Thursday, December 01, 2016

November Earnings

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Writing - £720.55
Article Writing - £720.55

Book Sales - £71.82
Amazon - £71.82

Other - £31.39
Free Postcode Lottery - £5.00
Lucky Phone - £26.98
Search Lotto - £0.11

Making a Grand Total of £824.46

Monday, November 14, 2016

I won the Lucky Phone Main Draw!

YAY!! I am a first time winner on the main draw on Lucky Phone. It was a rollover so I got £20 plus my accrued loyalty points which added up to £6.98 so a lovely £26.98 just for the fun of checking a website each day. Thank you so much Lucky Phone!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

YAY - I won a fiver, thank you Free Postcode Lottery

I won my first fiver from the Free Postcode Lottery today. This was from clicking a link in an advert. Most prizes on the site are higher than this, but even this small win was really exciting. I knew the site was genuine and trusted it, especially as it has been mentioned on Money saving experts website, but it is still great to win yourself and know it is all legitimate. It is easy to sign up and you just have to check each day to see if you have won. The prizes roll over if no one claims which means that the jackpot has been over £1000 in the past. I was not quite that lucky but it was still great to win. Good luck if you decide to sign up. You can do so using my referral link which is here - or just go to freepostcodelottery.com if you would rather not use my referral.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Christmas Shopping

I am determined this year to spend less money on gifts and other things associated with Christmas. I have already sorted out some gifts of items I have already that I am regifting. I have also bought a lot of second hand things to save money and my husband has bartered some weekend work in exchange for a few items that will be used as gifts. I will buy new things for people as well, but it is nice to save some money. I have decided that the items that I buy will come form local shops as much as possible so that I can do my best for the local economy. This means that I will not be going online to buy a kurt cobain mustang but I will be hopefully still find some items that people will enjoy. I also managed to save a lot of gift wrap from last Christmas, as I had family over on Christmas day and so I will reuse that for some gifts and I have rolls of new paper too left over so that will save me money as well. I will use up the cards I have left from last year, use ones I was given last year as gift tags and send email cards to family members that live abroad. Last year it was not only the cost but the waste that worried me so as well as reusing, regifting and buying second hand, I am also making sure that I buy practical gifts that people will use rather than frivolous things that are not necessary. I think it could be a challenge but hopefully it will work and people will like them!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

October Earnings

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Writing - £158.04

Article Writing - £140.43
dp article sales - £13.86
Blog writing - £3.75

Book Sales - £31.79

Smashwords - £16.16
Amazon - £15.63

Other - £77.09
Ebay sales - £77.09

Making a Grand Total of £266.92

Saturday, October 01, 2016

September Earnings

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Writing - £419.65

Article Writing - £411.25
dp article sales - £8.40

Other - £24.69
Clixsense - £5.52
Waterproof Memo Board - £19.17

Making a Grand Total of £444.34

This is a fairly good total this month, partly due to the fact that I have had more time on my hands due to the family being back at work and school and several large writing jobs form one of my regular customers. It would be lovely to earn more of course, but it encouraging to see totals going up despite the fact that online pay for freelance writing still seems to be fairly low. I am always looking for new opportunities to earn, but have not yet found anything that offers so much potential pay as freelance writing.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Is Local Shopping too Expensive?

I always think that it is good to support my local economy and try to shop local if I can. This is not just in the independent shops, although I love supporting them, but also in the local chain stores. I feel that they support the local economy by employing local people, who would not have a job if they closed. Plus those local people are more likely to shop locally themselves if they work locally.

However, shopping in some local shops can be more expensive. For example, although the local bookshop gives some discounts it is still cheaper to order a book online from Amazon and so it somehow feels silly paying that extra money. However, sometimes it is much better value choosing the closest store to my location, as it means that I do not have to pay postage if I would otherwise order online or transport if I would have to travel to a different shop.

New Waterproof Memo Boards Facebook Page

As part of my big push in selling more waterproof memo boards leading up to Christmas I have decided to launch a Facebook page. It can be found by searching waterproof memo boards in Facebook or clicking the link in this sentence! It will be interesting to see how quickly I can gather likes for the site and whether it will have an effect on sales. Obviously it is not always easy to see whether sales came from the promotion or if the customer just found the site from a search engine, but I still think that it is a worthwhile experiment.