Monthly Archives: March 2016

World Water Week

This week is World Water Week with today specifically (22nd March) being World Water Day

I’m one of those people who just pay their water bill month in month out (well, the husband does) and the most real water saving I do is turn the tap off full blast whilst the children are brushing their teeth. 

Then I was invited to take part in a water survey to see how much I could save. Oh my goodness! I waste A LOT of water and in turn a lot of money. 

Did you know 25% of your energy bills is spent on heating water? And cutting your family’s showering time by only one minute each can cut £120 a year from your energy and water bill?

According to my results I could easily save around 1,825 litres of water by simply turning the tap off when brushing teeth and taking two minutes less in the shower. I have also been sent some free items to help me save water when we flush the toilet and water our plants. 

 water saving free gifts My free water saving gifts
 
Give the calculator a go and see if you could save with a few simple changes. And don’t forget your free items to help you save!

It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and could save you up to £95 a year – giving you a personalised report including advice and, dependent on your water board, free products worth up to £58.

Click here to take the survey. 

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Walking for shopping vouchers

I have an addiction.
I am addicted to counting the number of steps I do. I have a Jawbone UP24 (see my blog post about that bargain here) and also use the Moves App and the Heathkit App on my iPhone.

When I go for a walk, I track it using Map My Run and if I go for a run or cycle I use Strava! 

Apart from feeding my addiction for exercise data to track, analyse and improve it also allows me earn points from Bounts that I can then swap for shopping vouchers (generally Morrisons ones at the moment to save for Christmas.)

The premise is simple. Sign up and use referral code hill119 sync your exercise or walking app and start earning points. Using the code above will get you an extra 100 points. 

Some of the apps Bounts sync with are:

  • Moves
  • Strava
  • Mapmyfitness
  • Run keeper
  • Fitbit
  • Jawbone

You can also earn points by ‘checking in’ at a location such as your local gym or leisure centre. There is a huge number of check in places on their location map. 

 Bounts points 
And, if you connect your social media accounts you get extra points for your first activity each day. 

Each activity not only earns you points but also spins on a reward wheel where you can win further points. 

If you are raising money for Cancer Research you can link your fundraising page to Bounts and earn even more!!

A £5 Morrisons voucher costs 1389 points that’s realistic over a couple of months. You can exchange points for a wide variety of vouchers including supermarkets, clothes, hardware stores etc. 

 morrisons shopping voucher 
It’s a really easy way to get vouchers for minimal effort – other than the exercising of course!! 

Another plus side – it’s made me walk a lot more!!

Register with Bounts and use referral code hill119 to get an extra 100 points!

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Free lottery sites I love 

I quite like the idea of winning money without really having to do anything or pay anything. I have found three sites that I now check every day in the hope that I am the winner.

My favourite are below, if any take your interest just click on the title and you will be taken there.
 
Lucky Day Lottery

This is where you pick a lucky date and check every few days to see if you date has come up. I had been using it for about a week when my lucky date was picked and I won a £10 Amazon voucher. I normally save these but I thought for a change I would treat myself to a set of books that I really wanted. I especially like this site as they use the money they receive from adverts to donate to a different charity every month.

divergent book set What I bought with my Amazon voucher
 
Birthdate Lottery

This is very similar to the Lucky Day Lottery but your birthdate is used instead. There is a birthdate draw where you can win £5 (£10 on Monday and Friday) as well as a survey draw of £5. The more you use the site, the more ‘penguin points’ you accrue and these can be transferred for goes on their scratchcards where you can win anything between £1 – £10

Postcode Lottery

This site gives you multiple chances to win if your postcode is picked. There is the main draw, a survey draw, a stackpot that increases until it has been won and a bonus draw. If a prize isn’t won, the money is rolled over. The more people with the same postcode registered on the site, the more chance you have of winning but then there is also more chance of having to split the winnings. (Make sure you scroll down at the bottom of the website after 6pm as there is another draw there that I have only just recently found!)

Obviously there is no guarantee that you will win, but for the sake of a two minute check everyday, what have you got to lose?

Let me know if you use any other similar sites.

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Top tips for saving online

We all shop online. Most of mine (except groceries because I love food shopping) is done on the Internet. 

Here are my top tips to saving money when you shop online. 

  1. Know what you are looking for? Google it and click the shopping tab. This will bring up loads of sites and prices where you can buy. 
  2. Check eBay and Amazon. These don’t always show up in a search. 
  3. Found the perfect site with the perfect price? Sign up to their newsletter – chances are you will receive an email with a code for money off your first order. 
  4. Check cashback websites. Might as well earn some cashback on that purchase. I use TopCashBack and love it!
  5. Search for voucher/discount codes that you can use. There are loads of sites that can help you with this such as VoucherCodes and PromotionalCodes
  6. No discount from the newsletter? Add the item to your basket and leave it there. Some sites will then email you offering an incentive to complete the purchase. 
  7. Don’t forget to earn any points – check to see if they offer Nectar points on purchases. eBay does!
  8. Take advantage of free delivery. If your item isn’t urgent then take the free or cheaper shipping that takes a few days rather than the expensive next day delivery. 

Just a few ways to save when you shop online! Let me know how you save money online!

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March 1st Update

It’s the start of another month so it’s time to take a look at how much I have saved for Christmas 2016 so far.

It’s actually been a quiet month for things like surveys – mainly because I have been a bit lazy! I must get back on them! Points for exercising has been good though as I have done a lot of walking.

Saved for Christmas 2016 so far:

  • £125 Love2Shop vouchers
  • £15 Morrisons vouchers
  • £80 Asda gift card
  • £20 Nectar points
  • £12 Boots Advantage points

I’m really happy with these totals especially the Love2Shop which have come from surveys, cashback and I also save via Park Christmas Savings.

love2shop-vouchers

Hopefully an update at the beginning of April will be just as good!

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