Let's Get Thrifty - Bargain Hunting*




*This is a collaborative post*

I love a good bargain and any reader who has been following GGD since the beginning knows it! There's something highly satisfying about grabbing a freebie or purchasing an item that's been slashed to half price but is still in perfect or near perfect condition. If you're trying to be more frugal then why not take a leaf out of my book and check out the best places to find bargains. Who knows, with the money you save you could end up treating yourself to a last minute summer holiday!

Clothing - Charity Or Second Hand Shop


Don't knock charity or second hand shops until you've tried them. Getting thrifty doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be buying a moth eaten hand knitted cardigan that belonged to someone's grandma! These days charity shops have all sorts of knicks, knacks, trendy costume jewellery and modern clothing. I suppose this is because so many of us are now donating to charity shops once we've had a wardrobe clear-out. Obviously up-cycling and recycling is much better for the environment and if it keeps clothes away from landfills then I'm all for it. Here's a blog challenge for any fashion bloggers who are reading; visit your local charity shop and put together an 'outfit of the day' post. Don't forget to tag me on Twitter once your post is live so I can see the results. 

Books - Libraries


Libraries are so underrated these days and it's really sad. As a child - and right up to being a twenty something year old - I used to pop to the library on a regular basis. Who needed to buy books when you could simply borrow several for free? Granted there were frustrating times when I couldn't get my hands on a book - usually when a brand new best seller had been released and I'd have to wait for it to come in - but for the most part the local library had everything I needed and was my quiet haven away from life. The library near me closed down from what I heard but it's worth checking out the library in your area if indeed you have one.

Makeup And Free Samples - UK Freebies Websites 


UK freebies websites such as Gratisfaction are ideal when you're in a real bargain hunting mood as they have a constant steady stream of UK consumer offers, free samples, freebies, money saving coupons and voucher codes. There's usually something for everyone and if you have a look at the Gratisfaction website you'll notice a categories section on the left hand side. Whether you're after makeup, skincare, tea samples, chocolate, free kindle books or something else entirely, there are various offers to choose from. If music is your life then you won't want to miss out on this website for cheap vinyl records. There's even a price alert feature that you can set up if you don't want to miss any price drops.

Almost Anything - eBay


I'm going to be completely honest and say I have mixed feelings about eBay. For all the good experiences I've had with them, I've also had my fair share of crappy dealings. Just a few years ago I bought some Chanel perfume which turned out to be fake and I had to fight tooth and nail to get my money back. Having said that, overall I've had mostly positive experiences and I've bought some fantastic bargains over the years! 


Where do you go bargain hunting? Can you recommend any good thrift shops or freebie websites?



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Looking For A New Career Or A Step Up The Ladder? Discover How To Boost Your Job Hunt*




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If you have decided that you are ready for a change of career or you are looking for a better job in your current industry, it is important to approach the job hunt with care. After all, competition is fierce in the current day and age, and so you need to make sure you do everything to stand out while also narrowing down the best vacancies. So, with that in mind, read on to discover the various ways you can boost your job hunt to increase your chances of success.
Get active on LinkedIn – LinkedIn is the most powerful social media tool for professionals today. If employers cannot find you on LinkedIn, you are not only missing out on a big opportunity, but this could be a negative in terms of the employer. After all, most employers will head to LinkedIn once they have checked out a candidate’s CV in an attempt to find out more about them.
Invest in professional CV services – As mentioned, competition is incredibly fierce today, and one of the best ways to make sure that your CV stands out for all of the right reasons is to invest in the services provided by CV writing professionals. These experts know exactly how to put a CV together that stands out from the crowd and ticks all of the boxes in terms of what the employer is looking for. This will give you a distinct advantage over the other applicants that have applied for the job in question.
Use relationships – Hopefully, you will have already built a decent network and this is something you can use to your advantage in a number of different ways when looking for a new job. Of course, the most obvious way would be to find out if there are any vacancies and put yourself at the front of the queue by having a personal recommendation. However, this is not the only way that your contacts can help you. They can also endorse your services, which will help you to build up a quality reputation.
Be a good researcher – The fourth and final thing you need to do in order to ensure your job hunt is successful is be a good researcher. You need to find out everything that you can about the job in question and the company that is offering it. Employers want people that have taken the time to understand their company, that are passionate about the job role, and that will fit into the company culture.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways you can boost your job hunt so that you can increase your chances of securing the type of vacancy you have your sights set on. Follow the advice that has been provided and you should be able to experience a considerable improvement in terms of the efficiency and success of your job search.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Photo via Pexels



