When you are on a budget, every little bit counts. Saving money can feel like a fruitless endeavor when you have a growing family, and money just slips right through your fingers on a day-to-day basis. It doesn’t have to feel this way forever, though; there are plenty of ways for you to save money without making drastic changes to your lifestyle.
Whether you are saving for a long-awaited family holiday, a new car, or just for everyday savings, these tips will help you to make your money last longer than it ever has before.
Grow Your Own
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is an easy way to cut costs on your weekly food shop. Of course, the fruits and vegetables you can grow will depend on the season and the size of your garden, but planters are great for planting a handful of fruits or veggies. Strawberries are deliciously sweet, but they can be expensive if you buy them frequently or out of season. If you grow a bunch at home during the summer, you can save a substantial amount over the summer months. Growing your own is also a lot safer for the environment; many foods have hidden food miles that influence how much a food product has contributed to carbon emissions. If you grow your own in your garden, you can minimize the food miles for your fruit and vegetables completely.
Remortgage Your Property
If you own a house, your mortgage is probably the biggest thing that is drawing from your income and savings. This doesn’t have to be the case forever, though. You can request a and receive a better deal on your mortgage. If your mortgage is draining your income, it can be difficult for you to save elsewhere in your life, but if you get a better deal, it will help you to save more now and in the future.
Reduce Your Heating Bill
In the wintertime, your heating bill will no doubt creep up, but you can keep the cost of it at a minimum. Make sure that your house retains heat well by draught-proofing your windows and investing in thicker pairs of curtains. Heat can escape through windows, and the efficiency of your heating will be reduced, which in turn will increase your heating bill. Simple fixes like this can help you to save big.
Make the Most of Coupons
Before you purchase anything online, check if there are any discount codes or coupons that you can use to reduce the cost of your order. There are even browser add-ons that will check for discount codes for you! You should also check price comparison sites for hotel deals or insurance; they can help you to find a better and cheaper deal on sites you hadn’t even heard of.
Saving money is something that you must constantly be on top of if you want to save substantially. Even when you are in the supermarket, you can check products to make sure you are getting the best value for your money.
Falsely accused by family services of being in a mental hospital.
Told I did not have an education.
That I only fed my child cheese.
Accused of being unfit to parent.
Based on lies and the imaginative stories of one social worker.
My child was gone.
I was a mother, fighting for the truth. Fighting every day.
Writing, using my education and knowledge.
Fighting, an unfamiliar court system and Family Services.
I had never been in a psychiatric unit.
I knew how to raise and teach young children.
Yet the stories were so damming and believable.
Not to me but to those in authority.
I fought hard, morning, evening and night.
Writing, arguing, correspondence.
A Mother fighting a grave injustice.
I never stopped.
9 months later the truth was known.
My child was ordered home.
Given money to go to Butlins.
What kind of apology was that?
9 months was stolen!
9 months not knowing.
Adoption was on the cards.
I cried every day.
Christmas was hard.
Mothers Day was harder.
Not being able to celebrate my child’s birthday.
Being treated like a criminal.
Being accused of unspeakable things.
Laying in my child’s bed crying and praying to have her home.
Desperately trying to reveal the truth.
9 months apart when Family Services learned of the mistakes they had made.
I got my child back.
We moved on with our lives.
I had counselling and grew stronger.
Met the man of my dreams. Non absuive, kind, loving. A brilliant husband and step father.
Eventually married a third time but this was different.
I was happy. Free to fly, to reach my dreams.
Instead I collapsed.
Diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency Bed and wheelchair bound.
I had my child back but was not well.
The stress had contributed to my Adrenal failure.
I still had a fight to win.
A complaint. A government Investigation into “What went wrong”.
Why a social worker had lied and exaggerated.
Why I had been accused of terrible things, of being in a mental hospital.
I fought for two more years and the truth came out.
Typing from the bed, I fought at all stages.
My arguments hundreds of pages.
More work than a Thesis.
More work than any University degree.
As if I was fighting a huge court case all by myself.
And then it happened.
Family Services admitted a grave injustice.
They said sorry, verbally and in writing.
90 Complaints upheld and proven.
A huge apology.
But no acknowledgement of the effect on my health.
I had my golden ticket.
A letter of apology to my 5 year old child.
How does that help the scars, the pain, the emotional effects?
How does that help pay medical costs?
How does that help with my child’s separation anxiety?
Something she never had before she was wrongly taken away?
and so I am here.
A Mother once more, but a sick Mother. Fighting once more. This time for better medical treatment.
No more abuse, no more teaching, no more courts, just hospitals and waiting times and appointments.
So I blog.
