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5 Ways to Make Some Extra Money in 2017

5 Ways to Make Some Extra Money in 2017

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Whether you spent way too much at Christmas or your New Year’s resolution is to be more sensible with your finances, making some extra money wherever possible will be extremely beneficial.

Not everyone is lucky enough to bring in a monthly salary that allows them to live a care-free life, so saving and finding ways to profit by other means is an ideal way to stay financially afloat in 2017.

5 Ways To Make Money in 2017


You may be surprised to find that there are many ways of making some extra cash here and there — some of which are already right under your nose. From renting rooms and parking spaces to selling jewellery for cash, let’s take a look at five ways for you to earn some extra money this year.

  1. Sell Your Junk via Online Marketplaces

If you’re someone who tends to be a little bit rubbish at throwing things away — which, let’s face it, most of us are — you could be making a decent profit from old things you have no use for. Online marketplaces like eBay and Gumtree are an absolute goldmine to find some cheap deals, and therefore as a seller, items you have in good enough condition to sell will be worth something to someone.

While you may not make a fortune from each item individually, you’ll soon accumulate a tidy sum if you manage to sell enough of your old stuff. Anything that you own and no longer have a use for is worth putting up for sale online. You never know who’s out there looking for some cheap furniture for their new flat, or for some reason have taken a shine to the cuckoo clock that you received from a barmy relative.

  1. Recycle Old Mobile Phones

A new model of iPhone and various Androids are released every year, and many people feel the need to have the new model as soon as it comes out, leaving behind a large number of relatively new phones that become unused. If you are one of these people and you’ve struggled to sell your old phone or haven’t bothered to sell it at all, you should think about recycling it.

There are a bunch of sites that offer cash for old mobiles, and if you have a fairly recent model to trade in, you could come away with £200-£300. That type of money would go a long way to paying off monthly bills or be a nice little addition to your savings.

  1. Sell Old Jewellery

Jewellery is one of those belongings that people seem to hoard, often without even realising how big their stash has become. Selling jewellery can be a tricky task, as without a proper appraisal, you’ll be unsure whether you’re getting a good deal or not. This could well be the reason why your pile of treasures has continued to grow.

If you’re selling jewellery and are looking for a way to get them appraised before money changes hands, seeking out a cash for gold company is a good way to have a precious metals expert take a look at what you’ve got and give you a quote. It’s worth doing a bit of homework, because the higher-quality companies have a price match scheme and will match any company that offers you more.

Postal gold services are a really great way of selling jewellery for cash, especially if you don’t have much time on your hands and want a quick and easy process. They’ll send you an insured, first-class envelope, so all you have to do is put your items in and send it off. You’ll usually get a quote within 24 hours. Simple!

  1. Rent Out Your Parking Space

A lot of houses and flats these days will come with an assigned parking space, but many of these spaces remain unused by people who don’t drive or do not own a car. If this is the case and you live in a city where parking is expensive or scarce, renting out your parking space could prove to be a straightforward and efficient way of making money.

If you live in a big city like London, people will be coming far and wide for all different reasons. One prime example is football fans heading to the city to watch a game. They will have already spent a hefty amount on tickets, fuel and potentially overnight accommodation, so a cheap parking space in the city would be an ideal way to save money.

  1. Rent Out a Spare Room/Airbnb

If you have a spare bedroom that currently has the purpose of being a dumping ground for old junk, a walk-in wardrobe, or makeshift man cave, you’re wasting an opportunity to gain a bit of extra income.

Having a clear-out and putting together a basic spare bedroom won’t cost you much at all, and the potential it will then have to bring in a hefty sum while charging rent is too good to pass up.

Another option is Airbnb, a site that allows you to rent out your living space to people who are planning a visit to your town or city. This can be especially profitable if you happen to live in an area that’s more popular with tourists — and you can even rent out your garden or nearby land for campers to pitch their tents.

Although money isn’t the be all and end all of life, if you ask a room full of people who would like to be earning more money, you would get a room full of raised hands. Finding ways to make some extra cash, whether it’s through selling jewellery and old belongings or renting out a living space, will prove to be extremely useful for relieving some of the stress of bills or other future endeavours.




