Welcome to my new blog, a place where we’ll talk about making and saving money and the trials of tribulations of being a single parent to teenagers, who, as you can imagine, seem to believe I have very deep pockets!
I’ve spent the day, between basic chores such as keeping the kids fed and in clean clothes, setting up survey sites and putting this blog together.
My mission is to be out of debt by the end of year! A little background as to how I got to this point…
I spent 12 years getting myself out of the debt my ex husband left me in while still providing for my children, I did it! Proud was an understatement! Then I decided it was time to move area for the benefit of the children and a new start all round. As you can imagine, it has cost a pretty penny to relocate and in the space of six months, I’m in debt again!
So this is where we’re at….
Counting the pennies from the penny jar that’s been filling up slowly across the year. £11!
I do have a full time job, it doesn’t pay great, this means I have to claim top up benefits. I can quite honestly say that it isn’t enough to indulged in luxuries such as paying off debt. Hopefully, by ‘Looking after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves’ as Nan would always tell me. So here’s the start, a few survey sites to get me going and after some research here’s my low down on the three I’ve started with…
Pays cash for every survey that you can send straight to your email. Easy to sign up, easy to use and easy to see how much you have earned. I feel like it will take some time to make it worth while. I spent an initial hour getting it rolling, most of the surveys ask initial questions to see if your appropriate for the survey and you don’t get through to all of them. After the hour I have so far earned £1.16.
Took about ten minutes to set up and you can children under 16 to answer surveys too, if your comfortable with letting your children get involved. Here, points = pennies. 50 points = £2.50. Again, easy to use and easy to see how your points are adding up which can be turned in to Paypal funds. So far I have 20 points but I have only spend about 30 minutes looking around and seeing how it works.
Slightly more complicated to start up, requires an actual address. However there are £’s in the bank already. £3 just for signing up but a lack of surveys until you fill lots of profile information. I have 1 survey waiting but haven’t done much more with it yet.
So watch this space as I add up the pennies, Strive to get through Christmas without spending more money I don’t have and start to save in January. I’m hoping that by writing it all down it will keep on track and motivated, maybe give other people in my position some good ideas or even giggles with tales of teenage dramas.