Resources And Recommendations For Frugal Living

All of the tools we use and recommend to save money and make money, both in day to day life and for small businesses. #savemoney #makemoney

My recommendations, resources and referrals for frugal living.

Over the years, we’ve accumulated many habits that contribute to keeping up a frugal lifestyle, but there are also specific tools we use to help save us money. This page is a directory of services and resources that we recommend.

I use affiliate links on this site, so many of the links here will generate a commission for me, but will add absolutely no cost to you if you choose to use any of these services.

I’ve split them into household resources and blogger resources.


Household Resources


80-20 Investor – we are currently not in a position to invest, as we are using our savings for short-term goals. However, if you are in a position to invest and would like a helping hand for guidance on how to invest in the stock market, I recommend 80-20 Investor, brought to you by my fellow UK Money Bloggers at Money to the Masses.


Etsy – the marketplace for handmade items, where you can support artists and artisans, or even make money by selling your own items. Click this link to get selling for free with 40 free listings.


Fat Lama – Fat Lama is a platform that allows you to borrow and rent items: imagine being able to make money from the things you own without having to sell them, or being able to save money on buying things that you need but either won’t use for long or can’t afford outright. By borrowing items from people in your area you can save yourself some money or try that product out before you buy it. This link gives you £25 to put towards borrowing.


Faver – I’m a brand ambassador for a new social shopping site called Faver, which bills itself as a “Pinterest for products”. You can organise your shopping lists and share them with friends and family, and sell on Faver as well. This post talks a bit more about why Faver can be a great tool for shoppers as well as sellers.


Free Postcode Lottery – a site that gives away cash prizes based on randomly drawn postcodes, with no gambling. Prizes are funded by the site’s ad revenue. Free money for checking regularly and potentially from taking up offers.


Giffgaff – we’ve been using giffgaff for several years now and spend no more than £5 a month each on our mobile phones.


Pay As U Gym – a way to use the gym for just the amount you need to, without being tied into a lengthy contract – or even to test whether a new gym is right for you.


Quidco – a great cashback site which is our immediate go-to for home insurance. Quidco also powers Quidco ClickSnap, a cashback app for groceries.


Shopmium – a great cashback app to save you money on food, or get free food. My referral code is KHKCCFEQ.


Top Cashback – our favourite cashback site which can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds per year. We receive cashback on most of our online purchases via TopCashback. Check out the latest new member offers here.


Zeek – the marketplace to buy and sell discounted gift cards. See my review of Zeek here and use this link to receive £3 to spend on gift cards.



Online Earning & Survey sites

Are these kinds of sites any good? Well, that depends on what you’re trying to achieve and what your outlook is. I used them a lot when I was building up a deposit for our house, although I use them less now. Remember to approach all offers with care and remember to cancel your subscriptions if you take out any free trials for points/cash!

Inbox Pounds offers you cash payouts by cheque (£20 threshold) to complete offers, surveys and small tasks. You get a penny for each email you open and click through as well.

Maximiles pays out in gift cards or vouchers only (no cash) and physical items. Referrals (which get you a welcome bonus) seem to be made via email so get in touch if you’d like one.

Swagbucks – Swagbucks is a website that allows you to earn cash through surveys and easy tasks. Kids over the age of 13 can also use Swagbucks.

Gift Hulk is like Swagbucks – gamified elements and the chance to pick up ‘Hulk coins’ through surveys and tasks to redeem for cash.



Blogging Resources


Affiliate Window – if you have a website or blog that you would like to monetize, I recommend starting here for affiliate marketing. See this post for more.


Boardbooster – automate your Pinterest account with this scheduling app and improve traffic to your website/blog.


Fiverr – find cheap creative services for your business.


Go Daddy – web hosting and domain registration.


Moo – faultless quality business cards with short runs and the chance to have a different photo on every card! This link gets you 20% off your first order.


Recurpost – Recurpost is a fantastic alternative to more expensive social media scheduling tools like Meet Edgar or CoSchedule. The benefit it has over tools like Buffer and Hootsuite is that you can build up a content library of your links that don’t disappear once they’ve been posted!


Siteground – my own web hosting providers, who I highly recommend. Their plans start at £2.95 a month before VAT.


Snapfish – low cost photo printing and printed homewares – handy for branding items (this is where I ordered my mug). Click here to view all special offers.


Tailwind is a scheduling app for Pinterest and Instagram. This link gives you a $15 credit to try.


ValuedVoice is a network that connects social influencers and bloggers to paid opportunities.



I hope this page has been of some help; I’ll continue to add and update offers.


Here are the tools I recommend for saving and making money!