*This is a sponsored post*. In the estate where we live there are a number of different car parking areas. Each resident in our new build estate has their own numbered parking space. Some people have two. Quite a few houses in our estate have garages that run through the length of the house and into a paved area in the back garden. I always think this is bizarre! Our car parking space is tucked up the side of our building. The space isn’t bad at all, it isn’t open to the elements much, it is enclosed on two sides and we only have one person who parks next to us. Despite this I can’t help but wish our car was parked under a car canopy sometimes. Our friends have one and they don’t even have to de-ice their car most days – lucky!
Do you like saving money? Could you live on £2 per head per day? I thought that we could and I was right! Today I’m going to share with you how I got on for the #2poundchallenge. We took part last week for a day and I found it a little more difficult than I initially thought. While we often have days where we eat for £2 per head, or less, it is never enforced as such. If I want to buy some fancy ice cream, or have a glass of wine, I can. Our finances are good these days, so we can afford to be a little more generous with our shopping budget. This doesn’t mean that I want to just waste money, however, I’m happy to splash out from time to time. Anyway, see below to find out how we did with the #2poundchallenge!
Being frugal is a fantastic way to save money for your household. Money saving is nearly as important to me as money making. By keeping a tight control on our household finances (mostly) and our expenses we have more money. This means that I need to earn less money to cover the essentials. In turn this means more money for saving for a house, having a holiday or buying a reliable car. The little savings really do add up and this is why I like the Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week linky.
Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 13th January
I’m quite a stickler for money saving, as my readers will know. I love being able to cut back the household bills in order to have more treats in life. Whether it is a break to Centerparcs, treats for my friends & family or just having a nice emergency fund money saving is important to me. Anything that can help me save a few pounds per year is great. I always ensure that every year, before Winter, I look at my utility bills. Switching energy tariffs is something that you should be looking to do on a regular basis, to get the best savings. At least once per year is ideal.
I quit my job in 2013 to work for myself full-time, as my regular readers will know. I’m really proud that I have created a job that I can do, at home, working for myself. I’ve always wanted to be self-employed and now I am really am living my dream! I am earning a full-time income and have been able to have some wonderful holidays, and other treats, for my family over the last year in particular using the money that I have earned. I’m also debt free – which is a wonderful feeling, and feel the most financial aware that I have ever been. I love being able to make money online!
If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of time, or a lot of energy to dedicate, there are still some fantastic ways that you can make money online.
Matched betting – Play the bookies at their own game and make yourself a guaranteed profit. I even made £15,000 in just 4 months! I once had a single day where I made £7,906.12 – there is screenshot proof too!
Mystery Shopping – Get paid to eat lunch – who doesn’t love free food?!
You can also look at money saving as another fantastic way to increase your family budget. You can save money on your shopping, sell off those old gift cards and much more. I’m a big fan of meal planning, batch cooking and using my slow cooker to save money and time. Nothing beats avoiding the takeaway again with a nice dinner that you prepared first thing in the morning when you had the motivation!
You can read my ultimate list of ways to make money online for more inspiration!
If you’re looking for ways to make and save money online then I’ve got a ton. I’ve also got a load of ways that you can save money offline too – but the internet is my life! I love it. Nothing beats being able to stay home with my beautiful nine month old daughter, everyday, and make money in the process. You can find the full list of my favourite ways to make money online if you want some more inspiration!