School breaks up today for six long weeks and, although it will be nice to have Daniella here, I’m not sure it’s going to help my productivity. If you don’t already know, I am a work-from-home-dad which entails looking after my two year old daughter Chloe in the day while trying to run this site and work on other freelance contracts.
It works OK but I must admit, everyday is different. Depending on Chloe’s mood, I can occasionally fit in a few hours work in the day without her going stir crazy. But, with Daniella here it puts everything in a different light. From the outside looking in you would think that, being sisters, they would happily play together whilst Daddy gets on with his work. Well you would be wrong. The real truth is that two children equal double the trouble!
Anyway, I will just see how it goes and if I can’t get work done in the day I will have to either wake up earlier or work later into the night. Also, I want to spend quality time with the children and sitting in front of a laptop won’t allow me to do that.
This week’s round up post is full of five wonderful blog posts which show you how others around the web find ingenious ways to save money or make money.
Let’s get into it.
Ultimate summer activities lists and bored Jar lists from The Mad House
The Mad House is an popular UK parent blog written by Jen who writes about her life with MadDad and her two children. The blog contain some fantastic posts on topics such as parenting, reviews, budgeting ideas and crafts. It’s a real pick n mix of a blog where you will find something of interest every time you visit.
Ultimate summer activities lists and bored Jar lists is the most awesome keep your kids busy and entertained. With hundreds of cheap ideas that will keep your kids entertained for hours and hours, you need to visit this post and bookmark it asap. Not only are there fantastic ideas which you can print out, but links to further posts with even more activities. If you have children, you need to read this.
You can follow Jen on Twitter here.
How to tackle financial fears so you have no regrets from Canadian Budget Binder
Canadian Budget Binder is a a fantastic personal finance and frugal living blog written by Mr CBB. The blog covers pretty much every personal finance topic available and is a wonderful source of information. From everyday living, debt and recipes; you’ll never be short of something of interest to read.
How to tackle financial fears so you have no regrets is a fabulous and well thought out post that looks in depth at financial fears. I could really relate to this post as I’ve had my own financial fears and although we’ve started to face them, it hasn’t been an easy road. It’s a great read and one I suggest you check out.
You can follow Canadian Budget Binder on Twitter here.
Slow Cooker on Holiday: Four Camping Recipes from Miss Thrifty
Whatever I say about Miss Thrifty will be totally bias because I absolutely love her! When I made it to the final of Savoo’s Smartest Shopper competition, Miss Thrifty was one of the judges and, because I did my homework by reading the judges blogs beforehand, Miss Thrifty was the one I wanted to emulate. As you delve into the Miss Thrifty archives, it’s like a lucky dip with a star prize every time. If you want to lead a more frugal and thrifty life, pass go, drive straight past the jail and go here. You won’t be disappointed.
Slow Cooker on Holiday: Four Camping Recipes is included in this week’s round up post for one reason and one reason only. Yes it contains a slow cooker recipe for baked potatoes, although that’s not the reason. Yes it contains a slow cooker recipe for porridge, although that’s not the reason either. And yes it contains a rather good slow cooker recipe for Miss Thrifty’s chowder but that’s still not the reason. No, the reason I’ve included this post is because it contains a slow cooker recipe for……wait for it………Mulled Bloody Wine! Do I need to say any more! Go check it out now!
You can follow Miss Thrifty on Twitter here.
10 Money Do’s to Raising Financially Confident Kids from The Heavy Purse
The Heavy Purse is another 5* personal finance blog. It was created by Shannon Ryan and its goal is to help busy parents teach their children simple, value-based principles that guide their money decisions and support their long-term financial well-being. The blog is full of helpful posts that gives you valuable knowledge which you can pass onto your own children.
10 Money Do’s to Raising Financially Confident Kids is an excellent post with 10 easy teachable things you can discuss with your children to help them have a better understanding of financial matters. I know from my own experience that by talking to my children sooner rather than later about money, it gives them valuable knowledge they can take through their teenage years and into adulthood.
You can follow The Heavy Purse on Twitter here.
The top 10 toys your kids will want for Xmas – and how to bag them cheap from MSE’s Charlotte Burns (Deal Hunter blog)
The Deal Hunter blog is part of the behemoth site MoneySavingExpert. I don’t really need to say too much about the site as I’m sure you’ve heard about it and most probably visited it many, many times. What I do want to mention is that until a couple of weeks ago, I have never come across the deal hunter blog and I am a poorer person for it. Charlotte Burns has a engaging way of writing and a fantastic eye for a bargain, glitch or deal. Whether you visit MSE or not, I would certainly give the deal hunter blog a once over at least twice a week.
The top 10 toys your kids will want for Xmas – and how to bag them cheap is a parents dream post. No longer do you have to worry about what to buy the kids this year as Charlotte has it covered. What’s even more appealing is that she tells you how to bag them cheap and not pay full price. Now you may think I’m being slightly hasty choosing a Christmas theme post but I actually think it’s genius. Because we’re only in July, you can read this post, take some notes and start saving now. Five whole months to get those pennies together, grab those savings and give your kids a lusted after toy, without breaking the bank.
You can follow Charlotte on Twitter here.
So that’s the end of this weeks round-up. What do you think? I think it’s one of the best round-ups yet and offers so much value that you’ll have to take a few days off just to get over it.
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Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.