You might be surprised to learn that my husband enjoys the occasional flutter on horse racing. You may think it’s a little at odds with my frugal lifestyle, and I couldn’t agree more. Sinking money into gambling seems to be one of the quickest ways to lose everything you own.
Eventually I had enough of all this money beyond our immediate control and spoke to my husband about it. Now, completely cutting out the gambling isn’t something he wants to do, so I suggested that we make the extra effort to get the best possible deal and do what we can to improve our chances of winning.
So, I started doing a lot of looking around online for tips and methods for betting on horses, and there is just too much information out there for an amateur to sit and make sense of. One thing that kept coming up was to follow a seasoned professional’s advice and stick with them, and to set a weekly or monthly budget. This made perfect sense to me so I turned my efforts to finding somewhere with a proven track record in horse racing, and which had consistent and helpful free advice on their website.
Finally, I came across a very clear and useful website devoted to horse racing tips. They have daily advice on horses running that day, and the owner of the site is a professional gambler who has earned an impressive reputation (you can see the site I found here: www.horseracingpro.co.uk).
I showed the site to my husband, and he agreed that it was very reassuring to partner with someone who has been winning for years. We had a long think about setting a budget, and have both decided on a modest weekly budget.
So far my husband has been getting a great deal of pleasure out of his weekly flutter, and I’m kept happy because I know that he will keep to his frugal budget.
I hope you find the website as helpful as we have.
My son has been asking me for ages to buy him one of these power bands that you wear on your wrist, which seems to be the current fashion among his school friends. I have kept saying no on the grounds that it would be a big waste of money and wouldn’t make any real difference.
It was his birthday this week so I did a little bit of digging to find out exactly what these power bands were, as I felt I really needed to know if I was going to refuse to get him one for his birthday. The online research that I did brought up a lot more than I thought it would, and they do seem to be much more tasteful than I first imagined. They come in all kinds of colours and shapes but all are basically an unobtrusive silicon band that you wear on your wrist. Apparently they give out ‘negative ions’ which are thought to be good for your health and your general mood. I couldn’t find any evidence anywhere that they could even possibly be bad for you or having any lasting effect of any kind at all.
With that in mind, I decided that there would be no harm in my son having one so the only other problem was the price! I don’t mind spending out for a birthday treat, but I always want to get the best deal!
Obviously, the power of the internet is awesome, and after searching around I found a company that had good quality, fashionable looking power bands at a really decent price (you can see them yourself here: http://uk.infinitypro.com).
The power band arrived quickly, was of a great quality, and most importantly, my son was absolutely thrilled on his birthday!
Now I just have to hope he doesn’t lose it!!!!!
As many of you will know I spend a lot of time online. Blogging, reading blogs, tweeting, etc is what I like to do to wind down!
My job as a librarian can sometimes be quite stressful and heavy going (contrary to popular belief!). One of the things that people don’t always realise is that there is a lot of physical activity involved in my job, namely lifting heavy boxes of books around, plus a lot of bending and stretching as I am putting books back on the shelves!
Over the years this has meant that my back is not quite as good as it once was!
As I am getting older I am having to take a lot more care of my back, and to be honest I wish that I would have done so more in the past!
One thing that I have really found the benefit of at work is having ergonomic chairs to use. The way that they support your back and rest of your body is far superior to any other kind of regular desk chair.
As I have been spending an increasing amount of time at my computer at home, I decided that it was time to invest in my own ergonomic chair. I realise that ergonomic chairs are more expensive than regular desk chairs, but you can’t put a price on your health!
What I did though, is make sure that I spent a lot of time searching around online to find the best deal. There are loads of companies selling ergonomic chairs online, including the site that I went with in the end http://ergonomicchairsonline.co.uk.
The lessons from today?
- Look after your health – it’s worth more than money!
- Make sure that you shop around online for the best deal – it’s the only way
Have anything to add? Let me know!
It’s not about the money!
A lot of people spend their lives chasing money. They think that it will bring them happiness and great experiences.
However, oftentimes they realise that this is not actually the case.
I have been living a frugal life for the last few years. It’s not that, as a family, we were necessarily uncomfortable. We have good jobs, a lovely house in a great neighbourhood, and enough cash to take the family on a foreign holiday each year.
However, having spent some time reading, especially online blogs on frugality, I realised that if we were more careful with our money, actually we could upgrade our lives, have better experiences, and have more money left in the bank to save or invest for the future.
The past few years have been a blast, and I really want to share some thoughts here on this website on how people can really make their money go further, and have better experiences as a family at the same time.
I will be sharing some of our recent purchases, how we have been frugal about them, and give you tips and tricks on how you can do the same.
So, join us for the ride. It’s time to upgrade your life and get what you want and need from your hard earned cash!