Kids Week is back! For the whole of August, a child aged 16 or under can go to any participating London theatre show for free where tickets are available as long as they’re accompanied by a full paying adult. Adults can also buy up to two extra children’s tickets at half price and there are no booking fees.
Kids Week includes a wide variety of London musicals, plays, comedies and children’s shows to choose from. Throughout August some participating shows will also be holding special activities, including Q&As, dance workshops and behind the scenes tours.
Kids Week tickets are the perfect way to introduce your whole family to theatre over the summer holidays - with great London shows and great value theatre tickets. We also have a programme of activities to get your kids more involved, as well as Kids Eat Free deals available at theatre partner restaurants.
Obviously if you don't live in London, getting there can be pretty expensive... but I have a plan for you! The best bet is going to be the train... but that's expensive too right? Yes it's not cheap, BUT we have several weeks before theatre week and so you are going to find cheaper tickets, by buying in advance, through Raileasy, who offer early booking discounts and you could save as much as 80%, as their smart booking engine always defaults to the cheapest ticket available... but wait, there is more! Use Topcashback to book the Raileasy tickets and get a 2% cashback on the purchase, which will help towards theatre snacks (actually get the snacks in the supermarket as that will save you a ton of cash!) If you aren't signed up with Topcashback, join up before 10am on Monday 17th June and get a free £5 prepaid Mastercard as a welcome bonus! You can still join up for free after this date, you just won't get the £5 card deal.
Ok, so you looking to find a way to earn a little extra cash, but don't really have time for a part time job, haven't got the energy to start selling items on EBay, or maybe just don't have an clue how to do it!? Here is another little idea for you....
Do you have a driveway or dedicated parking space? If yes, it may well start to earn you a few extra quid! You can actually earn money by allowing people to use your driveway to park their vehicle, when you aren't making use of it. This could be during the day, when you are at work, at the weekend, overnight, while you are on away on holiday etc. Perhaps you don't have a car at all, but have a driveway going to waste that could be used to earn you some cash, or have a driveway for 2 cars, but just have the one etc... This company could be a useful side hustle for you.
Just Park are an online company who specialise in exactly this. Sign up with them, tell them when you have availability for someone to park on your driveway or parking space and they will advertise your space for you, deal with the bookings and admin and then pay you directly. It's that simple! You can customise when you have availability and the system will allow you to block off certain weeks, days, hours etc, that you don't want someone parking, to ensure that you only have people using your services, when you want them to be!
When it comes to what people will pay, to use your facilities, it's going to depend on your location and your availability. If you happen to be located within a close locality to a railway station, city centre, stadium, etc, then you are probably going to be more in demand, and will be able to get more money for your space than if you are based in the middle of nowhere... it's all about supply and demand of course! You can set your own pricing if you would like to, the website shows you what the people/parking facilities close to you are charging, to help you to offer competitive pricing, or alternatively Just Park will suggest a price for you, based on your location and the average pricing in your area for you. It's pretty clever, their system know if there is something happening locally that can bump up your price for you, and will automatically change the pricing. As an example, I'm located within a 5 minute walk of a football stadium, and my pricing automatically increases when there is a big match on, so I can profit from the extra demand for parking spaces during this event, which is really helpful and somewhat clever! You can us the companies website to get it set up, or alternatively you can download the app as well to make use of the service while out and about, should you want to.
The Just Park service has been around for a while now, as of 2018, it had been used by over 2.5 million motorists and have 45,000 space owners signed up, and it's increasing on a daily basis, and so is far from a Mickey Mouse operation!
Now unless you are located somewhere really special, you aren't going to want to jack in your job just yet and live on the proceeds of this service, to be honest. As an example, during the week, I can expect my average earnings to be £2.80 per day for people to use my drive! Not a massive amount of cash, but work it out over a month, or a year and actually it's a decent amount of money for people to make use of something that's not being used, and often I'm not even at home to see the drive being used, and so it's pretty much money for doing nothing! Obviously, depending on your location, the amount you could charge could be more or less than I receive.
You may find that this service will save you a decent chunk of change if you normally pay to park for work, pleasure etc. The potential savings you could make from using this service to park over a big car park company could be massive. I had the 'pleasure' of parking in London recently at a car park that is run by a three letter company starting with N and ending with P, and it cost me over £50 to park for the day! I swear my car isn't worth £50! Therefore if I had know about this kind of service, I would definitely have looked at this option first, maybe it's time you did!
If this is something that's of interest, then pop onto the JUST PARK website, register and see what you can expect to earn from your driveway and also to see what you could be paying for a space. They are currently running a promotion where if you sign up and make a booking, they will give you £10 to spend on parking. If you sign up as a space owner wanting to rent out their space, they will give you a £10 Amazon voucher.
All in all, this is a decent idea that has potential to top up your income with the minimal of effort.
If you have any questions or comments about this post, please feel free to leave a reply or message me.
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The BBC has today, (10th June 2019), announced that from June 2020, a free TV licence will only be available to persons aged over 75 and who receives Pension Credit. This is expected to impact some 3.5 million households, who previously received a free TV licence.
