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  1. It's no secret that we simply can't live without our mobile phones anymore.  They've become so much more than just a phone to speak to people on via voice calls, but are now our sat-navs, cameras, maps, notebooks, calendars and they're even replacing computers with mobile browsing higher than ever before and beginning to take over desktop browsing!  When buying a contract we probably prioritise the data bundle over calls and texts.  In this blog post we'll look at ways to save money on mobile data each month with a few simple tricks and tips.

    Mobile phone data saving tips

    Photo by Paul Hanaoka

    Mobile phone customers use more data on the move than ever before. However, most customers still don’t use their data allowance and end up paying more than they need to on their monthly tariff. The average monthly bill for a mobile phone user in the UK is £45.60 and the average data plan is 16GB of data.

    The average data usage in the UK is a lot lower than the average data plan. Most users in the UK only use just above 4GB of a data a month. Research suggests users will only use around 9GB of data by 2021.  This means most of us are paying far too much for our data plans and we could be saving money!

     Mobile phone data saving tips

    Most mobile phone plans now come with unlimited texts and calls, so it’s the data plan and handset which really costs the money. Understanding your usage and how to save mobile phone data on the move can save a lot of money on your plan.

    Its common knowledge that streaming movies uses a large amount of data, but other activities can drain your data without your knowledge. Below shows what 10GB of data can do for you.

     Mobile phone data saving tips 2

    Source – www.fonehouse.co.uk

    Skype, Google maps and watching TV are the largest data users but not everyone uses their phone for this. App usage heavily effects how much data you use on the move. Apps update on the move and if left running behind the scenes they’re still using mobile data.  Check to see if you have location services turned on for some apps too as they might not need to be checking your location all the time!

     Mobile phone data saving tips 3

    The chart above shows the most used Apps. Different age groups will use different apps but most will agree that Facebook has become the go to app as soon as you open your device. As soon as you open and refresh the feed that uses data. As mentioned above, each of these apps must update and many do so automatically, so the total number of apps on your device affects your data usage.  The more apps you have then the more apps that are regularly updating and zapping your data!

     Mobile phone data saving tips

    Optimising the apps on your phone helps keep your data usage controlled. Keeping the number down is one trick but you can also control how your apps update. Setting each app to request an update rather than auto update will help you update your apps when you have Wi-Fi, instead of using data usage.

    Removing old apps that don’t get used makes sense, having a cluttered app tray will increase the number of apps that need to update on the move. Push notifications also use data. Consumers using multiple news apps, messenger apps and general apps which push news or information will end up using their data without realising.

    How and when you use your phone will also impact how you use your data.

     Mobile phone data saving tips

    Most people use their phone in and out of the home, this means most consumers should be using their Wi-Fi rather than data. People on the move will use the most data but even they can save money. Following a few general rules will help you to reduce the amount of data you need, and then you may be able to reduce your phone bill drastically or lower the data bundle!

    Remove and optimise apps

    Removing unused apps will ensure you are not updating on the move. So many apps are downloaded on impulse and this will drive their amount of data usage drastically. Optimising how each app updates and setting as manual will make sure they don’t download on the move.

    Do you need push notifications from each app? News, betting and game apps are heavily optimised to push consumers notifications. This helps bring the consumers awareness back to the app. You can optimise each app to decide if you want push notifications.

    How much do you really need?

    Checking your data usage before signing up to a new mobile phone plan helps understand what you need. Checking your last 3-6 months data usage will give you a good steer on what you really need.

    Streaming vs downloading

    We’ve mentioned this above but streaming movies and music will use a lot of data on the move. Downloading what you need or want in advance will save streaming on the move. As most devices now have expanded memory and additional storage with a memory card, it makes sense to download in advance instead of streaming on the go.

    Free Wi-Fi

    Most public locations now have free Wi-Fi available. Most people don’t take the time to login to free Wi-Fi, but you should take a moment to in order to take advantage of using free Wi-Fi instead of using your own (costly) mobile phone data.

    Saving money

    It’s simple to save money on each plan by understanding the following:

    • Don’t overspend on mobile data you don’t/won’t use
    • Optimise your phone to handle your lifestyle
    • Take actions to minimise data usage on the move
    • Always access free Wi-Fi when its available

     

    By spending a few moments reviewing your apps and ensuring you are using Wi-Fi when available, you could reduce your phone bill by coming down a tier with regards to the data package.

