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Earn additional money by Mystery Shopping

Mystery shopping is a popular sport amongst savvy savers throughout the country.

This post will tell you a little about UK mystery shopping companies and help you to set yourself up as a mystery shopper.

I have a full time job and therefore do not try to earn significant income by mystery shopping, however I do enjoy free food and experiences. It is an added extra to my normal salary.

You must remember that mystery shopping is a taxable income, therefore it is best to check before your side income becomes expensive. If you are a standard rate tax payer in the UK, you can earn £1000 tax free alongside your normal income.

What is mystery shopping?

In short, is a way for businesses, particularly within the hospitality and retail sectors to check that they are providing the correct and adequate level of customer service and user experience expected.

As a shopper, you can sign up for jobs, and then must review or rate your experiences with that particular business. You might have to visit the shop or buy a product online.

There are lots of types of mystery shops, from eating at a restaurant, to shopping for clothes and even staying in hotels for overnight stays.

How do I sign up?

There are many different companies to sign up with. Visits and payment amounts do vary.

One thing to be aware of, is that you might need to set aside time to sign up as a shopper. Most companies require a sign up process. This may take the form of a draft mystery shop report, basic literacy or comprehension exercises.

A list of mystery shop companies to try:

  1. HGEM Mystery dining
  2. Redwigwam
  3. Proinsight
  4. IPSOS
  5. Helion
  6. Grass Roots
  7. Retail Active
  8. Amber Arch
  9. Tern
  10. Maru Matchbox
  11. ESA Retail
  12. GBW
  13. Bare International


Free Spins – Additional income from daily free casino games

Casino free spins: This blog post will touch one of the ways I use to earn some extra side-hustle money – with no associated risk*.

Now, you might be reading this thinking that gambling on casinos and slots is always a risk, which is what I believed, before I started using TeamCasino to earn some additional income.

In this post, I am not suggesting that you begin low risk casino offers (although if you wanted, you could try TeamCasino’s sign up offers, with 1 week access for £1). I will tackle this in another post.

Earning through free games

This blog post, however, is all about the free games that casinos offer their customers, and which you can also take advantage of, to earn a small side-hustle, completely risk-free.

Casinos often offer different free games, usually on a daily basis, which can earn money, free spins on other games, or entries into prize draws.

Which casinos offer these games?

This list of casinos offering free games was updated on 18th March 2021, it has been updated since the original post listing, but will undoubtedly be subject to change.

Some daily offers are only valid for specific periods of time, others run throughout the year with very little change, but these are the sites that I have found run regular free games.

What is the catch?

There isn’t one.

Earnings from free spins are tax free, as it is considered as gambling. So this is the perfect side hustle alongside others which might be taxable(remember when it comes to side earnings, below £1000 is tax free, anything above needs to be submitted via a self-assessment to HMRC).

Sometimes, earnings have to wagered – this means you must spend a certain amount of money in order to withdraw.

Always read the T&Cs of the offers. The majority of the below sites do not have wagering requirements on their free spins. Some do, however.

How much can you earn?

As you might imagine, because the games are free, it is tricky to say how much. Some games have a higher chance of winning (RTP).

I have personally earned £68 since the beginning of June (1st-19th). I have seen other people hit jackpots and win way above this.

The list

Virgin Games

Heart Bingo

Jackpot Joy

Monopoly Casino

Rainbow Riches

Megaways (Formerly Starspins)

For the 5 casinos above, you must have spent £10 on the site to play the game. This £10 will easily be made back because when you sign up there are bonus bonanza boxes to benefit from – you can find in the promotions section. 

For these sites – do not opt in to marketing immediately. The website will ask you once you have signed up to opt in for marketing preferences, and in turn you will get a bonus bonanza (chance to win additional money).

SportingBet (Wagering requirements apply)

Bwin (Wagering requirements apply)

Foxy Bingo

Foxy Games

Gala Bingo


SkyBingo (Hit and Miss)

William Hill

MECCA Bingo(Sometimes you must play money for the free game. Right now the game is completely free. On this site, you might win a cash for bingo. You can cash this out immediately with no need to use it on bingo)

Ladbrokes Casino

Buzz Bingo

Tombola Bingo

Tombola Arcade


*Whilst I claim there is no associated risk, I would advise anyone reading this to think about their mental health when gambling, even if it is for free games. I would also encourage anybody applying for a mortgage to stop using gambling sites ahead of any mortgage applications – whether this be free spins, matched betting or low risk offers. 

You might also enjoy looking at other ways to earn money which I have written about…

Now Ended – Win a set of garden furniture!

Thank you for visiting Having been writing on this blog now for a couple of months and gradually growing my readers, this month I have a really exciting giveaway for you to enter!

I have been working in collaboration here with & with a number of other UK bloggers to offer this amazing prize.

Take a read below for more information on this giveaway.

Some UK bloggers have teamed up to offer you a fantastic giveaway for this summer, organised by Emma Drew. Keep reading to see who is involved and how to enter.

