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Welcome! I’m Claire, a mother of one, living in Greater Manchester. I help those that want to save money, make money and get through life with a smile on their face.

I truly believe that money and happiness are interlinked. Cash doesn’t buy you happiness, but it does buy you choice and little changes add up. We all go through difficult periods and if you’re struggling with debt, savings, or with life as a new mum, then I’m here to offer you some help to get through the day.

I write from personal experience. I’ve been in debt, I’ve suffered with anxiety and depression and I’m a mother. I also know that each of those things come with a particular set of challenges, so I try to help those who are feeling overwhelmed with tips and hacks to get through the rough days. I write from the heart and consider my readers as my friends, so imagine me chatting to you over a cuppa (or a glass of red wine) as you read the articles here. My overall intention is that this blog shows you that you’re not alone and that everybody struggles sometimes.

If you want to find out more about me personally, then click on my About Me page.

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Now I’ve explained what the site is all about, I’d like to give you a speedy tour of the website, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.


Money is at the heart of Stapo’s thrifty life hacks.

If you’re looking to save cash, then here are some posts that should help you:

10 thrifty living tips to avoid

Monzo and IFTTT: the easy way to save money

SIM only vs contract phone: is the saving worth it?

How to save money on OTC medicine

But if you’d like to earn some extra cash then these articles are for you:

Prolific: the surveys site you need to sign up to

The best cashback website: free money for all

Shoppix: the receipt app you need to download


When it comes to making and saving money, there’s a lot we can tweak within the kitchen. Some of my favourite foodie hacks can be found here:

Is Shopmium worth it?

Slow cooker dump bags: family cooking made easy

Food to freeze: 10 extra things you should have in your freezer

100 healthy dinner ideas: variety is the spice of life

The best frozen vegetables to buy: a simple foodie hack

Meatless Monday meals: save cash on food


If you’re expecting a baby, then firstly, congratulations! If you’re looking for helpful information about what you need to do to prepare for your new arrival, then you’ve come to the right place. Start off with this post about 5 of the best second-hand buys. Another amazing post for staying organised as you prepare for your baby is this guide to working out your maternity leave budget.

I’ve also created a list of items you should pack if you’re booked in for an induction.

Newborn life

When your baby comes, there’s a good chance you’ll be wondering what on earth happened. If you’re looking for some useful articles to read whilst you’re doing the night feed, then I’d recommend:

Utilising your baby box and avoiding landfill

Fill your baby keepsake box: 10 simple ideas

Three travel cot hacks that will save you money

Baby tights: not just for little girls

Toddler life

If you’ve blinked and you now have an energetic toddler on your hands, then you may find these posts useful:

Children’s custom clothing at its best

10 things to do with your toddler over summer

Inspiring posts

Sometimes we need a bit of general life inspo. You’ll find it here:

The frog and the scorpion and the lessons this fable teaches us

Armchair travel: wanderlust with BBC iPlayer

The postcard: a unique souvenir to treasure

Leaving lockdown: 8 lessons to lead us to a brighter future

If you’re looking to make some life improvements, then these are the posts for you:

Create your emergency calm box with things you already have

How to ensure you’re working from home productively

Extrovert? Ambivert? Omnivert? How to thrive in isolation

I hope this gives you a taste of what you’ll find Stapo’s thrifty life hacks.