Meal planning tips

Meal planning has become a real staple part of my live in the last few years. I believe that meal planning helps us eat healthier, save money and stay on track with our financial goals.

Having a meal plan to refer to, whether it’s convenience meals, cooking from scratch, eating out or takeaways, just helps us to know what is happening from one day to the next. By taking into consideration my own meal planning tips we’re avoiding unexpected surprises and takeaways on those nights when we’ve had a busy day. This is helping us save money and makes a big difference to our health too!

I hope you’ll find my meal planning tips to save money helpful to help you save money and eat better too.

Meal planning tips - a healthy lunch idea
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Invest money for the moments that matter with Fidelity (AD)

I’ve said it before here, multiple times I’m sure, but I am a firm believer that £1 saved is worth as much, if not more, than £1 earned. Making small, sustainable changes to your household spending can really transform your family finances. Today I have been asked, by Fidelity, to talk to you about the little luxuries that I cut back on to save for big financial goals and ways that you can do the same.

Getting organised
Find out how I’m getting organised to save more money
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My absolute favourite ways to make money online

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! For me, personally, I think diversifying is the key to online success. I run this blog, and AllergyFreeDay and make money from those blogs in a variety of ways. Alongside that I like to keep up the online moneymaking too as this helps us with family holidays, nice days out and provides a boost to my income on quieter months too.

If you’re someone who doesn’t have as much time to dedicate as I do, or perhaps a lot of energy to dedicate to starting a website and creating content, there are still some fantastic ways that you can make money online.

My daughter Daisy and me on a lovely holiday!

Matched betting – If you’ve been around making money online for a long time you may have heard of this already. Basically you are using free bets an offers from bookmakers and casinos to make yourself a profit. I made made £15,000 in my first 4 months! Once I won £7,906.12 – there is screenshot proof too if you want to check. Long term I would say you can make a small, regular pot of money each month from this and the return on your time is much higher than paid surveys and the like. Although I do enjoy these too as I like to keep things diverse! Be sure to read my pros and cons of matched betting.

Paid surveys – I love getting paid for giving my opinion. There are SO many sites now and these are some of the ones I use and like:

There are LOTS more survey websites that I use, and you can find all of the ways to that I make money in my ways to make and save money online post. I love lots of websites listed there and am trying to update it regularly now!

Do you fancy getting paid to eat a lunch or perhaps visit a chain bakery in your local area? Check out *Marketforce then!

You can also look at money saving as another fantastic way to increase your family budget. You can save money on your food shopping, (AD) save money on beauty products, save money on takeaways and save money on Tassimo pods just to get you started. I’m a big fan of meal planning (especially meal planning with mince) batch cooking and cooking one of slow cooker recipes 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! Be sure to check out my 50 moneysaving tips and 21 unusual ways to save money if you want some more inspiration.

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!

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A backdrop of £1 coins with a text overlay of check out my favourite websites - I made £100s every week using these websites!

Earn cashback on groceries with these top shopping apps

Like saving money? Like food? Course you do! Today I want to talk to you about how you earn cashback on groceries with the top shopping apps I’m about to share with you. ALL of these shopping apps are free to download and use, and will give you reimbursements when you buy products. Helping you save money on supermarket shopping! I’m going to share my top shopping apps as well as my favourite ways to maximise your returns from these apps. I love to save money on food shopping and, from time to time, I like to complete a £100 grocery challenge.

A look inside my fridge with Aldi groceries
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Save money on beauty products (AD)

For 2020 I’m trying to make more effort for myself. With my Winter skincare mostly. Also, I’m trying to stop having a frizzy birds nest for hair too. It got real bad when I was in bed with the flu over Christmas time! I’ve really whittled down the products that I use in recent years and now I stick to buying the same make-up and skincare over and over as if it works why change things? Today I’ve got a few tips to share to help you save money on beauty products.

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