Selectspecs – Glasses for only £5

Do you need some cheap glasses? SelectSpecs are doing a limited offer of glasses for £5 + £3.50 postage.

Selectspecs big offer.

There’s 30 types of frames available so why not give it a try. I’ve just ordered a pair and as a bonus all the specs are UV Protected, Scratch Resistant, and also have Anti-Reflection, which to me seems like a bargain so I thought I’d share.

BHF London-Brighton Bike Ride


Yesterday was a LONG day I’ll tell you. As you may recall, my sister was doing the London to Brighton Bike Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, and would be cycling a total of 54 miles and my Mum and myself has agreed to go down to Brighton to meet her at the end and drive her back up to London. We live about 110 miles away from Brighton so it’s still a bit of a drive but we were at Brighton race track at around 11am for the park-and-ride that had been organised and were at Brighton seafront by 11:45am which was still very early as my sister was scheduled to arrive around 2pm, but Mum and myself went to get some lunch and did some sight-seeing.

Throughout the afternoon I got text and calls from my sister telling me her ETA was first 3pm, then 4pm, then 4:45pm, arghhh!! It’s amazing how hard it is to try and waste time when you really want to, and so the clock slowly creeped around and at around 5pm we saw here cycling along and I managed to get a photo of here coming down the main straight. All the frustration of waiting disappeared as I was so happy for her and was happy that she’d made it down in one piece.

It turns out that the delays weren’t because my sister is a shit syclist but infact because of enforced queues etc on the way down due to traffic, congestion, accidents, ambulances etc. After getting back on the buses to our car we had to set off back to Clapham to drop my sister off and finally got there around 8:30pm, and then me and Mum had to make the trek back to Ramsgate and got home at 10:30pm. Only 250 miles driven yesterday then, and a very very long day, back well done to my big sister. Remember, there’s still time to sponsor her if you wish.

I did get a few photos whilst I was there, and not just of the cycling, so as is customary, check out the gallery link below.

Also… congrats to all the other competitors, especially the two who rode the whole distance in fancy dress and with specially made bicycles where the axis of the wheels were not central so they spent the whole journey bumping up and down! Click here to see the photo evidence (look at the wheels!)

How to make the most money from your unwanted CDs and DVDs

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photo credit: dearsomeone

As I mentioned in my last post, I would love to be able to earn a passive income online, but that is a long journey and the rewards don’t always match up to the effort put in. We can all raise money through resources that we all have and have simply forgotten about, and I’m talking about all that ‘junk’ you’ve got squirreled away in your loft/spare room/under the bed.

Out of site, out of mind, but the questions I’ve asked myself are: Am I really going to watch all those DVDs? Will I listen to that CD again? Am I going to wear that shirt again? The simple fact if you haven’t used them for the past few years, then you probably didn’t even remember you had half the stuff so why not make some money from them.

Primarily I’m looking towards my DVD and CD collection to clear space and to also make a few quid. There are three routes to take for these items as each CD/DVD has a different value (I believe) and they cannot all be sold in the same way.

  • Someone wants them. If you have rare CDs, import DVDs, collectible vinyl then it’s worth realising this and putting the item up for auction on eBay. We all know how eBay works and if there is high demand for an item then you can often get a very good return.
  • No one wants them. It would be hard to shift these ones as they are frankly worthless, and so a website such as Musicmagpie.co.uk which buys your discs regardless of who they are can get rid of the clutter. Most CDs/DVDs will only get 30p each which seems rather small but it’s better than just giving them away and some will be worth more. If you have lots of discs then this can add up.
  • Everyone might want them. Some CDs/DVDs remain popular, but due to their mass popularity there are a large amount in circulation, and so they are not easy to sell online. If you go onto eBay and search for DVDs then you will see thousands of identical ones, most with zero bids, or going for next to nothing. For my popular items I will look to cut out the middle man and sell direct via the ‘for sales’ board at work. I know who I’m targeting and if I can achieve £1-£2 per DVD then I would be happy and I believe this is what people would be happy to pay.

Some people will argue that they paid £10 for the discs when new and want to recoup more of their costs, but the fact is that something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for them. Whilst it might not seem that much it is better than nothing, and in most cases it’s money for something you didn’t even know you had.

Becoming an AdSense millionaire?

I got my first AdSense payment this month which totalled £62.85, my earnings for having Google Adsense adverts on my site for the past 6 months. It’s not that much really is it? But then again I guess it’s money for nothing and it will come in handy.

When I was putting AdSense on the site I did a fair bit of reading from so-called experts who allegedly made a living from AdSense but it looks like they’re probably making a living because of all the people who visit their site trying to find how to become rich via AdSense! In short the only way off making a useful amount from Adsense is to have a lot of visitors and write about topics which bring in big-paying advertisers who will pay more for people clicking on their adverts (insurers, etc). This is not what my blog does so I guess I can give up on that idea, but I think that I will keep the adverts as long as they are unobtrusive and still earn me a little money.