Tuesday, 2 January 2018


With Christmas well and truly behind us now and all the credit card bills coming in, it's no wonder that this is the most popular month for people to seek out ways to make some extra cash to help pay off their bills.

To kick start the new year I thought I would give you some quick and easy ways to get some quick cash back.

Please tell me that most of you already use a cashback site as this is the quickest way to get some 'cash back'. Most of the transactions you will have bought through this site over Christmas will now have gone through so your total amount of cash back should show on your statement. One of the best cash back sites is Top Cash Back which is the UK's highest paying cashback site.

Another quick return is to sell any unwanted gifts online through Ebay, Craigslist or Gumtree, even Ebay offer free listings or nothing to pay until you sell for January.

Pop over to The Money Saving Expert's site and head to the 'Boost Your Income' forum boards which have lots of ideas on how to boost your income.

According to Save the Student site the best survey sites are - Toluna, Vivatic, MySurvey, Valued Opinions, IPSOS, Global Test Market, The Opinion Panel, You Gov, Pinecone, One Poll and more.

Changing your bank account or credit card can also give you instant cash and the best site for these deals is The Money Saving Expert.

Check out the site Task Rabbit which lists jobs such as picking up parcels, flat pack assembly or moving and packing jobs in your area.

Finally, watch TV and get paid for it. At this time of year the nights are long and we do tend to sit in front of the TV for longer so why not make some money while you are watching by joining The Viewers you can earn £40-£70 for a group discussion on specific programmes.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Get this FREE Ebook from Money Magpie on How to Make £1,000 a month, tax free- from home.

In this free ebook you will be shown how to make up to £1,000 a month profit. Not just for one month but for every month to come through Matched Betting.

In the book you will find out exactly what Matched Betting is, how to make sure you never put your money at risk and how to make a consistent profit from the process.

Monday, 6 November 2017



Are you born lucky?

Well, actually scientist think that they have found a link between certain conditions, including personality traits and birth months.

By looking at people who actually considered themselves lucky and the month they were born, they found out that those born between March and August believe themselves to be luckier than those born between September and February. Well, that includes me and I must say I do not think of myself as lucky at all.

May is the luckiest month, so if you are planning to have a family, plan to conceive in August......

Sunday, 1 October 2017


In case you haven't already heard these I thought I would give you what they call, 'the top ten ways to save money this Winter.

Of course, this list has been adapted by Confused.com so some of the pointers may not surprise you.

1. 'Give yourself a quick financial review', ie check your direct debits and other payments in your account are up to date. With the renewal of some magazine subscriptions coming up around Christmas this is one worth reminding yourself of. They say 'move payments as close to payday as possible and it will be easier to work out how much money you have left for the rest of the month'.

2.  'Be disloyal' – to your cards and accounts that is. With apparently 106 of the 228 credit cards on the market being accessed only via the internet application, it pays to shop around for the best deals.

3. 'Balance transfers', and the best way to do this is to go to Confused.com who offers a free Card Matcher tool that shows you how likely you are to be accepted before you apply.

4. 'Savings Bonus' apparently savings top the list of 'Brits' financial woes', according to the survey by Unbiased, with 39 percent of those polled admitting this is their top concern. So, study, study and study some more by looking for the best savings.

5. 'Tax-Free Savings' which again I am sure we have all got ISA's but if you have any money in your current account at the end of the month, Confused.com say you should transfer it to an instant access cash ISA. 

6. ' Use it or lose it', by that they mean some packaged current accounts offer such as travel insurance, breakdown etc if not being used can be bought cheaper.

7. 'Switch Current Accounts'. They say that you can actually 'make money' by switching your current account. Some banks, for instance, are offering new customers cash to switch their main account, which can come in rather handy coming up to Christmas. There are some stipulations but just look on Confused.com website for details of this one and others that are available.

8. 'Earn as you spend'. They say that a cashback credit card means you can earn money every time you spend which can be as much as 5 percent in some cases. 

9. 'Spending abroad'. Chance would be a fine thing for me at the moment but plenty of you go on winter sun holidays so they are saying you should plan which cards to use abroad by looking on their site as some can charge a fortune to use abroad. 

10.  'Money Saving apps', apparently there are a number of clever smartphone apps that can help you budget from iXpenseit which allows you to set up a budget and record your daily outgoings to a category, which makes it good for tracking your spending. It's not for free though, so check out the free ones first.

More information on all of the above is available from www.confused.com

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017


According to Money Magpie you can make money from your postcode, and one such way is to add your address to the Free Postcode Lottery.

It is totally free and you could win £800. Jasmine Birtles (founder of Money Magpie) says there is no catch, all you do is sign up with your email address and your postcode and then check back on the site every day to see if your postcode has won.

It couldn't be easier, just don't forget to check the site daily.

The reason there is no catch is that of the way the website works which is that the more people who check the site every day, increase their traffic, which then increases the amount of money that they can make from advertisers. Simple really.

They are on a win, win, business and are making a huge profit from people just checking the site where you get a share in that profit by winning a prize here and there. The site also has lots of other ways you can make money which I will post about on another day.

 .Free Postcode Lottery

Sunday, 10 September 2017


Homemade soaps have become big business now with top department stores stocking different types. They can easily be made at home with the following recipe.

Homemade Lemon Soap Recipe

2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh lemon verbena leaves in 2 tablespoons of warmed glycerine.

Keep in a warm place for an hour or two to infuse.

Finely grate two tablespoons of unscented left over soap and melt it in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water.

When the soap is melted add to the infusion, 1 tablespoon of clear honey and a few drops of natural food colouring.

Pour into glycerine greased moulds and leave to set.

For homemade lavender soap use 4oz old soap or soap flakes and 1 tablespoon beeswax and ten drops of Lavender Oil.

Melt the beeswax using a double boiler like above, add the soap and stir until completely mixed then add the lavender oil and pour into glycerine greased moulds and leave to set.

One of the best sites to find different recipe ideas and lovely image ideas is Pinterest 

This amazing 'Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap', the recipe is just one amazing idea from a Pinterest link I found but there are literally over one hundred pins on homemade soaps. 

With Christmas now, a matter of a few months away it would be a great time to give this a go as they also make great Christmas presents.