Monday, September 01, 2014

August Earnings

Writing - £138.15

Article Writing - £132.15

Blog Articles - £6.00

Book Sales - £17.58

Amazon - £17.58

Other - £10.74

Quidco - £10.52

Search Lotto - £0.22

Making a Grand Total of £166.47

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Start Soon!

Once the school holidays are over on Tuesday, I will be making a new start. This not only includes my work; where I will be trying to work more and earn more compared to what I have been doing while the children have been home, but also working on my body. I am not quite going as far as those at do, but I am going to work on my health and fitness. i will be doing the school run again, as well as exercise bike, but I plan on doing more abs workouts as well. I am also hoping that I will be able to be more sensible with my eating, by enjoying my food but keeping it as healthy as I can and controlling portion sizes so that I lose some weight. I usually find that when I weigh less, I feel happier and when I eat better I also feel more awake, which is always good. As the weather gets colder it can be tempting to turn to comfort food and put on weight. I am hoping to listen to my body but not overeat.

Friday, August 01, 2014

July Earnings

Writing - £152.50

Article Writing - £152.50

Book Sales - £50.46

Amazon - £13.56

Smashwords - £36.90

Other - £94.00

Quidco - £1.00

YouGov - £50

Link Sales - £40.00

Sponsored Reviews - £3.00

Making a Grand Total of £296.96

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Growing Costs of Cars

I am constantly surprised by the amount of families that have more than one car. Many people seem to view their transport as essential as feel that they cannot do without it but they are the first to compain about the costs. Buying a car itself is very expensive with the manufacturing costs, the vehicle export rates, salesman fees and everything else, even if you buy second hand they are not cheap. However, it is the cost of running a car that can really add up. Not only is there the increasing price of fuel, there are repair costs and servicing. There is also insurance, tax and MOT and then there are the smaller costs such as car washes, vacuuming and other maintenances.

I manage very well without a car. I can walk everywhere that I need to and there is also public transport near where I live. I admit that I am lucky due to living close good facilities, but when we moved to this house, it was carefully chosen with that in mind and so other people could do the same thing.

Recent Earnings

I am actually surprised at how much my recent earnings have been considering how little work I have been doing. I have been working on a new book, which is selling well as well as spending time watching Wimbledon and painting a bathroom in the house. This has left me little time for finding new work and with the summer holidays coming I decided to only do work for my current customers. This means that there is far less for me to do, probably less than five hours work a week. I will notice the reduction in income, but I would like to spend time working with the children, as they both need to do some catching up with school work and also having fun with them as well. Hopefully it will be worth it and then in September I will be able to take a look at the work that is around again and start to pick up some extra. Hopefully I will be able to work during school time and still be able to fit in time to work with the children.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Helpful Birthday Gifts

It is my husbands birthday today and he has got a Mindstorms robot so that he can learn to program it with the children. It has got me thinking about what to buy for the children when it is their birthday. They will be nine this year, but I have been told by school that my one son needs extra help with his gross and fine motor skills which means that I am thinking of things to get him that might help this. I have been reading up on things and it seems that sports such as climbing and playing with a ball are good for the gross motor skills and so we will be practicing these. However, it seems the fine motor skills are more of a problem because of his handwriting being affected by them. This means that I have been looking in to getting him things which will help with this. This means no only doing handwriting practice but anything that strengthens the muscles in the hands and forearms and needs fine control. I had consudered looking at musician's friend for an instrument which might help him on top of many craft activities that I have organised.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June Earnings

Writing - £191.64

Article Writing - £191.64

Book Sales - £27.03

Amazon - £27.03

Other - £6.50

Quidco - £6.36

Search Lotto - £0.14

Making a Grand Total of £225.17

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Getting Great Insurance Deals

It can be so easy to ignore advice about comparing insurance prices and just stick with the company that you always use. However, it is amazing how much money you could actually save if you change the company that you are with. You might find that with some types of insurance the savings are greater than with others.

With life insurance you will find that as you age the cost will go up. There is no getting away form this but it could be that the price will increase less with some companies compared to others and so it is still worth comparing and seeing whether you can do better. The good news about car insurance is that as you age you will find that the premiums go down as drivers tend to be safer as they get older. You may find therefore that when you renew your premium will reduce but you could still find that it is cheaper elsewhere.

It is therefore wise to compare insurance every few years. You may not be wise to go with the cheapest possible company and you need to make sure that you are comparing like for like so that the reason it is cheaper is not because it is given you less for the money. Just make sure that you keep a careful note of what company you are with so that if you do need to make a claim, you know who you need to claim from.

You could save a significant amount of money each year if you can reduce the cost of your life insurance, car insurance, house insurance, contents insurance, pet insurance and health insurance. These savings could mean that you can more easily make ends meet, save more each month or start paying more money in to pension.