Friday, 5 September 2014

Blogging On A Budget.


As I keep on mentioning (sorry guys!) but I'm moving into a wonderful new home soon, and need to get saving. Rather than give up on blogging in the meantime, I've had to come up with some more thrifty ideas for posts and try to keep content fresh and exciting whilst I'm at it. Being predominantly a beauty blog you can feel under pressure to buy all the latest releases and always buy new things to review, but not only are nothing but reviews on a blog slightly dull, it's also not fantastic for the bank balance too. So here's my ideas on how to blog on a budget..

Use what you have - This is of course, one of the more obvious ones. When it comes to beauty I actually really prefer the more 'round-up' style of post. What's your current skincare routine, what haircare products are making your hair happy, do you have a love for blue nail polishes? Blog it! Shop the stash and see what you've got; more than likely we've all got overflowing drawers of beauty products, all waiting to be photographed and talked about.

Get creative - To try and not only make my blog a bit more interesting but save on funds, I'll be introducing a lot more aspects to my blog this month. If you're a keen baker, or even if you went on a cute trip this weekend, blog some pictures or a recipe. There's no rules when it comes to blogging, and you can pretty much post about anything you'd like.

Smartphones are your friend - A crazy amount of us now own a smartphone, and as time goes on the camera, and video is getting so much better. I've seen really popular posts using photographs taken from a smartphone, and videos using their filming feature too. At the end of the day it's mostly the content that matters, and as long as it's a reasonable, pretty image alongside it, no-one will even notice it's not the latest Canon camera you're using. And don't think you need Photoshop to make your pictures pretty, either.. I use Picmonkey to edit all my pictures for free.

Get something back - It's a bit of a taboo subject, but of course it's lovely when you can occasionally make a little bit of money from doing something you love. Whether it's advertising with brands or bloggers, using affiliate links (I use RewardStyle) or doing the odd sponsored post, you can add a little bit back to your budget in various different ways.

Get learnin' - I invested a tiny bit of money a few months ago into a new blog layout, but until then I did it all myself. You can either use the templates Blogger provide and edit them up a bit, or find a free template online, which again, if you know how, you can alter a bit to fit your style. A simple google search will find most of what you need.

If you must spend, do it wisely - If you fancy treating yourself to a few new products, why not check out a blogsale? There's hundreds of them (just check the #bbloggers tag!), all other bloggers who have overspent on products they didn't really need, so you can get some barely used products for a considerable percentage less than the RRP. Other than that, how about raid the charity shops? You can find a new top for your latest outfit post, or could find some cute trays or homewares you can use in your pictures.

How do you manage to blog on a budget?




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20 comments

  1. I shop my stash, and rediscover old favourites usually. And I'm cutting back as well, definitely only treating myself to something I really want haha.

    Bf Gf Does Blogging

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  2. Love this, the nicest thing is that unlike some other similar posts you're not saying "I don't want to spend money on products ever again" but your passion for beauty still shows through! I use my iPhone for my blog photos and while I think it's not the best I don't feel the urge to upgrade for now... ;) xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

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  3. Eleanor Weyman10:07

    Love this! So many people think you have to be constantly buying things to blog but that's just not realistic for a lot of people as it creates a lot of clutter and wastes a lot of money. I'm not buying new things all the time but I still find plenty to post about.

    Elesaurus | elesaurusrawr.blogspot.com
    YouTube - Eleanor Rose

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  4. Julie11:02

    Great post! Love reading tips like this. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  5. Nina Zane12:48

    Some great tips, lovely post :) xx
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Nicoco Chanel13:30

    Excellent tips! I'm love when bloggers encourage spending less because it is so easy to do it when you're constantly ogling people's products. I'll definitely be sharing this over at my blog on my weekly links roundup. <3


    x Nicole Isabella

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  7. Sophie Blumenthal13:52

    Great tips. I've been trying to base posts around products I already love and use loads instead of buying lots of new products which I don't really need!


    Sophie x

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  8. Phoebe Tee18:28

    This is such a great and informative post, thank you very much for all the tips Cath!
    Phoebe - www.phoebetea.co.uk
    xx

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  9. Such great tips, thank you!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  10. these is a really great post, thank you for the advice.

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  11. This is great advice! x

    http://littlemissvoguette.blogspot.com.au/

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  12. Mademoiselle Lala15:27

    Great tips! I also use PicMonkey and honestly don't know how I was getting away with not using it (I used Picassa editor, but then Google of course changed it and made it more complicated). X

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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  13. Thank you! It means so much ;) xx

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  14. Thank you :) I've only ever used Picmonkey but it's so good, lots of great features.

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  15. Thank you, glad you liked it :)

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  16. Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it :)

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  17. I paid stupid money for Photoshop Elements and I regret it so much as I love PicMonkey. It's only like £30 for a whole year of the unlimited tools which is a bargain compared to the stupidly complicated photoshop xx

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  18. Aaah noo! Yep it is such good value for what you get.

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