Struggling To Afford Your Move?*



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Are you struggling to afford to move? If so, then we’re not surprised, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Whether you’re a first time buyer who massively underestimated the price of moving out, or whether you’re someone who has already been on the property market but is just struggling with the money side of things, we’ve got you. We know the price of moving out can just seem to add up and up, and when it does it can cause far more stress than it is actually worth. So, if you’re struggling to afford your move, we’ve got some money busting tips that should help to make it so much easier for you financially. You’ll definitely still have the famous moving stress looming over you, but at least you won’t have to worry about money. Have a read on to find out more.


Figure Out The Finances

This should be done before you even begin looking at houses to rent or buy. You need a clear indication of how much money you’re going to need to spend where, even for the smaller things such as the solicitor and estate agent fees you’re going to have to pay. Trust us, they’re a lot more expensive than you think! Do not go for a house that is out of your price range just because you fall in love with it. Even if you borrow the extra money to cover the deposit, there’s still the issue of maintaining a more expensive home. Some people struggle to borrow money for the move due to bad credit scores, which then makes it even harder to rent or get a mortgage. If you’re looking to borrow money, we recommend guarantor loans from Buddy Loans to make sure you definitely get the loan. You can also put a guarantor down when renting to make sure you get approved, but it’s just not that simple if you’re going to get a mortgage. Mortgage advisors will shut you down right away, and will most likely tell you that you’ll be rejected from mortgage offers. If you do get accepted, the interest rate will likely be so high. It might be worth improving your credit score for a few months before you do actually decide to move.

Stop Splashing So Much Cash

We’re not talking about the price of buying a house here, we’re talking about all of the things you could possibly buy to go in it that will be draining your finances. Whether it’s your first time moving or not, having a new home flips a switch in our head that demands us to buy new things as well. Well, you need to unflip that switch and cut corners where you can. See if family members have some items that they would like to donate, and see if you can get any secondhand items that look brand new! Stay away from sites that allow you to buy now and pay later. You’ll always get suckered into them!

Hopefully after reading this you’ll know how to better prepare yourself financially with a move! Good luck!


*Post contributed by Sam Jones *Images via Pexels and Flickr


The Future Of Food, Technology And Family Life On The Go*



Jaguar Land Rover have partnered up with chef, Jamie Oliver, to design and create a fully functioning kitchen inside an SUV. The Land Rover Discovery Kitchen is a truly bespoke model that highlights complete versatility of the Land Rover Discovery. Jamie Oliver worked alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team to bring his vision of a kitchen on wheels to life – and they did it with style and innovation.

Oliver had a big list of must-haves that he handed over to Land Rover – Lisa Tookey, chief revenue officer and head of commercial partnerships at Jamie Oliver Ltd, said: “Jamie is probably the most creative person I’ve ever met - he has a constant pipeline of brilliant ideas. Some of them are bonkers. If you let him run wild, this is what the outcome is."

She added: "We always want to deliver the unexpected and believe that this partnership does just that whilst showcasing the future of food, technology and family life on the go.”

The Land Rover Discovery features a fully integrated kitchen, utilising every bit of space and technology available. Whilst Land Rover already have a reputation for integrating only the most state-of-the-art technology, this model features some of the best culinary gadgets. The centre console, usually home to the instrument panel, features a fully functioning two slice toaster, whilst the engine bay is home to a 4.7 litre slow cooker and the boot stores the fully equipped fold and slide out kitchen worktop with two gas hobs, a sink and a veneered finished surface. The worktop area is also fitted with an integrated slide out 40” flat screen TV with connectivity, and can be turned into a dining table to eat at.

