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February 26, 2020

Welcome back to Broke in Bristol – the blog that helps you save money, make money and invest in your future. This week's post is about how we can all make extra money from hosting foreign language students – it's something I did for years and I absolutely loved it! 

I only have a small two bedroom terraced house in Totterdown, so it’s not like I have loads of extra room. But with a few small sacrifices we managed to squeez...

February 25, 2020

Good morning Bristol & beyond – it's time for your Tuesday tips. And it's not just any old Tuesday - it's Pancake Tuesday! So let's start with how you and your family can get your hands on free pancakes today. First up, Bella Italia is serving free pancakes to customers, all you have to do is say Big Bella Pancake Giveaway and you'll be entitled to two free pancakes and a choice of chocolate or strawberry sauce when...

February 24, 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to issue three of Me, My Money & Monday Musings. It’s the first day back at school and I’m so glad I survived half-term hell and the kids have gone back, are you? Holidays are great when you can actually take some time off to spend with the kids but when you are self-employed, working from home and trying to juggle it all, it can feel like hell on earth!

And now that Little Miss Di...

February 18, 2020

I love doing loads of fun things for free during the holidays but it's always nice to have one treat day! Well the good news is there are so many places in Bristol and the UK where kids eat free or for just £1 this February half-term. Here’s my pick of the best…

1. After a morning out at one of central Bristol’s free museums or affordable attractions, take your hungry monsters to Prezzo right by We The Curio...

February 14, 2020

So the school holidays are upon us again and, I don't know about you, but I'm still skint from Christmas! Plus I had a horrendous money month in January as my brakes failed which cost me £500. Anyway, I've put together a post on 25 free and cheap things to do this February half-term in Bristol so that we can all still have lots of fun without breaking the bank! Don't forget to show Broke in Bristol - & beyond some love this Va...

February 10, 2020

Welcome back to Me, My Money and Monday Musings where every week I'll be letting you know my secrets when it comes to spending, my money wins and fails and what I've been up to in general.

So last week you met my new puppy Caramel. Isn't she a little sweetheart? Those weren't quite the words that came out of my mouth when I realised she'd chewed through my Apple MacBook Air Charger and her brand new harness! The harness was les...

February 5, 2020

Saving money hasn't always come naturally to me – in fact most bloggers who write about saving money have been in debt themselves. However, you can change your money mindset and make a few changes that will have a huge impact. Let me share with you some things I do every year that save me hundreds of pounds.

  1. It's well documented that turning everything off at the plug could save you £100 a year, but...

February 4, 2020

Good afternoon Bristol & beyond it is time for your Tuesday tips. I love Tuesday, because it's one day closer to the weekend than Monday, and also because Tuesday is a great day for bargain lovers! 

You can fill your stomach with cheap tacos, pizza and burgers – all the things I can't eat because I've started Slimming World! Oh well, I don't mind sharing these tips with my followers who aren't on a heal...

February 3, 2020

Welcome to the very first issue of Me, My Money and Monday Musings which I’m hoping to publish every Monday for no other reason than I’m slightly obsessed with alliteration! Every week I’ll be rounding up what I’ve been spending my money on, what deals I’ve taken advantage of as well as my money fails and what I’ve been getting up to in general.

My debt free journey

Some of you know that I haven’t always been good with money. In...

Selling on furniture

I recently met a chap who came to my house to collect a dining table – for the purpose of this post we’ll call him Chris. I didn’t think it was worth anything and I like to be charitable when I can afford to, so imagine my surprise when Chris told me he had a side hustle selling on people’s unwanted furniture. All for a good cause though – he’s saving to buy a house – and can’t see any other way he’ll get o...

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February 22, 2017

In the world we live in today, it is becoming more common to transport a relative who has passed away abroad back to their home country. It also has become common to deal with legal and fiscal issues regarding the estate of that individual across many borders. When dea...

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Jackie Annett and I've lived in this wonderful city for many years. I'm a single mum to twelve-year-old Little Miss Diva and for the last 20 years I've been working as a journalist, magazine editor and blogger.


Saving money hasn't always come naturally to me – in fact most bloggers who write about saving money have been in debt themselves. In my late 20s, my ex-husband and I were in £16,000 worth of debt. We worked hard, partied hard and shopped hard! I’ve always loved a bargain, but I had more ‘bargain’ outfits than one young woman could possibly need. I continually went over my overdraft and got into trouble with the banks and credit card companies as a result.


It was finding out that I was pregnant that proved to be my wake up call. I remember thinking “how the hell am I going to live off £100 a week maternity pay?” as I was used to earning and spending so much more. But we tightened our belts, stopped going out and we managed OK. When I started earning decent money again, I put all my wages away. We lived off a strict budget and I came up with a plan for dealing with our debts. After a couple of years, we’d paid it all off. It was a fantastic feeling!


I made a promise to myself that I would never get into debt again and I’ve stuck to it. Paying less for everything has enabled me to go from drowning in debt to owning my own house — despite being a single parent and without any financial help from my family. I really enjoy helping others save money so Broke in Bristol (& beyond) is my way of sharing local offers and updates on all the fabulous deals, discounts and days out taking place in Bristol. Please join me on my money-saving journey:

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