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    Gift guide for a 5 year old – What we’re treating Spike to and what she is wishing for this year

    It’s May, which in our family means lots of birthdays. There are so many that when I found out I was due with Spike in the middle of the month, I thought there was no chance she wouldn’t share a birthday. She kept us waiting though and was born right at the end of the month. The day after her cousin’s birthday!  Gift buying amid lockdown   This year I started her birthday shopping early as I was worried that lockdown would affect shops delivering. So she hadn’t even started asking for things. Starting with the shopping in March meant I could gather interest in toys without her even questioning…

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    Jumping into action – kickstarting our house savings with a Help to Buy ISA

    In January I wrote a post about the year ahead and things I wanted from it. In that post, I mentioned I had started a Help to Buy ISA and I wanted to write more about what that means for those who may not know. Essentially, the most important thing when it comes to buying out own home is money. We could save a tiny bit each month ourselves, buy a run down terrace house and spend the net ten years rebuilding it. But I would probably hate the work involved and it would cost loads. I know what state our previous rental was in, and the current one isn’t…