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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Planning For A Savvy Christmas

pile of £1 coins, money, voucher codes,
This year has been a frugal one as you may have guessed by my posts about coupons (we need to do more clipping in this country, in my opinion) and my (very popular) money saving tips.  I'm also trying to use cashback websites more often these days too and save up my cashback amounts so I have a little bit of a windfall just before Christmas.

Speaking of which, how are you budgeting for Christmas this year?  I'm trying to be careful and I'm sharing my purchases out between in-store bargains and online offers such as this website.  I'm a huge fan of money-off round-up sites which are really easy to use and they have loads of the big-name stores that you'll recognise. Argos, John Lewis and Boden are all registered on there.  Click here for some more suggestions.

Another 'hot tip' from me at the moment is to become an expert on a website like or have a search for online competitions.  I love finding giveaways on blogs (and they are usually have low entry levels too which means more chances for me to win  Ssshhh!) and you'll have seen me run a few too.  Bloggers usually request that you follow their blog or their twitter account as part of the qualifying conditions and sometimes they use a special entry application like Rafflecopter (this is the one I use too).  You can log in using your Facebook account which mean that you don't have to combat hundred of unwanted emails that usually accompany registering for competitions on branded websites.  Search for blogger's giveaways using Google search but add the words "UK blog" or, if you use Twitter then have a look on the #win or #giveaway search stream.

What are your main money-saving tips for the up-coming festive season?  Let me know in the comments.

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