Tummy2Mummy | Peggy May | Chilling With Lucas | Stapos Thrifty Life Hacks | Two Plus Dogs | Moneysaving Superhero | Photographyish | You Have to Laugh | Thrifty Chap

The Diary of a Jewellery Lover | A Rose Tinted World | MTBLM | Craft Hustle Directory | Paternal Damnation | Missing Sleep | Real Home and Living | Stressed Mum | Bronni

So Nostalgic | Hawkes at Home | The Coffee Shop Nomad | Mummy Vs Work | Home in the Pastures | Hollie Plus | Girl On a Pension | Wotawoman Diary | Spilling Life Tea | Becca Blogs It Out

Savvy Squirrel | Me, Them and the Others | My Three and Me | Miss LJ Beauty | Life After Blood Cancer | My Balancing Act | Our House, Our Home | The Mini Millionaire | A Money Minded Mum | Vegan etc | Lindy Loves | Looking After Your Pennies

The Life of Dee | Francesca’s Growing Patch | Youth n Trends | Wander and Luxe | DeborahStansil | Sunshine and Rain | Pounds and Sense | Nishi V | Side Hustle Directory

Free Budgeting Tools | My Blog My Business | Mrs Pinch | Our Adventurehood | SueFoster.Info | My Savings Journal | Birds and Lilies | Mum on a Budget | Nine to Three Thirty | Love Petals | Lisa’s Notebook

Prize Warriors | Mum’s the Nerd | Petals And Planes | Doing My Best | Travel Bugs | Mum’s Money Corner | My Tunbridge Wells | Charlotte Musha | That Copper Life | Renovation Bay-Bee | Money Saving Nat | Extreme Frugal Living | Frugal Living UK | The Free From Mummy | Binancially Inclined | Best Things To Do In York

Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum | Melanie’s Fab Finds | Helen Craddock | At Home With Kayla | Brunch or Breakfast | Futures | The Somerset Foodie | Dungarees and Donuts | Just Average Jen | Mums The Wurd | Budgeting for Students | Gin and Cocktail Bars

Skinny Spending | Chatting Food | Frugal Blogger Eats | Money’s on the Mind | Accidental Hipster Mum | CharleySaves | Coffee and Cwtches | Mummy Saver Money Maker | Brit on a Budget | The Money Builders | Thrifty Husband | My Beautiful Mess

Building Online Sales | Drewmies | Make Money Without a Job | A Thrifty Gamer | This Money Works | Maternity Money | Amy Pigott | Scottish Outlander | Parent Blogging Secrets | Create Joy Everyday | A Life of Lovely

The prize

We are giving away a rattan effect 4 seater set from B&Q (depending on stock availability).

Should the chosen prize no longer be available when the draw is complete then we will choose another suitable garden set.

Enter now

The competition will run from 15th June until 30th June 2020 (midnight).

A winner will be drawn from the Rafflecopter entries and checked before being contacted.

Once contacted and the prize has been arranged, the Rafflecopter widget will display the first name and first initial of the winner’s surname.

Simply complete any or all of the entry options in the widget.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tefal Actifry Genius XL – Home Tester Club Review

What is an Actifry – and should I purchase one?

I recently shared on my Instagram that I had been chosen by Home Tester Club to review the Tefal Actifry Genius XL, which is a large air fryer designed to be able to cook for 6-8 people.

For those of you unfamiliar, Home Tester Club is an online community of people who help to test various products. It is very simple to sign up to become a product reviewer. For each home test which you apply for, you are required to answer a quick survey in order to establish if you are the right candidate to test a product.

If you are a good match, the product is then sent to your home, where you use it for around 2 weeks in your daily life. Simply use, and then write an honest review about the product which you have received.

I already had a Tower air fryer previously, which we used to make chips with very little oil, and have always wanted a Tefal Actifry, but the cost at upwards of £200 was more than enough to convince me that another brand would suffice.

But, boy was I incorrect.

What exactly can an Actifry do?

The Actifry Genius XL currently retails at £269.99 (Cheapest cost from as of 31st May 2020), while other versions of the Actifry come at a similar price tag.

The range and depth of what you can cook with the Actifry went far beyond my expectations of having real restaurant-style chips.

The cooker has 9 different programme settings, allowing you to cook meats, veggies and even whole dishes such as curries or stir frys.

Tefal also have an app which is available to download on both Apple and Android systems, and includes amazing recipes which can be replicated easily using the Actifry.

What are my favourite dishes to make?

Of course, it is amazing to be able to cook low calorie chips and potato wedges. The Actifry comes with a handy oil spoon, which allows you to measure out the correct amount according to the instructions. Despite this, I have found that you can also cook with low calorie sprays – such as Frylight, which allow you to have chips and wedges which are “Slimming World friendly”, as I follow the Slimming World Extra Easy Plan.

