August 2016

In the June Newsletter I spoke about getting a refund on a cheap pair of trainers, and how it was good experience.
Well this story is one example of that paying off.

We had 2 mobile phone contracts with a company, one of which was up for renewal, and the other had another 12 months to go.
I’d personally asked for a PAC to transfer the number that was out of contract.

The PAC was used and we’d accidentally managed to migrate the number that was still in contract.

We quickly realised what had happened and phoned our previous provider.
They confirmed we wouldn’t be charged as they would never give a PAC out for a number still in contract. I re-request the PAC for the number of out of contract.
This time the PAC was for the correct number.

Then the bill came in… They wanted £450 for the early termination fee.
This is a good reason to check your bills and receipt, though this would hardly gone unnoticed.

After a phone call to customer services, and a listen to the tape recording of the previous calls, they agreed to waive the early termination fee.

Stick to your guns, and make them listen to the calls. If you still don’t get anywhere request that you get a copy of the tapes. They have to do this under Data Protection Act, thought they may charge for this.

Welcome to the 5th “Make Money, Save Money” Newsletter.

Make Money

Proof Reader

If you’re really good at spotting spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, then why not consider proof reading articles for others?

Here are some places to get you started:

Sell Photos

Handy with a camera? Then you can take photos to sell for stock photography.

Think holidays, everyday items and unique events.

Here is a selections of companies to get you started:

This could be the excuse you need to buy that nice new camera!

Flipping second hand items

If you have an eye for a bargain then use that skill to make some money on the side.
Even if you don’t, you could use the eBay mobile app to find out what particular item’s price is trending at.

Only look at auction and ignore “Buy It Now” prices as they won’t show you what people are willing to pay.

Some places to hunt for bargains:

  • Car boot sales
  • Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Local selling sites, e.g. facebook groups
  • Classified Ads

You can then sell the back using local selling sites or eBay.
Bonus points if you can sell something before you buy it.

Save Money

Hand Soap Dispenser

Hand soap pumps frustrate me. They tend to over dispenser and stop works some of the product left at the bottom.

Whilst soap dispenser might not dispense less soap, you can make sure you get all the product out by leaving the bottle upended over night.

Best dispenser we ever got is wall mounted. Dispenses from the bottom and you can fill from the top.

Question all charges

Whether its your phone bill, bank statement or shopping receipt.

I’ve previously touched on this before in the June Newsletter about checking the price you’ve paid for an item.
However you also have to watch about for items that you didn’t expect.
This could be an item that was accidentally rung through at the till or unexpected charge on your credit card statement.

A friend, Cam, recently was in the process of buying a house and noticed a charge that he don’t recognise and complained about it.

They said that he should have been aware of the charge, but agreed to waive the fee.

Cam saved £180, not bad for a 5 minute call.

Learn a new skill

Previously I’ve told you have learning a new skill could make you money, but it could also save you money.

This works for tasks that are generally time consuming but are easy to master.
Think painting, furniture assembly and landscaping.

Maybe you might find you are good at it and will save you paying someone else.

You might even be able to turn it in money making opportunity

These suggestions won’t be applicable to everyone, but try to work out how they could be adapted for you.

Hopefully, these suggestions give you money ideas!

That’s it for this newsletter. See you next time!

If you have any suggestions or questions then drop me a reply to this email.


Whilst building web applications, Daniel also sets up web servers from scratch because he has yet to find the perfect hosting solution. His philosophy is “Why settle, when you can build it better yourself?”

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