     

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  2. If you’re a regular follower then you’ll know my blog is now my full time income.  If you’re new then welcome and hello!  Welcome to my little space on the internet, my very own lifestyle blog where I write about the topics I am most passionate about including making money online, healthy living and family lifestyle. 

    I have been very lucky (and with a lot of hard work) to be able to turn my blog into a source of income for me.  It now provides me with a full time wage.  I do work full time hours, so I’m not here with a quick fix or going to promise you can earn thousands working ten hours a week and living on a yacht off a tropical island…! 

    But, if you have a blog already or you wish to start one then I’m going to share with you 10 ways to make money from blogging. 

    This Lylia Rose blog took three years before monetising, but it wasn’t my original aim so I could have done it sooner.  My husband has a blog and it took one year.  My second blog, Healthy Vix, took only six months.  It’s totally possible to make money from blogging and have an enjoyable career in the process (if you like writing and working by yourself!).

    Here are 10 ways you can make money from a blog:

    Write sponsored blog posts

    The most popular of mine is to write sponsored blog posts.  This is where a company will pay for you to create a blog post on your own blog and include a link to them or their client.  Usually they require a high DA score (Domain Authority).  I love the challenge of writing unique content and relating it to a topic I’m interested in or my lifestyle.  I also love writing my own blog posts as much as possible.

    Related How to improve your domain authority (DA)

    Some of these opportunities land in my inbox so I’d suggest having a work with me page and contact page on your blog.  I also find them by searching hashtags on Twitter such as #bloggerswanted and #bloggerrequest.  Be warned – these hashtag feeds are filled with lots of spam, but I retweet any opportunities I find each day on my Twitter account, so follow me there! 

    These can also be found in Facebook blogging groups as well as blog network type websites such as:

    There are lots more too.  I simply Googled ‘blog networks’ ‘blog agencies’ and similar when I first started monetising and signed up to everything I could find!

     10 ways to make money blogging

    Photo by rawpixel 

    Accept pre-written paid blog posts

    Sometimes companies will offer pre-written sponsored blog posts.  Often they will try to write it in the tone of your website and they usually don’t mind if you edit the content, so long as links are left in place.  These are usually found by the same methods as above, but sometimes disguised by people pretending to be bloggers and wanting to place a ‘guest post’ or offering their ‘awesome free content’ for your blog!  I get these emails every day in my inbox and send back my rates!  Usually they will be including a link to their client in the blog post and it’s not genuinely a guest post from another blogger.  If you’re a new blogger then watch out for these emails.  Some call them blogger scam emails!

    Giveaways

    Hosting giveaways on your blog or social media accounts is another great way to make money.  Some bloggers offer this service for free as it will generate traffic and followers, but you can also set a fee as giveaways can be quite time consuming to create and promote.  Plus the brand is getting exposure, advertising and often new followers from your hard work.

    Reviews

    Again, many bloggers will review items for free, but you can also charge a fee for your time and access to your platforms.  If an item is very high value and will be of use then you may not charge, but again consider the time and effort you put into the blog post.  Also if the blog post stays on your blog forever, that’s links and advertising FOREVER for the brand.  I’d suggest putting a value on your time, platforms and effort.

    Ads

    Some bloggers are very successful with ads.  I know when you get around 25000-30000 (don’t quote me) views per month then you can apply for ads from a company called Mediavine.  It’s not a company I’ve worked with as my views aren’t that high, but if yours are then go investigate!  I’ve seen several bloggers say they make more in a day with Mediavine than they did in a whole month with Google Ads.

    I did use Google Ads and made around £60 per year!  To be fair, I only had one ad in my footer for the majority of that time.  There’s more to be made if you want their ads in more prominent places and also if you have a lot more traffic than me.

    You can also charge companies directly for ads if you wish.  So offer banner placements and different charges for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and so on.  Just add this service to your work with me page and/or media pack.

    Related Make money from your blog without Google ads 

    10 ways to make money blogging

    Photo by rawpixel

    Affiliate marketing

    Affiliate marketing is something I need to increase, but I usually make around £100 per month thanks to promoting Profit Accumulator which is a company I use myself and highly recommend if you want to start matched betting.

