Christmas Comping Challenge Update

The past few weeks since my last update have seen me comping like crazy but slacking on the survey front. I have won a few prizes such as three personalised phone cases now and some jewellery. The biggest win was a £50 voucher for Ask Her Friends – I was going to save this for my mum’s and mother in law’s Christmas presents but then I realised that Mother’s Day is next month so I am saving it for then instead.

I have been ebaying my heart out with the free listings days and weekends – listing anything and everything that I no longer need or want. Clothes, makeup, books – you name it and it is probably on there. I am putting the money from my Ebay sales towards paying people back – Steve’s job and my job are keeping us afloat bills wise (just about) so this is my main focus.

I am still entering all the gift card and money competitions I can find plus lots of other ones if I think the prizes would be good for presents – you can keep up with my progress in real time over at the comping challenge Facebook page.

Have you set any plans in action for Christmas yet? What are you doing?

Why I Won’t Get Rid Of Sky

Whenever people hear I am working to a budget, they automatically nit pick at the things I continue to pay for. Skincare – I will continue to buy this because I want to have good skin! Internet connection – I need this for work and my blog. Mobile phone – likewise, I can use this for on the go – plus calling and texting, anyone?

Then they come to the big one. Sky+. We probably could get a smaller package but I can guarantee it would be more expensive than what we are paying now. We have the complete package and are paying less per month with Sky than we were paying for the middle package with Virgin. I found a fantastic deal on Top Cashback and not only are we paying much less than we should be, we also get two lots of cash back for sticking with Sky – effectively making two months free!

Anyway, I digress. Some days I will watch a lot of telly. Other days I won’t – it generally depends on whether Steve is working days, nights or he’s off. If he is off, it will generally be on all day but if he isn’t, there are certain times when it goes off – like now. I am writing this whilst Steve is on a night shift and Jack is in bed – there is no need for it to be on.

However, I won’t get rid of it nor will I downsize. I don’t go out very often so when I am not out with Jack and Steve or working – the television will go on. I have no vices – I don’t smoke, I barely drink nowadays – I do have a slight addiction to chocolate but who doesn’t? So why is my choice of television package such a bone of contention with some people? I have seen plenty of people nit pick at others for keeping their Sky package when working to a budget. They may be tied into a deal or this may be their only vice – who am I to judge?

Myself and Steve both love the sports channels. All three of us enjoy the movie channels. There are certain channels in our package that we couldn’t get if we downsized and certainly couldn’t get if we watched Freeview instead.

I am fed up of people judging other people’s supposed financial situation according to whether they have cable/satellite or not. As long as the bills are being paid on time, who cares? Someone may not be able to leave their house for whatever reason and Sky or Virgin may be the only thing that keeps them sane. Society is too full of judgemental people nowadays – perhaps people should take a step back and look at what they are doing wrong with their lives before using their skewed perception to criticise others.