in the night garden
Money Saving Lessons from In The Night Garden is the third post in my series of Money Saving lessons from popular TV shows. You can catch up with the first and second here.

Money Saving Lessons from In The night Garden on Living in Woodland

In the Night Garden is a dreamy programme aimed at toddlers that features just before the Bedtime Story on CBeebies. It stars a number of characters including Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka. They all live in the Night Garden which is a magical woodland.

Living in woodland is a very money savvy option for those with a thrifty agenda. According to the UK Forestry Index UK forestry has been one of the best performing asset classes during the past decade delivering returns of 19% a year. Woodland is a low maintenance asset. Being naturally renewable it increases in size each year and there are tax breaks to be had too. Profit from commercial woodland is tax free, and any gains made on the value of the forest are exempt from capital gains tax. If the wood is a commercial timber business and the investment is held for more than two years it can claim business property relief, which reduces inheritance tax to zero. Happy days! If you’re interested in buying your own woodland, this is a great video to explain the process.

Money Saving Lessons from In The Night Garden on Using Solid Soap

Makka Pakka is often seen washing the faces of other characters with a sponge and bar of soap. Solid soap is definitely coming back into fashion – Makka Pakka clearly knows his stuff!

The reason for the come back is, bars of soap last months longer that a bottle of shower gel. They also use less packaging so are kinder on the environment. Shower gels are primarily composed of water and surfactants, like sodium laureate sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate, and cocamidopropyl betaine. These sulfates can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and tight. On top of that, liquid formulas allow for more fragrance, which can also irritate skin.” Not only can bar soaps be kinder on your bank account but they can also be kinder on your skin.

I’m a huge fan of Dove and try to avoid using anything else. You can stock up on Dove from your local supermarket or online from Amazon. They tend to work out about 50p per bar.

Money Saving Lessons from In The Night Garden on Pegging Out

The Tombliboos are also thrifty residents of the Night Garden. Frequently losing their trousers, the Tombliboos are lovers of using natural resources to save money in particular hanging their washing out. Here are my five reasons to peg out! The keys reasons which I love pegging out is because of the money it can save a household. There’s no electricity cost to doing whereas having a tumble drier on for a few hours a day can really add up. Pegging out is less harsh on the material of your clothes too, so they’re likely to last longer and therefore won’t need replacing as quickly.

Money Saving Lessons from In The Night Garden on Lift Sharing

Transport around The Night Garden is limited to either the Ninky Nonk or Pinky Ponk. The Ninky Nonk is a train and the Pinky Ponk is a kind of blimp/air ship. Normally one or two characters will climb aboard the Ninky Nonk or Pinky Ponk and begin their travels but then they stop to pick up other characters further round The Night Garden.

Lift sharing is a brilliant way to keep your commuting costs down. start by registering on a site such as GoCarShare, BlaBlaCar or LiftShare.  Then much like a dating site, you enter your requirements (where you’re staring and what your desired destination is) and the site matches you up with one or more partners.

The benefits of car sharing include:

  • reduced fuel costs and parking fees
  • increased personal security – company when you walk to and from the car park
  • better air quality and lower carbon emissions due to reduced traffic fumes
  • less congestion and shorter journeys due to fewer cars being on the road
  • an increased chance of finding a parking space, because fewer cars means less competition for spaces
  • journeys being more pleasant due to having company

Money Saving Lessons from In The Night Garden on Clothes Twinning

The Pontipines and the Wattingers are families who live next door to one another and have a shared lack of interest in family planning. Where they have saved money on contraception, their clothing bill has soared due to the resulting numerous children. However, both families have opted for another thrifty fashion statement that is “twinning”. Twinning is the choice to dress your children alike, regardless of age or gender. Some parents also choose to get involved, this includes the Pontipines and the Wattingers. Such large families can make use of bulk buying material. They can make their own clothes, using the offcuts from older children to make baby clothes.

More likely in this day and age though, is that clothes can be picked up at reduced prices once they’re end of line. This means that there is one or two items of clothes left in a shop but they’re in various sizes. By shunning individualism, dressing the same also reduces the number of wash cycles required. You don’t have to separate whites and coloured clothes, you can bung it in all together, saving water, electricity and money!


For free the In The Night Garden app, click here.

You can catch up with In The Night Garden on BBC iPlayer or on the app.