Monday Money #123 Half Term Visit to Thorpe park & Football

Its half term here in rainy Hertfordshire and I am writing this on a Tuesday! We spent Monday on a visit to Thorpe Park for an early birthday treat for Jack who loves the fast rides, especially the water rides! Not a money saving day in any way with tickets costing £42 each, but we had a great day out and I realised that I am possibly too old for those fast, scary rides!

As well as Thorpe Park there is lots of football this week, pretty much every day. So far we have played Peterborough and later today its Watford. All tours have been cancelled this year due to Covid (of course) so Cambridge Academy are playing lots of football this half term to make up for it.

Cash Back on all Online Purchases

I have been doing a fair bit of shopping this week for birthday pressies for the boys. My youngest wanted a new coat from Hype and we found the one he wanted in Debenhams with 20% off. Debenhams, if you still have one near you, has so many great offers. Although I’m not sure for how much longer they will be around though with their financial difficulties.

I used TopCashback to get shoes for my youngest, saving an extra 4% off the sale price. I love using TopCashback for my online purchases, an easy way to get an extra saving. Just got find the retailer on the TopCashback website and click through and buy as normal. If you sign up, thank you, I get a small payment for referring you.

I have also done some shopping on AHHHH Amazon. I don’t like to shop there but I have been searching around for a gaming chair for my eldest for his birthday and they had the chairs at the best price. I also got a gaming headset in the same transaction. Admission of Amazon spending done!

Apart from Birthday Spending its been a low spending week

My only other spending for the week has been a Chinese takeaway on Friday night and a big shop of £80 at Aldi. I have been good this week. Just £100 spent.

Saving £1000 four ways

I wrote an article this week about the four ways I have chosen to save £1000. Back in July I had some spare money and put £1000 each into four different places to watch how it grows over time. I have compared these methods and three months later share the results. You will be surprised to see the difference between them!

They range from short term, instant access through to locked away pension money for the future. It will get you thinking about where you put your money and the returns that you are getting.

Side Hustles to Help make money for Christmas

I did some work with Music Magpie last week sharing my top ten side hustles to make some extra money for Christmas. Writing about things like raiding the drawers for unused tech devices, selling branded clothes that you no longer wear, selling lego, mystery shopping, so many ideas in there to help you make a few hundred. And we could all do with this extra money for Christmas right?

Read the article here and it appeared in all the newspapers this week as well.

Book Feedback

I have been getting such wonderful feedback from my book this week. I just love reading the messages I get, normally on Instagram on how you have saved money using my guidance, or faced up to debts, or invested for the first time.

People are loving the real life story intertwined with the financial guidance. It makes the book more relatable and inspires people to make a change to their financial future.

Last Chance to Enter Competition to Win Huge Bundle of Goodies

Don’t forget my October competition to win a huge bundle of books, stationery, make-up and candles. It closes on 31st October, just head on over to this page for the ways to enter or go like this Instagram post and share with your friends.

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Lynn Beattie

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