Those dinner parties of the noughties, where everyone talked about how much their house was worth are giving way to discussions about how much everything costs and how hard it is to make ends meet.
My well off friends, my middle class friends, my student friends and my pensioner friends are all looking for ways to trim their bills and on twitter last night, people were sharing their tips for getting by.
As I'm up to my neck in toddlers this week, I thought you all might like to share your tips and suggestions here in the comment thread. Got any brilliant ideas for cheap food? Tried any clever ways of cutting the bills? Know any really cheap holiday options? Anything goes, or if you just want to debate and share, please do. The comments are often the best thing about my blog.
I'll start with a tip or two : Most supermarket's will give away their carvery ham bones when they're finished. They still have loads of meat on and make a lovely stock for minestrone or Italian soups. Try asking at the deli counter - nothing ventured!! (Morrison's are excellent for this kind of thing and give me breadcrumbs from the bakery if I ask too)
Chorizo : Look out for the knobbly end of chorizo, reduced or sitting there forlornly. Don't get it sliced, just add small amounts to pulses or tomato sauce or rice dishes. Incredibly tasty. (hat tip to @immigrant007 on twitter)
If you know anyone who works for EDF energy, they can get you 10% (or even 25%) off your mobile phone bill if you have a contract with Orange.
There. Your turn! I'd like to have regular open threads so if anyone wants to suggest other subjects, then please feel free.