April – Reader Profile

  Hi I’m Abi.  4 years ago I gave up a job as a bank manager to be a stay at home mum. We have two children, so as the recession hit my husbands pay I decided that I needed to do something to help. I’ve been making cakes for years for friends and family for years and really enjoy it so it seemed a natural line of business for me and is something I can do around the children. I also enjoy the fact that all my cakes are made without additives and preservatives so they are better for my own family.  The extra money goes a long way if you watch what you do with it”

three tips…
1) do your grocery shopping online, it’s a lot easier to budget, you won’t be as tempted and you don’t have pester power from the kids
2) use cash when you do go to the shops then you can’t go above what you have in your pocket
3) most importantly, treat yourself occasionally. Budgeting is like dieting, a little of what you fancy keeps you on the wagon!

Kind regards




  1. Mangla
    April 1, 2010 / 5:51 pm

    I love this inspiring stories and the budgeting tips. I would also add, making a menu for the week. I adjust my menu while shopping online once I see offers, and for the whole week I know exactly what I’m cooking and when.

  2. Abi
    April 14, 2010 / 7:33 pm

    I couldn’t agree more although I only have a vague idea but I do make sure i have enough veg and mea/fish for the week. also helps me make sure we all get a balanced diet! double bonus!

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