I’ve been wanting to write this post ever since the turn of the new year but frankly, getting motivated to do so was difficult. It’s not that I didn’t want to blog, it’s more I struggled with my goals for the year and what I wanted to happen.
It took me a few days to come up with some core goals that were realistic and not way above achievable, but were also not completely time-consuming now that my priority is my child. No longer can I be selfish, I have to put my beautiful little girl first and my goals come second especially when it comes to blogging which is a hobby.
I’ve seen lots of posts whilst being pregnant and read dozens and dozens of must-have baby guides or wish lists. The fact of the matter is, having a baby isn’t cheap and the list of things you must buy and want to buy can be 2 completely unrelated lists at the end of the day. Bobby and I have tried to be really frugal with money so that I can have a full 12 months off on maternity leave, whilst still being able to pay the mortgage and bills and hopefully have a holiday before I go back to work as well.
This has meant taking hand-me-downs from a anyone that’s offered them, buying bits and bobs with vouchers we got from our wedding day back in May and even entering hundreds of baby competitions in the hope of winning some stuff. (I have been lucky enough to win a couple of things; one of which would have been expensive for us to buy if not.)
When you’re pregnant you definitely see a theme of products that everyone is buying and if truth be told, there is a part of your brain telling you that you want that product too. Since this is the case or at least what I’ve seen myself, I thought I’d put together a little “If money was no object” baby wish list to show you the products I am lusting after for Baby Moore, but won’t be buying due to wanting to stick to a budget and trying to be savvy with our money to make it stretch that bit more.
The Sleepyhead – £120 from John Lewis
Everyone is buying one of these it seems, and I hear so many great things about them. I would absolutely love to purchase one for baba but it scares me the prospect of spending all that money and then her not actually enjoying sleeping in it or not wanting to be in it. I also love that you can get different patterned covers for these making them look that bit funkier than the usual white.
I blogged about getting back into Matched Betting over on my blog a couple of weeks ago, and if you missed it HERE is the link.
Since jumping back on the bandwagon so to speak, I have re-familiarised myself with the ins and outs and watched the tutorials before placing that highly anticipated first bet.
My first bet was £10 and from that bet I made my money back plus an additional £11.49 profit.
This might not sound like a lot, but for a bit of a refresher and a small amount of my time and effort, I have more than doubled my money. This is far more than I would earn in interest with any bank as you would still need a substantial sum at today’s rates to get anywhere in that region.
If you’re thinking about giving it a go yourself, then Matched Betting are offering the chance to access their Premium Service for 7 days for only £1. This is an amazing chance to give it a go and see if it is something you could get into over the next 7 days. The return of the football season tonight makes it an even better time to give this a go and see what you make of it.
If you decide to have a go yourself, leave me a comment and let me know how you get on.