East Surrey

Skinted Minted Mum promotes ‘reverse’ advent calendar

Skinted Minted Mum promotes ‘reverse’ advent calendar

Local mum and money blogger Jane Wallace is asking everyone to consider supporting their local food bank to ensure nobody goes hungry this Christmas.

Jane’s website, Skinted Minted Mum, has joined up with the #FoodbankAdvent campaign to encourage families to “reverse” their advent calendar this festive season.

The idea is simply to get an empty cardboard box and put in one basic food item a day for 24 days (or a whole month if you want). Then donate the box to your local food bank. There are generally collection points in supermarkets or churches.

It’s best to starting the reverse advent calendar soon because donating on Christmas Eve may be too late and food bank staff may be on holiday! But your contribution will be equally welcome after Christmas in the cold days of January.

You can get children on board with the project by asking them to decorate the box. It’s a great way to teach them that Christmas is also about giving, not just getting. For more information, click here.

Skinted Minted Mum is a family money blog run by two former national newspaper journalists who are also mums. It offers saving tips, quick guides and news flashes to all mums whatever their budget. We were inspired to set it up because women, even high-flying executives, can sometimes lose confidence when it comes to money matters and we wanted to be a female-friendly resource for those running household and personal finances.

The website won Best Personal Finance Blog 2017 at the Shomo Awards in London in September. It was also short-listed in the Best Blog Design category, a credit to Redhill-based firm Yes We Do Websites who built the site.

#FoodbankAdvent is run by the UK Money Bloggers group. Search the hashtag on Twitter for more information.