So.. i have been traveling for a about 4 years now … for very cheap!
First thing to say is there are several ways to do this. I use certain websites to book transport, and i am part of some groups that allow me to stay places for free (sometimes i get payed)
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I use skyscanner everytime. It’s a really good website/App and you can literally search for everything. You can put in your location, and set your destination to ‘everywhere’ to find the cheapest places to go!
I normally stay in other peoples homes, cat sitting! Its an excellent chance to see somewhere new, go to places you wouldn’t normally think of and live in a house/flat instead of paying for a hotel! I travel solo so i like to feel homely and having something such as a cat/dog/rabbit to look after is an added bonus for me 🙂 I mainly used trusted housesitters as no payment between sitter and pet owner is made. It is all protected with insurance and is a site which gets updated daily. Its global, and as i sitter i just send a short email to places i like the look of. if the pet owner likes your profile, they get in touch and you can set up an interview etc. Ive travelled everywhere with this website – New York, Malaga, Zurich, London, Paris, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Garrucha, Amsterdam, Manchester, Bordeaux, Toulouse.. and lots more!
Here is my trusted house sitters referral link if you want to check them out – you will get 25%off your yearly membership – i think that means that it will be approximately £60 which is a bargain IMO!
So… This year has made me rethink how I save and earn money. Im no expert but on a day to day basis i somehow earn money – whether that is £1.00 to £100.00.
People often ask me how? I tell them – and they don’t do anything about it. i get it.. it’s hard work and takes a lot of time and dedication. But.. if you get in the habit of doing it daily – it really adds up adn you can make a good amount weekly.
These are my top sites i use on a daily basis – i suggest signing up to them all and then downloading the Apps if they have one – then get to know what you like using the best as everyone will prefer different types!
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IPSOS SURVEY SITE – Website and App – You earn points for taking surveys – between 5 and 250 points for each – which can then be redeemed for vouchers. It varies by retailer, but you need 490 points to get a £5 Amazon voucher, and most members average four surveys a month. Click the link below for my referral.
Swagbucks Website and App – Swagbucks pays you points to answer daily polls. You can also mix it up by getting paid to watch videos, search via its page instead of Google and even play free online games. Points can be spent on rewards in its Rewards Store – for example, 700 points equals a £5 Amazon voucher.
Cash-out method: Money directly into your PayPal, gift vouchers (including Amazon), Sweepstakes entries.
Google Opinion RewardsApp – On your phone for google users – random surveys which last about 2 seconds and is an easy way to earn credit for purchasing apps, games, books, music and movies on the Google Play store. I have a total of £30 just answering surveys that last about 2 seconds!
Cash-out method: using google payment for apps/books etc
Curious CatApp – Quite a fun app – short surveys but you do get times out quite a lot – but points can add up quite quick! The app is easy to use and let you cash out when you reach 100 points (£1).
Cash-out method: PayPal (after you’ve earned just £1).
QmeeApp& WEBSITE– Frequent surveys via the app or on your laptop, but on the lower-paying side. Quite quick to do if your out and about though. Share your opinions, complete surveys and earn cash rewards. Get new surveys instantly! Activate your streak to increase your rewards.
Cash-out method – Cash out to PayPal at any time – no minimum cash out! Spend your rewards on a gift card or donate to charity.
PanelbaseWEBSITE – This is my fave website! I get emails from them daily – they pay out quite well and are simple to do. I have been using them for a few years now that’s why it seems like i’ve earned so much!
Prolific Website – This is a new one for me but already i have earned £50.00. It’s the easiest – fastest survey site i have ever used. normally i get screened out of a lot of surveys – but with this the surveys you get picked for are for YOU so you dont get screened out.
POPULUS LIVE WEBSITE – Quite a good survey site i’ve only just remembered them again so reregistered to start! Their payment threshold is 50 points, One point equals £1. They pay by BACS or Cheques (you can choose one of these options). The system is automated so you don’t need to redeem or claim your rewards.
APPINO SURVEY APP – Small polls to fill in everyday – very slow to build up cash but easy to do. Compare your opinion and see what the world thinks! Earn vouchers for your votes, level up and create your own polls!
Cash-out method – Earn Appinio coins and exchange them for high quality vouchers
ATTAPOLL APP – It’s available for both Android and Apple. It’s a low effort survey app – surveys take around 2-5 minutes (but they’ll let you know roughly how long it’ll take to complete before you accept it).
