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Sheena has just used the last of her Christmas sprouts to make a soup

Suffolk mum Sheena Grant is single-handedly tackling food waste by using up her leftover Christmas veg - in February.

The night sky provides hours of free entertainment. 
Picture: James Hilder/PA

The natural world is the friend of the thrifty, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her endeavour to life a less costly existence.

How much do you spend on coffee each year?

I like to think I’ve had some success since I’ve been trying to live more thriftily, writes Sheena Grant.

Shopping in Ipswich town centre - but is it really a bargain? Only if you actually need it.

In life, there are shades of grey in many areas. Not everything is black and white, writes Sheena Grant, who has vowed to live a thriftier existence.

It’s been a costly few days.

Out with old, in with new? Er, no

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Debt is an increasing problem for many

I may be accused of being a ‘Remoaner’, determined to be negative about Britain’s post-EU prospects, but I can’t help thinking the next few years might be financially bumpy for a lot of people when the reality of Brexit kicks in.

January can be a depressing month

January can be depressing, so depressing, in fact, that someone has even done a calculation to pinpoint the exact day when we’re likely to be at our most melancholy, writes Sheena Grant.

Sheena Grant avoids shopping as a leisure activity in order to live more thriftily

As 2016 comes to a close I’ve been reflecting on my thrifty year: the successes, the things that haven’t gone quite so well and my plans for the coming 12 months, writes Sheena Grant.

Which type of tree do you go for?

Every Christmas for the last few years I’ve had a particular problem: how to make the most thrifty tree choice while also avoiding one of the worst excesses of our throwaway society - the ‘disposable’ pine, writes Sheena Grant.

More of us than ever are buying Christmas presents online - but experts are warning shoppers to take extra care to avoid being tricked by fraudsters into parting with bank details

With every passing year more of us are doing ever more of our Christmas shopping online, writes Sheena Grant.

No-one would argue that 2016 has been anything other than a strange year. A very strange year, writes Sheena Grant.

How to get the best deal from your energy supplier

A surprising news report hit the headlines this week, writes Sheena Grant.

Replacing the plug fixed the problem with Sheena's vacuum cleaner

It was a moment of terror and daring that had taken me weeks to summon the courage to attempt, writes Sheena Grant.

Are you off to the fireworks?

When the calendar rolls round to November 5, I always let out a big sigh of relief followed, almost instantly, by a sharp, panicked, intake of breath, writes Sheena Grant.

Learning to sew could help you look after the pennies

It’s tempting, when you’re a child, to make a mental note of all the things that adults say to you that are crass, repetitive and, to be blunt, downright annoying, and vow that you will never utter anything similar to anyone when you are a grown-up, writes Sheena Grant.

YouTube saved Sheena Grant from an expensive plumbing bill

I almost had what can only be described as a Claudia Winkleman moment at the end of last week, writes Sheena Grant.

Have you been blackberry picking?

Smells have an extraordinary power to trigger evocative memories, transporting us back to the past in a fraction of a second, writes Sheena Grant.

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