Turning Pennies Into Pounds

February 04, 2014

I'm not quite sure that luxury holidays are something that anybody who is clicking on ads to earn a few pennies is going to be buying anytime soon. That's one of the ads which has turned up in my email inbox since joining Inbox Pounds.

Describing itself as the online rewards club that pays, Inbox Pounds pays out cash when you complete online surveys, watch videos or do internet searches. You can also sign up to have ads delivered to your email inbox, which you get paid a penny a time a time for looking at.

True, none of this is going to make you rich. Each time you interact with the site you are likely to earn only a few pence. Slowly though, those pennies add up and when the money in your account has reached £20 you can cash it out.

If you've got the staying power and reckon you can see it through to turn your online activity into a crisp twenty pound note, you can sign up here.

Raising a child costs over £227,000

January 23, 2014

The cost of raising a child is £227,266, according to new figures from the Centre of Economic and Business Research. This is £5000 higher than the figure put out last year. The research totted up expenses over the first 21 years of a life, including food, clothing and hobbies. Education which swallowed up the biggest chunk of change. £73,803 went on that. This was followed by childcare, which came in at £66,113.

New Year's Resolution

January 03, 2014

As a teen, I used to buy a diary every year. I planned to fill the pages with daily accounts of my scintillating life. My attempts at keeping a journal didn't usually last long. My life turned out not to be that scintillating and my diaries tended to fizzle out before January had come to an end.

I originally began this blog in January 2013. Kind of like my early diary efforts, it didn't last long. This year though, full of vim, I'm trying to revive it. And you, random reader from somewhere in the world, get the chance to enjoy this thrilling account of my attempt to get my finances in order.

My new year's resolution is to post something new at least once a week. If you want to be kept updated, subscribe to the RSS feed.


How to Save Money on Train Fares

April 26, 2013

TicketySplit is an app from the MoneySaving Expert website which helps you to get cheaper train fares.

Make Money By Writing What You Know

March 15, 2013

Reckon you can string a few words together? Think you have something to say about a particular subject? Well, you might be interested to know that there are websites out there that pay you for sharing your knowledge on a topic.

HubPages is a community website where users write article about the things they know about. You can earn money from the ads that are placed on your articles. Interested? Sign up now.

Compare Supermarket Prices Online

February 01, 2013

The weekly food shop can be a major drain on finances. I always get nervous that I'm not getting the best deal on the things I buy. Could I be getting this tin of beans cheaper elsewhere?

Price comparison website My Supermarket aims to help shoppers get the best deal on their supermarket buy. The site compares prices at the main UK retailers, including Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.

You can order your basket online, print your basket as a shopping list to take to your local supermarket or just use the site as a price comparison tool. The site claims that you will save an average of £17 every time you use it.

It Costs £222,000 to Raise a Child

January 24, 2013

Blimey, it really does cost a lot to have kids. £222,458!!! That's the cost of raising a child until he or she is 21, according to a study by insurance company Liverpool Victoria. Education (£32,593) and childcare (£63,738) are the biggest expenditure for parents. From birth to the age of 21, parents also spend an average of £19,270 on food and £16,195 on holidays. It makes me feel queasy just thinking about it.