This could be a disastrous thread to start as some week’s go by and we haven’t done anything fun, and the only achievement is tackling the ever growing ironing pile or being totally chuffed that I’ve actually seen the bottom of the laundry basket.

That’s life and for many of us these mundane tasks and household chores are the every day norm.

We have had quite a jam packed week this week.

The first and possibly the biggest fist pump goes to completing my tax return. I hate this job. Making sure that everything is accounted for is a big enough task, but each and every year I leave it to the last minute and end up being the biggest ball of stress. Each and every year there seems to be a problem with my log-in. Each and every year I have to re-set my password and each and every year I have to phone the helpline.

This year my log-in wouldn’t work, and then I kept being sent to an error page. Thankfully I got passed all of this and on Tuesday I finally got to press the send button.

Seriously, it’s like being pregnant and giving birth! You know, the bit where they hand you the baby and all the pain is forgotten. Until next time that is!


This is charlie at 12 weeks when he came home with us.


It was our lovely Charlie boy’s birthday on Friday. I can’t believe that he’s three already. I still refer him as our puppy, and the time has flown by so quickly. I couldn’t imagine life without my fur-baby now.


I was invited to Coast View Holiday Park in Shaldon which has recently opened. It’s one of three holiday parks that the owner owns with the other two being based n Cornwall.  It has a brand spanking new restaurant called Ode & Co which has a very relaxed vibe where you can eat gazing over the amazing view of the Jurassic Coast.


We tried a selection of sour dough pizza’s which were made in the open plan kitchen in an enormous wood fired oven. My fave was definitely the venison chorizo and mushroom pizza. The offer a ‘dip and dine’ offer with swimming and a pizza which we’ll definitely be taking advantage of. The prices are very family friendly as well, and they have a selection of craft beers and yummy wines if you’re not the designated driver.



To finish that day off, Isabelle went to her cousins birthday party at Build a Bear, and the party person in their was absolutely fantastic, keeping the kids entertained by playing games and picking out party t-shirts as well as making the bears themselves.

On Saturday had a trial at Rainbows which Isabelle really enjoyed so we’re just waiting for the registration forms now. Shame about the awful uniform and it only gets worse if she stays on and becomes a Brownie. Afterwards we went to yet another birthday party where there was a nerf gun fight. I didn’t come off to well as I got blasted in the eye. I thought a black eye was brewing but nothing came of it.

Saturday night I met up some Devon Bloggers in Coal, Exeter for a fantastic meal and cocktails. We even had lovely surprise goody bags filled with lovely treats from some of the Princesshay shops which was a really nice treat (Hotel Chocolat, The Cove, Joules, and Saks).







Sunday was the most miserable day (weather wise) but it started off great for me with a lie-in and breakfast in bed followed by a stroll around the shops (actually it was more of a stomp running from one shop to the next in the rain) and back home for an indian feast.

How was your week?


Money Saving for Mums

Money Saving for Mums.

And Dads of course, but it doesn’t have the same ring to it!

Christmas feels like a long time ago, and for many of us we’re holding out for January payday.

For some, Money Saving is a lifestyle rather than a fad, but many of us kickstart our Money Saving in January and go from there.

Money Saving for Mums


We’ve started the #365daypennychallenge which is saving a small amount each day which suprisingly adds up to a tidy sum by the end of the 365 days (£667.95 to be exact).

We’ve also become very savvy when it comes to food shopping and shop around to get the best deals. We haven’t gone as far as setting up meal plans, but we base our meals around special offers and deals so that we get the most for our money.

I plan to check out our utilities this month to see if we can save money by changing provider.

I’ve already been through our direct debits to make sure that we don’t have any payments for things that we no longer use any more.

Whatever you’re looking to buy or maybe cutting costs on, there will be ways of getting it cheaper if you’re prepared to look.

For some this is just too much which is where sites like Gratisfaction come into play . They take all the leg work for you by listing a variety of deals on websites as well as loads of Free Stuff. They have oodles of categories from including Gadgets, Eating Out and Baby Stuff.

I thought I would have a poke around the site and see what they have on offer for us as a family of four with a dog.

Great Freebies!

A Free Ice Scraper – Perfect for the weather at the moment.

