A Quick Breakdown of My Engagement Ring

My Ring

I'm not a huge fan of blingy jewellery and I'll admit I'm someone who doesn't know a lot about it. And when my boyfriend proposed I would have said yes if he was holding a piece of string. Thankfully though, he found a perfect ring for a perfect price. My ring to me is much more than the details below but it's certainly interesting to learn a little bit more about what I wear every single day...

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Secret Cloud House Holidays – Glamping Review

secret cloud holidays glamping

In August 2017, my Fiance and I travelled just 30mins down the road to Secret Cloud House Holidays in Staffordshire for our anniversary.

20 Cheap & Free Things to Do in Winter

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Winter is the season where you can often feel too drained and too poor after the madness of Christmas however it's a beautiful season and yours for the taking. Inside are 15 cheap and free things to do this winter...

My Answers To Your BS Weight Loss Excuses

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I am a very tough-love kind of friend. I'm there when you need me but if you want some help, I'm your girl to kick you out your slump and give you some straight-talking. I have all the time in the world to help you get to your goal but don't give me any of the excuses's below - they are holding you back! I apologise in advance of this rant post - I just want you to get out of your own way!

Are You Entitled to a Discount Railcard?

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If you travel via trains even a few times a year, you'll need to look into the railcards that the UK offers. Most cost around £30 a year but give you a third off all travel. Once you've spent £90 in an entire year, you've made your money back. Here's a break down of all the railcards available right now...

How to Overcome Constant Cravings

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Cravings are instinctual, brutal and part of being human. You can crave a hot bath, a cup of tea or your bed. Non of these are harmful to crave but when food is taking over your life and you are following these cravings further and further into obesity then it's time to learn what cravings are and how to kick their butt. 

My 10 Biggest Savings with Designer Exchange

Over the last 5 years or so I have built a handbag collection that will last me years and years to come. Like many of you I got fed up of buying the same low-quality bags from high street shops that would fall apart after a few months. I found Designer Exchange and haven't look back since...

My Wedding Dress – My Bridal Buying Expereince

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I cannot describe how surreal it was to walk out of a shop with a wedding dress on my arm. Here's my experience...

My Photo Album: Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland

In March 2017 I took to the skies once more to visit Basel, Switzerland for work. As it was a work trip there unfortunately wasn't a lot of time for tourist things however I was blow away by it's beauty. Here I present my photo album of my favourite pics from my fleeting visit...

Calorie Counting: Vegetables

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Vegetables are brilliant and anyone who says otherwise has never tried anything other than over boiled smelly mush. I love vegetables and they are amazing to bulk out any one pot meal. To help you make better food choices, here are 50 vegetables sorted by low to high calorie counts.

The 5 Newbie Rules of the Gym

Starting up at a new gym - or even your first gym - this year? You don't need one to lose weight but they can help an enormous amount. Go, enjoy yourself and take this advice...

3 Healthy Resolutions You’ll Actually Be Able to Keep

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New Years resolutions are a crock of shit. People expect to change themselves overnight then punish themselves when they fail. Real progress is slow, long and a little bit boring. You'll need to set yourself achievable & realistic goals if you want to improve yourself.

Monthly Progress Report: December 2017

Weight loss does not come easily to me and I struggle with food issues everyday. I'm hoping that by writing these monthly posts, I will do this the healthily way rather than eating half as much as I should and yo-yoing in weight...

The Only Beauty Products You Need to Buy

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As much as anyone else I love bath bombs, day perfumes, hair oils, night perfumes, lip masks, body sprays and all beauty products that promise to make me look like a model. However what do you really and only need in your life?

January Money Savings Challenge

You will find lots of money saving challenges online and they mostly request you live like a hermit with no social events and living off beans and lentils. The below challenge is designed to give you a good quality of life whilst saving the money after a payday...

