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How I funded the summer holidays

I love summer, and I love that the kids are off for a few weeks, but I seriously think six weeks is just a little bit too much – it’s hard for working parents because it simply means we can’t actually work and we don’t get the same annual leave to enjoy time off with the children.

But it can be just as difficult for stay-at-home, because kids needs entertaining and that costs money – not always, but often it can.

Coffee makes up for the lack of energy, for me at least, but for many parents, finding the extra cash for entertainment or even food can be a struggle.

I always put money aside for the summer, which helps, but I this year, I decided to boost the household budget and go on a bit of a selling spree for some extra cash.

Making £200 in less than a week

We decluttered and amazingly, made sales totalling £200 in the first week.

My sales included old wellies, some old chairs, a desk, kids clothing, and to my surprise a kids toilet seat. OK, the toilet was an unintended sale – someone asked for it and I gave it to her for free, but she insisted on paying.

Later that week, we made another £100 selling a travel cot, kids sandals, garden toys and few other things.

Along the way, we also bagged up a few bags for charity.

We sold all the items on a local facebook selling group, which I find works, as it is sells locally and people can pick up or I can drop to them, plus I don’t have to worry about selling fees that you have to pay on the likes of ebay.

We didn’t spend much time – took the pic on a mobile phone and uploaded onto the selling page. I find that if thing don’t sell in the first 24 hours then they wont sell, but it’s always worth adding it again a week or so.

I love the buzz of selling, but I found it was a great way to put some extra cash in our pockets for the summer holidays.

Selling some unwanted items has funded days out and some childcare for me and I now plan to make some extra cash selling a few more things to put some cash away for Christmas – yes, sorry, I know it’s too soon to mention the C word!

So, if you’re looking for some extra cash, why not take a look around the house and see what you can sell.

We all have things we don’t need or we have grown out of, and we can all do with a little extra cash.

 

Good luck!

 

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Reduce your grocery bill by 70% this summer!

The kids are off school and they are going to be hungry – inevitably, the next few weeks will see the cost of your weekly shop shoot up.

To help families keep the costs of food shopping down, MMM put Approved Food to the test, which can help slash the cost of shopping by as much as 70%.

There is of course one catch – the food is past or close to its sell-by date, but perfectly safe.

With a £30 budget, MMM managed to bag a fair amount – cereals, tinned food, sweets and treats, drinks and even laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets – the sort of things where you can generally ignore the date stamped on the product.

If you’ve tried reducing the cost of the grub by switching brands or shopping at discount stores but think you can do better, then try Approved Food  – you’ll be surprised at just how much you could save on some store cupboard essentials.

New products are available everyday and there are some real bargains. For example, Sprite Zero 330ml for just 29p or a 2kg Reeses Peanut jar for just £2.99. There’s even stuff for pets, at more than 50% off.

MMM was really pleased with service and surprised at just how at just how much £30 would buy (see pic above/ instagram).

Although we would like to see Approved Food cut down on the cardboard packaging, the items arrived well packed and in excellent condition.

So, if you’re looking to save a few more pounds on your groceries, take a look at Approved food – you’ll be surprised at just how good the bargains are.

 

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