A Free Little Book of Pain – As a long-term neck pain sufferer this will definitely be worth a read.

A Free Online Cooking Course – When you get to this website there are loads of courses to choose from so I have chosen Social Media Marketing which should cost £395. Total madness but I’ve grabbed it and will let you know how I get on.

A Free Monu Skincare Pack.

A Free Anker Phone Charger – He’s a teenager so no explanation needed.

Free Colgate Max White One Toothpaste.

Free Vita Coco Coconut Oil 

A Free Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Razor 

A Free Bathbomb Sample

A Free Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara

We no longer have babies at home, but the Baby Section is full of loads of stuff including Weaning Pouches and Drynight’s Disposable pants.

Some of these offers are amazing. I’m especially loving the cosmetic/beauty type offers as I love a bit of pampering so once these arrive I will add them to my treat basket which I dip into when I get the chance.

Pop over to the site regularly as some of the offers are only available for a set number of people before the close.


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Old Wives Tales – Gender Prediction

Old Wives Tales – Gender Prediction.

Lots of people I know are pregnant or have recently had little ones.

There was a stage where everybody was finding out the sex of their babies and now I think this has reduced and people are waiting for the ultimate surprise.

Both of mine were surprises but it didn’t stop me guessing what they were likely to be.

I thought I was having a girl and Ryan came along, and when I thought I was having a boy Isabelle popped out.

Everybody had an opinion on whether or not I was carrying a boy or a girl.

Gender Prediction


Here are some Old Wives Tales which will clearly correctly predict whether or not you’re having a boy or a girl.

You’re having a BOY if:

Your skin is better than it’s been before
You’re craving salty food or meat
When doing the ring test, the ring spins back wards and forwards like a pendulum
Your baby’s heartbeat is less than 140 bpm (the midwife should be able to help you with this)
You’re carrying low
You have cold feet
You’re clumsier than normal
You sleep on your left side
You don’t get chubby cheeks
If you have dry hands
You gain most of your weight on your thighs
If you eat a glove of garlic and the smell comes out through your pores
Your right boob is bigger than your left (no idea why)
Your bump is round like you’ve swallowed a football

You’re having a GIRL if:

You’re skin isn’t as clear as usual
Your baby’s heartbeat is more than 140 bpm (the midwife should be able to help you with this)
You crave sweet things and ice
You carry high
If you have soft hands
If you eat a clove of garlic and no smell is detected through your skin
When you do the ring test is moves in a circular motion
Your left boob is bigger than your right (again no clue)
Your belly is wider rather than round
You gain most of your weight on your belly
You sleep on your right side
Your face is rounder than usual

There is also the Chinese Gender Prediction where you add your age at conception with the number of the month you conceived in. If its an odd number it’s a boy and an even number it’s a girl.

Do you know any more Old Wives Tales to predict the gender of your baby?

Pop us a comment.


Gingerbread Man damn it!

Gingerbread Man damn it!

Gingerbread Man

Yesterday I went into our local bakery to get Isabelle an after school treat. Whilst choosing I noticed that they had Gingerbread Men but they weren’t called Gingerbread Man/Men they were called …..

Gingerbread Figures

I laughed and asked the lady behind the counter why they weren’t called Gingerbread Men.

She said that they were now to call them Gingerbread Figures or Gingerbread People.

Have you ever baked a Gingerbread Figure or offered your child a Gingerbread Person?

I never have and never will.

This has nothing to do with gender – a Gingerbread Man is a Gingerbread Man regardless of whether it’s the traditional man shape or if it has a skirt shape with pink icing.

It’s not sexist or genderist – it’s a biscuit!

I read the other day about the introduction of gender neutral toilets where the sign is half and half of the usual toilet sign people.

I for one am totally against this.

Have you ever been in the men’s toilet (not that I have a lot of experience lol). They’re smelly and never as nice as the ladies.

Don’t get me wrong there’s a time and a place for all this neutralisation. I think there should be more parent rooms rather than mother and baby rooms as this was particularity tricky when Isabelle was a baby. Debenham’s in Exeter was the only place where they had this so that you could actually go to the loo with a baby in tow.

