I have family staying with me at the moment so while I wait for them to come back from shopping (I only worked half-day today), I thought I’d get this out. The post was all prepared in advance, I just slotted in the numbers.
I will need to figure out my posting schedule and how I’m going to keep up with this secret blogging lark when my sis is living with me…
This month has just whizzed by – work’s been really busy and I’ve gotten into the bad habit of staying late when it’s not a gym night; need to stop doing that as it’s making me feel really drained.
I successfully claimed for a delayed flight and received £168 compensation, which will nicely pay for my next planned trip – I was delayed for 5 hours at Amsterdam on my way to HK just before Christmas. First time I’ve claimed and it was a relatively painless process.
Anyway, how did I get on with my savings this month?
I saved 37% – a couple of social outings, Chinese New Year and stocking up my beer fridge pushed the spending up somewhat this month. I can’t seem to get into the ‘zone’ at the moment to do some more home brewing, hence the beer purchases.
The above savings includes top ups of £30.07 from TopCashback* and £131.69 affiliate income from OddsMonkey (thank you to all who signed up via my links!).
Shares and Investment Trusts
No new investments, just added to existing ones.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
I think the markets have continued to recover as my Future Fund has grown by more than the capital I’ve invested, now sitting at £153,555.
Dividends and Other Income
Historically, February has the lowest dividends:
I received £167.96 in total, of which £135.25 was from my ISAs, the rest in my SIPPs. Very happy with this as it’s the first time there’s been >£100 in this month. Next year >£200 maybe!
Still early days yet, but here’s how things look on the main dividend income graph:
Matched Betting (MB)
A good month for a change, with total profits this month coming in at £533 (of which £304 was from each way (EW) betting. Let’s hope this run continues.
As mentioned last month, if there are any other matched bettors out there who are trying out the risky (though potentially lucrative) EW betting strategy, they might be interested in downloading the Slack app, and joining the EW Betting chat which Dan from Pursue Fire has kindly set up. Here, we share strategies, highs and lows of EW betting, our daily profits/losses, the occasional hotshot tip from TFS (don’t back his international tips though 🙂 ) and you get to gawp at his (and Dan’s) mad stakes and huge profits! [**SECOND EDIT** (03/03/19) Due to a flurry of people joining, Dan has decided to close the group to new members until further notice, to keep it manageable and more ‘private’]
As mentioned before, the MB guide I subscribe to is OddsMonkey*, which is great for beginners and experienced matched bettors alike with quality tools such as the Oddsmatcher, Each Way Matcher, Racing Matcher and Acca Matcher among others. There are step by step guides and also a friendly forum for you to ask questions and get help on any of the offers.
Some people find Matched Betting tedious and not worth their time or effort, but you won’t know until you try it and for me, it’s the ideal ‘side hustle’ to do when I want to. Anyway, check out the free trial* (with no obligations).
I’m not doing too badly on the library book front already so the next few books I read (after the current library book I’m reading) will be physical books I own so I can get them off my shelves (by donating to charity once I’ve read them – part of my decluttering plan).
Meet Up News!
And finally, Ms ZiYou says she’ll be up in Manchester with work and wondered if anyone fancied meeting up for a bit of a chat and a drink or two?
Date & Time: Friday, 8th March 2019 (from around 5pm)
Venue: Where else to talk personal finance stuff but The Bank pub on Mosley Street!
**DISCLAIMER** – this meet up will likely bear no resemblance to the ones arranged in London last year, where hordes of FIRE wannabes/FIRE’d peeps flocked, making mainstream media news and causing Daily Mail readers to froth at the mouth (probably).
In fact, it might even just be me and Ms ZiYou but hey, if you’re in the area, please come and join us! 🙂
And on that note, hope you all have a great weekend!