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Broke in Bristol


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...

January 20, 2020

If you're feeling a bit down in the dumps today you're not the only one. Today is known as Blue Monday because researchers have worked out it's the most depressing day of the year because of the gloomy weather, debt we've accumulated over Christmas, low motivation levels and disappointment at breaking our New Year's resolutions.

So if you need cheering up today why not treat yourself to a free Krispy Kreme doughnut to...

January 10, 2020

Today you can pick up a free medium portion of fries from any McDonald's in Bristol! In fact, you can pick them up from any McDonald's store in the UK where you can use the McDonald's app – all you have to do is make sure sure you've downloaded the  app on your phone and use it to place your order.

You don't need to buy anything else but if you're a new app user you may have to go in-store. 

If you're not a fan of thes...

January 9, 2020

Feeling the pinch after Christmas? If you'd like a simple way to save some money for next Christmas have you thought about joining in the 1p savings challenge? This savings hack is making it's way around social media so I thought I'd give it a try myself –after all I may be good with money – but an extra few hundred quid in time for next December's festivities wouldn't go amiss!

The challenge is really easy you just increa...

January 8, 2020

If you love a freebie as much as me then you'll be delighted to learn that McDonald's is giving away free cheese melt dippers today!

Everyone is entitled to one free portion of five dippers made from Emmental and mozzarella cheese and all you have to do to claim yours is download the McDonald's app via Google Play or the App Store (if you haven't got it already).

The dippers, which usually cost...

January 7, 2020

It's that time of year just after an indulgent Christmas when we all need to save a bit of money. So if you need to get the kids out and about this January, but are looking for cheaper things to do than usual, then maybe a trip to Noah's Ark Zoo Farm could be on the cards?

It's been a while since I've taken Little Miss Diva (she's nearing the teenage years now) but we've always had a fab day out whenever we've be...

December 31, 2019

Now that Christmas is over it's time to look at how you can save a few pennies. Whether you're planning a holiday, wedding or want to get ahead of the game before Christmas 2020, I’ve come up with 11 easy ways you can save £1,000 or more.

1. Start a side hustle…

Two years ago I invested in a converted Vauxhall Vivaro campervan. I don’t get to go away in it as often as I like, but it has been a great little money earner. Just hir...

December 20, 2019

Who loves free food? I love a good freebie more than anything so imagine my excitement when I discovered that you can claim a free Burger King Whopper this morning between 6 and 11am!

Everyone is entitled to a free Whopper – just check the vouchers section in your Burger King app today only (Friday Dec 20th). There's nothing wrong with enjoying the freebie yourself – but if you're not a huge fan – why not give it to someone who...

December 19, 2019

Christmas can be an expensive affair so I’ve done all the research to bring you 20 free and affordable family-friendly events that could save you a bob or two during the school holidays. Have I missed anything? Please feel free to share – Broke in Bristol - & beyond is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Have a great Christmas everyone!

Thu Dec 19. Toddlers Carols at Bristol Cathedral. Free.

It’s events like these that I briefly...

December 16, 2019

This Christmas around 400,000 NHS staff will be spending Christmas Day looking after patients – so to say thanks for their hard work throughout the year – Uber is offering two free taxi rides.

The two free rides can be claimed between December 23 and 27 and could be used to get to and from work. Or, if the rides are not needed, NHS staff can claim two free meals at the end of their shift from Uber Eats instead.  

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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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