Breaking out of comfort zones is HARD! 😣

We were talking last night about how much easier it is to stay where we are.

We are working so much to earn the money to pay back what we borrowed to build the truck before we leave (it’s no small sum), as well as selling the house, saving up, trying to establish income streams for while we are on the road, work the day jobs, second and third jobs and keep some level of sanity (feels like we’re losing on that count some days).

We understand why people do the ‘career, house, new car, expand, upgrade, work more, promotion, move, bigger car’ etc and use their annual leave to travel, the routine, the simplicity, we’d be very ‘well off’ by conventional standards and we do not knock this as life goals, or even consider it ‘easy’. But to us, that’s considerably harder than this. Conventional standards of a successful life in the UK are not what we want.

We’re both exhausted, but breaking generations of conditioned behavior and habitual life patterns was never going to be easy. The ‘on the road bit’ will come together, the house will sell, we will clear the debt.

Just a little longer…

Funding our travels

It’s no secret, we borrowed a lot of money to purchase our big beautiful orange queen and we want to leave for our first 12 month stint of travelling by the end of this year, and so we had approximately 500 days at the time of originally writing this post (early July 2021) to make as much money as we can to make a couple of lump sum payments from the loans and clear the credit cards. The house sale will be the ultimate repayment but we’d like to see some change from that to fund the travels themselves.

Before we go…

We’re selling everything we don’t currently use. Facebook marketplace currently and looking into other platforms than eBay because their fees are just not worth the effort!!

While we’re still here…

As mentioned before, we’re spending this next 12 months before we travel earning as much as possible before we leave, hammering down those debts and saving up where we can but another key part of this is trialing lots of remote income avenues and so I thought I would start keeping a record of this all here.

Click on the links below for the full posts on what we’ve been up to…

1. Matched Betting

This is not gambling, it has no risk and you use free money to make money!! Sound too good to be true? We know, but we didn’t realise it’s not a scam until we tried it…

Go to the Matched Betting Blog

Sign up to Profit Accumulator here

2. Surveys & Cashback

This one can be time consuming, but with the app on your phone, you can spend
10/20 minutes answering some questions and earning some cash instead of scrolling
through nonsense on your socials!

Go to the Swagbucks Blog

Go Straight to the Swagbucks site!

3. Money Making Apps

Yes this is a thing, it takes some time and effort but it can be done, think more surveys as above, but also logging your receipts and secret shopping!

Read more here…

4. Get a second job

I know, a lot of hard work, but our income from our second (and third) jobs goes straight into the savings accounts meaning we don’t sacrifice any more of our income than we need to. You can either look in jobs postings for evening/weekend work or set if you have a service you can offer, you can up as a Virtual Assistant? If you’re not sure where to start check out Kerry’s one to one private coaching course;

Check out the VA start up course here

We would never recommend anything we’ve not tried ourselves, good luck!

2022 – Getting Ready to go!

Featured image photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash

A new year and finally the year that we will be leaving.  There is SO much to do, and it involves digging up the foundations of our life as it is now, but before I start on planning ahead I’d like to look back at how far we’ve come since we purchased our truck back in December 2019. 

2020 saw the base go from army green to orange with a new sub frame and box build and a roof rack, then we refurbished the cab before sending her back off to JHEngineering for some upgrades. Thanks to the old ‘Rona we couldn’t pick her up until March 2021 but boy did she look gooooood.  New underrun boxes, some modifications to the roll cage, an awning, new ladders and that tyre rack! 

Once we got her back to the farm we set to work on kitting out the box and in just 9 months Craig (with a little support from me from time to time) had built out the whole furniture framework; a king size bed, shower and toilet, seating area, table, upper cabinets and with a full electrical, heating and water system without ever having done anything remotely like it before.  Oh and the exhaust break! Impressive or what? 

So 2022! This year we will be selling the house to consolidate the outstanding borrowing to build the truck.  We did think about renting, but we want a clean cut when we leave and not to have something to worry about back here. 

We will be finishing the build and then moving into the truck in the UK for a little while to save some travel funds before hitting the road towards the end of the year.  

This means selling all of our belongings, preparing the house for sale, finding somewhere near to work to park the truck for a few months, then selling the cars. We also have a couple of modifications to make to the truck to ensure that she is road worthy and prepared for as much as possible which involves a trip down to Jonathan’s again with a stop at Crouch Military Sales for a couple parts no doubt!

