Tales from Leyton: Extra Cash with a Conscience

Tales from Leyton - desperately trying to make some extra cash so I can be a full-time Mum... Check out my website

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A busy weekend

Phew! Have just got back from a Toddler Group Summer Party. Was exhausting but worthwhile (I hope!). Anyway, back to the grindstone...

Business Opportunity Review is a fantastic site. It has hundreds of really detailed members' reviews on various money making schemes, which is really useful as the adverts on the internet for such things are incredibly vague and never tell you what they're really selling. The site owners try the best ones out and provide a longer 'tried and tested' review. Definately worth the money.

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Am having second (third, fourth) thoughts about the lottery system - spoke to one of my friends over the weekend who said that both her jobs so far had been funded by the lottery. So, if I talk about it to people who play the lottery already, that might ease my conscience, while keeping my friend fed and clothed! Possibly. Whatever - you can make your own mind up! CLICK HERE to find out more...

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Friday, July 14, 2006


Really need to sort myself out. I think I've pretty much decided against the lottery scheme - not because it doesn't work (I'm fairly convinved it does) but because the whole thing involves getting other people to sign up too. It's just the work aspect, and I felt bad trying to get my friends involved. I really want to raise extra money so I guess I've got the motivation, but other people don't really need it. That's another thing I've been thinking about. Should Christians be involved with any time of gambling? I read an interesting article which raised the following points:
  • The lottery depends upon and encourages our natural human propensity for greed and covetousness.
  • It's not really trusting in God to look after my and my family's needs.
  • The aspect of risk means that it's not making good use of the money that God has granted to us.
  • For me to win it means that someone else has to lose.
Most of all, there is my own conscience, which is really telling me that there are much betters ways of raising the money we need.

So, I've joined up for a free (of course) month's trial of www.business-opportunity-review.co.uk. This is a site that has member reviews for all kinds of home businesses and money making schemes. I'm hoping I'll find one that actually works, but doesn't make me feel bad or guilty in the first place.

I know I'm doing this for a good reason - we need a couple of extra hundred pounds a month so I don't have to return to work and can stay at home and be a full time mum. We really don't spend a lot of money and are in the process of selling our car, so it's not like the money is for luxuries! I so want to be like the 'excellent wife' in Proverbs 31. She works really hard to support her family, and I want to do that - I just want to be able to do it from home. I guess I really need to pray and think about this.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Play the lottery - for FREE!

Got a free (natch) report from the business-opportunity-review website about the best and worst money making schemes. One thing they raved about was the e-lottery syndicate from Virtual World Direct. It costs £5 a week but if you get 5 people to sign up then you effectively play for free! Sign any more than 5 people up and you actually start earning money. Can't be bad, especially as you get a no-risk two week trial.

Take a look at it HERE...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bye Bye Fixed Odds Trader...

Have decided to return the 'Idiot Proof Guide to Fixed Odds Trading' to Fleet Street Publications and get my £29 back. I'm not totally against the scheme, but can't really see it working for me. The manual's a bit pants anyway, you can learn all you need to know from it in about half an hour, so there really is no point in keeping it.

If I get my money back ok I might investigate the guy's other scheme where he tells you the exact bets that he is making each week. It costs £500 for the year (ouch!) but again there is a money-back guarentee so not much to lose.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Back from holiday - no internet for a week!

Have just returned from a lovely holiday in Devon, fantastic site near Totnes. It was odd going away with the little one, still really hard work, but we went away with my husband's family so had lots of help! Was without the internet for a week and survived, but wouldn't want to do it too often!

Found a fantastic little clothing shop in Devon called Sea Salt - really fun, bright clothing, all organic cotton if you're into that kind of thing, not bad prices. Bought a stripy red halterneck dress, totally different to what I normally wear, but was inspired by an article in the Times about Troglodytes and Summer. I am naturally drawn to muted greens, blues and other hues (the first t-shirt I tried on the in shop was grey! I mean, really). This is my attempt at a forey into the summer-goddess realm. Now I just have to get rid of the baby bump!

Did many, many Sudokus while on holiday. My friend was aghast because I write all the little numbers in the corner. Sudoku snob! However, I admit that I have tried since to do it his way, and it is marginally quicker. Grr. This is a great site with a new puzzle every day - perfect if you're at work! The Daily Sudoku.

Last but not least, I won 4 out of 5 bets that I places on Bet on Markets while I was away (the virtual account of course). Sounds good, but I would actually be £50 down! Never mind. However I have found out that you can get a free £10 bet so might start with that - proper money, but still not mine! Can't remember the promotional code right now, but will post it as soon as I find it again!

Anyway, that will do for now... blimey it's good to be back on the net!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

All quiet on the Eastern Front

Have had a rather quiet time of it recently - sold 5 out of 10 videos that I listed for the Josiah Trust, sold 3 items of clothing for one of my friends (one skirt went for £32 which was good). Also with Fixed Odds Trader - I've been playing with my virtual account and so far am winning 5 out of 5 bets that I've placed... might do some real ones soon!

Aside from making money I think I should also be trying to save it - the more I save the less I have to make! Thinking about getting rid of the car - I only use it to be lazy (like driving over to my mum's, which is a 15 minute walk away). That would save us around £250 a month including tax and insurance. Seems a bit radical, but I guess because it's the summer it seems possible... And of course I would get very fit, and be doing the environment a huge favour...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fixed Odds Trader Update 2

Was all geared up to make my first bet today, but got cold feet at the last minute, so did it with my virtual betting account instead. I was put off a bit beacause the manual makes it sound so simple, but then the guy also sends out emails with hints and tips about the markets - and I didn't understand a word of today's one! I thought 'I really don't know what I'm doing.' I'm going to bone up a bit on the markets first, maybe read something like Trading for Dummies. I still feel positive about this though, but need to be a bit less hesitant.

(Fixed Odds Trader)