This being said, my favourite things to cook in the Actifry are:

  1. Nandos Style Chicken – it is so easy to have a Nandos fakeaway using the Actifry. Simply set to the correct programme (Programme 6 in this case), put your chicken in either in chunks or as whole breasts, drumsticks, etc., add seasoning or sauce – and GO. It takes 20-25 minutes to get the perfect Nandos chicken.
  2. Roast Potatoes! – If you’re like me, it’s really hard to get all the elements of a roast dinner into the tiny oven space, so we boil the potatoes, fluff them up and bang them into the air fryer for around 15 minutes – spraying with oil or low calorie spray every now and again. It is perfect as you can add things as you go, without creating a mess – for example garlic and rosemary, some butter, or even some other veggies.
Are there any cons?

Aside from what I had mentioned before about the cost of the product, the only real con is the mess that the Actifry makes, if you add dry herbs and spices.

The Actifry Genius XL is not air tight – because instead of having a large vent like some other air fryers at the back, the Actifry allows the ingredients and air space to circulate . For this reason, Tefal have left a small gap between the ceramic pan and the lid of the fryer.

This is not a real issue – however, one thing to be aware of is that if the products inside are not wet or oily, the dry herbs and spices can get through the gaps.

The mess is not severe, but the Actifry does get some bits around it after cooking in this way, so I have to wipe around and below it when I use it.


To summarise, I believe the Actifry Genius XL is a brilliant product, and perfect for anybody looking to up their cooking game, or who just doesn’t have enough oven space to be able to cook everything.

It is quite a hefty investment, but if you are entirely sure you want an air fryer, I recommend this highly above the other brands that I have tried out.

You might also enjoy my other posts on free things – such as Freebies, Freebies, Freebies or Some Birthday Freebies!

Survey Sites – The Good, the bad and the waste of time

Survey sites are a brilliant side hussle to earn some additional money in your savings pot each month, and tend to be a feature in many posts about earning additional income.

There are so many survey sights out there, that it can sometimes be overwhelming when you see so many people issuing referral codes on instagram, when you haven’t earned from the first one yet!?

This aim of this post is to give an honest opinion about some of the survey sites that I have tried.

This will include information on survey time accuracy, user-friendliness and an overall rating out of 10 to determine if it’s good, bad and or a complete and utter waste of your time.

These are my opinions only and should only be used as a guidance to help you on your pursuit to earning more money and becoming financially free.

The Results


  • Time accuracy: Slightly short, they usually take a minute or two longer
  • User friendliness: Site is easy to use & on multiple devices
  • Screening Out: Screened out very often, but so many surveys it seems to matter less
  • Site support: Very responsive
  • Cash out: Instant
  • Worst feature: Surveys are by external providers, so they don’t have control if you have answered a whole survey and are kicked out at the end
  • Best feature: Instant cash out of your amount (no minimum) to Paypal or to chosen charities. Gift card cash outs from £5
  • Rating: 8/10

Branded surveys

  • Time accuracy: So far, very accurate
  • User friendliness: I have found easy to use, but requires 1000 points to cash out so it’s a long-haul one
  • Screening out: Get screened out often, but 1 point each time you are
  • Site support: Not great – Slow responses when surveys are trying to sign you up to things
  • Cash out: via Branded Pay (BACS), PayPal or Gift Card
  • Worst feature: Surveys that show as listed and disappear immediately
  • Best feature: Exclusive surveys are very short and help you to top up your earnings
  • Rating: 6/10


  • Time accuracy: Very accurate
  • User friendliness: Easy to use, but you have to be quick to snatch them!
  • Screening out: Never get screened out, it’s made that way
  • Site support: Really responsive site support, and often support directly from the research provider
  • Cash out: at £5 via Paypal
  • Worst feature: It’s not app based so you have to use a web browser
  • Best feature: Surveys that invite you back for parts 1,2,3 etc.
  • Rating: 9/10


  • Time accuracy: ‘Pulses’ are so quick that time accuracy is almost irrelevant
  • User friendliness: App notifications and simple easy to use app
  • Screening out: It’s more a timing thing than being screened out, paid pulses get taken quickly so if you don’t have time to react to your phone notifications, it might not be for you
  • Site support: Never needed this, but lots of easy to find contact details
  • Cash out: At $20, which is converted into your local currency. The more pulses you do, the quicker you will reach $20
  • Worst feature: Paid pulses are few and far between
  • Best feature: Easy to respond and don’t require videos or long questions
  • Rating: 8/10


  • Time accuracy: Ok – Often states varies which is not useful!
  • User friendliness: Easy to use website, but spam-like emails
  • Screening out: High likelihood of being screened out
  • Site support: Surprisingly helpful amount of support information
  • Cash out: A fairly hefty £20 which seems to take forever to reach
  • Worst feature: Many spam like emails if you opt in, hence “Inbox” pounds
  • Best feature: Diversification of offers rather than just surveys
  • Rating: 4/10


  • Time accuracy: No time indication from the website or app – and I’ve had some really long surveys from here
  • User friendliness: Super easy and had no issues in terms of use
  • Screening out: Never been screened out, surveys are handpicked based on your profile
  • Site support: Support page is entirely in French! Even when you change to the English version it needs a good proof read
  • Cash out: An epic £50, which probably should have put me off before trying!
  • Worst feature: I’d like to put something else, but the cash out amount has to be the worst
  • Best feature: Surveys do not expire quickly, so you can turn up 2 days after receiving an email and do the survey
  • Rating: 3/10


