How to save money on your wedding day

If you’re engaged to be wed, wow congratulations! If you’re here just to be curious, hey I don’t blame you either (let’s face it, I’m not married).                    The cost of weddings can often put people off the idea, or make them wait longer than they have to. The truth is, this isn’t necessary and you don’t need to downsize either, you just need these tips on how to save money on your wedding day!

The Frugal Frenchie

The timing of your wedding

  • Consider a midweek wedding/ out of season

Upon doing research on this, I found that some couples saved up to £7000 hosting a wedding in winter instead of summer, or saving £1000 because it was a Wednesday instead of a Saturday.

Business is slower during the week and the colder seasons, so it’s always worth seeing where they offer better deals for that.

  • Get last minute deals if you can’t wait!

Sites such as Last Minute Weddings, allow you to see last minute cancellations or nearby dates at great prices. They have selected venues but you can find decently priced packages and without the 1-2 year waiting list.

Other websites that are similar include Cancelled Weddings and For Better For Worse.

The bigger details

  • The location

A lot of the time our dream wedding consists of a castle-looking splendour, but sometimes the smaller, more modest countryside locations can be an utter bargain.

Barns can be transformed into really beautiful locations, or even a friend’s farm. YouTubers “The Life of Riley,” actually made a video about what they did- their whole wedding was only £4000!

I often hear of a lot of places in Scotland being very budget friendly, one couple I spoke to on Facebook during my research hired their whole venue for only £700!

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Decluttering: My freebie collection

Thankfully, for once I’m “on trend.” I’ve caught the Marie Kondo, Tidying Up bug. Ever since opening my Help To Buy ISA account, I’ve been interested in homes, interior design and minimal living. I’ve had the same room for over 15 years and in that time I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff; not necessarily many objects, but a lot of sentimental items. It’s quite a big thing to me so I thought I’d start writing posts about it; today’s: decluttering my freebie collection. Enjoy!

The Frugal Frenchie

I had an utter obsession with collecting freebies in my young to mid-teens. The idea of getting products from expensive brands for free just seemed like a no brainer to me. Since then I have accumulated 2 shoe boxes full of items, from sticky notes, to protein to makeup. I figured that it’s not worth keeping all of them now and some may even be out of date so it’s time for a declutter.

Decluttering: My freebie collection

I’m going to give a quick summary of some of the contents and everything that I don’t keep and is still usable, I shall be giving to charity or a homeless shelter.

Benefit

If you go to Benefit counters, they often have samples to spare, especially when you try the item on yourself. I did exploit this at the time especially as I didn’t buy makeup myself.

Here are a few items I have.

  • Total Moisture facial cream
  • Triple Performing facial emulsion x2
  • Pore-fessional cream x2
  • Pore-fessional balm
  • It’s Potent eye cream x3
  • Air Patrol eye primer
  • They’re Real [makeup] remover
  • Hello Flawless foundation
  • So Radiant Refined Finish Facial Polish exfoliator

Decluttering: My freebie collection

Vichy

If you look at Vichy’s retail prices, it’s enough to make you gulp. They’re very expensive. Consequently, they send out a lot of samples to try and prove themselves worthy of their money.

In my collection are:

  • Idealia Skin Sleep Recover night gel-balm x 3 tube and 2 sample
  • Idealia Smoothing and illuminating cream x 1 tube and 1 sample
  • Liftactiv Serum 10 for eyes and lashes x2
  • Liftactiv Serum 10 Youth enhancing serum x2
  • Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Serum x2
  • Normaderm Anti-blemish care

Decluttering: My freebie collection

La Roche-Posay

I collected these for the same reason as Vichy- they are so expensive! I once had a £20 coupon so ran to Boots but even then, some items were over £50…. nope.

I’ve got:

  • Redermic anti-ageing corrective concentrate x2
  • Effaclar Duo corrective anti-imperfections x3
  • Effaclar purifying foaming gel for oily sensitive skin
  • Toleriane Ultura sensitive skincare cream x2
  • Toleriane Ultra Fluide intense soothing fluid for face and eyes x2

Decluttering: My freebie collection

Other brands

  • Yves Rocher: Due to Brexit, they will no longer be accepting orders from the UK, however, this French brand always gives free samples on every purchase. My mum has loads and my Grandma always gives them to me when I visit. I have 11 hydrating gel creme samples and 1 reparation serum.

Decluttering: My freebie collection

  • Bare minerals: Blemish remedy powder foundation and brush x2, their original foundation powder and two of their complexion rescue tinted hydrating gel cream

Decluttering: My freebie collection

  • Estee Lauder, I have a loooooaaaaaddddd of these. I’ve had 4 samples of their Double Wear Foundation (all of which lasted me about 3 months each), I have 3 idealist skincare illuminators, 3 invisible fluid makeup and 4 Re-Nutrive ultimate radiance makeup.

