Wednesday, 28 November 2012


I know it's a bit soon to start thinking about the New Year, but we're all probably going to need to earn some extra cash! 
So here are a few ideas to get started with and start now, because they're not quick earners (is anything?)
  1. Complete online surveys such as YouGov (around 50 points per survey and pays out at 5000 (£50) by cheque) or Valued Opinions (50p-£5 per survey, pays out at £10 in the form of vouchers for all the high street brands).
  2. Cashback - sign up with Top Cashback and log in and go through the site before you make any online purchases. Cashback varies with retailer, but if you have to buy something anyway, you may as well get a little money back! Pays out when tracked, through Paypal or in the form of Amazon vouchers.
  3. Sell your unwanted presents on Ebay - this may also take a while, as many people won't be spending much in the first few months - unless they have Christmas money of course!
  4. Start blogging! A blog like this one is free from Blogger, join up with Google adsense, write regularly and write about what you are enthusiastic about, and eventually you may earn a little every month.
Good luck with it all! 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


I'm going to be really frugal this Christmas (much more than usual) as we've just bought another house with a massive mortgage and it needed loads doing to it, so now we have no money to spare for Christmas presents!
I'm busy finding Christmas presents for £5 and under to buy, to make or a combination of both. Take a look over on my Happy Frugal Christmas blog to see what I've come up with so far... I'll update it regularly with ideas from around the internet as fast as I see them!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Use your local Freegle and Freecycle!
One man's junk is another man's treasure as the saying goes and people really do give stuff away! They may be unable to sell on Ebay or the item may be too big or heavy for them to transport to the tip, but whatever the reason, there's useful stuff out there and you just have to connect with the people that have it.
This year my family has received 2 spades, a hoe, 2 rakes, a garden fork (all to help with our new allotment), several bags of apples (to make cider), demi-johns and other wine-making paraphernalia, glass storage jars, a leather armchair, carpet and 2 Cath Kidston sewing booklets that were freebies in a weekend paper that I don't buy. I'm sure there has been more - I just can't remember it all!
You can also ask for anything you need- you never know it may be cluttering up someone's loft, garden or garage! We all need to save money and save the planet - the less stuff that goes to landfill, the better.
Just Google Freecycle or Freegle and the name of your town to find your local group, sign up and watch out for the daily digest emails that list items offered and wanted!
Catch up with all the Random Money-Saving Tips so far...