Recommendations

I’m not a huge shopper, we are an incredibly thrifty family and never buy anything without researching the cheapest place to buy first. We also try to live a minimalistic life so only ever buy something if we really need it.

I thought I’d share some of the places that we do buy products and would highly recommend. I’ve split the page into different categories depending on what you are after.

There are some *affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. I never promote anything that I haven’t verified and/or personally used

Here are some of my favourite products and websites that make my life easier…

Eco Stores 

Boobalou is a great online eco store selling a range of reusable products for your home. Personally, I bought my reusable bread bag & my organic fruit & veg bags from Boobalou.

*Ethical Superstore is an online store selling a whole range of eco products including fair trade, organic and vegan items.



Shopping

*Etsy is an e-commerce website that focuses on handmade, unique and vintage items.


*Preloved UK is a second-hand selling site. You can buy and sell items. List for free in over 5000 categories. Find local bargains!

Bag a bargain and upgrade with a *years Full Membership for £3 using the code: FULLMAY17


Blogging Tools & Programs

Since I started blogging over 5 years ago I have tried and tested various products, tools and companies. Some have been good, some have been bad and some have just been plain weird. One of the best bits of blogging is you never know what you are going to be doing next. I generally get excited every time I open my emails.

Photo Editing

PicMonkey is an online photo editor. I personally use *PicMonkey for all of my photos. It’s really simple to use and has some great effects on it. There are 3 different options for using PicMonkey; Basic which is free, Royale – Annual which costs $2.75 or £1.88 (billed annually)  and Royale – Monthly $4.99 or £3.41 (billed monthly). They are also currently running a 7-day free trial. So you can try before you buy.

The basic package has some great features on it and is good for anyone starting out with photo editing. The Royale packages offer a lot more including advanced touch-up tools, 1,100+ graphic overlays, premium fonts and no ads.

Read: How to Create a Custom Blog Header using PicMonkey

 

Website Hosting

iPage is a website hosting company. I use *iPage for all of my websites and blogs. I find their customer service fantastic. I’m not great with the technical aspects of blogging and if I ever have an issue they have always helped me out.

They are very reasonably priced; prices start from just £1.50 per month for hosting. I have been with iPage for 4 years now and wouldn’t use anyone else. If you are interested in starting your own blog take a look at my Start a Blog page.

Read: How To Start a WordPress Blog on iPage

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Video Editing

Filmora by Wondershare is a video editing programme. I use *Filmora to create and edit all of my videos. It’s really easy to use and has some great effects that you can add to your videos. You also have the ability to download more effects.

Filmora works on both Windows and Mac. You can either purchase a 1 Year License to test and make sure you like the programme or you can purchase a Lifetime License.

Watch: Check out my videos on my YouTube channel

SAVE 28% on All-in-one Easy-to-use home video editing software now!

 

Email Marketing

MailChimp is an online email marketing website. It allows you to create stunning custom emails to your subscribers. It is very easy to use and has lots of different templates to get you started.

Beginners to email marketing can create a free account which allows you to have up to 2000 subscribers. Once you have more than 2000 you can upgrade to their pro account. I use MailChimp to send out my monthly newsletter and also my ‘Blogging for Beginners’ eCourse.

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Blog/Website Design

StudioPress have hundreds of premium *StudioPress Themes for WordPress and plugins to make your blog look great! Quickly and easily build an amazing website now.

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes

 

Business Cards

When you’re blog starts to take off you may want to get some business cards made. Personally, I would highly recommend *moo.com I use them for my cards and love them!

 

Yoast SEO Plugin

If you are serious about blogging and want to increase your page views then you really should install the Yoast SEO plugin. It’s free to install and takes all of the hard work out of implementing SEO on your blog.

 

Tailwind for Pinterest Promotion

If you want to implement a great Pinterest strategy to increase your page views and gain more followers then *Tailwind is the way forward.

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

Hootsuite for Social Media Management

I use Hootsuite for scheduling all of my tweets. It’s easy to use and saves me huge amounts of time each week.

 

 

Earn Money from Blogging

BlogDash

Find out about paid blogging opportunities using *BlogDash. BlogDash has been helping brands and bloggers connect since 2011. Create your own profile for free and start receiving pitches for work.

Blogger Outreach Made Easy

LinkiLikeQuantcast

*Linkilike is a company that pays you to promote content on your social media channels. It’s free to join and very easy to use. You fill out a questionnaire stating your interests so the content is relevant to you.

Read: How to Earn Money on Social Media

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Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course

If you are going to buy any blogging related courses then the *Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course should be on the top of your list! Learn how Michelle went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month!

Making sense of affiliate marketing

InboxPounds

This one isn’t necessarily blogging related, in fact, anyone can earn money with *InboxPounds. You earn money by completing surveys, clicking on emails, searching the web and playing games. Sign up is free and as a reward, you get a £1 bonus just for joining.



Money Saving Sites

Groupon

Groupon is a deals and coupon site. I use *Groupon UK a lot, mainly for holidays, courses and shopping. I recently used it to buy an advanced social media course and also my holiday to Budapest.

It’s free to sign up and has a function where you can find local deals to you. They have vouchers and deals for hundreds of different things including Food & Drink, Things To Do, Beauty & Spas and Women’s Fashion. I never buy anything online these days without first checking to see if there is a deal on Groupon.


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Kidstart

Kidstart is an online cashback site that works with hundreds of top brands including John Lewis, Argos and Mothercare. It’s free to join and every time you buy through Kidstart you get money back on your shop. Each retailer offers a different cash back amount.  I use *Kidstart before I buy anything online and most of our cashback comes from Just Eat.

Read: How to use Kidstart for Free Cash Back for your Children

Savings for your children when you shop online

Zeek

Zeek is a free app where you can buy or sell unwanted shopping vouchers. It’s really easy to use. I regularly use *Zeek before I shop and as a bonus, if you use my link to sign up you’ll get a £5 discount.

Read: Zeek App Review – Save Money on your Shopping

Save money when you shop with the Zeek app

I really hope that you have found this post useful and keep checking back as I will be adding new products and services as and when I test them.

Gina Caro

 

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A list of recommendations for bloggers