To blog or not to blog

“What would your life look like without today’s obstacles in front of you?”
― Jerry Gladstone

I actually nearly didn’t start this blog, if you can believe it. I’m a classic introvert and my mental health issues provides me with more than enough excuses to lock myself away from people and “protect myself”

I started this blog as an almost online diary and I still see it like that in some ways. Don’t gt me wrong, I’m not about to get all nostalgic on you since my blog has only been going since Dec 17! I have noticed now though that I also view it as a hobby and a social source. I have made a few friends/acquaintances in these short 3 months and I have been lucky enough to receive a handful of emails from people wanting to chat to me about all sorts of things.

When I started this blog I had a very rigid plan in mind and I’m really glad I didn’t stick to it! After one of my usual lunchtime chats with Mr Fire, I’ve decided to stop working on the Fashion Blog and put my time towards other things. I was spending an astonishing amount of time on it and only getting 60 views a day. It was a lot of effort and I was solely doing it to get money. I think that was the problem.

I love that this blog doesn’t make money and probably never will. Less pressure you see! Surer I’ll offer affiliate links if I’m bloggiing about something anyway but only if I really use it and find it profitable. I wont be listing a tonne of Amazon links to products I’ve never bought.I like to think that if when I make it to FIRE that people like me can visit this blog and follow along. Hopefully they wont copy my mistakes!

So here comes the part were I ask you all to chip in so I can upgrade my current free WordPress account.  JOKING! Sorry couldn’t resist! But seriously I am thinking of upgrading my current account and I’d love peoples advice/guidance. I think I have settled on the WordPress Premium account for now:

Option 1

I looked into Blue Host as I think Mr Money Mustache it, but I couldn’t justify that amount of money for a hobby.

Option 2


I also need a really simple site as I’m not really techy. The plan is to use my Matched Betting profits to pay for the first year on the Premium plan.

If you have a blog, which platform do you use?


Make money on Ebay: Vintage toy guide

“Never spend your money before you have earned it.” —Thomas Jefferson

I’ve been rather tardy on the ebay selling front I’m afraid. We have alot going on in the Fire household so instead of facing the mountain of things I have put aside to sell on ebay, instead I’ve been dreaming I find all my old toys and make a fortune from them. Alas it seems I dont have any that are worth money but you might! here’s my vintage toy guide for Ebay!


  1. Polly Pocket
    Originally a very small tiny toy doll that was so easy to lose, you had to tell your friends not to sneeze around it. Mattel bought it in 1998 and immediately made it slightly bigger. The result? Well hopefully a doll with better finding power but it also made the price of the littler ones skyrocket!


2. Pokemon
From the Nintendo game-boy to the cards, the rare ones back then are even rarer now! Which of course means more lucrative. I’ve never understood Pokemon myself but beginning to wish I had now!


3. Furby
Remember these disturbing little fellows? I actually dont but now they fetch a small fortune on Ebay!


4. Magic: The gathering cards
This freaky thing came out in 1993 and the money is in the early ones or the whole set!


5. Happy meal toys from McDonalds
Serously? Why was I never allowed to go to Mc DOnalds as a child then mum? *checking the ingredients* oh yes,,,, nevermind…. Not just any old toy will bag you a million (none will infact) but a whole set ranging through several years will buy you a few Happy meals.

Happy Meal

So there is my guide on what vintage toys to sell.


Can you really make money from online surveys?

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort”. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

I’ve been obsessing this month over money. Mr Fire’s job is not so stable at the moment and we are panicking motivated to find a new source of income before the proverbial bottom falls out. I have always read alot about people’s success with online surveys. It was actually a non finance blog that first introduced me to it. So after a few weeks of testing I’m ready to share the fruits of my labour:

Online surveys

Lets be honest, alot of people go crazy about the amount of money they are making from online surveys. I have just spent the last three weeks researching them and trying it out and there is no way you are earning a living from online surveys alone!

What are online surveys?

They are what they say on the tin. Simply sign up to a online survey website and they pay you (usually in points) for every survey you complete. Sounds easy? well in theory it is. However, some site restrict the amount of surveys you can complete in a day or that you can access. They state this is due to how you update your profile on the site but I think its more of a traffic calming measure.

How much do you get paid?

Very little. Most sites disguise the small amounts they pay by using points instead of actual monetary value. Usual earning by survey is between 20p – £1. I have heard rumors of people getting up to £2.50 for some surveys but its not something I experienced.

