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  1. What’s in our fridge? One year on.

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    A sneak peek inside our family fridge after a weekly food shop

    Just over a year ago I posted a blog post ‘What’s in my fridge?  A typical week’s food in our household'.  It still gets a few comments when I share on Twitter, especially about the broccoli! 

    I always find it fascinating to see what other people are eating.  I love programmes such as Secret Eaters and there’s another one where they see what a typical family eats, then try to save them money and make them cook more from scratch.  The name escapes me.  Years ago I also read a magazine that showed the inside of a famous person’s fridge each month and analysed its healthiness!

    If you’re like me and love having a nosey at what people eat, then read on!

     Whats In My Fridge February 2017

    I thought a one year update would be quite interesting to see how our eating habits have changed.  The fridge this year actually looks pretty identical!  Though my beloved broccoli is still in its wrapper near the bottom and not in glasses of water.  I took this photo around one month ago and I can only assume Ben put this food shop away.  Ahem.

    I always take everything out of wrappers when I put it away and make things accessible and easy to grab.  So if I buy a pack of cans, I’ll remove the packaging and put the cans away so they’re ‘ready to go’.  Ben just puts everything away as it is.  Annoying!  I especially don’t like fruit/veg left in wrappers as it goes off a lot quicker and gets all condensation-ey.  I somehow missed that off my list of 5 Annoying Things My Husband Does, but maybe I’ll add it to another one!

    In my last fridge blog post I said I was thinking of cutting out refined sugar and this year I have!  I was thinking about it a lot towards the end of last year and thought of stopping in 2017, but wasn’t entirely sure I’d commit so kept it as an idea in my head.  After Christmas and New Year I decided I was going to give it a go and I’ve stuck to it all year, as far as I know!  I’d already cut out all sweet food containing added sugar last year and stopped eating any adult crisps/junk food.  Cutting out refined sugar completely seemed the next logical step and it’s been a lot easier than I thought.  Now I’ve done it, I don’t want to go back.  I’ve watched and read a lot about refined sugar and I really believe it is a poison that builds up over time in our bodies causing serious detriment to our health.  It’s also responsible for a lot of illness and disease in later life and I want to avoid this if I can. 

    To find out more about what inspires me to be healthy read my blog post Trying to be healthy?  Read this

    Our eating habits are pretty much the same as one year ago.  I do a weekly shop and the bulk of it is vegetables.  The one change is I now order a lot more online shops.  I started doing this to take advantage of all the cashback and offers at supermarkets on Top Cashback.  I worked my way through the list of supermarkets to get as much cashback as possible.  The new customer offers are really good and you can save a lot on your grocery shopping if you’re new to them online.  I saved loads with Waitrose as they gave me vouchers off my first five shops, up to £20 per shop.  Plus at that time they had a huge half-price sale on so we got more than usual for the same amount of money as our normal Tesco shop.  At the moment I’m shopping with Sainsbury’s.  They’re not on Top Cashback unfortunately, but they’ve sent me four vouchers for £10 off £40+ online food shops which is a great deal.

    We still get Little Yeos yoghurts and I’ve not noticed any other brands jumping on the sugar-free train with yoghurts just yet  That jam you can see in the corner of the picture in the fridge door is only made from fruit and is just as delicious as sugar filled versions, if not more so.  It makes me realise companies must just bulk food up with sugar to make more profit as half the time they don’t need to add it. 

    There’s a pizza in the fridge from Waitrose which has a wholemeal base and no sugar!  Wahoo!  It’s right up my street too as it’s a green vegetable pizza.  Ben doesn’t like this one (it’s not pizza enough for him), but I just love it.  I get seriously excited every time I find something new without added sugar!  There’s a green smoothie in there with parsnip which is quite an unique flavour shall we say.  A couple of pots of fresh soup and a cheese sauce.  Even many cheese sauces have sugar added, but fresh ones don’t.  I literally read the ingredients on everything now

    If you’re wondering why I’m harping on so much about added refined sugar read my blog post Why you need to reduce your refined sugar intake

    We’ve started eating loads of eggs.  Perhaps subconsciously because we are getting chickens this weekend so we could be preparing ourselves for an influx of eggs in our diets!  I love eggs though and so do the kids.  Bella’s favourite breakfast is a dippy egg.  She’ll polish off two no problem.  Eggs are so easy to whip up quick nutritious meals and we look forward to having fresh eggs from our garden very soon.  We’ve been ordering 36 eggs per week recently!  Bella can easily have two a day if we let her, so they disappear quickly in our house.

