Tuesday, 11 April 2017

I do love the idea of getting something for nothing!  Winning a competition is my ideal of heaven and as someone who works in retail I know that this type of advertising is so valuable.

Facebook Like, Comment and Share

My favourite type of competition, quick and easy.  I had a win just this week.  If the competition requires you to answer a question even better that reduces your odds of winning.  Enter as many as possible by searching for hashtags for example #competition #like #likeshare #likesharecomment

Twitter Follow and Retweet.

Once again very quick and easy to enter lots of competitions

Website Entries

Be careful on these, use a different email address as you are going to get bombarded with emails.

My Rules are :-

  • Never Call Paid Numbers
  • Never enter where you need to give too much information at pay anything no matter how small!
  • Try to stick to smaller companies as they tend to get less entries.
  • Only enter competitions where the prize is something you will use.
I've had fair success using this method.  In the last year I've received about £1500 worth of prizes including tickets to major sporting events and a massive £500 for my sons school.  Give it a go you can't go wrong.  

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Free tennis

I'm resurrecting this blog as summer is coming and you always need to find something good to do with the kids. We are a family of 3, but as a family of 4,5,6 it must be such a stretch on the finances to keep the kids busy.

I will be hunting and posting the best offers I can find. The more freebies or competitions the better but also good value.

Here's your starter, free tennis coaching. 6 weeks course and totally free. Limited spaces so don't hesitate.


Remember I do all this work nothing so if you want to check through any of the ads placed on my blog to make your purchases I'd really appreciate it :)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Parkrun / Junior Parkrun Free Sports

Having a sports mad kid is expensive and doesn't work really very well with stretching the pennies!  I do try to look out for any free trial days and inexpensive camps to ensure that he does try a lot of sports out.  With each club costing between £2 and £5 per week it adds up but why not add another sport suitable for the whole family completely free!

Parkrun and Junior Parkrun is a countrywide activity run the majority of Saturdays and Sundays in outdoor public spaces.  Parkrun is marketed at Adults (although kids can do it too!) it is 5 km and generally on Saturday at 9 am.  Junior Parkrun is 2 km and generally on Sunday at 9 am.  Junior Parkrun is for 4-14 year old's, parents can accompany the kids although they will not be given and time or position.

To compete you have to register in advance and then print a barcode.  Then you simply turn up on the day and run.  At the end of the run you are given a tab with a position on it, this is scanned together with your barcode and within about an hour you get an email with your time, position, age related grading and a record of your personal best among other things.

You are not even tied to one Parkrun location, if you are away you can look up the one local to where you are and just do that one.  They are not even all in parks! We go to one that runs along the sea front.

How much does this all cost you I hear you ask! Not one penny.  Parkrun has a number of sponsors who pay for everything so really it is a totally free family activity.

To find out more about Parkrun click HERE.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Resurrecting your blog!

I have been away from the money saving and blogging world for a few months.  My bloggers mojo left, deserted me! It left the building.  A 'proper' writer would call it writers block!

In addition I have had to get my son assessed thinking it may be dysgraphia or adhd but actually  ended up dyslexia and Irlens! This has taken up a lot of time and money as we funded it all ourselves! 

Long story short I have been carrying on with the money saving, penny pinching! I have set a retirement target amount and am currently at about 7.5% of it saved!!! That as it stands gives us 15 more years of work! Erg that's about 5 years more than I wanted! 

So it's refocus time in the stretch your pennies household with the aim for mortgage free and able to retire in 10 years.  

First I'm thinking, a declutter and a go at the dreaded eBay! God I hate eBay! 

Friday, 29 April 2016

Product Testing/Reviews. Reviewers required for Etekcity Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer

I have had a lovely email from Ethan at Etekcity.

He is looking for people experienced at reviewing, particularly on Amazon to give an honest review in exchange for receiving this product free of charge.

The product is as follows :-


Interested? please drop Ethan an email at etekcity.uk@gmail.com