  • Time accuracy: Exactly as they state, as you video yourself for the given time
  • User friendliness: Simple and easy to use application
  • Screening out: No screening out, you answer small surveys to qualify for videos
  • Site support: I’ve queried one of the videos which did not allow enough time to answer the questions and it was sorted very promptly
  • Cash out: £10 into Paypal which is pretty good
  • Worst feature: Not great if you don’t want to film yourself
  • Best feature: Videos take about 25 seconds only and pay up to £1
  • Rating: 7/10


  • Time accuracy: I would say it’s accurate, it also tells you if it requires a photo or video, which some of the surveys do
  • User friendliness: I had big issues with the app to begin with, it used to kick me out. Not sure if this is just my experience though! Now it works just fine
  • Screening out: You pick apps that are appropriate to you, so it’s unlikely that your surveys will be rejected
  • Site support: I’m going not brilliant on this one – again mainly my experience at the beginning of using the app
  • Cash out: Immediately after approval to Paypal – amazing!
  • Worst feature: If you don’t have pets you might feel left out, as they have lots of surveys targeted around pets and pet food!
  • Best feature: Minimum effort required, and you don’t wait for the money
  • Rating: 9/10

Please feel welcome to use referral code 77672I for Streetbees.


  • Time accuracy: Polls rather than surveys – they take less than 10 seconds
  • User friendliness: Super easy to use, a bit like tinder for surveys which sounds strange, but you’ll know when you try it
  • Screening out: Not applicable
  • Site support: I’ve had zero issues, so nothing to report here
  • Cash out: £10 to Amazon gift cards (takes about a week) , or 9500 points towards planting trees
  • Worst feature: It’s a bit mundane, I get bored of the polls
  • Best feature: The effort required for normal surveys doesn’t exist, you can easily do this while watching a bit of Netflix
  • Rating: 8/10

My referral code for Appinio is 142bba, should you wish to get a head start with it.


  • Time accuracy: Surveys tend to be longer than it states
  • User friendliness: Simple to use on both desktop and mobile (including the chrome extension)
  • Screening out: I feel like I always get screened out on the surveys!
  • Site support: Well broken down FAQs and easy to get into contact with the support team
  • Cash out: The cash out varies at different numbers of “Swagbucks”, but includes charities, Paypal, Amazon and Mastercard cash outs
  • Worst feature: The surveys are not the best, they tend to be long and they kick you out
  • Best feature: Far more extensive than surveys. Swagbucks includes offers for playing games, sign up deals, free trials, receipt scanning and more
  • Rating: 7/10

My top tip for Swagbucks is to try out the discover offers for free gift cards (Complete steps 1 & 2, but not step 3). It often pays out instantly without having completed the offer. I can’t explain how or why but it’s brilliant.

I hope this post has given you a good idea about some of the different survey sites which are available, including their good and bad points, plus an idea of how to cash out and how long you might be using a site before you are able to get your money.

There are also many other survey sites which are not included in this post, which may be very lucrative. I have tried to give you an honest picture of the sites which I use regularly.

This post is based entirely upon my experiences using the different websites or applications. You might have different experiences which you wish to share in the comments.

You can find other ways to make money online on this post.

Appreciating others – a budget friendly way of showing appreciation

Where can I start? 2020 has already been such a hard year for many people because of the Coronavirus crisis, and some budgets are tight because of financial restrictions and furlough. Appreciating others is so important, all the time, but now all the more so.

If you are reading this, I hope you, your family and your friends are all home and keeping well.

With social distancing and lock down measures in place to keep people safe from the virus, we should all be encouraging one another and helping others as much as we possibly can.

Helping other people – friends, family or strangers does not have to break the bank, however. Budgeting is also very important at these times of instability.

Here are some brilliant ways to lighten the lives of other people. I beg you to try just one and see what effect it has:


It may sound obvious, but talking is key. Times are uncertain, and many people are feeling lonely because they cannot do their day to day activities and interact with their friends or family.

According to Mind charity having somebody listen and show that they care can help sufferers of anxiety significantly. Give your friends or elderly relatives a ring – appreciating what they have in you might just change their day into a better one.

Free Activities

There are so so many online activities that you can partake in with others either virtually or those in your household, I have listed a few below which you might like to try:

1. The Self Isolation Pub Quiz/Bingo by Gil Kolirin is on every night at 9PM via facebook. Why don’t you challenge your loved ones to the ultimate lock-in quiz?

2. Date Night! You can’t go to a restaurant, but why not let the restaurant come to you instead? Check out these amazing date night recipes which will undoubtedly impress the other half on a budget.

3. Have a Netflix Party – The Netflix Party app is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. It’s available on Google Chrome for desktop and laptops and being used by over 1M users!