We will also be building up some remote income streams, trialling some things and scrapping some no doubt.  We’ll be blogging the journey to leaving, as it’s no small task to wind down your life and up sticks, as well as vlogging from time to time in the run up to leaving. 

Be sure to follow us! 

How we made £1,000 extra cash in a month!

…link inside for £40 free profit!!

We’re spending the 12 months before we travel earning as much as possible before we leave, hammering down those debts and saving up where we can but another key part of this is trialing lots of remote income avenues before we leave, and so we thought we would start keeping a record of this all here.

July earnings have come in way better than we thought at a whopping £467.32 in free cash, plus the income some other avenues over £1,000! Keep reading for a breakdown…

We could have earned more, this was about 50% input on our part, if we’d have put more time and focus in, we’re sure we could have doubled that.

So, how did we do it?

Number one was Matched Betting! Now bear with us, we thought it was a con too. Too good to be true etc, but we have that profit sat in our bank accounts right now. It does require a little cash up front but we made that back within 24 hours so it wasn’t ‘gone’ for long.

We used Profit Accumulator, which has some great tutorials, with your first two free account bets making £40 clear profit, no membership required.

Use the button below to go over to the website and if you do fancy signing up at some point, both of us will get a little reward…

Number 2 was surveys, Kerry did this one and made £15, again she could have made more if she had the time but free £15 is not to be sniffed at! That’s been withdrawn via PayPal vouchers and is in the savings account – there are plenty of survey sites out there but the one we use is Swagbucks, you’ll earn rewards in points, called SB, and you can redeem your points for gift cards or cash. 100 SB points is £1 in rewards.

Kerry is also teaching a lot of yoga classes and has been able to earn an extra £550 from that, some meditation revenue from Insight Timer plus one digital illustration and Craig had a couple of overtime shifts, which are few and far between, but that’ll cover the cost of the new kitchen worktop!

There are lots of ways you can utilise a skill, or take some training to establish a skill (such as teaching yoga, meditation and drawing in Kerry’s case and Craig is still learning the matched betting ropes), then turn that into a service or offering for sale or trade – we will post a blog on this soon.

Savings wise, we’ve been doing the MoneySavvyMum save £1k in a year and SkintDad’s 1p a day, where you put a little away each week/day from our day jobs and it adds up over the year, so far (since June 1st) we’ve put aside £172.30 – the idea is, it’s small amounts enough to not really notice.

Click here for links to the handy printable we’ve been using

To summarise;
£467.32 Matched Betting profit
£15 from Surveys
£25 from illustrations
£4 from t-shirt sales
£8.73 from Insight Timer (recorded meditation)
£550 from teaching yoga

= £1,070.05 additional income in July

What’s next?

There’s no doubt, this involves an investment of time and energy, especially since we both have ‘day jobs’ too, but we’re committed to the debt free dream!

In August we will focus down on the matched betting, we’ve paid for an annual subscription to Profit Accumulator because we really do think that this is a lucrative income stream for us both now and when we do leave, while we are on the road.

Kerry will try a couple of the free apps for secret shopping and keep on the surveys too and some more yoga of course including plans to start a yoga YouTube channel soon.

Of course there’s also an audit to be done on what we spend currently and where, there’s no point putting all this effort into earning extra money when we could be finding more in our pockets as it is!

We’ll keep you updated at the end of August…

Saving Money

Here you will find a selection of handy little tools on saving money, what we’ve done, tried and failed at – we’ll be super honest and share with you any tips and tricks in savings – especially when we’re in build phase!

Saving just 1p a Day
Skint Dad

This is an awesome tool for saving up – same principal as the £1 a day (then £2, then £3 etc) but with just a penny! Much more manageable than trying to find a couple hundred quids at the end of the year we think you will agree, we started 1st June 2021 and will go to 31st May 2022!

£1k in a year
Mummy Savvy Mum

Simply pick one box each week, save that amount and cross it off and in 52 weeks you will have saved £1,000!

Using a visual chart when saving is known to increase motivation and will help you stick to your money goal – ours is stuck on the fridge and we started 1st June 2021 as we did the 1p a day above.

Money Making Apps

We will be trying out a few apps in the coming months to make some money, we will share the details with you. These are on an iPhone currently but I do believe android versions are available.

