No, I don’t have a huge pool with a real shark in it (although on reflection what better way to keep cold callers at bay?). I’m talking about the Shark S4501 Steam Mop in white which was quite the bargain find thanks to that clever lot at Suppose.com.
Usually retailing at £99.99 (still a decent price given how easy to use and effective the Shark S4501 is) using suppose.com to search for this product finds the most affordable option from a reputable retailer making this available for just £29.98. I received this product in exchange for writing an honest and unbiased review of Suppose and yet this is exactly the kind of item I would buy myself and I doubt I would have found this type of saving myself.
If I am being honest I hadn’t heard of Suppose.com until they approached me to tell me about this service and the savings I could possibly find. The idea behind the site is that you decide what you are looking for and it finds the cheapest price for you, saving you both time and money.
Another example of how this could save me money (if Roy gets his way) is to look for an Xbox One. I’m considering getting him one for Christmas however the prices vary all over and being such a big item it is stocked by many retailers. I have this saved in a basket for £349.99 ready to click buy and yet Suppose have located me the same bundle for £319.99, effectively saving me £30. Roy might get his fancy Xbox after all.
I personally have used shopping comparison tools online before and while they have been “ok” I wouldn’t recommend some of them and they certainly aren’t as easy to navigate as Suppose; and I’ve never before seen one which allows you to save searches and more. It could be that this is one of the sites I’ll be writing about soon as a top moneysaving tool. Time will tell whether it will save me money long term however I have to say that so far the site looks promising.
I am an incredibly lucky woman. I have two healthy and happy young chaps and a fabulously supportive and loving husband. I work for myself, writing a seemingly impossible number of words each week and yet absolutely love the work I do. Damn I am tired though!
As with anything there are pros and cons associated with working for yourself and thankfully for me the positives far out-weigh the negatives. What I do find difficult however is taking time off. When you work for yourself you don’t get sick days, there is no paid annual leave and even Bank Holidays are at risk of being snatched up by yet another impossible (but always met) deadline.
Basically if you don’t work you don’t get paid. In theory us self-employed people are supposed to squirrel away funds so that they may “pay” for our time off however I’d love to hear how many actually do that. For me there is always a client that I just can’t let down or even a project too lucrative to let go of. I’m my own worst enemy.
As well as working far more than the suggested weekly working hours I’m also determined to be Mum, wife and keep house as I would if I was a stay at home mum who wasn’t undertaking paid work, inside the home or otherwise. I take the boys to school / childcare every day and am always there to pick them up, I never miss school plays, the class assembly, harvest festivals or sports day and during the hols when the kids aren’t at a play-scheme or similar I am there, being Mum.
I insist on proper family mealtimes, cook from scratch (which includes a hot breakfast for everyone), date nights for the hubby and I and the house clean and (sometimes) tidy. Don’t get me wrong, Roy and the boys more than do their fair share but you know us mothers, we like to do most of it ourselves.
Is it any wonder I’m cream crackered? My mum calls it burning the candle at both ends however for me it is just life and life the way I want to live it. I want the earnings I bring in, I want the enjoyment and achievement that comes with my work, I want to be on hand when the kids need me, to enjoy conker hunts and cuddles under blankets… I just don’t want these eye bags.
Some would say that I need to delegate work-wise (not as easy as it sounds when you work alone) so it does look like I’m going to have to bite the bullet, be strong and book a proper holiday. Once I’ve actually steeled myself to do it and *gasp* handed off work to someone I trust I know I’ll have a fabulous time. My dream is to enjoy time just being me; Nicki, wife of Roy, Mum and not the freelancer writer and copywriter who in incapable (or unwilling!) to say not to work. I could get use to the idea of being the Nicki who is waited on hand and foot though.
I’ve always said that when we take our jollies next time round that it’ll be self-catering again or camping. I like being in control, don’t mind cooking when away and I like the freedom self-catering offers for families. That said bloggy-friends of mind have over the past year or two have been reviewing cruise hols and I have to say, I do quite like the look of it all. Between fabulous activities for the kids, shows, sports, luxury rooms, more different types of food that you could possibly imagine and more you can see why the idea appeals. I’ve just heard that one ship has bumper cars on board. It would be worth booking the cruise for that alone in my opinion.
This could all be a dream, after all I know myself well enough to know how difficult taking a proper break is however I’m not the only one who would be getting away, and there are Roy and the boys to consider too.
Right now I’m enjoying living the dream work and family wise and dreaming a dream of a proper holiday. Will it come off and will I book one next year? We’ll see.
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