    Our meal planning is pretty much the same.  I loosely think about a week’s food and sometimes plan a menu, but most of the time I look on the day to see which fresh produce needs using up first or is starting to turn and invent a meal on the spot dependant on this.

    One of the things I was most upset about when giving up refined sugar was Heinz baked beans.  My favourite comfort meal has to be beans on toast with grated cheese and ketchup.  Luckily Heinz now has a No Added Sugar variety which is sweetened with stevia instead!  Hurrah!  I also visit Wholefoods to get some Real Good ketchup which is sweetened with xylitol instead.  There are two types of wholemeal bread at our local Tesco which doesn’t contain sugar, so I can still have my lovely beans on toast!

    Ooh next to the Country Life (one of the least ingredient spreads I can find) is Tesco avocado spread – yum!  Great for those cutting down/avoiding dairy and with not too many ingredients either.  It’s really yummy and now my spread of choice.

    I’m not sure if Ben was entirely convinced a year or so ago when I said I was cutting out the crap.  I’m sure he thought it would just be a phase, but I was deadly serious.  For me this is a lifestyle choice, not a fad diet.  I’ve watched too many things and read too much about how bad foods affect your body and health, especially in the long term (even if you feel fine now), so there’s no going back for me.  To be honest I don’t even miss the rubbish food and there are plenty of natural, raw, wholefood alternatives that are far more scrumptious in my opinion.

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  2. 3 Month Honest Review of '9 iPhone Apps to Make You Money'

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    Are these money making apps worth it or a big fat waste of time?

    I originally wrote a blog post on 12th January called 9 iPhone apps to make you money and at the time of writing I'd not tried them all, but shared what I'd found and been recommended.  Now three months on, I'm back with my honest opinion on whether these apps are worth your precious time or whether they are in fact a big fat waste of time!

    Want to know if you really can earn extra cash just by using apps on your mobile?

    Read on to find out which of these 9 apps I'll be keeping and which I'll be deleting.

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    TopCashback

    I am definitely keeping this app.  It's made me the most money and is my all time favourite.  It's not really 'making money', but more saving money on things you already buy.  Kind of like a discount you have to wait for.  I make money almost weekly on all sorts of things I'd usually buy anyway.

    I say it a lot, but I'll say it again - if you're not already getting cashback on things you buy anyway, then you are crazy!  We're well into the £hundreds in a year of using this amazing site and app.

    Read all about one of my best savings this year: How I saved big on my car insurance and MOT

    Sign up using my referral link here: http://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/victoriasully

    Receipt Hog

    I have finally reached the £5 threshold of 1500 points after about 20 weeks!  That's quite a lot of receipt snapping!  To be fair, I buy a lot online so it's going to be tricky for me to reach anything quickly by having to photo store receipts only.

    This app isn't going to make you rich, but for a few seconds of snapping a receipt a day it will make a bit of pocket money.  It's kind of a habit for me to snap every receipt now and it takes no time or effort so worth it in my opinion, even though the rewards are minimal.  But free money is free money, right?!

    To get some hog slots spins for free enter my referral code on the app: Yon60187

    Roamler

    I've made around £120 since November and I made £34 of this in just one morning last week.  If you can get out and about to lots of the tasks then you can make a fair amount.  I have been more or less just doing this when I do my regular shop, so earning a few pounds here and there.  The tasks are easy to complete and it's my favourite mystery shopping app.  I'm hoping to earn more from it now Reuben is at nursery/play school for 4 mornings a week.

