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  1. Matched betting milestones 18 months and £5000

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    18 months of matched betting

    I have now been a matched bettor for over 18 months, which is amazing as I had no idea if it was possible to make an income long term, but it is totally doable.  For me it’s just a very part time income, but this year I’ve managed to make from £125 to £413 per month, whilst usually making around the £200 mark.  This month I’m up to £230 so far.

    It’s amazing as when I started I was advised the sign up offers offer the most reward and many people who had tried it said that was the only way to make money.  But there are plenty of reload offers and though they aren’t as amazing as the sign up ones, they still offer great value and a way to make an ongoing regular income.

    I’ve always only ever taken part in the offers and haven’t ever tried mug betting which is pretending to be a regular punter to keeps accounts in good order.  There’s often debate in the matched betting forums to whether this tactic even really works, but many swear it does.  As I haven’t done mug betting, or whether it’s just random, I have been ‘gubbed’ from 13 bookies.  This means I can still place bets, but my account is restricted and I can’t take part in the offers.  This means I can’t matched bet with these bookies as I need to take part in the offers to be able to make a profit using matched betting methods.

    My point being that even being gubbed from 13 bookies, I can still make a nice part time income every month for very little time and effort.  Just imagine if I still had those 13 to utilise too, I could probably easily double or triple my income as many of them were top bookies with great ongoing offers.

    Other matched bettors and bloggers I see writing about it make far more money than me, some even a full time wage!  I’d say this would be quite difficult to guarantee and very time consuming, but if others are doing it then anything is possible.

    If you’re concerned whether matched betting is moral.  Here are my thoughts:

    Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?

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    Over £5000 profit so far

    I also reached another milestone of over £5000 profit.  This is incredible and it’s also tax free!  It’s classed as gambling winnings (even though by following matched betting methods you’ll make a profit, so long as there’s no human error) so it’s all money in my pocket!

    I do leave a bank roll of around £800-£1000 at all times in my matched betting accounts and matched betting bank account (it’s best to have a separate account as it’s all bookies and exchanges and not great to use your main account in case you want a mortgage, etc…).

    So I know I always have that money there if desperately needed, but it’s best to leave it as a matched betting pot so I can take part in as many offers as possible each week.  Some people have higher bank rolls and some less.  I built mine up from matched betting.

    I started with around a £100 investment of my own cash and then took my time to grow my profits and bank roll with my winnings as time went on.  I quickly made £1500 in my first 6 weeks or so.  I made £300 in the first two weeks!  It’s very quick to make the money with all the amazing sign up offers.

    Conclusion

    Matched betting has been an amazing way for me to make some money as a side hustle from home and online.  It’s a great way to top up my self-employed earnings.  Earnings can vary, but this year I’ve been able to average around £200 per month.  My aim will continue to be £100 and that way anything over is a bonus.  I’d definitely recommend it as a way to make a little extra cash (quite a lot to start) if you have a bit of spare time to invest.

    I also highly recommend Profit Accumulator who are the company I learnt it through and who find me the offers every month.  I pay a £14.99 fee per month and it’s totally worth it.

     

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    Read more about matched betting here:
    One Year Review: How I earn up to £50 per hour matched betting from home
    I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too!
    £753.62 Matched Betting Profit Month One (and silly mistakes)
    Not sure about matched betting?  Make £40ish now to see if it’s for you!
    Matched Betting Profit 2 Months: £1341.81
    Matched betting profit after 3 months: £1706.81

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  2. 11 budget tips to redecorate your kitchen to help sell your house quickly

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    It’s no secret — kitchens sell houses. 

    When you’re preparing to sell your home, it’s worthwhile spending time on your kitchen. Particularly, if you want a quick sale.

    Don’t let the cost be a deterrent. Even though the price of a new kitchen is between £10,000 - £50,000 — you can still make yours look a million bucks without breaking the bank.

    If you want to sell your house quickly, here are 11 simple tips to update your kitchen on a shoestring budget.

    10 budget tips to redecorate your kitchen to help sell your house quickly

    Photo by Mikael Cho

    1.   Declutter

    Kitchens are notorious places for hoarding — let’s face it, you don’t need three vegetable peelers or multiple spatulas.

    Get rid of duplicates, anything that is broken or damaged or you haven’t touched in the last 6 months. Also, pack away things like toasters and kettles prior to viewings to create more space on the workbench.

    2. Be creative with storage

    Once you’ve had a good declutter, think about your storage. Great ways to tidy away utensils and kitchen paraphernalia include placing dividers into drawers, adding small shelves, and hanging up pots and pans.

    You can also recycle a couple of nice containers and use them as utensil storage. Or, if you want to create a lighter space, remove cabinet doors entirely and have open shelving. You can then display your best plates and bowls.