How To Pimp Your Wedding Cake

I'll be honest - I've always found wedding cakes to be a little boring. They're a lot of money to not have too much of a purpose. We've come up with idea thats fun for everyone, will make your cake stand out and will ensure everyone gets the flavour they really wanted...

5 Essential Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

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When I thought about trying on dresses I thought I would be excited to riffle through the rails but I was surprised with how long and tiring the process can be. I've written my top 5 tips for getting the most out of your wedding dress shopping...

Stay Slim at Christmas When You’re A Guest

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If you’re a guest you have no control over how the food is cooked so you can't request that they steam rather than fry or serve plain carrots over honey-glazed ones. Here's what you should and shouldn't eat at Christmas. Stick to this list and you won't put on the usual Christmas pounds...

25 Last Minute Present Ideas

So it's the last few days before Christmas and you've remembered that present you haven't purchased yet. Here's an inspirational list of quick, budget friendly, last-minute gifts you could buy on the high street or make at home...

How He Proposed

On the 26th July 2017 my wonderful boyfriend asked me to marry him. Here's the story of that day...

10 Overnight Bag Essentials

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With Christmas around the corner, there's a good chance you'll be staying with family members, grandparents and friends as you celebrate the holidays. This is a basic list of what you'll need in your overnight bag.

Healthy Version of Christmas Dinner

If you're hosting Christmas dinner this year then this post is for you. I'm going to go through each component of a Christmas Dinner and explain how you can shave the calories without losing flavour...

Winterise Your Garden

winterise your garden

Have you made your garden ready for winter yet? Read this steps below and make sure your garden is a place you can enjoy when the sun goes in...

How To Make A Little Extra Money Before Christmas

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Christmas can be very expensive! Besides setting a budget (and sticking to it), some of us need a little bit extra money to cope with Christmas. Below are my pro tips for making some pounds in December...

Afternoon Tea at The Quarter Cafe

afternoon tea at the quarter cafe hanley

The Quarter Cafe in Hanley, Stoke offers an amazing afternoon tea option at great value! Read my review below on this experience...

Exercise Explained: Walking

Walking is a very low impact form of exercise. It certainly won’t take you down a dress size in a week but coupled with a healthy lifestyle, walking more will make you healthier and save your money…

10 Things I No Longer Waste Money On

Inspired by recent Instagram posts, here are my 10 things I no longer waste money on...

How Is Bacon Healthy?! An Introduction to the Keto Diet

what is the keto diet?

Like many of you, I have been on-off dieting for years. I am a big believer in the Keto diet and highly recommend it to anyone looking for weight loss. I have pulled some sciencey things together to better explain why this diet is brilliant. I'm starting this diet today and always use it to kick start weight loss when I feel I've gone too far and want to drop some pounds fast without feeling restricted. Here's how it works...

How to Have a Holly Jolly Low-Cost Christmas

christmas dinner

Christmas can be a very expensive time but who says it should be? Shop savvy with these tips and celebrate the holidays with more money in your pocket than last Christmas...

Experiences Bucket List

Although I have a drive to visit other countries and cultures, my desire to have continuous unique experiences - regardless of the location - is stronger...

Plan a Food Shop (And Actually Live Of It!)

The difference between buying a food shop once a month and a couple times a week will make a very noticeable to your bank account. You can also make healthier choices, as you’ll be pre-planning your budget (and calories). Check out the tips below to ensure you’re doing everything possible to have a affordable but healthy and home-cooked lifestyle...

My Top 10 Tips For Saving Money on Black Friday

Black Friday is a savvy-shoppers heaven. Throughout the year we search and research deals, bargains and offers to spend the least to get the most. But on Black Friday, those offers just fall into our laps with one temptation after another. It's dangerous as you could blog your budget on some fantastic looking deals. But we must remain strong and continue to keep our heads clear to figure out what's really a good deal or not...