But I am more than someone in bed. I am a blogger, a brilliant blogger, an Award Winning Blogger. I write about lifestyle, family fun, about being mum!
And People read!
I win the Mumpreneur Voice Award.
Me a Mother! A Fighter. A Mumpreneur, A professional blogger, A Britmum.
It feels great. I feel truly blessed.
I have my blog, a wonderful husband and a beautiful child. She is mine and she is mine for good.
The scars are still there.
But I have overcome.
All but my poor health.
And so the fight continues, to stand for what I believe. To try and get well. To get the best medical treatment and have the chance to be well, to raise my child the way I planned before our worlds were torn apart.
I want this chance. This opportunity. To swing in the park, to swim in the sea, to cook for my child and have energy.
It is possible. It is a matter of money.
So I now fight…. fight to get well, to get money to get well and to be the Mother I want to be.
The Brit Mum I am.
I’ll share, I’ll inspire and I’ll blog my hardest as this is the one thing which will help me reach my goal of managed health.
I may have been let down by government and services, but I wont let myself down.
We have had a few recent visits to London for medical reasons but it has not stopped us visiting a few fantastic clothing stores in London, doing some window shopping and visiting my all time favourite children’s clothing designer Rachel Riley.
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Sylvia loves dresses and I do too. We popped into a few stores between my blood tests and found some stunning clothing. We were visiting The London Clinic and it’s next to Marylebone street where there are some fantastic charity shops and designer stores.
We don’t have tons of money but I do still love to look at what there is and we treated Sylvia to one dress with Flamingos on it. Sylvia is planning to do a little photo shoot in it for the blog. She had a phase where she didn’t want to have photos but now she keeps asking when can I do more photo shoots. She enjoys wearing lovely clothes and having her Sylvia’s style pictures.
This yellow dress from Tesco was worn on our day in London, at hospital and visiting Marylebone Street which Sylvia found fun. Just looking at all the clothes and pottery and other items. I managed about 5 shops then had to go back to the hospital but it was fantastic fun.
I really don’t mind if Sylvia wears a dress from Tesco, Asda or a fancy shop in London, so long as she is comfortable and happy and we love the Tesco fnf clothing range. It’s fantastic. The dress was around £6 and went really well with Sylvia’s grey Clarks.
I recently underwent a gastric bypass operation and one of the many questions I am asked is what food and drinks are you allowed? From joining various support groups and online forums, I’ve quickly come to realise that the rules are different in most places. Every hospital has different guidelines, timeframes and suggestions for what should and should not be eaten, how much and when.
This post will focus on Liquids immediately after a Gastric Bypass.
Days 1-5 The Liquid Phase
All drinks should be smooth (no bits or lumps). Some hospitals say to drink through a straw, others say don’t do this as it can add gas to the stomach, which you really don’t want after a major operation as the stomach is already filled with gas.
The most important thing is to NOT take huge gulps but to drink small sips. Start with small sips and if this feels comfortable you can gradually increase the amount you take in one go. Be careful not to gulp your drinks as this may result in vomiting.
Aim to have a minimum of 2½ litres (4 pints) each day to avoid becoming dehydrated. At least 1-1.5 litres of this should be nutritious liquids.
Avoid all fizzy drinks. Fizzy Drinks can cause gas in the stomach pouch which could result in stretching. That would not be good and would defeat the whole purpose of the gastric bypass.
Some Nutritious liquid options are:
Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk fortified with skimmed milk powder (1-2 tablespoons per 200ml)
Slimfast powder added to skimmed milk.
Smooth soup (homemade or tinned) fortified with 1-2 tablespoons skimmed milk powder.
Homemade Smoothies. Smoothies. (Fruit blended with milk) These need to be homemade as Shop-bought varieties will be too high in sugar.
Unsweetened fruit juice (limit to 1 small glasses per day)
Example Meal Plan
Example meal plan Breakfast Fruit smoothie (200ml)
Mid morning Fruit juice (200ml) Lunch Complan or Nestle Build-Up milkshake or a glass semi-skimmed milk including 2 tbsp skimmed milk powder (200ml)
Mid afternoon Slimfast (200ml) Dinner Thin soup with 1-2 tbsp of skimmed milk powder (200ml)
Supper Nestle Build-Up milkshake or Complan (200ml)
(Plus water/tea/coffee/sugar-free squash etc in between) When you feel ready, move on to Stage 2 The Puree/blended Stage
I hope this is useful. I am not a doctor and recommend anyone who has a GASTRIC BYPASS, follows the plan given them by their dietician/surgery team. This is simply me sharing one diet plan. To read about the next phase the pureed Diet phase please read here.