    3. Paint

    Don’t underestimate the magic of fresh paint. But if the idea of redecorating the whole kitchen doesn’t appeal, paint one feature wall instead. If your walls are already a light colour, for your accent wall pick a colour a few shades darker to really make an impact.

     

    4. Makeover cabinets

    New cabinets can be pricey. Why not try painting them instead. Depending on the colour of your worktop, go for light colours like yellow or green to create a neutral warmth.

    5. Replace old handles or pulls

    This is hands-down the easiest way to give your kitchen an update. It’s so simple and doesn’t have to you cost much. You’re selling your house, not your interior design tastes so go for something classic and neutral like brushed nickel.

    6. Cover-up appliances

    This is a particularly great option if you have tired or mismatched appliances. You can buy inexpensive panels for fridges and dishwashers. They come in lots of different colours including steel silver and chalkboard.

    7. Update tired flooring

    Remember, no matter how great your kitchen looks — an outdated stained floor will undo all your good work.

    Don’t be put off the idea of replacing flooring yourself. It doesn’t have to require a professional.

    A good budget option is vinyl flooring. It’s self-adhesive, quick and easy to fix-down and comes in lots of different styles.

    8. Repair and replace anything broken

    Things to check for include light bulbs, taps, drains, faucet, and traces of limescale and grease.

    9. A new countertop

    A tired worktop looks unclean and is off-putting to prospective buyers. A cheap option is vinyl or laminate. These are inexpensive, easy to install and you’ll be surprised how great they look.

    10. Lighting

    Lighting is a vital feature when selling your house. This is doubly important in the kitchen where good lighting can completely transform it.  Replace old lighting fixtures with something more contemporary like a pendant light or track lighting.

    11. Make it feel homely

    The kitchen isn’t just a practical space, it’s also a social place to spend time with friends and family. Don’t hold back adding a few homely touches — just don’t go overboard. A few (thriving) plants on the windowsill or a fresh bunch of flowers on the counter will give it a personal touch. This will help buyers imagine themselves living there.

    If you want to sell your home quickly, a kitchen makeover doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. With a little creativity, you can impress prospective buyers and get a quick sale. This means you can move into your new home even faster.

     

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    11 budget tips to redecorate your kitchen to help sell your house quickly

  3. 3 ways to make your kitchen look new without a total remodel

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    The kitchen is the hub of the home and for many of us it’s where we spend the majority of the day.  It makes sense for it to be a functional space that is adapted to suit our needs as well as looking stylish at the same time.  It should be a place with décor and interior design that we love.  A place we don’t mind spending so much time.  A full kitchen remodel, however, can be pretty extortionate and out of most people’s budgets.  Luckily I’m here today to tell you how you can get the look of a new kitchen for less.

    Let me start by saying we are not going to totally remodel the whole kitchen, but simply update it with some savvy tips and tricks to give the impression of a brand new kitchen.  This is a much more affordable solution for most of us.  It’s also much quicker and easier.  The best part is we can even do it all by ourselves.

    Here are three of the ways you can update your old kitchen to make it look new, for far less money than a total remodel:

    3 ways to make your kitchen look new without a total remodel

    Photo by Jessica Lewis

    Replace the kitchen cupboard doors

    Sometimes it’s just not necessary or cost effective to rip out the old cupboards and totally replace them.  If the cupboards themselves are fine, then you could simply replace the doors.  This will massively update the look of your kitchen.  Online kitchen retailer Kitchen Warehouse has seen increasing sales in recent years for replacement kitchen doors as it’s a quicker, easier and more affordable way to revamp a kitchen. 

    Use vinyl tile stickers

    If you hate the tiles, but can’t justify the cost of buying new tiles along with the high labour costs of a professional tiler, then tile stickers could be the perfect solution.  Vinyl tile stickers are durable, removable and waterproof.  They come in all sorts of sizes, colours and patterns.  They won’t ruin the existing tiles, but will instantly and inexpensively update outdated or hated kitchen tiles.  Plus they are easy to remove and replace if you ever change your mind.

    Change your worktops with contact paper

    It’s totally possible to reimagine your kitchen worktops without replacing them. Use contact paper to totally upgrade your kitchen worktops without ever removing the existing set.  This high gloss super sticky paper can be used for a multitude of uses around the home to update floors, walls, kitchen sides and more on a tight budget.  They come in all sorts of designs, prints and patterns so you could get those high gloss dreamy kitchen marble worktops you’ve always dreamt of!

    Using the above tips will enable you to totally transform the look of your kitchen, as if it is a totally new design.  With new worktops, tiles and cupboard doors, your kitchen will look brand new.


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