It is estimated that some 1.5 million households will benefit from the new scheme, at a cost of some £250 million pounds. Over the course of the next month, TV Licensing will be writing to everyone who currently has a free over-75 licence to let them know about the new scheme and make clear that they will remain fully covered until 31 May 2020 and to confirm that no changes will take place until this date.
Free licences were first given to the over-75s as part of a government programme to reduce pensioner poverty. 15 years later that government funding was cut and ever since then the BBC has had to foot the bill for the free licence scheme, however the issue seems to be that there are more and more pensioners nowadays, due to people living longer and therefore the ratio of, what tends to be heavier users of TV services by the pensioner aged viewer, is becoming larger than the fee paying younger households and this is causing financial issues to the BBC.
There are many that say, just a week after the major D-Day commemorative events that took place in the UK and Europe, praising and thanking the older generation for everything they did and sacrificed, that this comes as a kick in the teeth to potentially the same people, by cutting funding for those people, who in many cases, look to the TV as a companion and may well not be in a financial position to afford to pay for the licence going forward....
That said, there are actually many people who may very well not need a TV licence at all!
If you're watching live TV on a television, computer, tablet, games console, smartphone or any other device, you'll need to pay the fee but if you only watch catch up TV, (Not including BBC I Player, you will still need a licence for this), or on demand TV services, you do not need a TV licence at all! This doesn't mean if you record live tv and then play it back, it's ok... it isn't, you will still need a TV licence for that, but if you do just watch programming through on demand services such as 4 On Demand, ITV Hub, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube etc then you are exempt from paying for a licence.
You need to let TV Licensing service know if you aren't watching live TV and they can cancel your licence, you will need to cancel any direct debits etc. It is quite possible that a TV Licence representative may well call to ensure that you are indeed not watching TV, so if you are watching live TV, you may end up with a £1,000 fine and be prosecuted, so it's not something recommended to be claiming not to be watching live TV when you are!
So there are ways around the costs of watching TV, something that may well be useful to those households who will be affected by this change in BBC policy and hopefully this will be useful information to know, assuming no other changes are made to this policy before June 2020...
It was reported earlier this week, that Sainsbury's have begun a rollout of can and plastic bottle recycling machines in their stores. It's in a trial mode at present, with their Lincoln superstore as the first to bring the scheme online, but with 4 additional stores going live shortly, this could well be coming to a store near you soon.
What this means is that you can go into the store and put the cans or bottles into the machine and you will get 5p for every one that gets accepted. You can deposit up to 500 cans or bottles into the machine in one visit, which is worth £25! You get paid in Sainsbury's vouchers, rather than cash, but that means you can pick up your shopping at a discount, just by recycling something that you were probably recycling anyway! The machines will only accept cans and bottles that are sold in their stores and so they won't accept a competitors own brand products, which I guess is fair enough, but will accept all the big brand cans and bottles from manufacturers such as Coca Cola or Pepsi etc and will accept bottles up to 2 litre size.
This concept isn't new of course, many countries have had this facility for years, the USA, for example, has 11 states with container deposit laws, which allow residents to redeem bottles for money. Californians get a 5¢ refund for containers under 24 oz. or under and 10¢ for any above or equal to 24oz. The statute covers containers for beer, malt, wine and distilled spirit coolers, as well as all non-alcoholic beverages, except milk and juices over 16 oz. The containers have to be made of aluminum, glass, plastic, or bi-metal. Refillables are exempt. The difference between the participating American states, is that the manufacturers/retailers have already had to add a deposit charge to the products price, and so the consumer is, in theory, only going to get back what they have already paid on the bottle initially. The Sainsbury's idea is that you will get 5p for each product, without having to have already paid a deposit, which to me is a money making idea! I can already see the clued up, entrepreneurial, kids, raiding bins and possibly even your recycling bins, in order to find as many cans and bottles as possible to then be able to cash them in for vouchers, which they can put towards Playstation games etc and I think that's no bad thing, (within reason)! It also may, perhaps, help those people who are struggling to make ends meet or even those living on the streets, to be able to earn some extra food money, simply by looking out for cans and bottles while out and about. Even a dozen cans could be enough to grab a meal from Sainsbury's if they they combine using the vouchers alongside taking advantage of the yellow sticker/ clearance deals in store!
If you have been to the USA, it's not unusual to see homeless people and those people on low incomes walking around with trolleys, filled with bags of cans and bottle, ready to get paid for recycling and it's quite possible that similar scenes may be seen over here as well.
Sainsbury's isn't the first UK supermarket to come up with this idea. Iceland has also released a similar trial in some of their stores, Fulham being the first, which gives 10p per bottle and the Co-op also did something similar, at festivals, as an incentive for people to clean up after themselves and earn a little extra at the same time!
Eventually it looks like the UK will probably adopt a deposit scheme in a way to try and encourage the recycling of cans and bottles, Scotland is already looking at implementing this sort of scheme, by the end of 2020, and it's expected that once results from this come through, the rest of the UK may very well follow suit. For now, however, this Sainsbury's scheme looks to be a great way to encourage recycling and also a potential nice little earner for those people willing to raid bins for cans and bottles... I may well be one of those people!
What do you think?