Cash-out method: Money directly into your PayPal (you’ll need to withdraw a minimum of £5)
INFLUENCE APP – Short questions that you have to answer doing a video – so if you dont feel comfortable doing short videos on your phone this isn’t for you. but it pays quite well! Influence is an app available in the US, UK and Australia on iOS & Android
Cash-out method: Money directly into your PayPal (minimum withdrawal of £10)
VIEWSBANK – Viewsbank is an online community where you can exchange opinions and stories on the topics that matter to you. Used on the computer.
Cash-out method – There is a threshold of £12 in your Viewsbank account balance that PayPal (the threshold for your first payment is £12.00). Viewsbank will automatically send you your earnings when you reach the threshold (this can take up to 30 days to arrive).
CLICKWORKER WEBSITE – I’ve been active on Clickworker for a while now. It’s a site where you can earn some money on the side by writing, translating and doing research. Check it out. Registration is free.
OPINION BAR WEBSITE – Been using this website a few years and its been steady. Made about £100 overall as i dont get many emails to do the surveys – you can cash out in lots of different ways though once you have £10.00
AIRTIME REWARDS – get money off your phone bill – simply link your debit card and whenever you use it in certain shops you will automatically get a bonus cashout – my code is – 83GAKT6T https://airtimerewards.app.link/friend
TOPCASHBACK – It’s about making it easy for you to get a little back on your everyday spending. We’re there from the moment you upgrade your closet to your Friday night takeaway.
I have always been quite savvy with making my own money. I’ve had a varied life full of different jobs
Nursery nurse, Dental nurse, retail assistant, admin at a prison!!, cafe worker, crafter (self employed) teaching assistant… the list goes on! I’ve loved all of them in different ways – but my health has always made me not ben able to do some of these long term which is a shame. my crafts have been a lifesaver and yes… i dont make much money from it but i would rather do this then roll around in a Jag! Anyway… here are some tips and tricks to make a bit of money in your spare time. I have done these kind of things for a few years now and it has made me thousands of pounds… from Surveys, market research, focus groups, mystery shopping, walking/receipt loading apps, voucher codes, cashback sites.
Yes it might look like a lot of work but once you get in the habit of doing them, it becomes your norm.. so when walking i can do a couple of surveys – my facebook as market research pages pinned to the top so i can see the research needed straight away. here are some sites i use which i will be updating. Also if you know of anymore please comment and i will add them!!
SAROS – https://www.sarosresearch.com/ – You get emailed jobs – very rarely, but you have to apply for the job which is normally a discussion panel or similar. A very high payer though if you get accepted, you typically get £30 to £100 for two hours’ work.
FIELD AGENT – https://fieldagent.page.link/jgWT3UhStyqcU2ke8 – easy app to download – quick paying with small jobs that pop up every now and then. its good just to have on your phone to complete little mystery shops which normally entail taking a few photos of specific products in certain shops. Pay is between £4-12
ESA RETAIL – https://www.esa-webms.co.uk – this is a good website that i have just recently started using the last year. I really like it, i get good local visits and have got a lot of free things such as chocolate from Thorntons, free food shopping, train tickets and more. You get a refund of your purchase(taking a photo of your receipt) and then you also get a little extra money for your time.
Market Force – https://uk.marketforceshopper.com/login – I have been on this site for years and it is my favourite. I have earned quite a lot from this site and have visited places such as Next, William Hill, Restaurants, Bowling, Greggs, Prett, Superdrug and lots more! Again, you get to keep the purchase and then get money added for your time. I like this one as lots of jobs get added and every time you complete a job, you get points and the more points you have, the more jobs you can do. 🙂
CREDIT CARDS WITH REWARDS PROGRAMS – Curve Cashback Card – Load your credit card onto the Curve app and they will offer 1% cashback on selected retailers on top of your existing bonus. It’s a secure app and contactless mastercard that offers rewards and added functionality when you buy something. Here’s everything you need to know about Curve and how to get yourself £5 free when you sign up and use your card for the first time.
You need to select Curve Rewards on the app as your preferred payment method. Then purchases on the card will use any bonus money/cashback that you’ve earned. You can use your earned cashback to make any purchase instantly, just remember to select ‘rewards’ as your payment method.
I absolutely love collecting vintage scarves and fabrics. Not only are they really beautiful with each one showing off a unique geometric pattern, a feminine floral sequence, or a scene with people and/or animals, but they are also really really cheap to buy. Once you collect enough, can be sewn into your own custom made boho curtains!!
I normally go looking around all the charity shops in York to find these goodies – i also use laces and embroidered napkins!! Honestly – what ever you can get your hands on would be good to try out for some quirky one of a kind style.
