Spring is here, and there’s no better time to start earning free gift cards through Swagbucks!
All throughout April you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, M&S, or PayPal cash.
2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2019. You’ll get a 300 SB bonus for it!
3. That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned almost £3,000 to date. I use Swagbucks to buy gift cards for my favourite stores, like: M&S, John Lewis and Amazon. Then I can treat myself or my family at no cost!
Yes, I got this £100 heated airer free all thanks to the website Swagbucks! It’s my most recent purchase from John Lewis, to make my life easier with all the extra washing that’s around since having my baby. I figure that running an airer is cheaper than running the tumble dryer so much. It’s winter and there’s so little daylight, so much bad weather and with a North facing garden – it’s a waste of time putting washing on the rotary line. I’ve been relying on my indoor airer, but it just couldn’t cope with the volume of washing being produced, plus with everything needing 2 days to dry – it’s just impractical. I figure a heated airer will also reduce condensation in the home, making it healthier to live in too. From a zero waste point of view, it comes with a 2 year guarantee – quite a rare thing these days! It’s also mostly comprised of lightweight aluminium metal, except for the feet and top hinges. The whole things folds down for easy storage and it is surprisingly compact when up.
I said that I’d probably still manage to get rid of a few more items! Well it amounts to a cardigan and a pair of shoes sold on eBay, 2 bags of clothes returned to their original owners and 2 books sold on Amazon Marketplace.
Yet more things that weren’t actually needed! I expect the odd item will still sell on eBay in the coming months, as I have a handful left listed.
Since my last decluttering post in September, I have let another 31 items go! I had some motivation, as we are expecting a baby and I just cannot keep so many clothing or personal items. I need to clear an entire room for another person!
I’ve let virtually all of my vintage clothing stash go and cleared an entire clothes rail. Alongside this, I’ve let go of other clothing items, craft items, make-up and the odd book or DVD.
It’s probably not going to make the most exciting blog post if I list it all one-by-one. But, I’ve added another £569.14 back in the bank account. Bringing my overall total from decluttering in the last year to: £2377.17. Is there anything you could be turning out? I honestly don’t miss a thing!
I’m back on the decluttering bandwagon again! Now that summer is over, it’s time to get my house in order again. I’ve always got more clothes to get rid of, I’ve admitted before that I have far too many. But this year, I have made a real and concerted effort to address this. A lot of my clothes are vintage items and although I love vintage clothes, I think it’s time to admit that most of the time they are just not as practical to wear. They tend to be the ones left hanging for months and years, and that just makes no sense. So, I am trying to downsize my collection. The other area of weakness in this house is the acquisition of DVDs. So we have resolved to try not to buy any more, without watching some of what we have.
In the last couple of weeks, I have sold 13 items on eBay.
Jasper Conran Applique Cord Skirt
Vintage Laura Ashley tea dress
Vintage Laura Ashley gypsy skirt
John Rocha T-shirt
Vintage Laura Ashley tea dress
M&S leather skirt
M&S cashmere cardigan
Vintage Laura Ashley tea dress
The Skeleton Twins DVD
Phase Eight Sequinned T-shirt
I plan to get ruthless this time, I’m giving myself a deadline and if things don’t sell – then they’re going to the charity shop. I’m not keeping things going round and round on eBay for a year, before they sell. My space is more valuable!
Are you decluttering? If you care to share, then I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.
My journey has evolved from Minimalism to incorporate a Zero Waste lifestyle. I have also been able to learn a great deal about money-saving and non-traditional work opportunities. Here I share some opportunities:
How did I do it? Read on dear readers, read on! I got this jacket for free thanks to a combination of my online earners; Swagbucks, TopCashBack and Valued Opinions. (I promise I will write a detailed post about Valued Opinions soon!)My husband needed a new leather jacket, as his was now very worn and discoloured. He set his heart upon this one a few months ago and so it became my new target for online earning.
If you sign up to Swagbucks through me, you can earn up to 500SB for free! If you earn 300SB they will match it and then, if you use their shop & earn feature (like cashback), you can get another 200SB.
If you sign up to TopCashBack through me and earn £10 worth of cashback, you can get £5 free! These will get you well on the way to whatever target you set yourself.
Come on, get started today and then post in the comments what you are aiming for. I want to see the pictures when you achieve your goal!
I’m late again in posting, as I have slowed down the pace of my decluttering. Partly due to the temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius – it’s just too hot to do anything much!
I have managed to sell one item on eBay each week, both blouses. The only other thing that’s gone is a tonne of weeds from the garden! Hence my lack of blogging, I’ve been trying to get outside more and enjoy summer.
Did you know you can use cashback sites to bring down the cost of your breakdown cover by more than half?! This year, at the time of my renewal Topcashback was offering the best deal. So I switched provider to the RAC and got a massive £66.50 in cashback just a few months later. This means my total cost for the year amounted to £50 and this included most options, except International Travel which I don’t need. Are you overpaying for your breakdown cover?
I’m a member of TopCashback amongst other sites, and I’ve made some great savings so far on my online shopping. There are no catches, and it’s completely free to join. So, why don’t you join too? So far I have earned £470.78 cashback!
Welcome to my weekly update of things that have found new homes. I try to keep a flow of items in and out of my home and I am currently massively trying to downsize my wardrobe. This week, 6 items have found new homes and they are all in the category of clothing, shoes and accessories- hooray! I’m sorry about the rubbish quality of the photos, I still haven’t discovered how to pull my higher quality images from eBay. Altogether, I’ve managed to put £60 back in my bank account by selling these- so averaging £10 per item – not bad considering 4 of these were purchased second-hand for much less!
Red wide elastic belt
Vintage denim Laura Ashley Maxi dress
Vintage Topshop Fishtail Denim Skirt
Laura Ashley Boucle Tweed Jacket
Dorothy Perkins Butterfly Print Maxi Dress
Vintage Ravel Red Court Shoes- BNWT
Stay tuned to see what I manage to get rid of, over the next week! Chow for now and Happy Easter everyone! 🙂
Never heard the expression ‘bank tart’ before? Neither had I, until a few months ago! A bank tart is someone who repeatedly switches bank accounts, in order to take advantage of various offers from different banks. Often these are bonuses for switching to a particular bank, but sometimes they offer a monthly bonus for jumping through a few hoops. Those hoops tend to be things like setting up a certain number of direct debits, or paying a certain amount into the account each month. It’s vital that you check the terms and conditions of whichever one you have signed up for, to make sure that you fulfil all the criteria needed to obtain your bonus.
You can use sites like MoneySavingExpert to find out what the best current deals are. The word on the street is that there’s up to £800 available, for free – just for switching. So far we’ve taken advantage of £110 from the Cooperative Bank. We were going to stay with them and get £5 a month in addition, but given that they are about to go under (according to BBC news, it could happen at any time), we’ve decided to switch away immediately before we get into a tangled web with our finances.
Next up on our list is First Direct which is offering £125 to switch, plus once the account is open, you have the opportunity to open a regular saver account earning 5% interest up to a certain amount. There are other great deals from Halifax, Nationwide and Santander out there and more! It is possible to keep several accounts open and switch money between them, to meet the criteria of several accounts at once. I’m not sure if I’m up to that challenge or not at the moment. But I’ll keep you posted!
Switching was completely hassle free using the switching service and everything was done for us. Even down to the minor details of switching all our former payees and adding them into our new bank account, so that we didn’t have to. We were impressed and apart from our switch date getting put back by a few days – it went without a hitch.
So, come on – ‘fess up! Are you a bank tart or a switching virgin? My running total is £235 free cash currently. What’s yours?