6 August 2017

Blogging on a Budget



When I first started blogging the thought of actually spending money never even crossed my mind. I want to make it very clear that you do not need money to blog successfully, I just feel there is a constant pressure to always have the latest releases and the best tech. Although Born to Blend originally started
as just a hobby for me, it quickly grew into something which meant a lot more, and I wanted (and still do) to put 110% in to everything, especially focusing on my content. It can be very easy to bulk buy, but this isn't always the best choice - buying 3 different shades of the latest Urban Decay lipstick instead of just the shade you like best because "it'll look great on the blog", when in reality the other 2 are probably never going to see the light of day again. With that said, I've compiled a list of how I like to keep myself from over spending when it comes to my blog.

Set a blogging budget | Irregardless of when you blog, whether that be daily, weekly or maybe even less frequently than that, setting yourself a budget is a great way of keeping track of your spending. Depending on how often you blog you can set a weekly or monthly budget that suits you.

Purchase props you can reuse | Ikea, Wilko, Poundland; these are just a few of my go to stores to buy props for photography from, and they have so many items you can pick up for a great price that can be used in photos again and again. For ideas on props to use in your photography you can check out my 50 Prop Ideas for Blog Photography post. Props are a great way to enhance your blog images and make them more visually appealing, and they can be used on any budget! 

Keep an eye out for deals | Multibuys in Boots, Superdrug, 3 for 2s, advantage card and reward points, affiliate codes from your favourite YouTuber or blogger, newsletter discount codes - I'll be honest, the majority of emails I get from companies advertising that their sale is on or with a 10% off code, don't even get opened but if you know that you're looking to stock up on a few bits, there are so many ways that you can save a few pennies. 

Well loved products are a good thing | Using a product over and over might seem a little daunting because you don't want your readers to think that's all you talk about, but you need to embrace the love you have for that particular item - forever favourites are hard to find. You just need to be clever about how you use it and how often. For example the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream could appear in: Favourite Autumn Lipsticks, Top 10 under £10, Everyday Makeup Routine, Matte Lipstick Must Haves, a High Street Haul - I could go on but I think you get the gist.  

Get yourself organised | Scheduling posts might just be second nature to so many of you out there but if you don't, here's why you should - by scheduling posts and planning ahead you're able to keep track of what your expenditure per post is. So if you have 2 posts going up in one week that aren't costing you a penny to put together, you have more in your blogging budget to spend on your 3rd post, for example. Again, this probably goes without saying but keep your makeup organised (or whatever items relate to the overall genre of your blog) so you can easily rummage through and pick out exactly what you need with no "I know I put that highlighter somewhere..." and the same goes for your props too.

How do you stay on track with your pennies when blogging? I hope you found this post helpful - let me know in the comments!

J x



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8 comments

  1. Such a great post! At the beginning, to keep up with new clothes and especially coats, I had the help of my mother who used to sew clothes for me!
    Kisses,
    Ioanna | http://thecolourfulbouquet.com/

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    1. That's such a good idea! Mums are always the best sewers! Thanks for reading lovely. J x

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  2. Wonderful tips Jenny! I'm currently checking out those props for photography. Haven't thought much about them before, but may be a good help for lifestyle shots and flat lays.

    Xx,
    Cátia
    ♥ The petite Cat ♥

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    1. Thanks love! Always find they help with my flatlays hope you find that post helpful too! Thanks for reading. J x

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  3. Great post! One of the main reasons I stopped Blogging was the pressure to keep purchasing new & expensive products! Thank you for the motivation, gonna try a few of these. :)
    -Jordan xo

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    1. Completely agree Jordan! It was a mixture of that and also I just had no motivation! So disheartening when you see everyone receiving the latest releases in the post and you fork out £40 quid to buy it just so you can do a post about it! J x

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I recently just started blogging and I want to make sure I don't spend money that I'll never get back. I will definitely be checking out your post on the prop ideas for photography. Thanks again :)

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    1. Hi Ali! No bother glad you liked the post! Aw best of luck with your new venture, whats your blog url I'd love to check it out :) J x

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