Christmas On The Cheap 2014

I’ve briefly touched on this over on my other blog Futures, however I wanted to let my readers here know about the challenge I am undertaking too as it is all to do with money and saving,

I aim to make Christmas 2014 as cheap as possible. With a son whose birthday is exactly three weeks before Christmas, December can be a very expensive for me and I want to be as prepared as I possibly can – starting from today!

I already have spare wrapping paper and cards left over from 2013 but I aim to utilise competitions, surveys, cashback and more to my full advantage – do you think I can do it?

2014: A Time For Change

Hello everyone!

Long time no see! It has been a bit busy at home recently – Jack’s birthday was this past Wednesday, Christmas is obviously coming up and I had a vast number of articles to write in the past few weeks which left little time for blogging on either blog.

2014, however, is a time for change. I plan to dedicate more time to updating BOTH blogs Рwhilst I post regularly on Futures, I am not showing the same level of commitment to Keene On Saving Рwhich really annoys me. I know I only have myself to blame and this is why there will be a different state of affairs come next year.

My plan for next year is to work around Steve’s schedule as much as I can. I shall be sorting out my home office within the first few weeks of January (the computer is currently in the bedroom which is no problem if I can use the laptop – however I prefer using the PC). I will be getting everything on track so will be sticking to a schedule centred around Steve’s shifts. The long and the short of it is that I will spend a day taking pictures and preparing for posts on both KOS and Futures and then another day writing posts for the week.

This will leave 5 days – 4 for my freelance work and 1 for chilling out. Obviously, I plan to get as much done when Steve is at work as possible so I can spend more than one day with him but that is the general jist for now. I am also going to be putting down Jack’s name for nursery for a couple of days in the next few months. Whilst we can’t really afford it right now, I am sure by tightening our belts even more and looking into what help we can get that we could manage. This would likely bring some positivity to my working life as well – I tend to work when Jack is busy napping or at night but this isn’t always possible if he is playing up. This also means I get barely anything done during the day as he gets my full attention. Being in nursery for a few hours a week will certainly increase productivity and hopefully bring more money in too!

This is quite a rambly post and for that, I apologise. But I am looking to make some changes next year and these are just some of them. Check back soon for the financial changes I plan to make to ensure 2014 is a much better year than 2013.