What do you do?

Answer questions, play games, watch videos and a variety of other things they have on the site.

Can you make money from it?

Oh yes, most definitely! Whilst its not ground breaking amounts, its fairly easy to rack up a few pounds especially if your an online buyer. I don’t buy anything online anymore since semi FIRE began,  but that is where the money is. If your buying something anyway then it’s a nice little side hustle. Surveys can be easily completed whilst watching TV, sitting on public transport ect…

What site should I go with?

The two best online websites I tried are:

  • Maximiles
    You get 100 points just for signing up and then additional points for completing your profile. Surveys are thick and fast and they have a wide base of retailers if your an online shopper. I made 690 points in two hours which gets me diddly squat as the minimum is 1,090.
    If your interested in joining the drop me an email and I will refer you. You get 125 points extra for being referred and if you get 1500 points then I can 1500 too.
  • InstaGC
    Similar to Maximiles, you earn points by completing surveys and buying things. You also can earn it by playing games and watching videos. If you sign up using my referral link then I will get 10 points. Everylittle helps. Each point is worth $0.01 but they do soon add up.

Online surveys




How to Make Money: Making Money from Blogging

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore” –Yogi Berra

After scaring myself silly last week with my Income and Expense report, I’ve decided to write out some Financial Independence Goals based on my many Powerpoints of how I will reach FIRE. Strangely making money from my old blog seemed to demotivate me. I used to make money from my old blog without really trying, so why would I have such an aversion to it now?

I never really knew how I made the money I did from it and it certainly wasn’t my main focus especially with a full time job. I decided to do some digging and create my blueprint for making money from a blog from the various sources on the net.

Firstly its important to remember I haven’t touched my blog since 2010 and its a fashion blog. I don’t really have too much interest in fashion anymore so I might as well be starting from scratch! All my readers have long gone and I’m left with an empty shell of a site (sob!) Its also on Blogger which I have no clue how to use! (Will have to pop that on the to do list!)

The Plan

The Basics

Obvious as it sounds but you have to have a blog! So if your hoping to follow along with this once I’ve made my millions from my fashion blog (yeah right……) After that you have to start writing content. There’s a whole heap of advice on Google about making the content interesting and engaging but I’m not sure how that works when its fashion?

So my take on this is to begin. Content will improve as I gain more practice and hopefully become more enthusiastic about it.

Find Readers

After some more research I wildly sifted through the hundreds of fashion blogs out there and some of them I really enjoyed (surprisingly) Once I read through the comments I noticed just a hint of self promotion in each one and that seemed to be ok with the fashion blog community!

I am going to start commenting on fashion blogs that I enjoy and do a tad of self advertising and see where that gets me. I’m going to dedicate a whole heap of time to gaining readers so I’m sure I’ll end up creating a guide at some point!

Build Engagement

This one is tricky to me.How can you engage people with mere fashion? I know it seems like I’m really berating fashion bloggers (and I shouldn’t as some make thousands!) but I’m really not. This one will be a work in progress!

Make Money

Ah the fun one! If only we could all skip to the end! Bloggers on th whole make money through a variety of streams should as affiliate links, sponsored content, marketing campaigns.

The Plan

How awesomely scary is this picture that I found over at Pro Blogger!


Does anyone have any hints or tips for me? If you use Blogger then please help me!

How to Make Money: What you need to get selling!

“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant. –P.T. Barnum”

Happy New Year! My first post of the year – phew. I had a really good Christmas in the new house and feel recharged to tackle FIRE for 2018. It feels symbolic to really start the “doing” in a new year. But enough of that, lets get back to EBAY! I sold quite a few items last month using my EBAY guide which took me by surprise (you can see how I did in income report on Thursday!) and I had a mad dash to find packaging materials and rushing off to the post office! So it seems a missed a few key pointers out of my guide – what you actually need to get set up. so here is my part two: (told you I’d be honest!)