    Quidco

    I've only made about £20 from this, but because I always use TopCashback first.  Some people prefer Quidco, but they're basically the same, so see which one you like best and check both for offers to get the best deal if you have the time.

    To make an extra £5 when you earn your first £5 just click my referral link to sign up: http://www.quidco.com/user/6947644/2350822/

    Shopitize

    I've stopped checking this one if I'm honest as it never has anything I buy!  There are lot of snack foods and brands, but never anything I actually purchase so I don't bother to check anymore.  If you buy a lot of well known brands you can probably make some savings with this app.

    Job Spotter

    I've deleted this one as I never see ads in shop windows around here!  I rarely go into town or to busy shopping areas so this app is not much use to me.

    iPoll

    Now my least favourite out of all nine!  I quickly realised this one was worth too much effort as many surveys only pay 50p per 30 minutes - though you can often complete them a bit quicker.  I got up to about £5 and thought I'll withdraw and not bother, but you have to have £25 to withdraw. 

    Annoying! 

    I decided to keep going to the £25 threshold and then I'd stop.  I got to about £12 and was getting annoyed with all their emails.  I'd rather just look myself on the app for a survey when I had time and they were emailing me a couple of times a day.  I unsubscribed from their emails yesterday and instead, they cancelled my account!  I now can't log in and have basically wasted loads of time completing poorly paid surveys for nothing.  I'm so annoyed.

    I wasted a load of time filling in a few questions on surveys only to be told I wasn't suitable.  This happened far too much for my liking. Why don't they do a full character profile at sign up to stop this?

    This app wasted loads of my time and now I've made nothing from it as they've closed my account which isn't what I asked to do.  Beware - if you 'unsubscribe' from emails they will just shut your whole account and you'll lose all your money.

    I'll be deleting this app and do not recommend it.

    I do recommend an app called Streetbees which I review here: Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees

    Yoobic

    This was a recommendation, but I've never had any tasks in my area, so I'll be deleting.  I'd love to know if anyone uses this and has success?  It's a mystery shopping app.

    Streetspotr

    The only paid tasks that come up in my area are for Lidl and I've not taken part just yet. 

    I've since found a better app called BeMyEye which has more tasks, both from home and mystery shopping.  If you sign up to BeMyEye with referral code 0rg1zy we'll get £1 each once you complete your first mission worth at least £1.

    Click here to see how I made £300 from home in 2 weeks!

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  3. Get paid to test websites from home

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    Earn extra income with What Users Do (£5 per 20 minutes)

    Have you heard of website testing?  It’s a great way to earn some extra income from home.  In fact at the time of writing this they pay £5 per test and each text takes up to 20 minutes.  That’s some great extra cash in your spare time!

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    The website I am talking about is called What Users Do.  Apply to be a tester and once accepted they’ll email you whenever they have a test for you.  You’ll get to do an example test during the sign up process so you can see what it’s all about, but believe me, it’s really very simple.

    You will need to download a screen recorder from them to enable you to record your testing sessions.  The screen recorder is activated at the start of the test and ends once complete.  The recording is then uploaded to What Users Do and voila, five pounds in your pocket.

    You’ll be given a website to visit and instructions to follow to see how you use the website.  You don’t need to have any expertise – anyone can do it.  They’ll guide you through the whole process and it’s not complicated at all.  If you have any questions they have a very friendly and helpful customer service.  I had a slight issue trying to install the screen recorder and they could not have been more helpful in assisting me.

    There are just four simple steps to becoming a tester:

    • Sign-up
    • Download screen recorder
    • Take a practice test
    • Start earning money

    You’ll get to test new and exciting websites, as well as many well-known brands.  You can provide your feedback as you test (via your microphone, so make sure you have one, my laptop has a built in one so yours might too) and help to improve website usability.

    Payment is via PayPal on the 25th of each month.  The better you complete each test, the more you’ll be offered.

    It's not going to make a full time wage, tests expected are 3-5 per month, but add this to your other home earnings and it will start to tot up in no time!

    Fancy giving it a go?  Sign up via my referral link by clicking here!

