The dog walking experiment

Dumb & Dumber dog van

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 … [Continue reading]

Week 19

Week 19 heralds the breakthrough I had been looking for

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 … [Continue reading]

Credit where it’s due

Get paid to have a credit check

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Where’s week 18?

Sunny Weather, money making

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Week 17

Week 17 sees a welcome improvement and a change of strategy.

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, … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Week 15

Brand new Nike Tiempro footballs, multiple colours

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, … [Continue reading]

Look after the pennies…

How to cash in your jar full of change

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 … [Continue reading]