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?