A Perfect Picnic Wedding

WEDDING PICNIC

We knew right off the bat that we wouldn't be having a traditional wedding dinner with head tables, waiters and 3 course meals - it's just a bit too fancy and expensive for us. Honestly, I'm a little obsessed with picnics. I think they're comfortable, cheap, relaxing and fun to prep. That's why for our wedding we are having a perfect picnic. Here's the plan so far...

My Gift List 2017

Inside are 6 of my favourite items on my Christmas list this year. What's on yours?

My Carry-On Essentials

carry on essentials

I've put together a visual guide to what are the essential needs for any long or short flight...

Why Do British People Wear Poppies?

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Today is Remembrance Sunday in England and we've all got our poppies. But do you know what we buy them for and where this tradition originated from?

How To Have A #SpendFree Weekend

spendfree weekend

A #spendfree weekend is self explanatory; it's a weekend where you spend nothing! I recommend you have at least 1 - 2 per month to live more frugally. It's a lot of fun, is great for the budget and can get really creative...

The 5 Awkward Wedding Questions And How to Answer Them

Planning a wedding is a rather public event. Suddenly relatives and friends you haven't heard from in years creep out and ask the same questions. Here's how you should handle them with grace...

My Bonfire Night 2017

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Bonfire Night 2017 was spent at Trentham Gardens. Read about why I recommend this event and leave a comment about what you did this year!

3 Ways to Lose Weight When Travelling

A lot of people will see a holiday as a time to switch off from the 'diet'. But pretend all you might, calories still count and if you travel regularly or are simply truly committed you maybe find yourself trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle no matter your location... Here is how to do it easily -

How To Structure An Everyday Healthy One-Pot Dinner

So you've decided to ditch the takeaways and cook nutritious healthy meals BUT you're lost on how to actually put together the meals so they have decent mixes. This guide is intended to help beginners who want to get healthy but don't know how to start. It's really basic and can be done with just a few pans - great for your budget, your housekeeping and your weight!

How to Climb Out of Debt – An Interview With A Recovered Debtor

Getting into debt is a long downward spiral that can seemingly have no end. One of my closest friends Mike fell deep into this spiral whilst we lived together in London. I witnessed him spend money he didn't have, max out credit cards and borrow payday loans. But I also saw him bounce back, pay off all … Continue reading How to Climb Out of Debt – An Interview With A Recovered Debtor

Where Exactly Do Wedding Traditions Come From?

When you think of a wedding you no doubt think similar to what most would - the dress, the cake and all the formalities we are used to. Part of being a frugal bride is stepping back and wondering if your wedding needs to tick all those boxes to be what you want. Let's look at some of the traditions and where they actually come from...

How I Spent Halloween 2017

Last year we hosted Halloween and it was hella fun but also exhausting. This year we took the foot of the pedal and visited our friends Kat and Ben where we attended their amazing Halloween party...

5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Under £10

If you've got plans tonight and nothing to wear then this is the list for you!

One Big Healthy Food Shop

Going into the supermarket or ordering online can be a daunting task at the start of your healthy journey. Well I've put together a very basic shopping list that should be the bones for your food shop. It's full of healthy food that should start you off on the right path...

‘Preloved Kilo’ Review

Preloved Kilo are a 2-year old company with a fantastic premise. They bring 6 tonnes of vintage clothing to your city on the weekend and set up endless racks for you to pursue and search through. If you're a fan of charity shopping then image your favourite 10 stores in one big hall...

My Bridesmaid Experience

The role of a bridesmaid is 100% about support. You have to put aside any reservations, any requests, any desires and support that bride from dawn until dusk. If you have a great bride she will also make sure you have a fantastic time...

The Best Presents Gifts To Give

Christmas is two months away but if you're reading this blog, you're likely someone who knows that amazing presents are budgeted for and planning - not panic-found on the Saturday before Christmas at the supermarket. Here's a simple guide on my thoughts of the 5 perfect types of presents to get someone. Also to help, … Continue reading The Best Presents Gifts To Give

My 15 Top Tips for Trains

I get 10-14 trains a week so it's safe to say that I've seen it all. Through that craziness, I've also learnt a lot. So I've compiled all my tips into one big post to help you be more savvy on trains...

