Month: June 2018

How To Get £100 Worth Of Sports Clothes For (Close To) Nothing

How To Get £100 Worth Of Sports Clothes For (Close To) Nothing

When one of our cars broke down a couple of months back, Mr Pennies and I decided to see how long we could last without it.  We had another car so we weren’t desperate for it, but getting to work and taking the kids out at the same time required a bit of creativity.  That’s when my husband dusted off his bike and started cycling.


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Three months later and he is now cycling to work every day and loving it.  I however started to get a bit jealous of his improving fitness and more streamlined physique and decided it was time to stop the excuses and get outside.  I am now running three to five times a week.  We are like one of those super cute fitness freak couples.  Or not!


Our new lust for exercise is possibly not as cheap as we originally thought it would be.  My husband decided that his bike needed new tyres and that new pedals would make him more efficient.  I realised that cheap trainers just weren’t going to cut it if I wanted to run regularly, so we had to pay out for these things.  The super frugal person in me was not happy though!  She knew that I could do better than this and she was right.  I could!

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Today a package arrived containing £100 worth of sports clothes and I paid 70p for all of it.  That’s it!  Less than a quid for 9 items of sports clothes delivered to my house.  Now this isn’t some crazy scam nor did I enter a competition nor was it a gift.  And yes they are all brand new!  You can do this too.  These are the steps to take:


  • Sign up for Quidco.

You can use this link here and you’ll get a £10 bonus if you do.  I have been using Quidco for years now and it is ingrained in me to go to Quidco before I purchase anything.  If you have not used Quidco before then you can see my “how to guide” here.


I had been accumulating cashback through Quidco and I had £80.26 in my account.  This took me a couple of months to generate by habitually ensuring that all purchases are done through this site.  I make most money by changing energy and insurance providers.  Get creative.  Utilise this website to the full.  You’ll soon see the cashback start building up.


Loving shopping does not have to mean spending money. Learn how I (and you can too) used cashback sites to get free fitness wear. #shopping #frugalliving #sport #debtfree #lookingafteryourpennies
  • Withdraw to Zeek

When you choose to withdraw your money from Quidco you have several options.  You can have the money sent straight to your bank account or PayPal.  But this is not the best value option.  If you choose to withdraw your money as voucher you can get various bonuses.  I choose to withdraw mine as Zeek vouchers.  This earns me an additional 15% bonus, which took my total withdrawal amount to £92.30.


If you haven’t heard of Zeek then let me explain.  Zeek is a platform for buying and selling gift cards.  They buy them off some people then selling them on at less than face value.  This means that you can get a £25 gift card for less than £25.  That’s a saving right there.


Sign up for Zeek here and get an extra £5 bonus!


  • Voucher code

Once I had withdrawn to Zeek I found the shop, through their website, that I wanted to buy from.  In this case I wanted to use Sports Direct.  One of the reasons for using this retailer is that their gift cards were offered at a good price with 4% off.  This mean that I was able to buy a £100 gift card for £96.  But I only had £92.30 and I didn’t want to pay nearly £4.


I did a quick Google search and saw that there was a voucher code to get £3 off any gift cards for sports shops.  I entered that into Zeek and voila!  My £100 gift card was now only going to cost me 70p.


Loving shopping does not have to mean spending money. Learn how I (and you can too) used cashback sites to get free fitness wear. #shopping #frugalliving #sport #debtfree #lookingafteryourpennies
  • SHOP

All that was left was to shop!  I chose a few bits for my husband as per his requests and several bits for me.  Everything I bought was reduced so you could claim that I saved even more money but I don’t subscribe to the “savings” that retailers offer.  (That’s another blog post there!) But all totalled up I “spent” £99.96 including delivery.  For 9 items of sports clothes!


Shopping doesn’t have to cost you money

I am a big fan of the guilt-free shop!  I really enjoy buying things and having new stuff that I love, but I hate spending my money.  Therefore I am always keen to find ways to make my money go further.  Quidco and Zeek are some of the best ways to do this.  So sign up to both now.


Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent financial advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Loving shopping does not have to mean spending money. Learn how I (and you can too) used cashback sites to get free fitness wear. #shopping #frugalliving #sport #debtfree #lookingafteryourpennies

Posted by Charlotte Jessop in Making Money, 0 comments
Side Hustling #1 – The Happy Book Club

Side Hustling #1 – The Happy Book Club

Here it is!  The first in my new series: Side Hustling.  This series will bring you interviews with people who have started a side hustle and will look at their motivations, successes and challenges.  My hope is that you will find these stories inspirational and encouraging.  Side hustles require time, effort and sometimes money but what you get from them can be so rewarding.


In this first edition we hear from Matthew, a good friend and (day-job) colleague of mine.  I’ll let him explain what he does.  But I personally think it’s marvellous!


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Tell us a little about yourself.

My wife and I are both teachers and, having had a baby, we fell in love with picture books. We realised that we could combine our love of books, our education background, and the gap in the ever-growing market of subscription services, to create a new, special book club. I always like to be doing something new or challenging so setting up a business seemed to complement my personality very well.

What’s your side hustle?

The Happy Book Club sends out themed book packages every month for children aged 0-7. All packages are hand-wrapped, come with activity suggestions, a charity donation and, depending on the package, you get a gift/craft as well! It’s more than just a book club!

What was your motivation for starting?

Just trying something new, I guess. Teaching can be very relentless and consuming. I think I wanted something else to focus on professionally, really.

How much time do you put into it?

Well I still work full time. So not as much as I would like. But when the little one’s asleep, I’ll bust out some more work, whether it be updating the website, getting in touch with promoters, sorting out book packages etc. There is always something to do. As one marketing expert said to me: ‘You need a lot of time or a lot of money to make a business work well’. As I don’t have a lot of money, I’ll just have to be patient!

And what sort of money are you making?

We’ve just started breaking even. Indeed if money is your only motivation then you might need to be patient. We’ve been doing this for about 20 months now and the business is now growing organically. It was quite some time before we started knowing with confidence that this was worth our time!

What’s been the highlight so far?

The feedback has been absolutely amazing. As we’re taking our time (because we don’t have much spare!) we want to make sure our business model and our product are perfect. Last year we were awarded the gold award for The Best Subscription Gift by Mumii and we’ve also featured in Green Parent Magazine, Glamour and lots of other blogging sites. But generally, the best highlight is the pride we’ve felt as our business has grown.

How about the biggest challenge?

It’s quite easy to motivate yourself initially when you have what you think is a great idea. And also quite easy when customers start returning and people start recommending your product. But the bit in between was very challenging. Motivating yourself to persist when you’ve put in a lot of work and when you have very few customers takes a fair bit of soul-searching!

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

We grew our business from nothing. From building a website, building relationships with publishers, marketing, packaging… everything. Doing it this way, you build up the product you know about and care about. I would recommend that if you’re starting a business, you do everything yourself first.

What does the future hold for this venture?

Who knows?! I’ll have a bit more time next year to invest into it, which I’m looking forward to.

And where can we find you?

Our website is and we’re on all the social media pages. If you want to buy a package, quote HAPPYCHARLOTTE for 10% off your order!


Are you feeling inspired yet?

You should be.  The Happy Book Club is an example of two people getting out there and making good things happen.  They are challenging themselves and are rewarded by learning new things and seeing their dream become a reality.  I wish them all the best in the future!  Thank you, Matthew!

Got more questions?  Comment below!


Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent financial advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Thinking of setting up your own subscription box service? Then hear from these guys who started their own business as their side hustle. Find out how you could use your skills, knowledge and time to turn your idea into a money making venture. #subscriptionbox #money #sidehustle #lookingafteryourpennies

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