My favourite money making websites

Last week I published a post featuring all my favourite cashback apps and this week I want to share some of the ways I earn money online as well. These have been great ways to earn little bits of money here and there which have allowed us to purchase bits and pieces for our new house over the last few months.

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Topcashback

This is my favourite website for all things cashback and whenever I make an online purchase, I always check the site to see if they offer a cashback deal first and then go via them if they do. Since becoming a member I have earnt over £500 in cashback from my purchases and have included things like; booking a holiday, buying my home insurance, purchasing my new phone and even buying clothes or groceries.

Some of my biggest earners came from:

  • £200 from re-doing our life insurance online
  • £25.25 from booking a holiday
  • £50.50 from home insurance
  • £27 from a furniture purchase

It requires no extra effort and is a great way to earn yourself some money back on the purchases you were going to make anyway.

E-Rewards

I have been doing surveys on this site for 18 months now and earnt around £80 of Amazon vouchers from it. The points rewards are very generous for the surveys that you do complete and if you get zoned out of the survey, you still get some points for doing the qualification part. You get what you put it in with this one so it’s worth getting the email notifications for the surveys so that you are notified when one goes live. I’ve found recently by staying on top of them as they come in, I’ve built up my rewards balance far quicker and been able to redeem a lot more.

Quidco

Quidco is another cashback site that works exactly like Topcashback. They generally offer cashback on the same companies but every so often you will find one that doesn’t and one that does. I check both sites usually to see which has the best cashback rate on it so I know I am maximising my purchase. This one works with the clicksnap app that I mentioned in my previous post as all your cashback from that will be pooled into your Quidco account for withdrawal, so definitely worth having this one as well if not just for that reason.

Ebay

This might seem like a really silly one but the last few months I’ve followed more and more instagrammers who do ebaying as a business whether it be part time or full time. Now I’m not looking to turn it into a business but it did make me realise that we have a lot of stuff in the house that can be sold. Now that we are on the countdown to moving we are also doing lots of de-cluttering so Ebay is getting utilised as much as possible. In the last few months I’ve probably made around £250-£300 which I think is fantastic for just getting rid of stuff in the home.

Other than the 4 websites I’ve mentioned, I don’t really use any others at the moment but if you think I’m missing any good ones then feel free to let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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Winter Lawn Care: Keep Your Garden Fresh With Minimal Effort

How can you include winter lawn care in your routine and what does it involve? :

It’s true that your lawn doesn’t need to be kept prim and proper during the winter months. Why? Your efforts would be wasted due to all the harsh weather it brings. However, just leaving your lawn to its own devices when the temperatures get colder isn’t the way to go if you’re garden proud.

To ensure your children have a safe lawn to play on in the summer months and to make sure it looks the part at your garden parties this year, you need to put some measures into place. Winter lawn care doesn’t need to be difficult and you can implement some simple tasks to get the most out of it. It will also help you out when springtime comes around.

For this post, I’ve teamed up with Greensleeves, lawn care and treatment experts, to bring you some helpful tips to consider for keeping your garden fresh. Winter lawn care is much simpler than you think!

Clear debris

The first thing you need to do, whenever you notice it, is to clear any dead leaves and debris from your lawn. This debris will not only look a mess in your garden, but it can also be an ideal way for moisture and disease to grow.

To ensure you eliminate the chances of this happening and to help keep your lawn healthy, you can use a rake or brush to remove any debris that could harm your lawn. Keeping it clear as much as you can will help to keep it clean and disease-free.

Mow infrequently

It’s often said that there is no need to mow your lawn during the winter as it doesn’t grow like it does in the warmer months. In fact, when the temperature is above around 5 degrees, your lawn will begin to grow slowly.

Where you can and when it is needed, ensure you mow your lawn, but make sure it is longer than it would normally be when you give it a cut in the summer. Of course, steer clear of mowing if the grass is wet or there is frost around.

Aeration

A handy trick that you may not know about – aeration is the process of making holes in your grass for better drainage. To prevent clogging on your grass and muddy puddles rising to the surface, prick some holes through your lawn using a garden fork.

Doing this will improve the drainage in your lawn and prevent any minor flooding. It will also allow more air to travel into the root, making way for a more healthier lawn in the long term.

Keep off the grass!

Where you can, try not to walk on your lawn much if it is wet or covered in frost. If you do at this time, then you could quite easily damage the grass. It will then not be able to fix itself until the spring.

