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Every Thursday I will be bringing you another instalment of my guest series, Money Talks. I’ll be featuring bloggers from all walks of life giving their answers to money-related questions. Hopefully, you will find a new blog to read and learn more about other people online. Money Talks will be live every Thursday and I’ve got some absolutely fantastic bloggers taking part! Hope you enjoy it. If you’re a blogger and want to take part then get in touch. This weeks instalment features Earning By The Sea. You can check out the Earning By The Sea website here.
When did you start blogging?
I first dabbled with blogging in 2012. I wrote about parenting and it grew into charity shop hauls with no explanation of what I was doing with the things that I bought. I didn’t know you could talk money and working from home in a blog and people would read it! So that blog lost focus and I shut it down.
I started earningbythesea.co.uk in 2016 which again is random charity shop hauls and parenting, but it feels right this time.
What inspired your blog name?
I live in Margate, Kent, and the beach is such a big part of living here.
It’s a constant reminder of why I have pushed harder to be self-employed and literally earning by the sea, sat on the beach creating eBay listings or blogging.
What is your attitude to money – are you a spender or a saver?
I am a spender I guess. I work hard and save money where I can so that we can spend it on the things we enjoy.
Lately I find I’m getting excited about investing so I hope I’ll start saving more this year.
What is the best bargain you have ever purchased?
I always mention this one, it’s the Topshop dress I found at a bootfair for 50p and sold on eBay for £120 because Kate Middleton had been wearing the same one.
I had no idea at the time that it was such a great bargain.
What is the biggest splurge you have ever made?
Recently a new MacBook. No regrets.
If you had £100,000 right now what would you do with it?
Buy a house because the stress of renting when you have pets is enough to give me constant palpitations.
If you could go back 10 years & give yourself one piece of money related advice what would it be?
Sort your pension.
What was the last item you purchased?
A Toby Carvery roast with the family.
What is your favourite ever blog post?
It’s my one about starting an eBay business.
10 years ago I said to my Mum that I wanted to find a way to tell people about buying to resell on eBay because it allowed me to leave a job I hated. It had changed my life and I wanted to help others do the same.
My Mum laughed it off and though it’s not a high traffic post it makes me proud that I wrote it.
What is your biggest money regret?
I started a business with my inheritance when my Dad died which was the wrong time so it inevitably failed.
I believe it put me on the path to where I am now so it’s not really a regret and it taught me some tough lessons that I’m grateful for.
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