Category Archives: 5 Things

5 Ways to Switch and Save

We are two months in to the New Year and let’s face it with the energy bills and Christmas not long over money can be a little tight, especially with half term around the corner.

We have a few ideas how you can switch and save money.

Switch Energy Suppliers


When was the last time you switch energy suppliers? On average you could save £301!

There are many sites you can use to compare energy tariffs and it’s really easy to switch.




Go Compare

Compare The Market

Just fill in your details and see what the best offer for your home is.

Switch Your Lightbulbs

Have you switched your light bulbs yet? Have you switched them to LED bulbs? LED cost a fraction of the price to run and last for years. Depending on the wattage you use and how many you have, you save hundred each year. They are more expensive but will pay for themselves very quickly. You could replace them slowly.

To work out how much you could save fill in the form at London Electric Design.

Switch Supermarket


If you haven’t converted to one of the discounter supermarkets you may want to consider giving Aldi or Lidl a try. There prices are much lower and the quality is really good, you can save quite a bit from your weekly shop.

Switch from Branded to Shop Own

If you are loyal to your supermarket then try switching from branded to shop own products or even giving some of the basic/everyday brands a try. We now use Sainsbury’s basic pasta as its only 33p a bag and tastes just like their standard pasta. Try something new each week, you’ll be surprised but what you will like and save.

Switch TV Supplier


It’s great to have a choice when you watch TV but Sky TV or Virgin Media is really expensive. We realised that we weren’t really watching many of the Sky channels and actually watched the freeview channels the most.  There were a few sky channels we couldn’t live without so we switched to NowTV so we still have Sky1, Sky Living etc. We also get all the sky boxsets and catch up TV and the entertainment package is £6.99 a month and you cancel anytime. We also have the movies for £8.99 a month and we get all the live sky movie channels and movies on demand.

We invested in a recordable freesat box and we save £168 a year and we only had the basic Sky package.

If you are not bothered about the sky channels then try Netflix or Amazon Prime for your boxset fixes. We also use the iplayer a lot, including the children who can watch their favourite programmes on demand.

What have you switched that saved you money?

5 Ways to Switch and Save

5 Brilliant Things to May Half Term

Half Term

Half term is upon us again and it’s hard to know what to do with the Children.

We have found 5 brilliant things that you could do this half term some of which are free!

1. Visit Manchester United’s Museum for Free

Throughout May and June it is free to visit the Manchester United’s Museum.  Why not pop along and have a look around. The David Beckham exhibition ends in June so if you want to see it now’s your chance!

2. Visit the New Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers

The new Cbeebies Land opens on the 24th May and it looks awesome. A must for any Cbeebies fan. It’s packed full of their favourite characters with live shows, rides and sensory areas.

Under 4’s go free and if you book online you save up to 25%.

3 . Spring Special at Willow Farm

Willow Farm are running a Spring Special programme from 24th May -1st June. Activities include sheep shearing, Ferret Fun, Horse Display, Puppet Show, JCB Young Drivers Zone, Tree House adventure and much, much more.

4 . Become Nectar Collectors at Isis Education Centre at The LookOut in Hyde Park (Free Event)


They are hosting two open days as part of the Chelsea Fringe on the 28th and 29th of May. Walk around the gardens, visit the sunshine pond and mini-beast area. You can explore using the plant spotter sheets or take part in the free craft activities. You can make a nectar feeder for butterflies, make a recycled plant pot, paint and colour pictures of butterflies and bees or explore the gardens with their children’s nature trail.

Drop in from 11 am or 3pm. You can book a free slot to ensure you don’t miss out.

5 . Visit a National Trust Area and Work on Your 50 Things

Visit one of our top fossil-hunting spots to see what you can find.

Find your local National Trust property and get out and active. Visit the 50 Things to Do before Your 11 ¾ site and pick what you want to do or look for a family friendly event.

What ever you do have a great half term!