Make a point of telling family members too and ensuring that any children have a suitable place to play away from the grass. It will prevent any damage and you’ll thank yourself for it when the warmer weather comes around!

Winter lawn care should be simple

Keeping on top of these easy to implement tips should ensure you have a happy and healthy lawn when the summer time comes around. How do you make sure your lawn is looking its best in winter? Let me know in the comments!

This post was in collaboration with Greensleeves, lawn care and treatment experts. For more information about their services or to request a quote, visit their website: https://www.greensleeves-uk.com.

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Winter Heating Oil And Beyond: A Quick Guide To Keeping Warm

Winter heating oil, woollen blankets and everything in between can help you stay toasty.

When you’ve had a tough day at work or you’ve had an incredibly long week, the last thing you want to do in the evenings is shiver into your bedsheets. What you’d really love is to comfortably sit on your sofa watching a good film with your little ones. How do you even manage that at one of the coldest times of the year? Well, thankfully, we live in the modern age.

There’s so much on offer these days. In fact, there’s so much out there claiming to make your life much easier and your home much warmer. But, what and who can you trust? Sometimes, the simpler things in life are the ones that work best. From winter heating oil to doing a few minor jobs around the house, you can be well on your way to a happy, cosy household.

By teaming up with Rix, providers of home heating oil in the UK, we’ve put together a handy guide to keeping warm this winter. It’s not only incredibly important to stay comfortable for your health, but there are some great ways to save money in here too. You can’t lose!

Think about your main heating source.

We couldn’t start off the guide without getting the essentials covered first. Sometimes, you might find that your main heating source isn’t really helping you out. You may wake up to a chilly house, even though you set your thermostat correctly. You might also have realised that your main source of heating is costing you much more than you originally wanted, and it is now something you can no longer afford.

Thankfully, home heating oil could be your saviour. It’s a quicker, more efficient way to heat up your home, and is stored in an outdoor oil tank. You can top up your tank when needed, but heating oil lasts much longer than any other types of energy. It can even be reused again and again; much better for the environment!

If you go for heating oil as your main heating source, you’ll also get expert oil boiler servicing from highly experienced and fully qualified engineers for added peace of mind.

Seal up any draughts.

A common reason why you can’t retain much heat in your home is because you’ve got a few gaps in your windows or around your doors. Before you make the switch to winter heating oil or before you opt for other ways to heat your home, you need to make sure you don’t lose any of that hard-earned heat.

Something as simple as holding your hand up to your window seal to feel any slight breeze can give you a good idea of where your draughts are coming from. These can easily be fixed by using weather-proofing strips or re-sealing. Also, prevent draughts from underneath your doors internally by purchasing yourself a draught excluder. Putting these measures in place will make all the difference.

Double glazing and insulation.

These days, the majority of homes have double glazed windows. However, if yours aren’t double glazed but you’re not in a position to make the change financially, then there is a solution. Some DIY stores stock secondary glazing film which you can put onto your windows for that double-glazing effect.

It’s also very important to ensure your home’s loft and walls are insulated too. In doing so, you’ll ensure the heat you’ve managed to keep inside is reused again and again. Some companies can offer insulation services for free or at a discount, so it’s worth looking into to find out.

Stock up on warm drinks.

Seriously, grabbing a warm drink or two on those cold evenings can make one big difference to your body temperature. Even the kids too! Pour everyone a cup of hot chocolate or some coffee for the adults and sink into a blanket covered sofa. You’re never too old to build a blanket fort, right? As well as warm drinks, a hearty evening meal that fills your stomach will always warm you up and increase your body temperature.

Look after yourself.

On top of sealing your windows, opting for winter heating oil or closing your curtains in the evening to preserve more heat, you need to look after yourself too. Instead of grabbing your biggest jumper when the temperatures plummet, piling on the layers will keep you much warmer.

Go for woollen materials both in your clothing and in any blankets you have around, as well as adding an extra sheet or cover to your bed during the winter months.

Winter heating oil and more to help you keep warm.

Getting the basics nailed on the head will help keep you as comfortable as possible during the cooler months of the year. By rethinking where your main source of heating comes from and for making some small changes day to day, you’re well on your way to a warmer, more comfortable winter.

This post was in collaboration with Rix, heating oil and fuel providers for homes and businesses across the UK. For more information about what they offer, visit their website: https://www.rix.co.uk.

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