4. Karaoke Night – Are you missing a good laugh with your pals? Airconsole is an innovative app allowing you and others to have the ultimate karaoke battle from the comfort of your home!

5. Get an online penpal – This one is more for those wanting to reach out to those that might be lonely at this time. Did you know that you can sign up to be a penpal online using Penpal World where you could be connected with others from all over the world.

Send your friends and family gifts

If you haven’t seen friends and family for a while, it might be a nice time to send them a little reminder that you are thinking about them.

Doing this does not have to involve major amounts of money, in fact, there are some things you can send to others in the post for a small amount, and some are free!

1. Postcards

I am really appreciating the range of postcards out there – and the number of them which are free!

MyPostcard are giving £3 in credit to every new user that signs up. This credit will allow you to send a free postcard (normally £2.50) or a cheaper standard greetings card (normally £3.99).

FreePrints are offering one standard postcard for free every month. For this, you just pay the small delivery fee of 76p. You can customise the postcard with images, or use one of the preexisting templates.

LALALAB will credit new users £5 which can be used towards cards or prints which can be sent to anywhere across the UK. They were also offering a free card with no postage, although this offer may expire at any time. Use my code PG9JSW4B to enjoy the £5.

Fizzer is a postcard app that will give you two credits for every one that you purchase. Credits are normally £2.29. (At the time of writing this post, you can right now purchase credits for for £1.79). 1 credit would get you a postcard, 2 would get you a greetings card & 10+ will allow you to purchase a set of cards. Try it now and use my code CHARL128554 for your two free credits, meaning two lovely postcards to send to your loved ones. They also give free credits out on Sundays. Postage is free.

Perhaps you have heard of the idea of gifting it forward. During these hard times, KindSpring are advocating the idea of appreciating others by paying random acts of kindness forward. This means that you are challenged to do a random act of kindness for anybody, whether that be somebody you know or not, and leaving them a not to “pay it forward”. They then encourage people to share these acts of kindness to spread love and good feeling. Give it a go, and what’s better, it’s totally free.

Finally, there’s a more environmentally friendly way of sending a card, too. Perhaps you are trying to avoid key workers like postmen and women from doing pointless trips – well, Oxfam have a solution. How about sending an e-card with a purpose – joint with a £10 donation to support the coronavirus efforts? Sounds a cracking idea to me, and a small price to pay as you won’t be paying any postage!

2. Send some flowers

You may think this is an expensive way of telling somebody you are thinking about them, but rest assured, it can be done in a budget friendly manner, too.

Bloom & Wild flowers are truly amazing, and they aren’t super pricey either! I have a £10 off link that will allow you to get your first purchase at a slightly lower price. The cheapest I have got flowers from is £3, which isn’t too shabby for a large bouquet delivered to their door! You can often stack their codes too, so if you use my £10 credit, and find a £5 off voucher then you might be able to get £15 off.

Freddies Flowers are also gorgeous, but this one is a subscription service, so you need to be careful to cancel if you don’t want the ongoing deliveries each week to cancel after the first delivery. It could set you back a fair amount if you purchased these flowers each week, as a bunch is £26. However, you can get your first flowers at a reduced cost, and my code will also get you free flowers if you are the first of 4 people each month to use my code. Try CharleF41 for your freebie or reduction.

3. Subscription Boxes

More in the same vane, subscription boxes are such a nice way to show somebody that you are thinking about them, because they can be tailored to that person’s preferences.

See below my list of boxes for all different types of people:

For the beauty queens – Birchbox is commonly referenced as the UK’s no 1 beauty box, and they are offering £5 the first box. Perfect to send to your pals.

For the baker – Bakedin are currently offering 25% of your first order, this can be used on the store or the subscription boxes. Perfect for friends and family to make some lock down bakes.

For the crafty one – Craftiosity offer craft kit boxes for £24.95 which double up as a lovely gift.

For the children – Get a half priced Toucan Box for those children you love. Boxes start from £5.95 per month.

For the big foodie – HelloFresh will help those that cannot get out to the shops to make some amazing recipes.

and for more casual recipe making – Simply Cook have brilliant start up packs to help others with their favourite recipes.

For the pub lovers . I needed more space for these ones! –

Wine – Savage wine dote themselves as the UK’s favourite monthly wine subscription box.

Beer – Beer 52 is a great subscription for your beer loving friends or family members. They are also offering a half price case of 8 beers right now.

Gin – Craft Gin Club brings a full size bottle of gin, plus tonics, savoury treats & a cocktail of the month recipe. Perfect for your gin-loving mum, no?

For the snack lover – Graze offer a wide selection of snacks delivered straight to yours or your friends’ doors.

5. Gift a freebie – use my dedicated blog post Freebies, Freebies, Freebies

Volunteer your services

Brightening somebody’s day is not always just about friends and family -it’s also about community, neighbours and complete strangers.

Since the outbreak of the virus, more and more people are volunteering their services to help others, here are just a few things that you might wish to try:

1. Joining a local volunteer group. No link for this one – as the best way is to look at your local council or facebook pages which will offer multiple ways to help with the volunteering efforts.