     

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  4. 2017 So Far: I CAN AND I WILL

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    Believe in yourself and good things will happen

    I don’t know if it’s luck or four years of slogging away day and night at my little business and blog, but I really feel so positive this year as things are going really well.  I do wonder if a positive outlook helps people to be successful.  I’d had a pretty crappy 2016 and I’d already decided in my head that 2017 will be a great year and a great success.

    I really believe if you put the hard work in then eventually it will pay off.  Here are some of my favourite inspirational mottos.

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    1. I CAN AND I WILL

    This is my new top motto!  I couldn’t get this out of my head the other day as I was driving around the countryside mystery shopping.  It was a beautiful sunny day and I was making my own money doing what I wanted to do.  It felt great.

    I’d caught up on blog posts (for the first time in months) and felt like a change of scenery rather than sticking my head into my laptop for hours on end, as I usually do all day.  It was a beautiful sunny day, so I thought I’d check my Roamler app and Streetbees app for tasks.  There were loads so I got right to it!

    Reuben was in nursery for the morning and Bella was at school.  I managed to make £42 that morning and drive around some beautiful countryside in beautiful sunshine having a break away from the computer screen.  It was bliss.

    When I returned I’d been emailed two blog opportunities and also made £30 from some matched betting bets I’d placed in the morning.  Perfect!

    2. SHE TURNED HER CAN’TS INTO CANS AND HER DREAMS INTO PLANS

    There are so many great ways to start earning a living from home, even as a mum of two young children with a part time job.  If you put the work and dedication in you can succeed.

    I get scared this is all a bit of a dream and suddenly my self-employed income will grind to a halt, but for five months now it’s been steadily increasing and I am more determined than ever to make being my own boss a long term reality.

    3. WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY

    Thanks to the internet there is so much free help and advice out there for anyone to make the life they want.  I read as much as I can every day and soak up as much information as possible to continue to learn, grow and develop.  I’m learning new things every day.  There’s never been a better time to start following your passion.  Everything is so much more accessible nowadays.

    How is your 2017 treating you so far?  I hope it is a great success?

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  5. 5 tips to save money this Easter *

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    5 tips to save money this Easter

    The Easter holidays are almost upon us and similar to all other holidays celebrated; it can end up costing far more than originally planned.  Fortunately, there are lots of ways to reduce the cost and stay within your Easter budget.  Below are some top tips on how to save cash as a family over Easter.

    5 tips to save money this easter

     

    1. Reduce the cost of Easter outfits

    If you’re having an Easter themed party or fancy dress, why not make your own costumes?  Store bought costumes can cost a small fortune, so it’s wiser to make your own.  Check out local charity shops and eBay too as they often have second hand outfits at a fraction of the original price.

    2. Make your own Easter baskets

    Easter hampers and baskets can be quite pricey so have a go at creating your own instead.  Visit a pound shop to buy a basket and fill with Easter themed goodies and treats.  Purchase some clear cellophane and ribbon to wrap them up and give a professional finish. 

    3. Host a bring your own picnic

    If the weather is set to be good, why not organise an Easter picnic?  Make use of a local hill or public park, or if you have enough space in your garden why not invite friends and family over?  Ask each person to bring one or two dishes and share the food.   This is a much cheaper alternative to going to expensive meals out as well as being a lot more relaxed and fun.  Everyone loves a good picnic!

    4. Make Easter goodies instead of buying them

    Since Christmas the stores started introducing Easter themed chocolates and now they are filled to the brim with them!  Many of these eggs are overpriced and you’re paying for a lot of fancy packaging and not much else.  Take a look online or in your favourite recipe book for some great ideas to make some homemade goodies instead.  You’ll save some money, impress your friends and family, as well as have some creative fun in the process.

    5. Use Cashback Sites, Freebie Sites & Deal Sites

    There are many sites that offer discounts and freebies that you could use to save money over Easter.  Never buy anything without checking if you can get cashback first! WOW FreeStuff currently have a deal with Top Cashback where you can get a free Thorntons easter egg up to £13.95, which is a fantastic saving.

    Share your Easter money saving tips in the comments!

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