Monday, 11 September 2017

How I Made Pennies During Pregnancy

During pregnancy I had a lot of spare time on my hands. Nobody seemed interested in photoshoots and there was no point in trying to get a job so I had absolutely no income coming in. So, I had to find other ways to bring money in. Here's how I did it:

Shpock and Facebook Selling Groups
Earlier in the year I had a huge clearout of my bedroom and posted tons of stuff to sell online. In 30 days I made £10.80 and ended up giving up with it by May, as I hadn't been able to sell anything else. 

There's an app called 'AppLike' and you basically have to install and run other apps via that app, and they give you 'McCoins' for running them. Once you reach a certain amount of McCoins you can then cash out via PayPal. Unfortunately these McCoins don't really amount to much and it takes a hell of a long time to build them up but, I had a lot of spare time. 

Within a week I made £3.50, which is a lot of gameplay for hardly any reward so it's definitely one not worth doing unless you have nothing else to do. I literally filled my days and nights playing games just to make some cash. Although once I got to level 17 (the end of May), it just wasn't worth it any longer, and I cashed out for the last time and deleted the app. I made £7.50 in total, with half of each payout going to Charlie's ISA.  

Savings Jar 
This one I've been doing for years and works great. Since becoming self employed especially, I try to use cash instead of my card where possible, and anything 50p or less goes into a savings jar. I keep £1 and £2 coins in my purse, for the days I need to catch a bus. I'm not entirely sure how much I have saved with this method but it's definitely one I'll continue to use throughout my life - I even managed to convince Ash to start his own jar! I also had a special "Charlie Jar" where any pennies that Mum and I had spare would go in, money from certain items sold at bootfairs, and any money from items I sold via Shpock and Facebook that I didn't actually pay for, would also go in.

By the time Charlie was born his jar had an impressive £55.74 in it! This will eventually be added to his ISA which has a couple grand in it. 

I ended up getting fed up with Shpock and Facebook, as it was mega slow going, and decided to start joining Mum and Dave at bootfairs. The first one I did I made £4.20, all of which went towards Charlie's savings and gave it a wee boost. The second I only made £2, so that was pretty slow going as well. 

By the time Charlie arrived I had made £70.60 through bootfairs; most of which went in Charlies jar!

Random Acts of Kindness & Etsy
A couple of people were lovely enough to donate some money just because! And two of my lovely friends bought a print each from my Etsy store. I'm so grateful to these people; you know who you are!

I didn't really make much of an income for myself but I'm so pleased about how much I got for Charlie! He is my priority and making sure he has money for his future is my main concern. Now I just need to teach him how to spend/invest it wisely! Although he won't be getting it until he's 18 at the earliest.

1 comment:

  1. Such a lovely post to read, especially as the majority of the money you made went into Charlie's fund. I'm lucky that I teach from home. I only have 2 students, but it's the perfect number for me at the moment. But, how much longer I'll be able to keep up with this, I really don't know. I've started to pull a few bits out to put on eBay. But with my energy at an all time low, I think I'm going to have to do one or two auctions at a time! I was considering setting up an Etsy store just before I got pregnant. There's no way I could do the initial set up now, but it's something I'm going to keep in mind for the future. Xx

    Tania |