10 Ways to Avoid The Office Temptations

Working in an office environment is hard on your healthy lifestyle. It's always someones birthday - which means cake. Or the Office Mum has baked cookies for everyone just cause. Or perhaps the boss has brought in some cupcakes to say thank you for staying late last week. Here are my top tips for avoiding those office temptations....

50 Cheap Date Ideas

Dating doesn't have to be expensive. Here's 50 ideas for your dating life that won't cost you the bank...

As I Was Going to the Wedding Fair…

''Try, buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day at the UK’s Biggest Wedding Show! With over 300 wedding specialists from bridal boutiques and florists to jewellers and photographers! The Birmingham Wedding Show is the ultimate wedding shopping experience! With all this and so much more to offer the show is a … Continue reading As I Was Going to the Wedding Fair…

How Much To Spend On Christmas Presents

Christmas is wonderful time but it can turn into an expensive one too. Every year my fiancé and I make a budget of what to spend on whom and every year we overspend. Well this year as we are saving for a house and wedding we are truly going to stay on budget. Here's how you can too...

Stay Warm in a Cold Hotel Room

I am a deathly cold person - always freezing and suffering worse that everyone around me. I've developed these ideas below to better help me keep warm during the cold winter nights away from home...

Why You’re Failing On Your ‘Diet’

Most people perceive diets as short-term ways to drop a dress size before an event. I’ve done these before and they are 100% a diet - which is both it’s success and it’s failure. Read below for my thoughts and feelings for why diet's suck...

Sneaky Supermarket Tricks of the Trade

Supermarkets have been around for a very long time and you don't get to be that old without being wise. They spend billions on learning how customers think and feel when they're shopping. We are all familiar with some of the basic tricks like putting enticing colourful flowers near the front or playing music that will make you spend more time in store but did you know about these tricks...?

Advice From a 2-Week Post Wedding Bride

This post was originally written for https://savannagrams.wordpress.com by fellow blogger Savanna herself. The post resonated with me as I'm at the start of my journey to plan my wedding and it was refreshing to read something so positive about the feeling when it's all over. With her kind permission, I'd like to share it with you below...

Save VS Splurge: Bonfire Night Edition

Bonfire Night is an odd holiday as we don't 'celebrate' much (unlike Christmas) but we still gather together and have traditions such as fireworks and big bonfires. It can rack up however there are ways to make sure you're not spending more than you have to when going out this year on Bonfire Night...

5 Ways to Smartly Pack a Suitcase

Throwing clothes in a suitcase for your latest adventure seems like an easy tasks but these 5 tips could help you pack a little smarter next time. Don't forget to check my 'Packing Guides' to ensure you're not taking anything you don't need. Combined with these tips, you'll be enjoying a stress-free organised suitcase...

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Like so many of you, the PSL has captured my heart. It's sugary, delicious and expensive so goes against everything I believe in but I love it. Starbucks first introduced the drink in 2003 and it's hard to ignore the desire, so I've put together a post on how you can get the yummy taste at cheaper prices and lower calorie options...

BIG Expenses I Don’t Regret

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I wrote a post last week on what things I felt buyers remorse over so I decided to do an opposite post about things I've spent money on - some would even consider it a lot of money - but that I'm thrilled I did. Below are the most expensive things I've purchased that I would do again in a heartbeat...

Prezola Review – The Wedding Gift List

If you don't know what Prezola is and you're getting married you should probably put down this blog and go have a look right now! Prezola has been used by a few of my friends before and I think their service is amazing. Read on for why you should use Prezola on your big day...

The 5 Worst Christmas Presents

A present is a present and I'm thankful for everytime someone thinks of me. But there are some present's that should stay as idea's! It's a little soon for Christmas posts but I wanted to make sure no-one was making these mistakes...

