Many families are under increasing pressure from rising living costs and falling incomes meaning it is more important than ever to watch the pennies.
Tomorrow could see one Midlands household crowned Britain's most money savvy family in a national competition.
Eighteen months ago Julie Abell and family had to move from their rented home into a two bedroomed house, all six of them. The solution they found was to double the size of it, using favours and their own 12 hands to keep the cost down. **
Dedication to DIY is one example of the prudence that has seen them through to the final of a contest to find Britain's most money savvy family.**
The range in the kitchen is a second-hand giveaway, the herbs in the pot are home grown, and while money doesn't grow on trees much of the water for the building work falls from the sky. **
The prize is £5,000 in vouchers. They have not decided how exactly to spend it but in this house you can be sure not a penny will be wasted. **