January Extra Income Report

Hello and welcome to my first income report of 2017! You can see my previous reports here.

They say money is the last taboo. So why am I publishing my earnings?

Well, the Boost My Budget project has two purposes:

  1. To help me earn more money
  2. To help you earn more money!

By sharing honestly exactly how much I managed to make each month and where it came from, I hope my income reports will be a genuinely useful resource for anyone else looking to make a bit of extra cash.

Also, sharing my income will help me hold myself accountable and will hopefully motivate me to increase …

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Zeek review - save money and make money buying and selling gift cards

Zeek Review: Save Money With Discount Gift Vouchers

I’m all about the little ways to save money. A few pounds here and there really add up.

That’s why I was really excited to discover Zeek recently.

Zeek is a marketplace for gift vouchers. Basically, it lets you buy and sell gift vouchers at a discount. This is a really great way to save money on your shopping, or get some cash back on any unwanted gift cards you might have lurking around.

You can access Zeek through their website or by downloading their app.

If you want to give Zeek a go, you can get a FREE £5 £3 credit to use on any gift card on

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Saving Money, Budgeting, and Obtaining a New High - budgeting is cool! Not only does it give you control over your money, it can also give you a natural high! Here's the science:

Saving Money, Budgeting, and Obtaining a New “High”

Today I’m excited to introduce an awesome guest post from Jacob Merkley, who runs the fantastic blog Power Over Life. Jacob writes about mastering key life skills such as money management and self confidence. Here he shows us how we can train ourselves to get a natural high from budgeting. Enjoy the infographic too!

I love saving money; there is just something awesome about it. I love the feeling of euphoria as my savings account increases after I get a paycheck. I feel great knowing that I am on track for my goals, and that my future is looking bright.

I am a finance nerd, or a “numbers guy”, …

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I'm taking part in the five fabulously frugal things challenge to blog about five ways I've saved money each week!

Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week

I’m back with another Five Fabulously Frugal Things post! I really enjoy taking part in this linky because it helps me to focus on the little things I’m doing to save money every day.

Here are the best things I did to save money this week:

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  1. I took a packed lunch to work every day this week. I always used to do this, but I’ve been so lazy since the Christmas hols! I’m back on the wagon now and trying to prepare my own lunch and snacks for less than £1 per day.
  2. I signed up to 20 Cogs this week and have got some great freebies through that,

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Book Review: Millionaire Teacher

As part of the Boost My Budget project I’m challenging myself to read one personal finance book every month! See previous reviews here

This month’s book is  by Andrew Hallam.

Andrew Hallam became a millionaire before he was 40 – while working as a teacher.

In this book, he explains how he did it… and how you can do it too.

Hallam’s claim is that anyone on a normal, middle-class salary (or even less) can become a millionaire. You don’t need to have thousands to spare or be a financial genius. You just need to follow the very simple rules set out in this book.

At less than …

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