I have a job and a baby but managed to save over £5K by easy side hustles – here’s how... - The Sun

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A BRITISH mum has shared how she saved more than a whopping £5k in just nine months by embracing side hustles - all whilst juggling a job and a baby.

Learning and development co-ordinator Megan Kristie, from Birmingham, has always been savvy with money.

A BRITISH mum has shared how she saved more than a whopping £5k in just nine months by embracing side hustles - all whilst juggling a job and a baby.

Learning and development co-ordinator Megan Kristie, from Birmingham, has always been savvy with money.

5 The mum has always been savvy with her money - but decided that she wanted to put a budget in place after going on maternity leave Credit: mediadrumimages/Megan Kristie

5 Megan with her one-year-old daughter Credit: mediadrumimages/Megan Kristie

But after going on maternity leave with her first child, now one, the 25-year-old decided that she wanted to put a budget in place and also come up with ways to make extra cash.

Now back at her £27k pro-rata job part-time, the mum-of-one has even developed a system for saving money while also ensuring she is still spending time with her loved ones.

Since September 2021, Megan has saved more than a staggering £5k, which has been of great help for her to reach her 10k goal for a house deposit.

The rest of the money, she revealed, would be going towards buying a property for her to rent out as a landlord.

The mum, whose saving target is £35k, claimed that on top of the money she earns from her job, she will get anywhere between £500 and £2k each month from her side hustles, with her outgoing bills coming to about £1,150 including energy bills and groceries.

“I have always been a saver but have never budgeted,” said Megan.

“I started my budgeting journey when I started maternity leave - knowing money would be tight whilst on SMP (statutory maternity pay), I wanted to make the most of the money I did have by implementing a budget.

“The first step was writing down all of my outgoings versus my income.

''From this I was able to distribute my spare money to other bills such as grocery shopping.

“I save money on grocery shopping mainly by using cashback apps and by taking advantage of new customer discount deals.

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“For instance, I recently saved £20 off a £60 shop for being a new customer with Ocado.

“I have lots of different savings pots. One for a house, one for a flag to hopefully soon become a landlord, and a general emergency fund, should I ever need it.”

As well as finding clever ways to budget, Megan has several ‘side hustles’ which allow her to earn additional money from home.

“My side hustles are mystery shopping, website testing, market research and surveys,” said Megan.

“There are lots of apps and companies out there to start side hustles with.

“How much I do varies depending on how much spare time I have.

“I tend to do surveys in the evenings and website tests throughout the day.

“I apply for lots of market research so depending on if I get chosen, I’ll do them on specified dates and times.”

Megan also shares her budgeting journey on Instagram, @thesavvyspenderofficial.

5 The mum suggested using cashback apps and writing down all of your finances Credit: mediadrumimages/Megan Kristie

However, since the mum began posting on social media, costs of living have increased significantly, so she did admit to doing her best to advise her followers on how to budget.

“My advice is to write down all of your finances - Outgoings, incoming money and see how much you’re left with,” she said.

“Then allocate your leftover money accordingly.

“Find a budgeting method that works for you. You can find these on Google or Instagram finance pages - having the correct budget can work wonders.

“Finally - Use cashback apps.

“The cost of living crisis has affected my own saving slightly, but not drastically as I have been side hustling more often which means my budgets haven’t changed too much.

“I tend to spend more time making extra money so I can still save and enjoy my life whilst affording the higher energy bills and other rising costs of living.

“Utilities for me is the hardest area to save in. It’s not so easy to just stop using as much hot water or cook less.

5 Her side hustles include mystery shopping, website testing, market research and surveys Credit: mediadrumimages/Megan Kristie

“These are basic necessities and I don’t believe we should have to choose between staying warm or eating, it’s not fair that people have to make this decision.”

Her ultimate goal was originally to help other mums surviving on maternity pay, but now she has managed to build a following of more than 6k, some of whom have even reached out to Megan to say she has inspired them to change their ways of working.

“When I started maternity leave, I wanted to share my journey with other mums so they could take inspiration from my money savviness and hopefully help them make their maternity money go further,” said Megan.

“My platform then grew wider than just mums, and I started sharing more generalised money saving tips to help the wider community.

“I get all sorts of comments. People tell me I’ve helped them save money and make money all the time.

“I’ve also inspired people to cut their hours at work to spend more time with their family as they are now aware a budget can help them get more from their money and that they can make money online.”

I have a job and a baby but managed to save over £5K by easy side hustles – here’s how... - The Sun
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