    I also make a small income from Awin affiliate marketing.  Awin have around 6000 well-known brands on their books and when you sign up to the platform you can apply to each brands affiliate program.  You have to pay £5 to sign up, but you get it back in your first affiliate payment.  The threshold is only £20 for a pay-out.   I’ve had a few pay-outs now and I just checked my account to see a pleasing £160 in my balance.  Sometimes it takes a while for the balance to clear though as payments sit in pending until approved by each brand.

    I’ve decided to put more effort into Awin recently and I’m adding banners to each blog post.  You can also share links on social media to try and increase your revenue.

    Related Make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing

    Social media posts

    Setting up social media accounts for your blog is always a great idea.  I include social shares as standard with all my blog posts, but I also offer social shares only if a brand is only looking for this.  Some bloggers do not include social shares with a paid blog post and instead have it as an optional paid add on to generate more income. 

    To manage my Pinterest marketing for my blog I use and highly recommend Tailwind.  For Twitter I use Social Oomph.

    Social media is also a great way to be found by companies looking for bloggers to work with, so it pays to be active and consistent on your accounts.

    Related How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph 

    Images

    If you’re taking amazing images for your blog, then why not sell them as stock images so others can use them too?  There are lots of stock image websites you can sell them to and you’ll be paid each time someone downloads the image.

    Brands may also want to use images you’ve created in collaborative blog posts with them, so consider charging for image use or for giving away the copyright to a brand.

    10 ways to make money blogging

    Photo by rawpixel

    Write for brands

    Lots of brands look for guest bloggers, which is usually in exchange for exposure and a link back to your site, but sometimes brands need a regular content writer for their own blog.  For bloggers it can seem like a natural progression to offer copywriting services to brands for their own blogs.

    If this is a service you wish to offer then add it to your work with me page and let people know!  It’s not something I offer currently, but I have been approached several times by random brands and those I’ve already worked with to ask if I can write their blogs.  It’s definitely an income stream worth exploring if you have the time.

    Blogger outreach

    Sometimes after you’ve worked with a brand they will ask if you know more bloggers who are interested in working with them too.  It’s great to share these opportunities with your networks even without payment, sharing is caring after all, and occasionally they’ll offer a finder’s fee.  This means you’ll get a certain percentage from any completed work with the bloggers you recommend or a set fee, such as £5 per blogger.  I guess there’s no harm in asking if they offer a finder’s fee when asked to find more bloggers for a company!

    Some blogger’s offer outreach as a part of their services.  We have access to private blogger groups that brands don’t and we can save brands a lot of time by doing the outreach on their behalf.

     

    Hopefully this article has enlightened you as to how you can make money from your blog.  It also shows you how to think outside the box and make money from services linked to your blog that doesn’t always include actual blogging!

     

    More great articles to read if you want to make money from your blog:
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    Everything you need to stay organised and productive as a professional blogger
    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum
    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities

     

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  3. Welcome to my latest Lylia Rose scarf giveaway!

    If you love printed scarves, pop over to my online fashion accessories boutique for a good browse where you'll find lots of different designs in stock, perfect all year round indoors and out!  Perfect for the upcoming nippy autumn weather.

    They are only £8 each and 2nd class UK delivery is free.  They are perfect as gifts for her. 

    Win this scarf in my blog giveaway:

    Win a Grey Lucky Clover Metallic Print Scarf in my Blog Giveaway

     

    More about the scarf

    These beautiful scarves could also be used as sarongs, head scarves or even as breast feeding covers!  These scarves have so many other uses too. Pop over and read Five Other Ways to Use Your Fashion Scarf for inspiration!

    Important information:

    - Approximate size of scarf 180cm by 100cm

    - Soft printed poly fabric

    - Hand wash only

    - The scarves are protected in waterproof poly packaging.

    - Dispatched in 100% bio-degradable environmentally friendly mailing bags.  

    - To keep waste to a minimum invoices and unnecessary packaging will not be added to your order.

    Don’t bin it!

    I really hope you’ll love your new scarf for years to come, but if you ever get bored of it, please don’t throw it away.  Landfills are too full of things that can be reused, reworn and recycled.  For inspiration on what to do with your worn out or unwanted clothes and textiles, please read my blog post: 13 ways to get rid of unwanted clothes (without binning them)

    Enter here:

    The full terms and conditions are below, but simply enter using one or more of the entry methods in the Rafflecopter widget below and remember, if you win your delivery address must be in the UK.

