The dog walking experiment

Unless you’re entirely new to this blog (welcome!), or have been ignoring my recent posts (shame on you!), then you will likely have heard me mention that my effort to get some work as a Dog Walker has finally paid off. I first had the idea back on the 7th April – I don’t have […]

Week 19

After last week’s incredible roulette haul, it was always likely to be a case of ‘back down to earth with a bump’ this week. Just how hard that bump would be was the question though. In terms of money made, this week has come far below the high standard set last week. However, in long-term […]

Credit where it’s due

The Shoestring Investor has been checking his credit file. With my Stoozing credit card nearing it’s limit, something occurred to me just recently. Something I hadn’t factored into my calculations when I decided to take it out. I was beginning to wonder what impact having a credit card maxed out to the region of just over […]

Week 18

It’s hard to know what to make of this week – it’s been something of a rollercoaster. As you may recall me saying previously, I’m looking to get away from some of the traditional sources of income (mainly mystery shopping) in favour of more long-term sustainable strategies to really grow my income. From this came […]

Where’s week 18?

Do not fear loyal Shoestring followers, my weekly update has not been neglected, it will just be with you slightly later than usual. This is because I chose to take advantage of the rare sunny weather to get a few outdoor activities done rather than writing the update. Plenty of flyers have been posted today! […]

The early bird…

One of those supposed perks of being ‘self employed’ (for want of a better term) is that you don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn and trawl into the office. It is a great advantage, being able to get from bed to desk in the matter of about 30 seconds is hard […]

Week 17

Last week was somewhat of a shambles, so I was keen to get back on track quickly and not allow this to become a permanent dip. I have made the decision to try and scale back the amount of mystery shopping I do. My reasons for doing so are that, whilst it provides a decent […]

Week 16

One of the perils of an occupation like this, is that for all intents and purposes I am pretty much a self-employed individual. Whilst there are some clear benefits to this, like choosing what work I do, flexible working times, building my own empire rather than someone elses, and so on – as with anything, […]

Week 15

When writing my update for last week, I wasn’t exactly sure how this one would turn out. I didn’t have a huge amount lined up, so I was somewhat cautious in my predicted earnings. As it turns out, I needn’t have been so timid. Week 15 went very well, and actually turned out to be […]

Look after the pennies…

I recently declared that my dust gathering jar of small change needed addressing. I won’t go into the reasoning here, as this post is more about the how, than the why – if you are interested in why I’m cashing in my copper collection, you can read about it here. I was all ready to […]

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