Same with toys. If your son likes to play with dolls, pushchairs and other ‘girl’ labelled toys then let them. Nobody quibbles with a little girl playing with Hot Wheels for example – she’s given the title tomboy. Ryan loved to push a pram and dolly around but it wasn’t acceptable to buy one for him ( I should have just bought it) so we compromised and got him a shopping trolley and put a teddy in  to push around. He loved it.

I might be right or wrong in my thinking or maybe the world is overthinking things.

So on that note just leave the Gingerbread Man alone.

It’s a Gingerbread MAN!


Temper Tantrums of a Six year old

Temper Tantrums of a Six year old

Temper Tantrums

Wowsers in the last couple of week’s we’ve seen a huge change in Isabelle.

I don’t know whether it’s the aftermath of Christmas and getting back into the routine of early mornings and long days at school but things have taken a turn for the worse.

If she doesn’t get her own way the waterworks start in the most dramatic and forceful way.

I’m talking sobbing, snot drool and arms and legs flailing all over the place.

She hates us!

She wants to leave this family!

She’s totally unconsolable until she’s raged enough so that you can grab her in a hug and she sobs into your arm’s until she can calm herself down.

She learnt flouncing and door slamming ages ago thank’s to having a teenage brother.

Today she had a melt down which went a little bit like this.

Isabelle: “Mummy can I have some chocolate?”

Me: “No, it’s nearly dinner time”

Isabelle *with a raging face* “I’ve had a bad emergency today, and you’ve made it badder now. I hate you!”

Me: “You can have some after dinner if you want”

I left her on the sofa whilst she kicked, screamed and produced snot bubbles and waited for it to subside.

It turns out that she’d fallen out with her best friend at school today and they ended up not playing together for the rest of the day. So she’s really upset about this.

I keep saying that she’s tired as a reason for these mega tantrums, but speaking to some of her friends mums they seem to be behaving the same. Once she’s finished crying and it’s over, she goes about like nothing has happened.

Maybe it’s a girl thing.

Ryan never had these mega tantrums, but of course had moments of his own.

These sorts of tantrums seem to happen more if she’s been watching Youtube kids which she obsessively watches the unboxing of *American accent* ‘Blind bags’.

It could be that time of day which a lot of mums call the ‘witching hour’.

What do you do to overcome the temper tantrums?

I use to use distraction techniques when she was little but things have changed since then.

These day’s we just have to let her have her ‘meltdown moment’ and wait for the raging to stop before scooping her up in a cuddle.

It’s exhausting!



The Bedtime Tag: My Routine

The Bedtime Tag

The Bedtime Tag

The Bedtime Tag: Here’s how I wind down ready for bed in the evening’s. Probably not something to be envious of or strive to achieve but it is what it is.

First of all a big thank you to Gorgeous George’s Mama for tagging me.

Describe your usual bedtime routine.

Things have changed a bit around here with Daddy changing his job so the bedtime routine is mostly me these days. Isabelle goes to bed at 7pm but this can be between 7pm – 7.30pm dependent on her and my mood. Brushing teeth is possibly the worst part of my day by far. Isabelle doesn’t like the taste of toothpaste and on any given day she doesn’t like the toothbrush so we have several. Once this drama is over we always read to her. At the moment we’re reading the Julia Donaldson Mirror Belle series which is the first chaptered book we’ve read to her and she’s loving it.

Once Isabelle is in bed I set to work. I work on my laptop most if not every evening so I start to wind down at around 10pm – 10.30pm which is usually brought on by a combination of dry eyes and overwhelming tiredness. I usually get ready for bed and then we usually watch an episode of something which is Lost at the moment which we totally missed the boat on when it first showed.  I’m quite bad at falling asleep on the sofa which is really naughty I know but I’m gone before I know it. I probably should go to bed before I do but following a bit of TV I go up to bed, check my social media (tut tut) and then read my kindle for a while. I’m a big fan of chick-lit so it’s always really lighthearted

What are your favourite pyjamas?

I don’t think I have a favourite pair of pyjamas, but I do like comfy and warm bedtime clothes. I have a soft fleecy dressing gown which I love to wear, but I don’t get ready for bed until all work is finished. I think it’s a weird mindset thing, but as soon as my PJ’s are on my brain starts to shut down.