Decluttering: My freebie collection

  • I have also had loads of mascaras which unfortunately dried out so I’ve never chucked most; they included 3 MAC ones, two Channel, a MaxFactor, Urban Decay and Avon one.
  • I have also had loads of perfumes but I gave up quickly with those, it’s always the peel off stickers rather than samples so I just thought it was a waste. I did get some tube samples though including a Nicki Minaj one and Modern House by Estee Lauder.

Outcome

Here’s what I’m keeping:

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Here’s what I’m donating/giving to friends:

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Let me know how your decluttering is going if you’ve been inspired too; I love hearing your experiences!

Goals for 2019

For the first time ever last year, I reached all my goals for 2018. I strongly attribute this to writing them down, as well as an update, in order to keep me accountable. Now, with exams out the way, I thought I’d write down my goals for 2019 too.

The Frugal Frenchie

Goals for 2019

Decluttering

This is probably my most recent goal, having only decided on this one around the second week in. For once, I may just about be on trend, as I have just binged watched “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo. I’ve never watched a show that taught me so much, yet seemed so obvious at the same time.

The before and after pictures really spoke to me, as normally we just see these gorgeous homes on Instagram, but never expect that how it started off could resemble our own homes. Her teachings about sparking joy and detaching our memories from objects, really spoke to me as although I am not a materialistic person, all of my belongings I feel must be kept for sentimental reasons.

As a result, one goal is to declutter my room, to the extent of imagining “this is what I would bring if I moved house.” If I wouldn’t bring it to a new home, why would I keep it in my old one? Up to now, I’ve already cleared out some clothes, and I would like to keep updating on my Instagram I did here. Continue reading “Goals for 2019”

What is there to know about Fathers’ mental health?

In a society where we’re (rightfully so) encouraging men to be expressive, not hide their feelings or reinforce this “macho” image, what is there to know about fathers’ mental health? Or perhaps more appropriate to ask, what do we know about their mental health? In this post, I shall be exploring exactly that. If you have any thoughts, just leave them in the comments below!

The Frugal Frenchie

What to know about Fathers' mental health?

Father’s supportive role

When having a baby, we often hear about maternal mental health, over paternal mental health. Of course, having a baby is a massive deal, and some women do develop perinatal mental health issues, but this isn’t to say that the Father can be mentally affected too.

In a study by Hanzak (2016), they asked Mother’s who had experienced maternal mental illnesses, how much their partner was able to help. The answers were mixed. Some said their partners were unhelpful, accounting their symptoms for just regular “postnatal” feelings or just saying “I’m tired too.” Others were unsure of how to help but they tried the best they could. They often didn’t have the resources and struggled to cope. Other Mothers were more positive and said that they stopped working and helped with the baby, managed to bond and was extremely patient.
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My dissertation on the impact of maternal mental health

As many of you know I currently study a BSc in Psychology. I am in my final year and (all things going well) should graduate in June 2019. This obviously means that I am working on my dissertation, so I thought I’d share a little bit about it, especially as it’s something that impacts a lot of women today and is something that needs to be spoken out about. I hope you find it as interesting as I do!

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My dissertation on the impact of maternal mental health

My topic and why I chose it 

I’ve decided to do my dissertation on postnatal OCD, more specifically on what, if any impact there is on infant attachment type. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. I am a very maternal person, I love hearing about their behaviour and what they get up to- I mean most people I follow on Instagram are very active mums who love putting stories up!
  2. Maternal, or parental health in general needs to be further researched, but I found that particularly postnatal OCD lacked insight. Perhaps this was a matter of there are fewer people diagnosed or not many people chose to focus on it in their research- I have no clue. I just thought for my personal interest, and in the interest of adding something of value to the academic field, I thought I would focus on postnatal OCD.

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Make over £20 a day with Prolific

The other day in the library I had an hour gap between my seminar and lecture so I decided to look on Prolific for any surveys. Low and behold there were actually two, so I managed to do them both. In that hour I earned £5.50! Because of this, I estimate you could make a lot more, but for generalisation’s sake- here’s how to make over £20 a day with Prolific. Good luck!

The Frugal Frenchie

What is Prolific?

Prolific is a survey site, to put it bluntly. However, I can safely say, that having tried to make money from surveys since the age of 14, this is the best and quickest-earner I have ever experienced.

This is the site on a mobile device, this was a good morning for surveys!

Make over £20 a day with Prolific

How do you get paid so much? Is it genuine?

Prolific is 100% genuine. The reason why you get so much and so quickly is for two reasons. Continue reading “Make over £20 a day with Prolific”