Matched Betting (AD – affiliate links)

2016 was definitely the year that matched betting took off in a BIG way for me and it has continued for the past few years. I have been matched betting for 4 years now so felt it time to update this post. Matched betting is a fantastic way to make additional money – and best of all it is a perfectly legal way to make a little money from casinos and bookmakers! 

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The Meal Planning Linky Week #135 Meal Plan

Good morning! Hope you’re well. I’ve had a nice productive week, and can’t really believe there is just ONE more week before Daisy leaves Nursery forever! Wow! Anyway, here is my meal plan for the week before I start getting soppy!

Meal planning helps us to have low food waste which is really important to me. I feel really sad if we have to throw something in the bin, thinking of both the environmental impact and the fact that other people struggle to afford food. I am always trying to take steps to make sure we are avoiding overspending on groceries.

Katykickers weekly meal planning linky
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Chocolate chip brioche rolls

Baking is such a great way to express gratitude to someone when being invited to their home. You can make most recipes MILES cheaper than shop bought and they usually taste a lot better fresh from the oven too! These chocolate chip brioche rolls are soft, fluffy, delicious and super tasty when freshly made.

I love to cook and bake. I may not be the most skilful, or most artistic, but I really enjoy it. There are some recipes that are ridiculously lengthy to make and can almost feel like a chore. Croissants, bread, chocolate chip brioche rolls, panettone and Christmas cake are just a few that spring to mind.

I have a lovely *Panasonic SD-2501 breadmaker that makes all of the above recipes a doddle. After a remark from my husband recently about chocolate chip brioche rolls I decided to make up a batch of dough. If you want to get started right away then scroll near the end of the post for my chocolate chip brioche rolls recipe card.

Chocolate chip brioche rolls made in the Panasonic breadmaker on a cooling rack
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Save money on car insurance – I saved £280!

Car insurance. It can cost a fortune right?! I know…! I’m here with some tips on saving money on car insurance.

My husband used to drive a little 125CC bike. This meant that insurance costs were fairly low. Despite the fact that someone stole it once and another time someone vandalised it!

When my husband learned to drive a car, just before 25, our car insurance was costing well over £1200. Fast forward a few years and our car insurance is in the mid £100s now instead.

A hand holding an iPhone displaying the Plum finance app with pockets of money; £0 Primary Pocket, £12.56 House Appliances, £109.91 House Purchase Fees

In the last year alone we have made quite a big saving on car insurance – £280 in just one year! I’m going to share some tips with you to help you save money on car insurance.

Thomas and Daisy in a black car together in a car park
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Quick way to clean a microwave – in just 2 minutes!

Cleaning isn’t really something that most people enjoy is it?! I’m not the biggest fan of cleaning but I DO love having a clean and tidy home. It is great for my mental health, means I’m always ready for surprise visitors, and to welcome people into my home.

I love the feeling of a nice, welcoming, clean home. This is what spurs me on to get jobs done. Despite this I still have a few jobs that I put off from time to time and cleaning the microwave is sometimes one of them. I want to share with you my quick way to clean a microwave – in just 2 minutes!

Here is a look at my microwave before…

Inside of the dirty microwave
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