Do you have any financial advice to give? You bought your own home. Is there any advice you feel others could benefit from how you got onto the property ladder?
We did by our own home, we were very lucky to have bought our council house, otherwise we wouldn’t have what we have now. It helped us get on the property ladder all those years ago. We also never live beyond our means, if we can’t afford something then we don’t get it.
Do you have any tips on making holidays more affordable? Tips for travelling with children? Planning ideas on actually getting away.
For us we have found that not going through a travel company has saved us a lot of money. We could never afford to go through a travel company. We book direct with the hotel now, and book flights in a block booking, so that means we save loads. I think when you are travelling with children we find that buying things like nappies and wipes and baby milk before we go saves loads, because they are double the price abroad. We also take a little paddling pool to keep the little ones happy. I also always make sure I have sachets of Calpol in my hand luggage, just in case. It always takes me about 3 weeks to pack for a weeks holiday, then when we get home another 2 weeks catching up with the washing. But for us our family holiday is a must because of how hard we work during the year. (Sue’s blog post on getting away).
How do you relax? And how do you make time for yourself?
We relax at night in front of the telly quite often, with the older ones as company.
Do you have any advice about what makes a relationship work?
We have just started a date night because we realised that we really need to spend more time as a couple. And so we stopped in a hotel for the night, and it was lovely to spend quality time together.
You are renewing your wedding vows. How important do you feel marriage is?
We are renewing our wedding vows on the 26th January, and we can’t wait!! All the children are very excited. We always said when we get to 20 years we will renew our vows. I think marriage is important, especially if you have children; but I also know a lot of people don’t believe in marriage.
Thank you to Sue Radford for this interview.
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