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10 of the best Bristol doggie walks

We rescued our Romanian pup just over a year ago Come rain or shine, you can't have a day off when you have a dog! Just over a year ago we rescued our little Romanian rescue pup Caramel – isn't she cute? When we first got her she was five months old and didn't even...

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Where to Eat Out to Help Out in Bristol

Good morning Bristol and welcome back to your favourite money-saving blog. I've just got back from a lovely little trip away camping in the Cotswolds and am now ploughing my way through the rest of the 25 things to do with the kids in Bristol this summer. I'm sure...

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Skint? Why not start a side hustle?

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...

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How to save £100s spring cleaning your finances.

Welcome to Broke in Bristol – the blog that helps you save money, make money and live life to the full on a budget. I’m Ms Broke in Bristol and I’ve come up with 10 suggestions for how you can spring clean your finances this month. It pays to review your mortgage...

Welcome to my website. My name is Jackie Annett and I’ve lived in this wonderful city for many years. I’m a single mum to fourteen-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. Broke in Bristol has been featured in The Mirror, Metro, Sun, Bristol Post, Radio Bristol and Times Radio. Come and join me on my money-saving journey:

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Make money with 10 New Year’s financial resolutions

Make money with 10 New Year’s financial resolutions

Well what a start to the New Year! It looks like it's going to be another difficult one for peoples' finances with many either losing their jobs or earning much less than they are used to. On a positive note, we're spending less as we can't socialise and don't have to...

How to save £140 & keep the family warm this winter.

How to save £140 & keep the family warm this winter.

Although the nights are still quite mild, it's time to see if you qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. If you’re on certain benefits or a low income, you may be entitled to a £140 rebate on your energy bill and it only takes 10 minutes to find out. The...

10 steps to get out of debt

10 steps to get out of debt

Rewind my life 14 years and it’s a very different story to the one I live today. I spent my days working hard on an art magazine in London’s Old Street, treated myself to dinner out most evenings at one of the local eateries and chatted or danced the nights away in...

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Jackie Annett

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

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