Swagbucks

This is cashback/surveys/games site that we’ve mentioned before, the app makes completing surveys so much more straightforward and portable so when you have 10 minutes here and there you could be earning some Swag Bucks!

Read more about Swagbucks and get yourself a little kickback when you sign up here.

Be My Eye

Secret shopping quests! Not actually tried this one prperly yet but this has little quests for you to complete and uses your location to let you know nearby opportunities. For each one you’ll earn a few pounds – will let you know how we get on!

Use my referral code for a little £1 boost when you sign up!

Shoppix

*New sign ups are currently closed but you can join the waitlist! *

Get rewarded for uploading receipts! You’re can only upload 1 receipt per store per day but if you remember to do it every time you shop it soon adds up! You’ll get £5 per 106 receipts. Additionally, you can earn points in prize draws and by completing quick surveys too). Bonus Tip: If you add at least 1 receipt a week you will also be added into a weekly prize draw.

Matched Betting

Number one recommended earner was matched betting, so we’ll be trying it out throughout July and we will get back to you! We’re using a common favourite, Profit Accumulator, and right now they have 7 days of their premium membership for just £1 (£26.99 a month thereafter) and we’re going to take advantage of that and learn everything we can but so far, we’re signing up for the annual membership once it’s ended.

What is matched betting?

Basically; making profit from the free bets and other offers from bookmakers, turning them into real cash!

Recognised as one of the most effective ways of making money online in your own time, some people have been able to turn it into their full-time job and what’s more, it’s totally TAX-FREE!

Is it Gambling?

No. With matched betting, you eliminate that risk element as any bet we place is ‘laid off’ at the exchange.

There are some great free tutorials over at Profit Accumulator, which we use, they explain it all really well.

Sign up for a free account and watch the tutorials here

Done this before? Or given it a try on this recommendation?
Let us know how you find it/got on!

Surveys

I’m relatively new to this but so far this month (July and today is the 13th!) I’ve got £10 out of surveys via Swagbucks, rewarded in two £5 paypal vouchers and transferred out to my ‘Surveys’ savings pot to keep track of.

I’m also playing one of those semi-annoying build a village games, but it’s free and you get more points so why not!

Want to give it a try? Use our referral link below;

What is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks.com is the one of the more common loyalty and consumer rewards program, it is a free rewards service get members can get free gift cards or cash for the everyday activities they’re already completing online like searching the web, playing games, watching videos, or shopping online where you’ll make money through cash back rebates.

You’ll earn rewards in points, called SB, and you can redeem your points for gift cards or cash. 100 SB points is £1 in rewards.

Want to give it a try? Use our referral link below;

Support our Camp Sites

We know the allure of the ‘wild’ spot, the off the beaten track hidden gems and the secret park up but these small businesses have lost a lot over lockdown so even if you are planning an ‘off grid’ trip, consider allocating a night or two in a camp site – doing our bit a few weeks ago at Bowbrook Lodges Holiday Park – they have great little pods and safari tents too!!

Some of the new additions at Bowbrook;

  • We’ve added an extra washing up sink for the lucky dishwasher 🙂
  • Increased privacy between lodge site and caravan site
  • New ramp to the grey waste to make it a little easier on the elbow grease
  • Planted 2500 trees and shrubs along the road
  • Planted 250 fruit trees including pear, cherry, apple, plum and damson
  • Improved signage, more to come
  • Decreased dog prices and put up a dog waste bin
  • New for 2021: 3 luxury glamping pods
  • Introduced midweek lower prices
  • Improved the wifi coverage and strength 

Planned for 2021

  • Motor home grey waste disposal
  • Lakes, wetlands and a Nature Reserve onsite planned with Worcester Wildlife Trust
  • A 1km hard path around the estate for walking and cycling
  • Boutique food at the weekend and a tuck shop

Power, fridge & loo are in!

Only a few days until the Adventure Overland Show now, we’re basically tidying up and pulling a few things together, we’ve got power, the fridge freezer and loo fitted as well as another wall – so with some soft furnishings to be added, we’ll be good to hit the road on Friday.

We wanted to talk a little bit in this week’s episode about easing the pressure a little in major projects like this one, otherwise you run the risk of resenting it, burning out, forgetting how awesome you are and why you’re doing it in the first place and also don’t judge your progress by other people’s highlight reels – not even ours!