Who else is skint? Really skint? Since I took a break from my teaching career 4 years ago to look after Rory, we have found ourselves in the unenviable situation of having...well, no disposable income at all, really. It's like being a student again but without the summer job and not ever being able to go out. Actually, now I look back on it, I was rolling in it back then compared to now.
How does this happen? My husband earns a good salary. I work a bit. We're in our mid 30s and everything should be rosy.
Everything is not rosy. Due to getting on the property ladder at an unfortunate time, a debt from my husband's distant past (still bitter that his ex got to go on loads of good holidays etc with him while he was racking up said debt, but we haven't been able to afford a holiday for 5 years. Where is the justice?) and him earning the exact amount that ensures that we pay vast amounts of tax whilst not qualifying for any form of tax credit or other financial help, we are financially screwed. Please someone else tell me that you too spend the last half of every month poking around down the back of the sofa for pennies?
"What's for tea?"
"Well, there's a couple of tins of tomatoes in the cupboard and an onion that I can probably scrape the mould off, oooh, wait though, I found a squashed packet of Mini Cheddars in my bag the other day. That's almost like canapes. And I think I've got a coupon for a free experimental cereal bar somewhere, so..."
In this scenario, any extra pennies help, and that's why I've been trialling Swagbucks; a website that allows you to earn virtual currency for using their search engine, purchasing things you were going to get anyway and going through their shop referral page, watching short video clips, and completing surveys and tasks. When you reach a certain amount of Swagbucks, you can exchange them for Paypal or gift cards.
Who else wants to earn cash for buying things they were going to buy anyway and filling dead time? You all do.
Good job I've got a referral link for you all then: swagbucks.com/refer/domesticdisgrace
I earn Swagbucks for every person I refer to the site via this blog who then signs up, so you could help to keep the Disgrace family in squashed Mini Cheddars and tins of tomatoes for another month, plus you'll be entered in a monthly sweepstake to win a £50 gift card.
Go. Sign up. Make your lack of sleep pay. Then come back and tell me how you got on.