Profile of a Budgeting Mum: Jen Walshaw

Profile of a budgeting mum:

What’s your name? Jen Walshaw        jen walshaw

Any kids? Two boys, Maxi aged 6 and Mini aged 5

Do you work? No I am a SAHM

What are your childcare arrangements? Since my mum died, we don’t really have any help with the children, so we muddle through.

How do you manage for money? We really struggle to make ends meet. More and more I am finding that there is month left over at the end of the money.  However, I do make the odd bit of money to cover this from blogging and ebaying.  I also need to remind myself that this is the life we chose.  I want to be around to pick up the children from school and all the sacrifices are well worth it.

Do you worry about money? I try not to by making sure I have a budget and stick to it, but when big ticket items break like the washing machine, then yes I worry.

What do you waste money on? I do not waste my money on anything, but I do love books.

How do you make extra cash? I try to make sure that I sell on any toys, clothes or other items that we no longer use or need.  I am lucky in the fact that the boys really respect their possessions, so they are usually in really good condition.  I try to do a couple of car boot sales and then sell the rest on ebay.

Please share 3 top budgeting tips –

If you haven’t got it you cannot spend it.

Cash budget, rather than using your card.

Meal plan. If you only make one change to your lifestyle, then this should be it.  Not only do you only buy what you need, but you also reduce waste too.

Where can we find you online? – my family blog – Money saving and money making hints and tips – Frugal + Delicious = Frugalicious


Thank you Jen!



  1. The Mad House
    November 15, 2011 / 12:53 pm

    Thank you for featuring me Becky. I get lots of ideas from your sites

  2. November 15, 2011 / 5:36 pm

    I love this one – Cash budget, rather than using your card.

    It’s so much easier to spend on your card as it doesn’t feel like real money. If you’re handing over cash, it feels like you’re actually spending (or it does me anyway),

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