Best of the Blogs – January 2017

Best of January 2017

January is always a busy time in any UK Money Bloggers calendar and this year has been no exception.

We have an amazing roundup of posts to share with you ranging from resolutions for 2017 to reviews of 2016 and from foodie ideas to fitness tips.  They all have one thing in common though – all of the posts will inspire you and help you to save money in your own life!

If I were you, I’d go make a cuppa, grab a chocolate digestive (or an apple) and have a good read through the posts that the UK Money Bloggers want you to read from last month.  I’ll hand over to them now to tell you, in their own words, why they chose the posts they did:

Eileen Adamson: January is a great time for starting new habits and getting into shape. Why not check out these fantastic free ways of exercising?

Francesca Mason: I’ve chosen this post because I believe creating a budget is an important step on getting your finances back on track. Many people believe that it can be restrictive, but in fact, it should have the opposite effect. Hopefully this guide will be useful for those who are unsure on where to begin.…/

Laura Light: About how to make money as a parent online. All very simple ideas that anyone (including me) can do.

Lee Balders: I wrote this because it brings two sides of myself – the artist and the money-saver – together. Artists are often exploited because of our love for our work, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Beckie Marton-Scott: About a new website that allows you to earn money by talking to prospective uni students about your experience. Another great way for students to earn a bit of extra money.…/earn-money-sharing-your…

Vicky Eves: I want to share my experience of going through debt management. It really has changed my life for the better and if by sharing this, even one person gets help then it will be worth it.

Emma Bradley: Turning 17 and learning to drive is a right of passage into adulthood. My millennium baby has reached this stage and it’s bloody expensive! We bought the car but looked at how we could cut the cost of learning to drive. This post gives practical tips on slashing the cost of learning to drive

Ricky Willis: We’ve all heard of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons. But there are other places, especially online, where you can buy groceries. Take a look at how Amazon Groceries compares to the big four supermarkets.…/

Katy Stevens: I’m balancing my good fortune with money making by committing random acts of kindness throughout 2017:

Emma Drew: Every year I suffer from seasonal affective disorder, so I’ve put together my tips for coping

My Money Spot: Learn how to help 2-3 times as many people when donating to the food bank without spending a penny more!

Lesley Negus: I’ve been exploring alternative nut butters lately. This one, for a smoked honey walnut version is superb. Brazil nut up next .…/

Jenny Chamberlain: Some innovative ways of monetising your new year’s resolutions.…/

Lynn James: I discuss pocket money for children. Should it be given freely, for chores or not at all.…/

Kelly Eroglu: So Christmas was over with a swift bang, but you are still swimming in Christmas bits and bobs, so I devised a simple ten minute cookie recipe that uses up left over chocolates. Great for lunch boxes and quick treats.…/

Sara Williams: Detoxing is popular after Christmas over-indulgence – but a “money detox” can be done at any time and you will reap the benefits for a long while afterwards!

Andy Webb:  If you want to make a difference to your finances in 2017, there are some very easy things you can do that could net you an extra £2,000!…/

Karyn Fleeting: Here are my favourite sales secrets in one place – a post inspired by my recent appearance on Watchdog, discussing how to get the most bang for your buck when you are out sales shopping!…/ill-tell-you-how-to…/

Olly Cator: If you want to make the most of your money when shopping for groceries, read my article on the tricks supermarkets play and how to fight back for savvy savings.

Andrea Simpson: My offering is Bank(rupt) of Mum & Dad – a parent’s account of the cost of supporting two Higher Education students…..…/bankrupt-of-mum…

Martyna Sroka-Lalewicz: I did summarize my side savings for 2016. For some it may be little but I work full time and had a very busy year, so for me effortless saving of almost £2500 is not bad. This post was also picked up by by Daily Mail & Metro.…/

Esther Mukoro: Women and Money – could the very way we view money be hindering our ability to create wealth? Here I look at some of the financial issues that hold women back financially.

Faith Archer: This post is about the small changes I made each month in 2016 which made a massive difference, adding up to save thousands of pounds.…/small-changes…

Laura Carrington:  think people forget that they can actually treat themselves when they are trying to save money/cut spending. It is just about being kind to yourself and changing your perceptions of treats.…/money-matters…/

Charlotte Burns: My most successful post was me looking at my habits and what I REALLY spend my money on. A lot of us have blind spots. I found out my Diet Coke habit has cost me £20k.…/01/05/im-addicted-diet-coke/

Nick Daws: Here’s an unusual way of making some tax-free cash and having a great time into the bargain!…/

Naomi Willis: Even though 89% of the UK have loyalty cards, they are not being used to their full advantage. Are they too complicated? Are the rewards not enough?…/not-using-loyalty-cards/

Nicola Richardson: This post is about saving big throughout the year and how to achieve it.

Cass Bailey: I wanted to share how we get back to basics and use the budgeting envelope system to help us focus on sticking to our budget.

I hope you enjoyed them all and managed to get a few tips from reading, I know I certainly did when I was compiling the list.

We’ll be back again with another round up of the Best of the Blogs next month but we’d also like to do a themed mid-month round up and that’s where you come in!  What themes would you like to see us write about each month?  What areas of finance would you like to see more on?

Let us know in the comments.


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