What is your current bedtime reading?

Always a soppy chick-lit book. I used to really like crime/murder books, but I totally went off them and now prefer to read about finding Mr Right and all the drama that come’s with it with a nice happy ending.

What would I find on your bedside table?

My bedside table has a small basket full of lovely goodies that I got for Christmas such as hand creams, facemasks, soaps, bath bombs. It’s my treat basket. I also have a glass of water, and my contact lens paraphernalia as well as my kindle. Oh and my phone. How can I forget that! I check it last thing at night and first thing in the morning. I have to have it there as I use it for my alarm clock. Tee hee!

What scent makes you sleepy?

I LOVE the smell of freshly washed bedding.

What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

I usually go to bed at around 11pm and wake-up at 5.30 for work. I should probably alter this so I can have more sleep but for now it’s ok.

What are your top three bedtime products?

I would love to say that I have a really good bedtime routine that sets me up for a great nights sleep, but mostly I slope into bed in a slovenly way as I barely have the energy to keep my eyes open. I have to take my contact lenses out so I use my contact solution. I’ve also started using cocoa butter vaseline as I have really dry lips, eye drops to combat dry eyes and hand cream (from my treat basket).

What is your most common sleeping position?

I like to curl up in a ball in the foetal position. I thought I would google this to see if it has any meaning and apparently it means that I have a tough exterior but am sensitive inside. Conscientious and ordered, but prone to worry and overthinking. Yep I’ll take that.

Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

Erm well apart from my man, not really. I’ve just had a flash back to when Isabelle was a baby and before I had a kindle. I used to take a torch so that I could read under the covers without waking Isabelle up who was usually laying sprawled out between the two of us. Ha ha.

What is your worst bedtime habit?

Eek confession time: I don’t take my make-up off. I know. I know. I know I should and it wouldn’t take me long but like choosing my clothes at night instead of scrabbling around in the dark in the morning, I can’t be bothered. Moving on!

This is possibly the first time that I’ve actually thought about my bedtime routine in depth. I may have to make some changes with the top of the list adding make-up remover wipes to my beside table which I promise I will do.

The Bedtime Tag

I’m going to tag a few fellow bloggers so that you can read about their Bedtime Routines.

Tag you’re it:

Ready for a Cuppa 

Mums the Nerd 

Something About Baby

Cups of Charlotte 

Chic Geek Diary

Once you’ve done it give me a shout @babynotincluded or hashtag #thebedtimetag and I’ll pop over for a read

The ten questions for my nominees to answer

  1. Describe your usual bedtime routine.
  2. What are your favourite pyjamas?
  3. What is your current bedtime reading?
  4. What would I find on your bedside table?
  5. What scent makes you sleepy?
  6. What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?
  7. What are your top three bedtime products?
  8. What is your most common sleeping position?
  9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
  10. What is your worst bedtime habit?

The rules of the Bedtime Tag are included them:

Step 1: Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
Step 2: Display the Bedtime badge; which you can find at the top of this post. (save the picture)
Step 3: Answer the ten questions included above.
Step 5: Nominate between three and five fellow bloggers to take part, and set them the questions.

Lisa x

Breakfast Mash-up

Breakfast Mash-up.

It’s that time of the month when the big shop is due so all you’ve got left is odds and ends. This is the time when having a kitchen know-it-all comes in handy and makes a Breakfast Mash-up.

I look in the fridge and see nothing.

Chris looks in the fridge and then hey presto we’re eating something scrummy and he’s basking in his culinary expertise.

Looks pretty good doesn’t it!

Breakfast Mash-up

This is what he used:

Chorizo cut into small pieces
4 New potatoes cut into small pieces
A pack of bacon lardons
1 Tin of Baked Beans
1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1 Clove of Garlic, chopped
4 Spring Onions (sliced, separating the white from the green)
5 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
Salt and Pepper
Barbeque Sauce

Cook the bacon lardons in a frying pan (no oil needed) and set to one side.

In the same pan cook the chorizo and then put to the side with the bacon lardons.

Add to the pan the cubed new potatoes, garlic with a sprinkle of thyme and salt and pepper. Once fried off remove from the pan with the rest of the cooked bits.

