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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

Planning For A Savvy Christmas

pile of £1 coins, money, voucher codes,
This year has been a frugal one as you may have guessed by my posts about coupons (we need to do more clipping in this country, in my opinion) and my (very popular) money saving tips.  I'm also trying to use cashback websites more often these days too and save up my cashback amounts so I have a little bit of a windfall just before Christmas.

Speaking of which, how are you budgeting for Christmas this year?  I'm trying to be careful and I'm sharing my purchases out between in-store bargains and online offers such as this website.  I'm a huge fan of money-off round-up sites which are really easy to use and they have loads of the big-name stores that you'll recognise. Argos, John Lewis and Boden are all registered on there.  Click here for some more suggestions.

Another 'hot tip' from me at the moment is to become an expert on a website like or have a search for online competitions.  I love finding giveaways on blogs (and they are usually have low entry levels too which means more chances for me to win  Ssshhh!) and you'll have seen me run a few too.  Bloggers usually request that you follow their blog or their twitter account as part of the qualifying conditions and sometimes they use a special entry application like Rafflecopter (this is the one I use too).  You can log in using your Facebook account which mean that you don't have to combat hundred of unwanted emails that usually accompany registering for competitions on branded websites.  Search for blogger's giveaways using Google search but add the words "UK blog" or, if you use Twitter then have a look on the #win or #giveaway search stream.

What are your main money-saving tips for the up-coming festive season?  Let me know in the comments.

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