Author Archives for Lydia Sawyer

About Lydia Sawyer

Lydia Sawyer is an aficionado of recycling, up-cycling, second-hand shopping and bargain hunting. She has traveled the world on the smell of an oily rag and written about far-fetched things in far-flung places.

Avoid the takeaway trap: Meal planning 101

After a long day at work, cooking's the last thing you feel like doing, but is that takeaway habit sending you broke? We break down meal planning so you don't have to keep reaching for Menulog.

Summer sale: Spruce up tired furniture for sale

That old table has got life in it yet, but will anyone want to buy it with its dubious-looking scratches? If you want to sell your second-hand furniture, give it a little TLC first for the best chance of earning top dollar.

Mind tricks: saving money for that holiday

The way you think about money can help change how much you save. That's right – it's all in the mind. Here are some top money saving tips that will get you thinking about money differently, changing habits and saving more .

5 ways to prevent barking-mad vet bills

When it comes to illness and disease, prevention is as important for pets as it is for humans. Here are five tips for optimal pet health.