All about…Skinny Spending
This week we chatted to Melissa from Skinny Spending to discover her blogging and money saving tips.
Tell us about your blog.
SkinnySpending gets its name from the fact that going on a diet and trying to cut your spending are very similar – and if you go full on cold turkey then sooner or later you are likely to suffer a Visa based relapse! I document my money saving and side hustling efforts through all areas of my life including parenting, beauty, fashion and groceries.
Why do you write about money?
I took a large pay drop to leave a job that was making me miserable, then went part time after having a baby. This meant my income took a £25k drop in the space of 2 years just as we had extended our house and had a child to provide for, so my belt was suddenly very tight indeed! I thought a blog would be a good way to document my money saving tips and tricks.
How did you start blogging?
I have always loved writing but in recent years struggled to find a productive outlet for it. Blogging was an idea that I procrastinated around for a year or so until I made the decision to just get on with it – and I’m really glad I did!
What’s your most popular post and why?
How I’m saving for Christmas without even noticing – this one seemed to explode on Pinterest, ironically enough in January. But it is a good time to start the process explained in the post!
What’s your favourite post you’ve written, and why?
Funnily enough, I’m going to go for the post that I have yet to write! We don’t own our house, it is owned by my husband’s family, so I am going to explain why we spent £70k extending a house that we don’t own.
What’s your top blogging tip?
It can be as hard or as easy as you like, but you will get out what you put in. If you just want to write for fun and don’t spend any time growing your brand then of course that’s fine. But if you want to grow a successful and profitable business then it seems to me like it is a never ending task and hard work! I’m happily somewhere in the middle of this, especially on top of working part time.
Why are you part of UK Money Bloggers?
It is an invaluable network of people and the group is so supportive. I have had so much help from more experienced bloggers and it is a great place to share ideas and get involved in collaborations.
Who are your three favourite UK Money Bloggers?
Emma Drew – I have learnt so much from Emma and she was the first money blogger I found!
Katy Kicker – I love Katy’s Instagram and website, her recipes in particular are amazing!
Ruth Makes Money – Ruth is such an inspiration and her website is a wealth of money making ideas.
And now…some quickfire questions
What’s your number one money tip?
The one that has always worked for us is do 1 big monthly food shop then top up in the middle with around £20 of fresh fruit & veg. Even before my drastic wage cut this is the amount we spent. We spend just over £100 a month on food for 2 adults and a 4 year old, and I am staggered when I realise a lot of my friends are spending this a week!
What is the best bargain you have ever bought?
Not the biggest monetary bargain but I spotted a practically new Joules handbag for £1 at a jumble sale, I was watching the identical brand new bag on the Joules ebay store for £23. Very strange coincidence!
At the other end of the scale, we have saved goodness knows how much money on our house. As I mentioned above, we don’t own it, but family do and our cost of living compared to usual rental or mortgage payments is very low.
What is a product / service you are happy to pay the extra for?
A decent mattress. When I first moved into my own rented house after uni, the bed was very cheap and after a bout of illness I had backache from lying on it for so long! It’s memory foam all the way these days!
Tell us something about yourself unrelated to your blog.
I am a primary teacher by trade but I now work as an educational consultant for a private company teaching the primary computing curriculum. This includes robotics, coding, website building and podcasting to children aged 4-11. I love my job and working 3 days a week is a great work life balance around my family.
And finally…where can we find you on social media?