1. Iron and clean all fabrics and lay them out to configure your design. Create two panels of mixed fabrics.
2. When you have your final layout, flip all fabrics over and pin the left fabrics together to make a vertical panel that is half the width of a full curtain. Overlap the fabrics’ edges and pin 1/4″ down from the edge. Do the same thing with the right fabrics to make the second half of the first curtain.
3. Sew along all pinned seams, working carefully to avoid snagging the delicate fabric. You now have two vertical panels sewn. Pin these two vertical panels together in the center, again overlapping by 1/4″.
4. Sew down the center to create the center seam. Cut any loose threads. You now have one full curtain
5. Repeat steps two through four to create your second curtain.
6. Sew on your chosen header (pencil pleat header/eyelets/loops) to hang your curtains.
7. You curtains are now complete! Iron down the hems and any wrinkles. If you are hanging these curtains in front of window that receives full sunlight for extended periods of time, you should place curtains liners behind these, as the fabric may fade in bright sun.
I’m cat sitting in Zurich atm for two weeks. I have never been to Switzerland before and to be honest it is not somewhere I would ever think of coming, but let me tell you it is a lovely beautiful amazing city full of kindness and smiles. I arrived a week ago now and have just been exploring the many parks, museums and galleries there is to offer. The weather is warmer then England but there has been cloudy days. I don’t mind because I went to a really cool cinema called Kosmos and saw an English movie called Hostile which was fab!
I didn’t realise Switzerland wasn’t in the EU so silly me only brought euros…. oops! They use Swiss francs here and things are really expensive! I would definetly visit again in the future.
It is quite central to alot of other places aswell, You can get the bus and in three hours and get to either Geneva, Milan and in 8 hours get to Venice! (Which is where I’m going after Zurich!)
Things I’ve noticed about Zurich.. .
There are literally no homeless people on the street. I have seen none… Which is strange because in England there are loads and you just get used to it really. Which isn’t good I guess!
There is no litter and also there’s loads of bins!!
The women dress quite manly and very streamline, they only wear simple colours and many have short hair in a bobthat is tied up in a bun.
Men wear hipster glasses and carry man bags.
You don’t have to press a button at the traffic lights, they are just sutomatic… and they stay on the green man for AGES!!!!
Most people recycle and there arnt many cars about… very eco friendly.
All the shops and everything closes on a Sunday.
Yeah so they are the observations I have made throughout my trip!!
Yesterday in a facebook group i asked the question, “What is your biggest struggle with your business right now?” and a particular answer kept cropping up – “there just isn’t enough hours in the day lol”
My instant reaction to this was “really? what are you doing with your time? There always is the same amount of hours in the day ‘every day’ always has been, always will be. (ok before you all start shouting “what about when the clocks change ey” yes that does change things slightly twice a year) also it’s the same for everybody (hhmmm) so yep we all have the same amount of hours in the day every day”
You may sense I get slightly ‘het up’ by this conversation? well yes it’s safe to say I really, really don’t like it when fellow business owners say ” i just don’t have time!” So i thought i’d…
I know at the moment there is a huge housing crisis which is causing mass homeless and people not with secure housing and places to call there own. In York there are a number of services that help these people by offering food on the night and lots more support which is fantastic and i try my best to support them.
Im quite the internet searcher – and i have moved house 25+ times… so quite an expert on renting/where to find cheap housing etc. i have found certain sites that offer cheaper housing. private renting is absolutely ridiculous and i cannot fathom how people afford this – i am personally with Yorkshire Housing paying minimum and i am so lucky to have the one bedroom flat i have. I am warm on the night and there are plenty who are not.
When i was going to live in Darlington (whilst eventually settling on Darling Buddhist centre for a year for 250 a month) i was going to use these websites and move into a property which is currently empty- suitable for living but it is temporary – so good for people who like to move- haven’t got dependents etc Here are the websites i used – there are hundreds of housing all over England that are empty and the can go for as little as 150 pounds a month to have a roof over your head so check them out –
ad hoc – Providing vacant property protection with live in Guardians – Empty property protection or a cheap place to live across the UK
I thought I would give making bunting a go, it is quite a nice way to add colour to a wall and great way to personalise a bedroom.
I drew a triangle with the measurements of 18.5 cm (7.5 inches) along the bottom, 26 cm (10.5 inches) along each side, and 24 cm (9.5 inches) inside from the top of the triangle to the base. I used cardboard for the template, see below. I then cut out 10 triangles of coordinating fabric because I decided to make 5 double-sided flags.
I decided to personalise my bunting with my daughter’s name, and no, her name is not ‘addy’ as per the photo below, I had already started sewing the ‘M’ on the flag before I remembered to take a photo!
For the lettering, I printed it off and then simply drew the letter onto fabric and then cut out.