Saturday, 18 August 2018

Hello

I've finally taken the plunge and started a blog. I've had the basics in place for a while, so decided it was time to actually put some content together and start publishing some posts.


I was worried that no one would want to read what I have to say, that my topics of choice might be boring, but after unearthing a whole community of like minded individuals on Instagram I thought what the hell, just go for it.

So what can you expect to find here? My main interests are planning and organisation and making and saving money. So that's what it'll be.

I became a first time Mammy to our beautiful little girl in December and realised since then what a precious commodity time is. You think you're going to have all this free time on Maternity Leave and you have less time for anything than you did before!

With this in mind, and my return to work looming, I'm making my best efforts to streamline my home, my finances and life in general. I want more time to spend with my family and less time on mundane (but necessary) tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Any ways to simplify a routine and save time? I'm looking for it. And I will share any and all tips and tricks I find along the way.

My dream is to have a pristine home with a place for everything that stays immaculate. Hahaha - I have an 8 month old and a dog, not likely! But a girl can dream (and try with all her might to get it!) and I will document my foray into decluttering and reorganising.

What you won't find here is Pinterest worthy, well styled Interior shots - I'm not blessed with a talent for photography and to be quite frank - I don't have money to waste on the crap you realistically need to create such beautiful aesthetic systems. What you will find is things that have worked for me (or not) and ways I've improved my life - as simple as they may seem. 

I want anything that makes the smallest task easier. The less time I spend faffing, the more time I have with my family and ultimately, making memories is what it's all about (even if a beautifully clean home would be nice...). 

I want to save time and energy for more important things.

Which leads me to the next topic you can expect to see here - money. I want to save money.

We have big financial goals and I want to achieve them. I'm all about the side hustles and finding new ways to make a little extra, as well as ways to trim the fat from our existing budget. 

Maternity pay isn't great, as I'm sure we all know and even though I'm back in work soon, hubby is off to Uni so we will be staying a single income household for the next two years. As a result, every penny will be accounted for and the purse strings will be pulled even tighter.

Am I cheap? No, I think there's a fine line between cheap and savvy. You won't catch me dumpster diving, but you will find me using a voucher if I can get some money off. Why waste money on things you don't have to? 

So I think I've rambled on for enough of an introduction. But before I go I'd just like to say I'm not expert, I'm just sharing what works for me. There's a wealth of information out there and some hardcore Personal Finance Bloggers making 6 figure incomes from their blogs - that's not me. I'm not a professional and what I share shouldn't be taken as gospel - always do your own research.

Thank you for reading, and please stick around :)

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