Turning Pennies Into Pounds

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

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.

Win Thousands of Pounds in Stock Market Game

Reckon you've got a talent for stock picking? Think you could make a mint from the markets if only you had a little dough to get you going? How much do you think you could make if you had £100,000 to invest?

The Big Deal is an investing game from Hargreaves Lansdown. It's free to register. You start the game with £100,000 (only virtual, unfortunately). You then choose which stocks or funds to buy. Registered players are then placed in a league. There are monthly prizes of £1000 for the five players who perform the best each month. There's also a prize of £10,000 for the overall winner whose investments have made the most money when the game winds up on the 30th of May, 2014.

The game begins on January 14, 2014.

New Year's Resolution

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.

Make Money By Writing What You Know

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.


You already know that raising a little one is mighty expensive. This book promises a few tips on cutting the costs of bringing up children.

Written by financial journalist and mother of two Madeline Thomas, Babynomics gives advice on surviving the financial trials of parenthood from pregnancy to paying for university.

It includes sections on saving money on baby equipment, making the most of government funding, dealing with pocket money and planning for your child's financial future. It's a pretty comprehensive book with a lot of helpful advice for first-time parents.

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