Pinching the Pennies During Pregnancy Part II

I posted not long ago about pinching the pennies during pregnancy and time is absolutely flying by! Baby Moore will be with us in around 3 months time and saving money is becoming more crucial than ever.

So here is an update on how we’ve been doing with saving money and some of my best advice for those of you in a similar position or those just wanting saving tips.

I’ve worked in the Financial sector for 8 years and worked overall since I was 16. I’ve always been a saver having saved the deposit for our house and scrimped alongside hubby to have some fantastic holidays over the years. When it came to thinking about children, we always knew that they would cost us a bit and having a plan would be the only way forward.

Our first step in saving money was to set aside money each month from our wages and put it in a separate savings account. Step 1 achieved and ongoing until maternity leave commences.

Next step was to review our outgoings and see what could be cut back/saved.

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Trying Something A Little Different

To say my second trimester has been tiring is probably an understatement. I’ve found getting up at 6am to commute to work even harder than usual, and by 2-3pm in the afternoon, I’m exhausted again. Annoyingly I’ve become more of a night owl of late and find myself pretty awake at 10-11pm compared to my first trimester when I slept a lot. Bob has still been able to get to sleep so there has been nights where I’ve found myself watching something pointless on Netflix just to make myself tired.

When CasinoEuro got in touch looking for people to try out their site, I was really intrigued. Having used online bingo/casino sites in the past and enjoyed myself, I was more than open to trying this site and seeing what it offered.

The sign up process was nice and simple and within minutes my account was set up. I started by browsing round the site and downloading the mobile app. There are various different tabs on the site including Slots, Jackpots, Live Casino, Table games and Video Poker.

It’s an easy to site to manoeuvre around and by downloading the mobile app, you can enjoy the site on the go.

I started off by playing a few simple slot games and placing some smaller amounts until I got used to what I was doing.

It was great when I started winning some amounts and even if they were only 10p, the thrill of getting a win regardless of amount is great for the adrenaline.

I started playing on the go when I was maybe on my lunch at work just to give myself a little “Me Time” or when I was walking down to the shops as placing a bet is so straight forward. On 1 particular slot, I placed a small amount and ended up with a bit of a bigger win and won £60+ which was amazing. I was thrilled with this size win having never won something this high in the past.

Again I had more of a browse and tried out the live casino offers as well as the slots. For me personally, the slots is much easier to get my head round but if you understand the casino area then completing them is much easier.

It’s important to remember to be responsible with these kind of sites and not go crazy spending money. I find setting myself a budget in terms of what I will spend is really important and helps to keep control. Overall I think the site is fab and the mobile app is even better for usability.

Laura x

(This has been a collaborative post with CasinoEuro, all content, opinions and photos are my own)

 

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The New Toyota Yaris Hybrid

You may have seen on my Instagram recently, that I was lucky enough to borrow the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid for a weekend and drive it around York.

Earlier in the year I had the chance to borrow the CHR Hybrid for a weekend and was blown away by how much I loved the car. Having driven a Yaris for 3 years and learnt to drive in one, when the lovely people at Toyota got in touch again, I jumped at the chance to drive another new car.

I picked up the car on Friday evening and as usual Mark and the staff at Vantage Toyota York were extremely helpful in showing me the ins and outs of the car. The car was another automatic which I grew to love with the CHR after 9 years of driving a manual car, and again was a hybrid so used electric as well as fuel.

As part of borrowing the car for the weekend Toyota had a look at a part of my driving to see how much of it was using electric rather than fuel and the results are below:

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