2. Make PPE for key workers – If you love upcycling, there are many key workers in need of necessary PPE which will keep them safe. Pinterest can help with the inspiration, and I’ve seen on my local facebook pages many people volunteering materials to those crafty enough to be able to make PPE items such as masks.

3. Do some gardening for your neighbours – An easy one, but if you’re mowing your lawn, why not help with next door’s?

4. Dog walking / Borrow My Doggy – Dog walking is ultimately enjoyable, a free activity to get fit, and could help out those in need at the same time. The ultimate combination. You might also wish to try out Borrow My Doggy, which ranges from dog walking, to overnight stays- Woof!

If you decide to try out any of my suggestions, remember that we must always be socially distancing to keep yourself and others safe.

Keep smiling and to pass the joy onto others that might need it the most.

The Best Birthday Freebies and Discounts available

So it’s your birthday, and you’ve got plenty of presents from your friends and family. But did you know, you can receive birthday freebies from your favourite businesses too?

There are hundreds of birthday deals bouncing about, but here’s my top pick of birthday freebies and discounts:

Birthday Freebies

Krispy Kreme Doughnut

Sign up to the Krispy Kreme rewards programme. Ensure you add your birthday and if you have children, you can add their birthday’s too. On your birthday, they will send you a voucher for a free doughnut of your choice.

£5 from Paperchase (Avabilable for a month after your bday too).

Sign up to their Treat Me rewards programme for £5 off on your birthday and other freebies throughout the year.

Free Boost smoothie

Sign up to Boost’s Vibe Club to get a free smoothie on your birthday.

Free treat from Greggs

Sign up to Greggs rewards app and they will treat you to one of the following: A free cupcake, a free cream cake or a free doughnut on your birthday.

Free £5 from Ikea as a birthday treat

Some great buys for £5 or under in Ikea including mugs, cutlery, tea infusers, plant pots, face cloths, vases. Or perhaps you can put it towards that new sofa.

£5 of points for your birthday from The Body Shop
Free £5 Hobbycraft voucher

This is perfect if you like arts & crafts, join the hobbycraft club to receive £5 on your birthday, plus free entries into prize draws each month, invites to club events and more freebies.

Free Cookie Dough

We all love a sweet treat, and it looks like Pizza Hut knew too. Get a birthday freebie from one of our favourite pizza places.

Free Cocktail for you and your friends

Sign up to TGI Fridays’ loyalty apps and they will treat you and 11 of your friends to a cocktail or mocktail with every main meal purchased.

Free Burger and Milkshake

Sign up to the Ed’s Club membership to receive a Regular Ed’s Burger and a shake on your birthday!

Free Vegan Cupcake

Ms Cupcake Bakery in Brixton will give you a free cupcake on your birthday with proof of ID, brilliant if you’re in the London area.

How about some jewellery?

UK jewellery brand Beaverbooks are a recent addition to those stores offering a birthday freebie, how exciting!

It’s important to remember that you must sign up before your birthday in many cases to be able to use these offers. I’d suggest spending some time (at least a month ahead of your birthday) signing up so that when it comes around you’re prepared with all your birthday freebies in hand.

Please leave a comment telling me about the best birthday freebies and discounts, and I will add them in to this post!

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Gener8 – How can you earn money from your browser?

This post may contain affiliate links.

There are many ways of earning money through your internet browser and from the searches you make whilst on the browser. Gener8 is a brilliant way of earning some additional passive income.

What is Gener8?
Gener8 photo showing the extension on a computer, phone and tablet.

Gener8 is a very cool extension that you can add to your internet browser (it is currently available on Firefox and Chrome, and work is being done to allow the extension to work on Safari) which simply put, generates tokens which can be exchanged for gift cards.

How do I install Gener8?

Visit the Gener8 ads website. Click either ‘Add to Chrome’ and this will take you to the Chrome Store, or if you’re on Firefox select ‘Add to Firefox’.

Log into your account, or sign up for an account to begin. Ensure that the extension is enabled at all times. You can use Gener8 on multiple browsers, so it is worth setting it up to avoid missing out on tokens.

What do I have to do in return?

Simply put, nothing – Gener8 will replace traditional banner ads (the side of website adverts) with their own advertisements. Every time you view one of these on a site, you automatically earn tokens to your account.

How do I exchange tokens?

If you are in the UK, you can use the Gener8 marketplace to exchange your earned tokens into either gift cards, products or charity donations.

How many tokens do I need to get a voucher?

50 tokens = £5 Amazon gift card.

The amount of time taken to earn the tokens will vary depending on your internet use, especially because at the moment the extension is only available via a laptop or desktop, and cannot be used on mobiles.

That being said, according to Gener8, the average user can earn 5-10 tokens a day. Nothing to be sniffed at!

Is there a way to earn more tokens?

You can earn tokens from Gener8 faster if you refer your friends and family to use the extension too. Each referral that signs up will get 50 tokens (£5 equivalent), and in turn you will earn 10 tokens.

