As a new blogger, I am still working things out. So is it better to have more views, or more important to have more visitors?
I write this as a hobby predominantly, but it would be fantastic if I could also make a bit of money out of it along the way.
For the moment anyway, I reckon any money will be via (wordpress) adverts on the blog.
Obviously I am aiming to spend as little as possible on the blog, at least until I make a bit via the ads. If it starts showing signs I could make some money then I’ll consider spending a bit to increase the income possibility.
First of all work out how much and when any money comes in, then do the same for out goings. Make a list of each and work out if there’s any that you can ditch if you’d like more spare cash.
Once you have done that work out how much spare cash you should have weekly.
Budget for unexpected expenses, and set your target amount to keep your spending within.
On the last day of each month I put anything spare money wise into a separate account, I’m hoping that come the insurance renewals I’ll be able to pay them for the year in full, thus meaning I won’t be paying interest on them next year.
Each month I will do the same, in the hope I can achieve this each year resulting in having a little more free cash to enjoy.
I also go to cancel stuff every now and again, as companies will pretty much always give you a better deal if you do this. Always be charming, friendly, but firm when you do this and that will work in your favour a lot of the time.
Look after the pennies, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
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I love browsing on there and looking to see what’s available, and what the prices are doing? I seem to have medium size price wants, not the really expensive ones, I’ve no desire for a swimming pool, fancy bathrooms, outdoor hot tubs, or huge ponds.
Prices are going down by the looks of it at the moment, I’ve noticed a couple of properties have dropped £10,000 recently.
Please tell me though, what on earth is it that people love so much about gravel?
As a wheelchair user it’s not my friend anyway, but it’s so untidy it spreads everywhere if you’re not careful. I’d much rather have tarmac or a brick weave driveway. Brick weave would be my preferred option, but tarmac would probably be cheaper.
Solar panels are something I’d definitely opt for, especially as we now seem to be having heatwaves more often.
Lots of dog friendly open spaces would be a great selling point to me, and ideally within walking distance of the local shops, on a good bus route to places further away.
We are hearing so much on the subject of fixing the NHS at the moment, but it’s not all down to the NHS. So many other areas impact on the heavy load they deal with.
We as a country could lessen that load by getting other areas right. For example, the state of the roads and pavements around the UK is appalling. Potholes can contribute to vehicle accidents meaning the NHS is needed.
Dodgy pavements and potholes can also cause falls, and damage mobility equipment. Both these issues cost the NHS money.
Unsuitable and unfit housing conditions can cause ill health such as lung problems, mental health crises, skin issues. Housing that’s not fit for the person’s needs can add to the risk of falling, dropping hot stuff causing burns/scalding.
Lack of carers, or the appropriate level of care and the necessary numbers of hours means that people aren’t being supported to live a safe and dignified way of life, being as independent as possible.
It’s not just about getting up, toileting, food, medication. These visits allow carers to notice changes in a person’s well being, help to make Dr’s appointments if necessary, and help them attend the appointment.
If you don’t know when you will next get a chance to go to the loo, you’ll limit your liquid intake which can cause kidney problems, or you may struggle to manage the loo even though it’s not safe to do so, and end up falling and require hospital treatment as a result.
Selling of school playgrounds limits the ability of schools to provide a selection of different sports and activities whole enable students to learn to experience and enjoy taking various types of exercise, and also reduces the space in which they can create a school/class vegetable garden and grow fresh food for students to enjoy and learn about where food comes from, and healthy eating in a practical way.
All these things have an impact on themselves, but they also impact the load on the National Health Service.
This was just a small simple post, so there’s probably masses I haven’t mentioned.
Am I the only one who’s not feeling at all Christmassy yet?
I’m not quite sure why. I love Christmas but that buzz just isn’t there this year. Maybe it is because the weather isn’t what we are used to at this time of year, there are still plenty of leaves on the trees, the wrong plants are still in flower or trying to be. Here’s one example of this – photo taken in the UK on the 2nd of December.
See what I mean, strawberries shouldn’t be attempting to grow at this time of year!
Another thing is, I find it difficult to feel all Christmas cheery when I am so aware there are families out there who are struggling to survive day to day, and are worried about that and on top of that, they worry about letting the children down this Christmas.
If you see someone who is struggling, please give them a little help. Remember, help can be given in many different ways, it doesn’t have to be financially. Maybe you have a few hours spare each week and could help with the children while they grab some overtime, or maybe you have spare eggs from your own chickens, but most importantly just sit down with them and listen. Then they’ll know you care!
Ok so by now most people are aware that foodbanks exist, I wish there wasn’t a need for them, but many are in need, and they help so much. Also many Churches will help if you’re in a tight spot and need a bit of extra support.
But, there are others who are struggling just as much but are too embarrassed to use food banks, or have been brought up to always pay their way whatever the circumstances. Only the other day I was party to a conversation on this subject. Someone was talking about a place that provides free food – not a foodbank, but the food is provided for nothing. I had to explain that these kinds of places are available for absolutely anyone to use as often as they wish, they are available across the country (UK) run by various people independently and purely with the intention of reducing food wastage.
The food is perfectly safe to eat, but is often short dated, or on the last day where it cold have been sold, so stores donate it to reduce the amount thrown away. Also some people who grow their own produce and have a surplus supply give some to these places – often called community fridges, or pantry’s. If you are interested in these either for an environmental or financial point of view, please please make some enquiries in your local area and find out what’s available. You could even come back and leave a comment if you find and use one near you.