My Favourite Low Calorie Snacks When Travelling

Staying on the diet when travelling is very hard. For the most part I just do my best by packing low-calorie snacks when I'm on the move and reaching for these before I reach for something from the shop. Below are my highly recommended low-cal snacks for travelling...

Nutrition Explained: Proteins

Protein plays a heavy role in energy, weight loss, building muscle tissue, mood and overall brain function. Proteins are also used to make enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and various tiny molecules that serve important functions. You've heard of protein, but have you ever read further into what it does and why we need it? Below is a beginners guide to the world of protein...

How to Make a Frugal DIY Dressing Room

Nearly every person needs a place to wake up in the morning, put on their face and pick their outfit. I find that I feel more confident if I look good and so I've put together a guide for how to create a dressing room or area that will make you kick ass throughout the day...

How to Spend Just 10% of the Average Wedding Cost

The average wedding costs £30,111. That's a mind boggling big number right there. I didn't even want to spend £3k on my wedding when I first got engaged. However I've come to accept that some things cannot be done for cheap without scrimping on quality you need (e.g. a photographer). Below are the average breakdown for each part of a UK wedding and I've added how i'm going to do it for less...

Party Planning: Hosting Halloween

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Throwing a party – maybe your first party – can seem like an expensive and daunting task. Have a read below and hopefully by the end you’ll feel inspired to have a go yourself.  Follow these steps to keep your under £50 for everything...

A Taste of Scotland

Last week my parents completed a 17-day tour of Scotland visiting islands, doing Whiskey tasting classes, eating the finest Scottish food and exploring the highlands and lochs. They brought us back a care package of Scottish treats - I thought it was so wonderful I just had to share...

Are You Hungry? But Really, Are You…?

How can you stop yourself snacking? It seems like every time I used to pass by the kitchen to go to the bathroom I bring something back to snack on. That would be 100cals a pop minimum. I try to drink 2L of water a day so that's a lot of bathroom breaks and a lot of snacks! Well it all changed when I heard about something called The Apple Test...

My Buyer Remorse

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I took a long time to get to a place where I know what to spend money on to bring me joy. But for most of my adult years so far I made a few expensive decisions that I wanted to talk about so I can maybe help someone who is contemplating something similar...

Questions You Need to Ask Your Venue for a Wedding

We are doing a DIY wedding and with that comes a tonne of planning. Recently we've been looking at some venues and although it can seem laborious and repetitive, we've been asking these essential questions. Once you've picked out your theme and you've found a venue to suit, don't make an expensive mistake because you forgot to ask one of these...

Cheap Things to Do in Autumn / Fall

I've previously written a post on free things to do in Autumn / Fall but here's my list of cheap activities to keep you active as it grows colder. Autumn is a great time to get stuff done around the house and outside. Don't start your autumn without reading these ideas...

Packing List: Autumn / Fall Holiday

Autumn (or Fall to our American friends) is a very strange time of year where it's not too cold to wrap up in laters but not too warm to bust out the summer gear. Therefore you should aim for somewhere in the middle with layers to add if it get's too cold. Below is my packing list for travelling in the Autumn...

Media Worth The Money: Health Books

There's 388,129 books on Amazon to date that discuss diet (I've not even added on exercise specific books) and I'm going to recommend just 11. That's 0.0023% of the books available to you so hopefully I'm going to save you some time...

Save VS Splurge: Date Night

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I firmly believe that in a long term relationship, you need to set aside some time to spend together, flirt and make each other laugh. However it can sometimes seem 'expensive' to do that when you already live together or spend every available moment together. Below are some cheap versions of some of my favourite date ideas so you can reconnect without it lightening your purse...

