Summer

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School's out for summer

School’s out, so now what? With a good six weeks to fill, take a read of Skint Dad's ideas on what to do this summer holidays...

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5 Healthier BBQ Recipes

Sunshine and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing in the UK - barbecues! But it needn’t mean sacrificing a healthy lifestyle – in fact, provided you’re cutting out the molten cheese and bread, it can be one of the most nutritious ways to eat. Let’s take a look at a handful of healthy barbecue recipes.

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How to Keep your Summer Bulbs in Pots for Longer

These little 'buddies' store nutrients in their short stems, so bulbs are naturally an easy means of getting into gardening (because they're low maintenance) - in fact, a few potted bulbs can have fantastic results without a great deal of effort.

They're perfect for any level of gardener; if your orchid's are taking up most of your focus and time, you can be safe in the knowledge that your little bulbs are (mostly) taking care of themselves.

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5 ways to keep your family cool in a heat wave

Most of us relish a spell of sunshine. It’s a chance to apply a dollop of factor-15 and head out into the garden for a barbeque. With that said, there is such a thing as too much heat! When muggy weather turns your bedroom into a sauna, getting to sleep can be a challenge. Similarly, if you’re out and about, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke all pose a threat. Children are at particular risk, which is why keeping kids cool during a heat-wave is so important.

Here’s five tips that’ll make keeping cool in a heat wave straightforward - both in the home and out of it.

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House checks you need to know before going on holiday

Tired of the British weather being a little cold and wet? Decided to book yourself a week or two in the sun, or maybe a nice city break? Before you get caught up in the excitement of the sun cream and shades, you should take some time to think about whether your home is looked after while you’re away.

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Planning a wedding on a budget

Congratulations, you’re getting hitched! Once you’ve finished celebrating the wonderful news, you’ll soon be day-dreaming about your big day - but reality often steps in when you start thinking about budget. If the costs of cakes and cars has you concerned, take a look at all the areas you can make big, or even smaller savings - they all add up!

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To bee or not to bee: saving our wildlife

Over the past few years there has been a steady decline in the numbers of bees in the UK. As much as 25 native species are now considered to be extinct, with a further 10 species under threat “what does that have to do with me?” we hear you ask.

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