Both rear windows have been custom built with external access to the model’s very own herb garden on the right and 11-piece spice rack on the left. The herb garden can accommodate up to 8 living plants. The real first for anything in the motor industry was to develop technology that churned butter whilst you drove the vehicle – the Discovery is fitted with three 5 litre butter churners mounted onto the wheels.
David Fairbairn, head of bespoke at SVO, commented: “As a team, we never imagined we would be asked to produce wheels that churn butter so it has been great fun working alongside Jamie to bring his vision to life. He really wanted to push the boundaries of what was possible with this versatile vehicle and the team fully embraced the challenge."
And, of course, it wouldn’t truly be a fully functioning kitchen on wheels without a dual folding BBQ mounted onto a metal table with grill rack and rotisserie that is powered by the Land Rover engine. With this model, Jamie Oliver and the Land Rover SVO team have completely broken the boundaries of family life on the go with the Land Rover Discovery Kitchen. The project demonstrated the extent of JLR’s specialist bespoke modifications. Land Rover said: “All of the modifications are fully functional, meaning that Jamie and his family can cook a meal from scratch using the Discovery.”
Jamie Oliver was impressed by the bespoke 4X4 kitchen on wheels too, commenting: “I gave Land Rover a massive challenge to create the ultimate kitchen on wheels. I dreamt big and asked for a lot…
“I didn’t think they’d actually be able to put a slow-cooker next to the engine and an olive oil dispenser in the boot, but they did. The result is an amazing Discovery, tailored perfectly for me and the family – we love it. This unique creation means we can take our culinary adventures to the next level.”
This is just an example of how vehicles can be modified to the requirements of customers. Although the Discovery Kitchen is designed as a one-off, it proves that specialist modifications are almost limitless today. The automotive industry is progressively introducing new innovative technologies to enhance the driving experience and make life easier. Jamie Oliver’s vision to prove that family life and food on the go is possible has been realised, and simply on the horizon in the future. From Jaguar Land Rover’s perspective, the project was an opportunity to demonstrate the talent and bespoke nature of its SVO team to a mass audience.

*Post written in collaboration with http://www.grange.co.uk *Photo via Pexels


Lucrative Side-Hustle Ideas*


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I think it's fair to say that the majority of GGD readers hold down day jobs that earn an 'average' living. There's nothing wrong with this, but it can be frustrating watching those above you as they reap all the rewards. If after years you're still sitting around waiting for that much promised promotion, hoping that your boss might notice all the extra hours you've put in so he or she will give you a pay rise, I'm here to tell you that it's time to look at your other options. You might be surprised to know that there are actually many ways in which you can earn some extra cash as a side hustle. So, instead of sitting around waiting for your boss to wake up and smell the coffee, give yourself a gee up, get out there and start earning for yourself.

Most of us don't have a lot of spare time and thus won't want to spend every waking minute on a newly founded empire. However, there are a few different strategies which will help you to make some extra cash. No matter what you do for your day job, you can have a great hustle on the side if you want. The internet is an incredible and powerful tool for many reasons. It allows us to work for people internationally and acts as a great way to advertise our services to local families. You never know, if you love something enough ie. blogging, and you keep getting more and more custom, it could end up being something that you do full-time!



Tutoring

Whilst being a formal teacher can take years of training, becoming a tutor is a whole different kettle of fish. Providing you have experience or expertise in a particular area, you could work as a tutor online. It could be for students or it could be for anyone that wants to learn the particular skill that you have. There are some tutoring opportunities online to teach English as a second language, as well as even making your own set of training courses to have online. This can be a good way to get an income by only having to do something once, yet people will want to download time and time again.

Social Media Manager

Many small businesses, and even some larger ones, don’t have the time or capability to manage their social media channels. They will have them and will know the importance of them, but in many ways, it can be a full job running them all of the time. If you know your way around social media, and understand how a business can benefit from it, then it could be a fun side hustle for you too. Don't forget, thanks to the wonder of the internet, business can even be abroad too!



Sell Services Online

Sites like Fiverr are a great way to get some odd jobs here and there. If you have a skill such as knowing how to design websites or you’re pretty creative and can design logos, then this kind of thing can be advertised online. People hire you for the job, and that's that. While the work might not be super consistent, it can be a good way to build up a portfolio of work, especially if you’d like to end up doing it again later down the line.

Mystery Shopping


Working as a mystery shopper can be a really good hustle that will fit around your other commitments. You simply pick and choose what you accept. Location is key, though, as often your travel won’t be covered. If you live in a big city or close by to retail areas, then mystery shopping could be a good thing for you to look into! You could soon be getting paid just to browse in shops.


*Images via Pexels, Flickr and Pixabay



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