Wedding Do’s and Don’ts – An Interview With a Former Bride

There are a thousand guides online for how to plan your wedding. As a newbie it can be extremely daunting so I wanted to sit down with my best friend Kat for whom I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for this year. Kat and I have been friends for over 10 years and she's the closest thing to a sister I have - so I knew she would give me the truth for an essential wedding 'do and don't' list...

An Introverts Guide to Travel

I've come to accept that I'm more of an introvert that I would like to be. I love the comforting feel of my own home and being around my own things. I need that time to recharge, reassess and have a break from the world. It can be difficult to want to travel the world whilst also having these tendencies. However I know I'm not alone so I've written this guide to help others who also have these conflicting desires...

My Photo Album: Cornwall, UK

Newquay

Port Issac Newquay Truro The Eden Project St Austell St Michaels Mount, Marazion

Nutrition Explained: Carbohydrates

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Not all carbs are created equal and you shouldn't just cut out a group. You should understand the basics so you can better make choices such as opting for complex carbohydrates and why that's actually good for you. I've broken down the basis into bitesize bubbles to help you digest the  information easy (pun totally intended)...

Media Worth The Money: Video Games

breath of the wild

Video games are hit and miss with weather or not they are worth the money. For me a video game needs to be long lasting and have replay value to be worth my time and the money in my purse. Below, in no order, are the games I would recommend to anyone for being amazing, lengthy and replay-able year in year out...

Do your Do and Make your Make-Up Yourself

There are only 3 reasons you should hire someone to do your hair and make up at your wedding: 1. You have money to burn 2. You've never done hair or make up 3. You have invited the queen...

Save VS Splurge: Halloween Edition

halloween

It may seem slightly early but for myself there's only 1 pay day between now and Halloween so if you were thinking about hosting a party it's best to get the budget book out soon and take a look at these money-saving options...

Frugal Flying Tips

It's no secret that buying a flight is often as much luck as it is skill. I've travelled a lot in my 25 years and I've yet to have conclusive evidence of how to why airlines price the way they do. Unfortunately they do whatever the hell they like and that doesn't seem to be changing soon. So below are my researched top tips for ensuring you get your flight as cheap as possible...

Let’s Talk About Water

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Water is a very valuable thing for our bodies. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Water gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements, keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints and protects sensitive tissues - MayoClinic Are You Actually Thirsty When You're 'Hungry'? The body … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Water

Party Planning: Dinner Party

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Dinner parties can be a great way to socialise and combine friendship groups. I do enjoy a good house party or night out but there's something brilliantly formal about a dinner party that if you have an open-minded group of friends can also be a lot of fun...

Frosting or Buttercream? I’ll just go Lidl.

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There are lots of ways to make your wedding cake cheap (chosing buttercream over frosting, having less sugar flowers, skipping the crazy decor etc) however what I'm really interested in is making a 'normal' cake look fit for a wedding.  Here are some expensive mistakes I will not be making...

Free Things to Do in Autumn / Fall

Free activites are really easy to find in the Summer but as the nights get shorter and the weather gets colder, it's hard to find things to do for free. Below are 10+ free ideas to keep you socialising, living and experiencing this Autumn...

How to Improve Hotel Room for All Your Senses

hotel room

Since your own duvet, scented candles and your family aren’t exactly things you can bring along with you when traveling, you’ll need to pack a few other small necessities to make your hotel room warm and inviting rather than the hollow and empty atmosphere so usually found...

Fresh and Frugal – Seasonality Table

Besides being the freshest and tastiest fruit and vegetables, why should you buy our produce in season? Well when you buy what's in season, your buying food that's at the peak of its supply, and costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and get to your grocery store...

Implementing The Stranger Test

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When purchasing, a lot of people will only consider if they can afford it - not if they should actually buy it. Here's how the test works...

Wine, Dine and Sunshine

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Wine, Dine and Sunshine is Harvey Nichols Sample Set Dinner Menu. It's extremely good value if you're craving a fancy night out but don't want the cost alongside it. It's 3 courses and a cocktail for only £22...