You can also earn more tokens by completing your preferences in your profile. Doing this will enable Gener8 to offer more personalised advertisements, and therefore charging a higher rate to the advertiser. This means you will see more adverts, and earn more tokens.

Win win.

How many products / gift cards can I exchange?

You can only purchase 1 product per week (This is to allow all users to get their hands on the products).

Gift vouchers can be exchanged as often as you wish, but remember the more you save, the more you can exchange. For example 500 tokens will get you an Amazon Echo Dot.

What else can you tell me?

Gener8 also have other extensions that also help you to earn tokens.

Gener8 Tabs is a different browser extension that enables you to earn every time you open a new tab.

Did you know that the average person opens 25 tabs per day?

Every tab you open will have a background image on it, which includes an advert that’s tailored to your preferences.

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Freebies, Freebies, Freebies…

Freebies are one of my favourite things. You will find on this page, a comprehensive list of free things or money off.

The post is updated each time I become aware of new offers and freebies available.

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2 Hours Free Cleaning
Cleaning freebies

If you like me, love a clean house, this link will give you 2 hours of cleaning through handy website

£10 off Wine & other bits

You can get £10 of wine using Wineapp. This app is a great way to have good wine delivered straight to your door.

Delivery times do vary depending on your postcode, but in central London they can deliver in 30-40 minutes. I have seen this link increase to £15 on regular occasions.

Wineapp have recently increased their offering. They now have a selection of cheese, chutneys, craft beers and essential items on the app too now.

You must use friend code CF243 in order to get the credits.

£5 off Grüum

Use this link for a £5 voucher which can be spent on any shave, skin, hair, beard or body care products with grüum.

Free money for walking

Can you believe it? It really does pay to be walking.

Sweatcoin will give you money for walking & you can get a $5 head start using my link.

Coins are exchanged for a range of different vouchers or products – I got a free Bonsai tree which would have been worth £15! I thoroughly advise using their daily offers by logging onto the app each day for the opportunity to earn extra Sweatcoins.

Earn from surveys, browsing the internet & purchases!

If you aren’t already using Swagbucks, I can confirm, you are missing out.

Swagbucks is a multi functioning app which can be downloaded on your phone and added to your internet browsers, and gives you points called Swagbucks.

Swagbucks can then be transferred into a range of vouchers. I personally have paid out from this site many times, regularly claiming my freebies in the form of amazon vouchers. Try it out here, you won’t regret it.

Free £5 off milk and other groceries

With the recent situation of Covid 19, it is increasingly harder to go out to the shops and get the ingredients that you need.

I had signed up to Milk & More quite a while back to help support the local milkmen in our area, but it’s become really handy for getting the odd bits that you can’t seem to get in the supermarket.

Use my code R4R2PK for £5 off of freebies with no minimum spend. (Please note: Following recent changes and high demand, Milk & More are not taking new customers. They have confirmed this will change soon, but you can sign up to the waiting list).

50% Off Hussle

The Hussle App is a revolutionary way of visiting the gym. The app offers you access to hundreds of gyms all around the country, which means that it makes it easier to visit the gym on the go or when you are away.

Use this link for 50% your first Hussle pass (Hussle is not currently operating, but you can save this one for later when the gyms reopen).

£10 Off Beautiful Flowers

Bloom and Wild are offering £10 off your first order for anybody that signs up using my friends’ offer.

The cheapest bunch of flowers I found was around £13, so for £3 you cannot go wrong with some fresh flowers. They commonly appear on cashback sites, so it’s worth seeing if you can ‘double up’, using both cashback and the voucher.

They are also handy for delivery even if you are out of the house because they come in a brilliant letter-box sized box.

£50 for your electricity

Join Bulb and get £50 added to your account – this can be used towards your bills, or can be cashed out by contacting Bulb’s support team.

Bulb comes out on top (for most people) as the cheapest electricity provider, and they also offer green energy.

What more could you wish for?…maybe more freebies?

Bulb Electricity Freebies
Free money for getting a Monese account

You can get up to £20 free (May vary depending on your currency) for signing up to Monese current account.

Monese is an independent banking app which gives you a physical mastercard card and can be linked to your Apple/Samsung/Google pay apps and Paypal.

Remember to use code CHARL957 to benefit from your freebie.

Personalised postcard with no shipping fees

Send your family and friends a free postcard from Lalalab to tell them that you are thinking of them. There is absolutely no cost to pay including postage.

You may also wish to receive £5 free credit to use on printing photos. Use my code PG9JSW4B.

Get £10 back on acceptance of a cashback credit card

American Express will give you £10 on your account if you are accepted for a Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card.

The card offers 5% cash back on all purchases for the first three months (max £100), and 0.5-1% back for the rest of its lifetime.

A brilliant way to earn cashback. Remember that credit is applied for and taken at your own risk, and that it is beneficial to pay back each month in full.

Buy your lean meat online and get 4 freebies with your first order

Muscle Food are offering 4 free items with every order when using my discount code.

The choice of meat is really good, and you can pick from a number of great value hampers.