  1. What are you going to sell?
    You can sell literally absolutely anything on EBAY! Clothes, electrical items, cars, boats you name it! So for me I’m starting with unwanted, surplus items which currently is clothes and definitely not boats!
  2. How will you package them?
    A mentioned above this one really caught me out. I used anything and everything I could find, A4 paper boxes, reused amazon boxes, wrapping paper. I made sure it looked well presented to send but I really hadn’t thought it through when I got to the post office! The best way to tackle packing is to match it to what  your sending. For me, the best way to package clothes is with brown parcel paper, tape and a permanent marker (bought a roll of paper, pen and tape for £1.99 from a local discount store before I moved) Shoes go much better in those little brown packets with bubble wrap on the inside, so i’ll be seeing if family/friends have any left over from Christmas present orders or purchasing 4 for 99p from Home Bargins.
  3. Postage Charges
    This was the death of me. I really had no clue of royal mails sizes and postage prices and found each item was costing £2.90 (small package) to send. This really cut down my profits! The very kind lady in the post office told me as I was a posting my last parcel “Your stupid if you couldn’t fit that into a smaller parcel” Got to love good customer service! She was right though, I had blindly trusted I would get the postage right.  Here’s Royal Mail’s official size document but basic rule of thumb is if its second class and A4 or below, postage is £1.22. Once its above that it jumps to £2.90.

4. Who are you posting it with?
Again my naivety shone through on this one. I hadn’t thought of any way other than standing in the post office with 30 other people to post my packages. I now know there are mutlplie ways:

Post through EBAY – You have the option of using EBAY Shutl service or Royal Mail, you can print the label off too. You get postage at a discounted rate here by taking advantage of online discounts. Thing to watch out for though is the labels “expire” after a certain amount of time and you will need to print a new label out.

Post through Paypal – This is discounted Royal Mail prices and you can avoid the usual post office ques by using the “c,lick and collect” area of your local post office. Your parcel can even be tracked!

Usual way of taking it to the post office and paying for postage – Nothing wrong with this way if your happy to wait in line  and are a dab hand at postage sizes.

I’m really liking the idea of online postage as it also means the money comes straight out. Currently I have been forgetting to transfer my postage fees over after paying for them my self!

5. Your Time

It actually took me much longer than I thought not only to take the photo’s, write the descriptions and check the listing but also to wrap and go to the post office. Many sellers have a designated day they send parcels and have it noted in the description of all their items.



So there you have it. Everything you need to know to go forth and sell (hopefully!) As for me, I’m currently unable to get to a post office since I now live in the middle of no where and still cant drive!

Do you sell on Ebay? Is there anything I’ve missed?

How to make money: How to make money without the day job.

“Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each” Christopher Rice

I’m surprisingly coming towards the end of my first ever month of not having a “day job” and I’m not going to lie – it feels strange. I think earning money seems to provide purpose to life as if it justifies the existence of life itself. Too deep for a Tuesday? possibly, The rant of a hungover woman after too much Christmas cheer? most definitely not….ahem. Moving on swiftly then…

Myself and Mr Fire have become obsessed with one particular google search of late – how to make money online. He travels fifty miles a day to his job and back and its quite frankly taking its toll on him. I have a desperate desire to help but I feel almost hypercritical trying to solve a problem for him that I haven’t figured out for myself yet. So I’ve plucked out some of the most intriguing and more plausible results from many a search and I will be trying them out in a new section simply called : Tried and tested.


This section will move about more than me trying to keep warm without putting the heating on. I will cross things off as I test them out and add new things as and when I hear about them.

Its much shorter than I thought it would be. The internet is full of results talking about making money, but they all seem to be the same few things duplicated over and over again.

Got anything to add to the list? Please let me know either by commenting below or dropping me an email –  Would be fab to hear about your experiences with these things too.

How to Make Money: Blogging

“Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it” –Benjamin Franklin

Way back in 2010 when I deep within my Couture obsession stage and FIRE was something if you touched, you got burned, I started up a blog to share my passion. I was very young and when I started to make money from it by accident (people would ask me to write about their site and/or put an advert up, then pay me) so I didn’t really appreciate the money. I saw it simply as “excess” money and so it should be spent. You name it, I bought it:


I could go on but trust me, I REALLY don’t want to! Imagine if i would have invested all that money (sob!) Now i’m in a completely different situation then when I was then and i’m hoping to get the old blog fired up (pun intended) problem is, I took all that extra income for granted with no idea of how I got it or how to replicate it now. So i’m starting from scratch and hoping to build my fashion blog from the ground up. It still has the followers and gets the odd page view so I guess i’m not really starting from ground zero.

I’ll be researching the proverbial out of it the next coming weeks as the blogging world has changed alot!

If anyone has any helpful hints about making money from blogging, i’d love for you to share!