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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

5 Top Tips To Make Black Friday And Cyber Monday Work For You

A week before the main event and the emails have already started to drop into my inbox. Black Friday (26 November 2016) or Cyber Monday is a perfect opportunity to grab some pre-Christmas bargains.  Here are my top five tips for surviving the online shopping mall rush and a little video to help out.

5 Top Tips To Make Black Friday And Cyber Monday Work For You

Remember, Remember

Make a list of what you would like to buy, check the website and find out exactly when that sale is starting. Set an alarm on your phone or your email.

Follow The Band

Find your favourite stores on Twitter and Facebook and watch out for alerts and social media special deals.

Check It Out

Compare the price on other websites by using Google Shopping or PriceRunner to ensure you are getting the best deal. Just because one store says it's a bargain, it might not necessarily be the best bargain.

Get Even More Discounts

See if there are more savings to be had by checking out websites such as or to see if there is local collection or free delivery offers.

Set A Budget

Just because there's a sale on, make sure you are sticking to your budget. Also, ask yourself if you really need that item; would you have bought it if it hadn't have been on offer?

Please feel free to share your top tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the comments