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Move over Black Friday, there’s a new shopping frenzy in town and it goes by the name of Singles’ Day. What is Singles’ Day? Believe it or not, Singles’ Day has been around since the 1990’s where it began in China. The day acts as a celebration for single people – think Valentine’s day for the unattached – and it’s now become the world’s largest…


Last July I wrote that “Less Is More” in a piece about how a minimalist approach to spending leaves us with more to either spend on goods and services we couldn’t before or to put aside for our longer term financial future. I’d focused on the redoubtable Michelle McGagh whom I’d met earlier that month and who was just over half way through her epic…


New year, new me. How many times have you seen that on your Facebook feed in the last 2 weeks or people sharing motivational quotes about how this year is going to be different? It may feel like the time to completely reinvent yourself but if you feel like you need to make a change you are probably not that far away from where you…


Whether you’re putting away something for a family holiday or trying to get an early start on the Christmas present kitty, there’s no doubt we all could do with saving a few extra pounds each month. But aside from living on the bare essentials, are there any other ways to grow your rainy day fund? We dug out some money saving secrets from expert bloggers…


Last week, I met up with consumer finance journalist and blogger Michelle McGagh.   Michelle is making the news herself as she has undertaken a challenge to last the whole of 2016 – a challenge to induce palpitations in anyone else. Are we talking about white-water rafting?   Sky-diving? Sailing solo round the world? Nowhere close. Michelle’s challenge, which she embarked upon on 1 January this year,…


How is it June already? This can only mean that it’s almost summer and time to bring out the bunting. In just under a month a very special person will be celebrating a milestone birthday. We all love a good party now and again and what better excuse to celebrate this milestone than with a Street party. Street parties are a great way to get…


While for those of us in more northern climes it seems summer this year never even got started, the fact is that this fickle season will shortly draw to a close and children will once again return to school.  South of the border, summer is still in full swing but even here it won’t be too long till school restarts and autumn beckons. If you’ve…


Continuing from part 1 – here is the next installment of Make money blogging – a rough guide. Hosting You will need somewhere to physically host your website pages. For starters, you can get relatively cheap hosting from a variety of providers. For around £3 a month, depending on the provider, you can buy hosting space that will allow you to park, in some cases,…


It’s that time of year. Christmas is almost upon us and the festive season, with all of its financial trappings, is in full swing. It would be difficult to argue against the fact that the season has become a hugely commercial enterprise. Indeed, for many households the Christmas period is a time when finances are put under enormous strain, with already tight monthly budgets being…


On the Scottish Friendly blog we have written long and often on saving and investing money. However one area we haven’t touched upon is actually making money, specifically in the form of a residual income. Speaking from experience, I hope to give you a crash course in just this and take you through the steps from start to finish on how to set up a…