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How To Reduce Your Energy Bills

How To Reduce Your Energy Bills August 20th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

As we move towards the end of summer and the days become slightly shorter, it’s inevitable that our minds turn to winter and how our energy bills will creep up. If you worry about how you’re going to manage the bills this winter, here are some tips for reducing the cost: Switch supplier It may sound obvious, but you can save a lot of money by changing energy supplier. Have a look on comparison websites to see how much you could save. Switching to the cheapest supplier could cut your bills by half. Make sure you check out comparison websites regularly … Continue reading How To Reduce Your Energy Bills

Matched Betting

Matched Betting August 13th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

This post was contributed by Jodie from Matched Betting Mum Last time I was here I was offering some money making tips to help boost your holiday spending. In that article, I mentioned that one of the best ways was to do matched betting. I’m really grateful to Baby & Children’s Markets for having me back to provide a little more information about what matched betting is. Matched betting doesn’t involve you betting or gambling in the traditional sense. Instead, it’s completely risk free. By following a set process, you place bets which cancel each other out. Therefore, instead of … Continue reading Matched Betting

Are The Summer Holidays Too Long?

Are The Summer Holidays Too Long? August 6th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Picnics in the park, games of rounders with neighbourhood kids, watching TV and sneaking ice pops out of the freezer. What memories do the summer holidays conjure up for you?  For many, the long break from school offered up a welcome chunk of liberty, enjoyed alongside copious amounts of strawberries and ice-cream. From a parent’s perspective, however, the enjoyment of spending time with their children can be diminished by the challenge of juggling work and other commitments, while worrying about the impact of soaring childcare costs. In Britain, the long summer break is a throwback to the time when children … Continue reading Are The Summer Holidays Too Long?

Free Summer Activities For Kids

Free Summer Activities For Kids July 30th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Parenting is an expensive business and this expense is even more prevalent during the summer holidays. Efforts to fill the six week holiday period with boredom-busting activities and days out can often lead to a huge outpouring of cash. At Baby and Children’s Market, our mission is to help you save money on the everyday expense of parenting. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of free activities and days out you can enjoy with your family over the summer: Visit Your Library Most libraries will be taking part in this year’s summer reading challenge, Animal Agents. Simply … Continue reading Free Summer Activities For Kids

How Often Does Your Child Humiliate You In Public?

How Often Does Your Child Humiliate You In Public? July 23rd, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Children tend to save their most humiliating questions and comments for when in public – it’s one of the unwritten laws of parenting. My daughter, Susie, has come out with some clangers in her seven years of life. By sharing her opinions and questions openly, she has embarrassed me more often than I care to remember. The scenes of these occurrences can be grouped together into the following locations: Churches I don’t have anything against religion but we are not a religious family. We do, however, find ourselves in churches to celebrate weddings and christenings from time to time. And … Continue reading How Often Does Your Child Humiliate You In Public?

Jugs Of Fun

Low Cost Summer Activities July 14th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

This post is part of our Low Cost Summer series Here at Baby and Children’s Market we strongly believe that the summer can be fun without costing a fortune. It’s the spontaneous, simple activities that often provide kids with the most entertainment. Creating a pouring station in your garden (or inside if you’re brave) is a quick, easy and cheap activity that will captivate little children for hours. Most kids love playing with water – so providing it in different colours with lots of jugs, scoops and bottles to pour it with will have them hooked. I tried this activity … Continue reading Jugs Of Fun

Baking With Kids – Penny Sweet Cupcakes

Baking With Kids Penny Sweet Cupcakes July 7th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Remember the days when you could go to the local shop and buy your weight’s worth in penny sweets? While each penny sweet may no longer cost just a penny, they certainly make a lovely topping for these delicious cupcakes. These cakes are great for birthday parties or to make just because. Kids will love decorating the cakes with the brightly coloured sweets and everyone will adore the soft, springy cakes with their lemon curd filling. You will need: 175g unsalted butter, softened 175g caster sugar 3 medium eggs 175g self-raising flour, sifted Zest of one lemon ½ tsp baking … Continue reading Baking With Kids – Penny Sweet Cupcakes

Money Making Tips…Just In Time For Summer

Money Making Tips Just In Time For Summer June 30th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

As part of our #LowCostSummer series, Jodie from Matched Betting Mum has contributed this post, packed full of money making ideas, to the blog: The countdown to the summer holidays is well and truly underway! I do love this time of year when the sun is (hopefully!) shining and we can get out and about as a family. We have plenty of plans to visit theme parks, local attractions and, of course, our summer getaway abroad. However, the hefty bills that can accompany the summer holidays do take the shine off somewhat. Aside from entertaining the kids, there’s everything else … Continue reading Money Making Tips…Just In Time For Summer

How To Recreate The Ultimate Laid-Back 1980s Summer

How To Recreate The Ultimate Laid-Back 1980s Summer June 22nd, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

With the summer holidays lurking dangerously close, is it just me who feels a surge of panic bubbling up inside? How the hell am I going to entertain my kids for seven weeks straight? How will I keep my shit together? How much is this all going to cost? Despite hearing Facebook cheers of ‘yay summer!’ from numerous other parents (they can’t all be genuine surely?) the mere thought of playing entertainer, teacher, diplomat and slave for the forthcoming weeks fills me with dread. I start to wonder if my own mother had the same worries as June merged into … Continue reading How To Recreate The Ultimate Laid-Back 1980s Summer

How To Have A Low-Cost, Fun-Filled Summer

How To Have A Low-Cost, Fun-Filled Summer June 16th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

With the summer holidays looming just around the corner, many parents will be worrying about the cost of keeping their little darlings entertained for seven weeks on the trot. At Baby & Children’s Market our mission is to help parents bring down the cost of parenting. With this in mind, we’ve put together some ideas for a fun-packed, low-cost summer holiday break. 1. Explore Your Local Area There are plenty of ways to use the resources in your local area to enjoy budget activities. Of course there are parks, playgrounds and splash parks but how about involving the kids in … Continue reading How To Have A Low-Cost, Fun-Filled Summer

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