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Thrifty Living

Tue, 15:33

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

It’s one of life’s little cruelties that we always seem to notice things around us at a time when they’re likely to cause us maximum hurt or annoyance, writes Sheena Grant.

There’s a sweet poignancy about early autumn as the warmth of summer begins to fade and the nights pull in, writes Sheena Grant.

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