Our 5 Favourite Coats for Adults

Last week we showed you our favourite boys and girls coats. We didn’t want to leave the mums and dads out so here are picks for the adults.

From left to right:

Next Duffle Coat £52-£58

Hobbs Joyce Coat £139

H&M Coat £34.99

Boden Audrey Coat £126.65

Matalan The Trench £30

From left to right:

Canterbury Makore Quilted Jacket £95

New Look Khaki Fur Trim Hooded Parka Jacket £49.99

Joules Mens Luxury Coat Whistler £49

John Rocha Dark Brown Multi Pocket Parka Jacket £79.20

Republic Jack & Jones Carrick Jacket £60


Our 5 Favourite Coats for Boys

The kids have gone back to school and it’s time to start thinking about you and your children’s autumn/winter wardrobe.

Today we are sharing our 5 favourite boy’s coats with you.

From left to right:

Mini Boden, Duffle Coat £55

John Rocha , Boy’s Brown Checked Front Hooded coat £27-£30

H&M Soft Shell Jacket £19

 F&F Quilted Corduroy Trim Jacket £10

Matalan Puffa Jacket £9-£20

Come back tomorrow for our 5 Favourite Girls Coats.

4 Free Things to do June Half Term

The school holidays are here again and they are not getting any cheaper.

Here are 4 things to do for FREE this half term.

1. Become a Nature Detective 

nature detectives

The Woodlands Trust have a great selection of free printable activities.  You can choose a seasonal pack or by activity.

The activities include pond dipping, mini beast and a Jubilee themed pack. Just print them off and start having fun.

2. See an Outdoor Summer Screening

Made in Britain

There is a 3 day summer screening event at Broadgate Circle in London. The screenings highlight the best of British cinema.

Film Schedule:

Wednesday 6 June

12.15pm Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were- Rabbit (2005, U)

5.45pm Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2012,12A)

Thursday 7 June

12.15pm 101 Dalmatians (1996, U)

5.45pm The Italian Job (1969, PG)

Friday 8 June

12.15pm Nanny McPhee (2005, U)

There is a fancy dress competition and free popcorn. You can bring your own picnic.

Full details here 

3. Go to a Mueseum

You will find the majority of Museums have free entry.  Do Free Stuff  has listings of most if them, you just have to select where you want to go and you will see what is available.

You’ll be surprised how many you will find.

4. Get started on Father’s Days Gifts

There are tonnes of free printable cards and pictures online for Father’s Day. We found this great Father’s Day Questionnaire on The Crafting Chicks.

Just print it off and fill it in.

We hope this has given something to do this half term.


5 Funky Tops for Girls

Last week it was all about the boys, we shared our picks of boys shorts and t-shirts. This week we have been on the hunt for great clothes for girls.

Here are 5 funky tops for girls:

From left to right

Country Garden T-Shirt from We Love Frugi £16

Autograph Pure Cotton Floral Top from M&S £7

Joules Girls Polo Shirt £24.95

Molo Floreal Butterfly Print from Tootsie and Fudge £14

Sunshine Top from Pumpkin Patch £5.99

Come pack on Friday for some dazzling dresses.

5 Cool Shorts for Boys

Yesterday we gave you 5 Cool T-Shirts for Boys, today we have shorts for you.

Here are our 5 favourite:

From left to right:

H&M Shorts £4.99

Boys Bermuda from Vertbaudet £16

Maxomorra Blue and White Stars from Juicy Tots £12.99

Green Stripe from Love It Love It Love It £15

F&F Cargo Shorts £7

Next week here comes the girls!


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5 Cool T-Shirts for Boys

Last week we shared our favourite maternity clothes this week its all about the boys.

We are kicking off with cool t-shirts:

From left to right

Moped T-Shirt from Wee Folk Rock £7

Joules Appliqué T-Shirt £9.95

Boys & Girls Print T-Shirt £13

Monkey T-Shirt from George £3.50

Next Navy Guitar T-Shirt from £5.50

Come back tomorrow for some cool boys shorts.



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