Breakfast Mash-up

Put the white spring onion, tomatoes and the baked beans into the pan and heat through. Season to taste.

Breakfast Mash-up

Add in the paprika, a squirt of barbeque sauce and a sprinkle of oregano.

Add in all the cooked items and keep on the hob for a few minutes, mixing through.

Put in a large oven proof dish and make some wells where you will crack in the eggs and add the green of the spring onion.

Crack the eggs and season again (I know).

Bake in the Oven for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

Breakfast Mash-up

We served ours with hash browns and mushrooms.


It was totally scrummy!

Lisa x

If you like what you see then check out our other Family Recipes.


Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

New Year’s Eve was a quite one for us as usual with games, a film (we watched Paddington Bear), a lovely Chinese take-away, a slushie for Isabelle and some nice fizzy stuff for us. Ryan ditched us to go to a party os he was out for the night!

Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

I made Isabelle my own version of a slush puppy in her new alien jar mug which she was over the moon with.

We ordered Chinese which was absolutely lovely and filled us to the brim and some.

The dog went crazy for the prawn crackers and we topped it off with a chocolate trifle whilst we watched Paddington Bear.

Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

We played a few games, but as we left it until after the food and around Isabelle’s usual bed time so it didn’t end in a good way. Having said that Kerplunk which we’ve never had before has got to be the most annoying game. Putting all those stick in the holes takes an age, and some fall out. It takes longer to stick all the sticks in than it does to play the game.

Isabelle doesn’t fair very well when she’s tired. She’s not a child to get all sleepy and cuddly. Instead she gets silly and shows off which most of the time results in tears.

She did however last until midnight!

Ok it was 10.30 but hey she can’t tell the time yet so we did the countdown and as there were fireworks going on outside we completed all our ‘Happy New Year’ hugging and kissing and not long after she was more than ready for bed.

Goodbye 2016

We finished off the evening by watching Robbie Williams which was okay. How rude of him to not hide the fact that he was using anti-bac gel after mingling with the crowd – ON STAGE. Clearly the riff raff and commoners that had paid all that money to see him sing on New Year’s Eve weren’t up to scratch in the hygiene stakes.

We watched the London fireworks (on the telly of course) and again I said “we really should go to London one New Year’s Eve”. I think I say this every single year and we’ve yet to do it.

And then we went to bed.

It’s New Year’s Day as I write ( I know I should be in holiday mode still) and it’s fair to say that 2016 was a pretty bad year for us.

We had my parents round for dinner today. My mum doesn’t really drink but my step-dad regaled his story of his all night bender last night (at 70 I might add) before getting home at breakfast time.

I so hope I grow old disgracefully!

There was a massive pause in my writing as I sat with my mouth wide open at the ridiculous death scene of Ronnie and Roxy on Eastenders (WTAF).

So what are we expecting from 2017?

I’m not entirely sure, but I do know that from this point forward we’re going to make the most of every day (especially the weekend’s).

We need to laugh more!

We need to be more spontaneous!

We need to chill out more!

We need to explore more!

We need to do stuff minus the kids more!

I don’t make New Years Resolutions as I think that most people who do set themselves up to fail, but I am going to plan ahead.

In true Bank Holiday/Christmas/New Year’s Day style lets raise a glass to the start of a New Year.

Here are our #2016bestnine Instagram pics.


Lisa x 


#365daypennychallenge Money Saving Challenge


So last year we looked at ways we could save money without noticing it so much so we started the #365daypennychallenge. You can see our original post here.



We bought one of those tins that you have to open with a tin opener so that nobody would be dipping into it for carpark change or money for the kids lunches.

Isabelle really enjoyed putting the coins in, and we did really great with it.

However, I might do things a bit differently this year as with many people we don’t tend to keep that much cash on us anymore and towards the end of the challenge the amount was far greater so not everybody has that amount to put away.

So I’ve created a downloadable PDF that you can print off and keep next to your saving jar and tick off as and when you do it.


What I thought I might do is around pay day I will pay the higher amounts and then other times I can pay a smaller amount. As long as you tick off the amount that you put in you will still end up with the saved £667.95.

If you have any other great ways of saving money or tips then do pop them in the comments below.

Happy saving!