Mystery Shopping

I have been Mystery Shopping for quite a few years now – on and off. It’s something that anyone can do around their normal day to day routines and it’s something Hubby and I have enjoyed doing – as well as the added benefit of getting things for free and occasionally some extra cash too! I can’t talk about mystery shopping companies specifically (or the specific companies I do mystery…

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Shop and Scan – A Little Extra Income

Hubby and I found out about Shop and Scan in 2010 and haven’t looked back. Shop and Scan is a market research survey that measures people’s household grocery spending across the UK. What is Shop and Scan? Each week we scan our food shopping with a USB zapper and upload the barcodes to the Shop and Scan website. Along with this we scan in and upload a copy of our…

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This Time Last Year

This time last year was my first day back at work after maternity leave with LP. I had been off work for nearly 15 months and LP was 13 months old. We’d organised a Childminder and I was going back to work fulltime and back to the job role I had left the year before – with the same lovely team. Unbeknown to us I was also about 4 weeks…

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Bank Holidays and Shift Work

Bank Holidays used to mean something to me. I worked in a bank. The bank was closed on Bank Holidays. I had a nice long weekend. Now that I’m on maternity leave and Hubby works shifts Bank Holidays are irrelevant. To be honest, every day is pretty much the same to us – there is nothing to differentiate weekdays and weekends or each week day from another. Our life revolves…

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Council Housing

We’ve all seen, or at least heard about, the TV shows ‘How To Get A Council House‘ and ‘Skint’. Before I go any further, I know that everything on TV is edited for entertainment purposes, to get a reaction and that it doesn’t show the full picture. I grew up in a council house. It was the only family home I knew. My Mum queued up at the council for…

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Going Back To Work…

I had my first KIT (Keep in Touch) day at work last Tuesday. It was the first time I’d been in a work environment since I went on annual leave/maternity leave on 15th July 2011. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone! I am officially returning to work on 23rd August but am taking my accrued annual leave and Bank Holidays so actually return to work on 1st…

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Parenthood and Shiftwork

As you may or may not know, Hubby works shifts. He works 6 days and then has 4 off. The 6 days he works are between 8 and 12 hours, and generally he leaves home an hour and a half before he starts work and gets home an hour and a half after he finishes work. He always starts with two days where he leaves before we wake in the…

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