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I’ve always like Alison Moyet, both for her music and her down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to life, writes Sheena Grant.

Opinion: Is customer service on the high street dead?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sitcoms were a big thing in the 1970s. Anyone who lived through the decade will remember that while some were better than others, all tapped into something true to life, writes Sheena Grant.

It’s not long since I wrote about how mums and dads-to-be are often easy prey for those trying to convince us to spend a fortune on all manner of useless paraphernalia when we welcome a new baby into the world, writes Sheena Grant.

Space is currently short on the window sills of my conservatory, writes Sheena Grant. And that’s because they are being taken over by an ever-increasing number of pots containing everything from runner bean seedlings to herbs, tomatoes, spinach and salad leaves.

Plastic. It’s transformed many aspects of modern life for the better. But that transformation has come at a terrible cost, writes Sheena Grant.

Those trying to sell us something we don’t need are adept at knowing how to exploit our insecurities and expectations to get us to part with our hard-earned cash, writes Sheena Grant.

I have what can only be called a troubled history when it comes to growing my own veg, writes Sheena Grant.

I’d be prepared to hazard a guess that most people have never heard of ethylene, writes Sheena Grant.

Autum is often seen as the season of most fruitful foraging as shrubs and plants produce all manner of berries and nuts that helped get generations of our forebears through the dark days of winter, writes Sheena Grant.

You might wonder how your children are ever going to learn to manage money responsibly when the messages of modern throwaway society seem fixated on evermore consumption, writes Sheena Grant.

Fed up with being hit by rising food prices and the too-high cost of my weekly shop despite following all the basic rules about planning meals, list-making and using up leftovers, last month I came up with my own plan to eat well for a less, writes Sheena Grant.

Do you remember the days when Easter used to be a straightforward affair? asks Sheena Grant.

In my quest to live life a little less wastefully, I’m always on the lookout for inspiration from others, writes Sheena Grant.

It’s the start of the Easter holidays - two and a half weeks away from the confines of the classroom for our children and a chance for parents to spend more time with their offspring. But the break can be a drain when it comes to keeping youngsters entertained without spending a fortune, writes Sheena Grant.

Opinion: Savings from my oven-less month really do add up

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How long could you go without using your oven? In my case it was exactly four weeks and, in reality, I could have lasted longer, writes Sheena Grant.

According to a What-type-of-shopper-are-you quiz I’ve just taken on the BBC’s Eat Well for Less website, I’m a bargain hunter, writes Sheena Grant,

I make it a rule never to pick up the phone if caller display shows the number is withheld or unavailable , writes Sheena Grant.

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