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Published on July 9th, 2015 | by Pete

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From Aldi to Harrods Interview

As you know, we jolly well love personal finance blogs. Our favourite is our own :). However, there are plenty of other excellent blogs about frugality and money saving, and so every now and again we like to drop in and have a chat with them. This time round, it’s the turn of ‘From Aldi to Harrods‘, where we had a chance to chinwag with the lovely Emma.

Here’s what she had to say:

1. What made you start blogging about personal finance?

I was sick of seeing internet adverts telling me that I could make £18,000 a day by sitting on my bum! I wanted to show real people how another person was making extra cash. I try out everything before blogging about it and I will write about the good, the bad and the ugly.

2. What is your favourite money saving tip?

There are so many money saving tips that it is hard to narrow it down to just one. The “piggy banking” or “envelope” system really changed my life a few years ago. It is where you physically split your income into different pots – whether it be cash in envelopes or different online accounts. I’ve split mine into household spending, car expenses, emergency savings and pets. This means that every month I set money aside that covers those bills (including annual bills like car tax and MOT), and everything left in my current account is mine to spend. Since implanting this system over 5 years ago I have never been in my overdraft.

3. What is your proudest achievement since you’ve started blogging?

Being selected as one of the ten finalists for Savoo’s Smartest Shopper of the year 2013. It was an incredible experience where I got to travel to London and meet some of my favourite personal finance bloggers.

4. What’s the best way you’ve found, of saving or making money without really thinking about it?

It would have to be to use a cashback website like Quidco or Topcashback. It takes so little effort (just visit the cashback site before you do your online shopping) and you can gain so much. I’ve earned over £1,200 just by visiting one of these sites before I shop online. That’s cashback for clothes, wedding rings, flights and even groceries.

5. What advice would you give to others who want to start blogging about personal finance?

Don’t expect too much at once. You can’t just write some articles and suddenly be making TV appearances overnight. Blogging requires a whole host of other activities such as social media. Remember to be a part of the personal finance community by connecting with other bloggers.

Wise words there from Emma, so we offer her our gratitude for taking the time to share her thoughts with us.

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