Earn gift tokens with Gener8

Get 50 tokens Gener8 for free (worth a £5 Amazon gift card).

Check out my blog post which explains more about Gener8.

Free Recipe Ingredients from Simply Cook

Sign up to Simply Cook subscription service, for your free box which will give you 4 free recipes and the necessary herbs and spices required to make each dish.

I especially love the katsu curry, but there are a large range of dishes to try out. A freebie worth £7.99.

Free wallpaper samples

Now here me out here, this is not your typical freebie. It doesn’t really equate to any significant amount of money saved. However, wallpaper swatches are very useful for decorating your home.

I don’t use the swatches in the conventional way i.e. looking at what might look good as wallpaper, but I use them to brighten up my rooms by adding the prints into picture frames.

There are a few sites that offer free samples in A4 size, which works wonders. Try out Farrow & Ball and Little Greene for some inspirational free prints.

Free Snacks

If you are finding it exceptionally hard at the moment to find a variety of healthy snacks, Graze is here to save the day.

Sign up to their subscription service to receive your first and third boxes for free.

You can cancel this subscription at any time, and you can earn free boxes by inviting your friends and family to try it. Yum!

Free pants

On That Ass Official are giving away a free pair of boxer shorts to anybody that signs up to their subscription service.

The shorts come in a range of patterns and colours at your choosing.

Whilst the first delivery is completely free, this is a paid service and therefore should be cancelled after first delivery should you wish to only claim the freebie.

Use my friend code by clicking on this link.

Free cash using Oh My Dosh!

This site gives you free money in exchange for completing offers.

It’s handy as it includes many other money making initiatives such as signing up for surveys or signing up to sports/casino sites for matched betting.

Try my link here for a cheeky £1 bonus.

Free Soap bar

Nuddy are giving away free soap bars, you just pay for the postage costs. They smell delightful. Postage is £2.25.

How can you earn extra money online?

There are many ways to subsidise your current income and earn extra money online. See below my top tips to earning some extra dosh…

Survey Sites

You can earn some extra pennies from completing surveys online. Companies will pay you per survey completed, and most offer simple payment into your paypal account or a BACS transfer.

Image Showing survey on a tablet used to earn free money

My favourite sites are Prolific (the site does not screen you out so there is generally more money to make for less time spent), Swagbucks (Not just a survey site, but offers well-paid surveys and points are exchanged into vouchers or paypal payments) and Voxpopme (Takes slightly longer to get high paying surveys, but once you have built up plenty of information into your profile, you can actually gain a lot from this site).

All of these sites are also available on the app store and google play store, so easy to use at home or on the morning commute.

Sell your old stuff online

What’s that old saying…one mans trash is another man’s treasure… Well that’s very true. If you are a little strapped for cash and want to earn some additional money, the best place to look is closest to home. Those old jeans from topshop that you never wear, those running trainers that you bought never to even use the gym membership, and old games and toys that your children used to play with before moving onto the next craze. 

These items are all valuable to someone, and there are many ways to sell online which offer both ease and convenience.  A few to try out…

Ebay – the king of the reseller is always a brilliant option because it is well-known and attracts lots of traffic. There is a higher chance of selling on ebay, than there would be other smaller websites. The process to sign up is stress-free and you can be selling in no time. Ebay also offers some great deals, such as maximum selling fees, so that you can avoid paying large fees back on the items that you have sold. 

Facebook Marketplace -Most people will be aware of facebook marketplace, and I suspect many people will have browsed and bought items, but what could facebook do for your old things?

Well, the answer is a lot, because marketplace offers you the chance to sell to those in your local area, with the buyer either collecting directly from your house, or with a choice to drop off to them. The benefit of this is getting the cash in hand, meaning no fees paid on top like on many other online sites which you may sell with. 

Depop – Describing itself as the creative community’s mobile marketplace, depop offers you with another platform to sell your pre-loved goods.

Typically more known for the sale of clothes, many people are able to style their golden oldies and sell them for a higher rate than you would do by selling them on other websites. Again, I found the sign up process as pretty easy, and it’s more accessible to share with your friends and your online community. I think a nice touch is to add the clothes as styled, to show others what they are purchasing and how it may look. 

Some other useful places to sell your things online – Gumtree, Shpock, Musicmagpie, CEx. 

Matched Betting

I could, and probably will, write a whole blog post on Matched Betting, but for now, you may be asking yourself what is it, and why should I be using this as a method to subsidise my income? 

Matched betting is a tax-free way of earning money, at low risk. What you say? Betting, low risk? 

Yes, Matched betting is a method whereby a bet is put down against a particular game, race etc. An example here is that I put a bet down for a team to win a football game, I then use an exchange site to “lay” this bet, which essentially secure my money, by also betting for this same team “to not win”, covering the eventuality that team could both draw or lose.

There are many other bloggers and websites that explain matched betting at a detailed level, but my best advice would be to try it out using a free trial. Profit Accumulator is my favourite website to use, and you can take advantage of their brilliant sign up offers which guarantee you to earn at least £45 profit.