Money is always a tricky subject. We always want more. We don’t like what things cost. We have to pay for certain stuff. The list goes on. What I’ve come to realise as I’ve become a proper adult is I’m actually really good with money. I’m not sure where it’s come from (probs good parenting, holla at you Mumma) but I know what I’ve got and I know what I can spend. Here are my three ways to be better with money because in my opinion, I’ve got it nailed.
London. Our crazy capital city! I love London in small chunks. A day trip, a weekend break or even just when I have to pop down for a working day occasionally. That’s enough for me! London is so busy that I can only take it in small-ish doses but I always enjoy it when I go because I’m always doing something new, seeing a different sight or eating at a recently-opened restaurant or coffee shop that we’ve spied on Instagram!
Most of us wish we had a little more disposable income. While it can be fun to live by the rules of work hard, play hard, this usually results in an end of the month struggle and living on basic rations. Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to save money this spring. Here are some steps you can take to free up a little more of that well-earned cash.
With January now in the bag, the next month on our hit list is February; the month of romance and passion. This month, some people like to blow most of their salary on expensive menus in top restaurants and lavish weekends away in remote country spa hotels. For those who prefer to be more resourceful with their Valentine’s budget, it can be a challenge to prove your love in another way.
This doesn’t have to be expensive, I’ve just come across ilovewallpaper.co.uk who sell rolls for as little as £14.99. Textured of patterned wallpaper can really spruce up a room and it’s a lot easier and less hassle than painting. Plus, it’s not as messy!
Light It Up
Another great way to update a room for less than £100 is with new ceiling lights. I really like these Pendant Lights that come in a few different colours. They’re really modern and funky with the metallic silver contrasted with primary colours. I think the white’s my favourite as it’s the most neutral. Changing lighting solutions in any room can dramatically change things!
Our homes are where we relax, have fun and entertain our friends and family. Over time some interiors can start to look tired and dull, meaning we fall out of love with some of our decor. It would be ideal if we all had an unlimited budget to keep our home looking fresh and current with must-have furniture and colours. But unfortunately, that is just not reality. There are styling changes that you can make; that can save you money and make your home look fabulous. Here are three tweaks you can try out to give your home a new lease of life on a budget.
As a chick, hair and beauty is one of the things I spend a lot of my hard-earned money on because a) being a blogger it’s something I enjoy and b) I’m quite a girly-girl at heart and do like to look my best when I can! Obviously we all like to save a bit of dollar wherever we can so here’s a few tips & tricks for saving some pennies on our beloved beauty items.
As a student-marketer and previous student myself not so long ago, I’ve got a few handy hints and tips for saving money when money is super tight!Student Discount Obviously this is my first and slightly biased approach. Sign up to UNiDAYS for free with your uni email address and benefit from loads and loads of amazing offers on food, fitness and fashion!
Sign up for free voucher sites such as Vouchercloud and take advantage of things like O2 Priority as you can grab lunch for £1 on most Mondays! Save the student is also a cool site which hunts down a lot of printable vouchers and freebies for food and the like. Dealsland UK is also a great place to grab vouchers for places like Missguided.
First and foremost, you need to know exactly how much money you need to keep you going every week or month. Write down all your monthly incomings and outgoings and see how much you have left over (if anything) for your own shopping/socialising. This will make sure you know not to overspend and you can see if you need to get a part time job or not!
By everything, I mean buy bigger shampoo bottles as they’ll usually be cheaper and last longer, cook more food and freeze portions. Bigger bags of pasta and rice are always bette value, try to not shop day-to-day at convenience stores because these will definitely be more expensive. Do a weekly big shop and you can always do small top up shops for things like milk!
I’d always recommend getting a part time job anyway if you can, even if it’s just at home for when you go back for the holidays. I had a job at home that I went home to and just bulked up on hours during the holidays as well as being a student ambassador and regularly selling and re-selling my wardrobe on eBay! Blogging is also a great little earner if you’re established enough for people to pay for advertising or guest posts. Plus you can get some great freebies which may mean you won’t have to buy as much stuff!