    Check out my Giveaways section for more amazing prizes!

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     a Rafflecopter giveaway

     

    Term and Conditions:

    • There will be one winner
    • The prize is the item pictured above
    • The prize must be claimed within 28 days of the first winner's notification email being sent.
    • There is no cash alternative
    • There is no limit on the number of entries per person, follow the instructions to enable multiple entries
    • Winners will be notified within 28 days
    • The winner must claim their prize within 28 days or it will be forfeited
    • All entries must be received by the date and time specified
    • The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter & notified by email
    • Giveaways are open to the UK only

  4. Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are making money from their blogs! 

    Scroll down if you've been here before, or if it's your first time then read this intro first to understand why I'm doing this interview series.

    I've been a full time blogger officially since May 2017.  For one year before this I made a part time wage from my blog and worked a part time job.  I started blogging in April 2013 and never even realised I could make a real living from my blog and thought it was just a hobby.  So for the first three years I didn't make any money from my blog.

    Before properly monetizing my blog I did have a few opportunities land in my inbox which I politely declined as I wasn't really sure what they were.  Then I stumbled upon some blogger income reports and realised there was some real money to be made.  I’ve never looked back and I started collaborating with brands and putting a value on my time and worth, instead of accepting unpaid collaborations.  I now make a full time living from my blog and I want you to realise you can do this too, if you want to. 

    I get to write every day and make money by doing what I love.  It’s amazing and still amazes me each day, even two years into making money from my website.  It’s not without a lot of hard work though, so don’t be fooled into thinking you simply set up a website and voila, income starts rolling in.  If only!  I work 30-40 hours per week currently and my blog is my life!

    In this series I am going to interview other bloggers who also make money from their blogs to hopefully inspire people to start a blog if they wish or to make that leap to monetizing content.  I also find it so interesting to learn what other bloggers are up to and even us full time bloggers can learn from each other and inspire one another.

    Money making blogger interview with Sean Hubby Helps

    Hello, please introduce yourself and tell us all about your money making blog.

    I'm Sean from www.hubbyhelps.com, my main aim for my blog was to initially pass on some of my hints and tips with tech, DIY (and life in general!)

    How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?

    I have been blogging for four years now (I had to check as I thought it was less!) As my wife blogs, I knew there was the ability to make money, however I did not realise how quickly that could be done. After approximately three months I had my first paid work.

    What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or the figure)

    I currently work full time, so do not have too much time to spare on my blog, with that said I make between £600 to £1000 per month.

    How exactly do you make money from your blog and tell us more about your favourite method?

    I make money in several different ways from social media to bespoke blog posts. My favourite method is a bespoke post; I love the challenge of creating content driven by the customer while keeping content on key for my readers!

    Were there any steps you took in the early days to prep your blog for making money?

    When starting out it really is key that you start to link into other bloggers on a regular basis, it will help you with your number one stat, that being Domain Authority. Collaboration with other bloggers in the early days will see you gaining a really good head start.

    Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?

    A lot of people will think that blogging is quick and easy, however you have to put in a massive amount of work to ensure you have a viable blog. Time tabling is a key aspect when monetizing your blog especially if you have a full time job!

    How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?

    I spend approximately 2 - 3 hours on my blog a day. Previous to that I could spend 4 hours or so, which was all part of the initial set up.

    What are your aims for your blog in the future?

    My future blog aim would be to solely blog, it is a really enjoyable aspect of my life! It works well around family too!

    If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to make money?

    After setting the initial look of your blog. Link building would have to be the key to making money, second to that your social media foot print. Clients usually want to see activity on the blog so ensuring you are blogging at least once every three days!

    What are the drawbacks to running a money making blog?

    The main drawback with any business is the credit control aspect, luckily I have no issues with that as I have a financial background, but not knowing when you are getting paid can prove difficult if it is your main income. So you need to be sure to have a financial buffer just in case, clients are slow to pay.

    What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?

    Freedom, blogging can work around your lifestyle.

    Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?

    I would still blog, sharing tips and hints was what drew me in originally.

    Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?

    I think blogging will be here to stay, however with anything it will evolve and we have started to see a rise in bloggers streaming rather than just writing. This is an area I am starting to look into myself!

     

    Thank you so much for taking part in my Money Making Blogger interview series and best of luck with your blog!

