuts are draining resources and exam pressure is pushing us to the limit.  I know this because I teach.  I also know that I can’t teach until I’m 68, so I am constantly looking ways to use my teaching skills to generate additional income and retire early.   Many teachers I know are making money outside of the classroom.  There are very few teachers I know that teach and only teach which is surprising given the amount of time that the job actually takes up.   This is a list of my favourite side hustles for teachers. Can’t read it now?  Pin for later. Related Posts: How I made £900+ in less than 11 weeks (and not from blogging) 10 things you can do to save money…

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7 Easy Ways To Save Money And The Planet

April 15, 2018

Last updated on December 28th, 2019 at 11:03 pm7 easy ways to save money and the planet I remember the moment that I decided that this personal finance blog would have an eco-friendly twist.  I had popped to the shops to get eggs and some other things for impromptu cake making session.  I’d dragged my whole family with me for the exercise.   Related posts: 10 things you can do to save money this month and every month The Ultimate Beginners’ Guide to Quidco to Save Money NOW   Anyway, I’d picked up most of the bits we needed and then realised that I hadn’t picked up the eggs.  I left my husband with the kids looking at crisps or chocolate probably and “nipped” to get eggs.   I only had about three choices: cheap, mid-range and fancy.  The fancy ones were in a standard cardboard egg box and were…

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Looking After Your Pennies is an eco-friendly personal finance blog written and managed by Charlotte Jessop.


I write on a variety of topics including frugal lifestyle, eco-friendly living, money making ideas and generally how to make your money go further.

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