     

    Helpful articles if you want to monetise your blog:
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    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities
    How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
    How to improve your domain authority (DA)
    The 5 ways I made £30000 money from home in 2017/2018
    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

    Do you make money from your blog?  Would you like to take part?   Click here for the interview questions.

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  5. According to the official UK Government statistics, around 176,000 people were injured in a road accident in 2017, with just over 1700 of those resulting in death.  This highlights that despite improvements in vehicle safety and road safety awareness, we still need to stay vigilant to avoid car accidents.  This is especially true when it comes to taking care of your kids when driving.

    The good news is that there are plenty of products and good practices that minimise the chances of a child being hurt should you be involved in a road accident.

    Tips for safe driving with kids

    Off we go!

    Ensure seat belts are fastened

    Although in the UK we are very good at buckling up for car journeys, it is easy to forget to check that the seat belts are fastened correctly.  This is especially true if your children are upset and crying, you’re in a rush, and stress levels are reaching stratospheric levels.  The little things are easy to forget.  With this in mind always ensure your children’s seat belts are fastened.  Also teach them the importance of the seatbelt to make sure they do not unbuckle them once they are old enough to do so.

    Texts and other electronic distractions

    When discussing texting while driving over a civilised meal, we would more than likely say we'd never dream of looking at our phones while behind the wheel.  That said, it can be tempting to take a peak while at the traffic lights especially if we are waiting for an important text. 

    It goes without saying that looking at electronics, even sat navs, while driving is out of the question and poses a serious safety risk to your child.  Phones can be set to read text messages if it is urgent and you can answer phone calls using your voice, so no need to take your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.  Turn the sound on the sat nav and it will tell you where to go.

    If you need to put in a new postcode into your sat nav, find a place to stop and enter the new details.  You can then be on your merry way again.

    Make sure doors are locked

    Children have an uncanny knack of exploring and as such it is a constant source of amazement what they can discover.  This includes opening a car door if they can reach the handle.  Many vehicles have child locks built in.  Ensure your car’s rear doors are secure before travelling.

    Child seats

    If your child needs a child seat then ensure you have one fitted.  In the UK there are particular laws when it comes to children's car seats and which type they require at certain ages and weights.  Designed to help your child travel in comfort and safety, they secure your child reducing the risk of injury considerably.  Child seats save lives.  Ensure your child has one until they are big enough to use conventional seating.

    Never buy secondhand car seats as should they have been involved in an accident they will not be able to offer the same level of protection as they could when new.  Also, follow manufacturer’s instructions to the letter when installing the car seat.  If you do this incorrectly you are putting your kid’s life in danger.

    Roll bars and other vehicle aspects

    Some vehicles that are a little unusual need a bit more attention and thought to ensure child safety.  It is good practice to pay attention to relevant parts, such as the anti-roll bar in convertible vehicles, or where the crumple zone is on older vehicles.  Older, more unusual cars such as VW camper vans often seat passengers in the crumple zone.  Fitting the right parts and seating your child in safer areas of a car could save their life. 

    Keep your children occupied

    If you are going on a long journey ensure your children have things to do and play with.  Being asked questions, ‘are we there yet?’ as well as requests can be very distracting and make your blood pressure and stress levels spike.  With this in mind, keeping snacks handy is good practice to keep your kids busy while you keep your eyes focused on the road. 

    Adult partners and friends become invaluable at keeping kids amused so you can concentrate on driving the car.

    Games such as I-spy can be played as you do not need to take your eyes off the road to join in.  Colouring-in, books and iPads with headphones can also be lifesavers!

    Check tyres, oil, and coolant regularly

    Try and get in the habit of checking the tyres, oil, and coolant levels regularly.  Tyres work best when pressures are at their optimal level whilst oil and coolant are essential to the smooth operation of your vehicle.  It is good practice to check the screen wash levels too as not being able to see clearly puts your children’s lives in danger when driving.

    Never leave children unattended in your car

    Although there are times where you just need to pop into a shop for ‘two minutes’, you should never leave children unattended in your car.  It is unthinkable to think of your car being stolen or hit while parked with your kids inside it.  Not to mention one of your kids releasing the hand brake.  Never leave your kids unattended in your car.

    Staying safe whilst driving is important for all of us, but even more so when we have children in the car who rely on us for their safety.

     

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