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Saturday, October 27 2018

This is not a paid advert or collaboration, just me finding a great deal to pass on.

I have tried all year since reading the Barefoot Investor to find savings where I could through reviewing our bills and that with other providers and even had power panels installed through an interest free payment offer.

One of the bills that has been bugging me, is my pet insurance for Dusty, I know many think it is a waste of money to insure your pet but it is something that could help save big costs. With Dusty's breed of cat, we were recommended by a vet nurse to get insurance and go through Pet Plan.

We signed up a policy when he came to live with us going on 2 years ago to this date and at the time the plan was great and affordable at $36 roughtly a month. But once the 12 months were up the policy jumped up, and then up again and now is sitting around the $63 a month, almost doubling and I am no longer feeling confident with our policy. We haven't needed to use it yet but it was a large cost that had doubled for almost no reason.

So I was on Kogan the other night looking for a gift for Russ for Xmas, when I saw an advert for pet insurance and was curious. I was intrigued by the first month free, but also that the plans looked similar to what I was paying currently with Petplan but at a much lower rate. 


^^See, isn't it an adorable advert, I mean effective, but who can resist those eyes! (screen shot of their site)

I signed up and emailed to cancel my petplan and pray that Dusty doesn't get sick and needs a vet, but at least if he does we have cover.

Best of all, it is now only $39 roughly a month instead of $63 and to our budget and pocket that is a big saving!

I am interested in learning more about their mobile and internet plans, 2 years until our contracts are up but never too early to research options.

That is our power reduced, our pet insurance, our car insurance and our home and contents insurances this year, I think I have done well to make a little savings in each policy.

I always feel productive when I have done some adulting, Russ is even happier if it comes in under budget. Or when Xmas comes early...


He was so stoked and keen to stumble across his Xmas gift early from ToyDeals.com.au

Oh and as for Russell's Xmas present (the whole reason I was on Kogan to begin with), I ended up finding it on a different site for $30 cheaper, it arrived on his day off and he opened it and started setting up before I had realised, so now he has his Xmas gift and he loved it. It was a pokemon go lego like (mega construx) and was a big gyuarados (the evolved form of Magicarp) so Russ has been happy. Found it on ToyDeals.com.au for $30 plus post, but still was cheaper than most sites, quick to arrive too (couple of days too). also not a paid mention, just a damn good find!


Russ focussing as he builds his Gyarados

 
The finished Gyrados from ToyDeals.com.au

Crazy that Christmas is so close, it also means that the Share the dignity #itsinthebag promotion is on soon too, better get started on that myself. I am not anywhere near organised this year!

Disclaimer: I was not paid or asked to write about this, I found and paid for this plan myself and thought it was a great buy to pass on to you, always read the PDS to make sure the product is right for you. 

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Thursday, September 21 2017

This is not a sponsored post, we purchased the car using finance through the car yard, not a brag post either just celebrating a milestone I never thought I would be alive to see.

A year ago today I experienced 3 things I never thought I would ever live to experience such as purchasing a new car with a big red bow on it or even buying my dream car of a Hyundai ix35...

One was also driving a car again. 18 months earlier I was unable to drive a car due to a large rockmelon sized tumour that sat under my stoma, As the steering wheel already sat on my stoma and stomach already it was near impossible to drive safely or comfortably. Then I got the PICC line in and that made things difficult, then surgery and chemo again I really wasn't up for driving at all. Plus everytime I drove it was painful as I felt every bump in our old car.

So imagine how excited I was to drive again!


Our new car 12 months to date, click here to read about why we got a new car

It was great timing too as we had just moved out of town Russ needed to take the car to Coffs for work and I was stranded at home without a way of getting to the shops or doctors/hospital if I needed to, so a second car came in handy at times.

I don't think I could have lived and experienced as much as I have this past year without this car, this was one of the best decisions we have made. Yes we were struggling week to week drowning in all the debt, but the car gave me so many memories and opportunities to get out more.

This car has seen so many adventures and so many conversations, and many games of i-spy. We started our own game versions including "name all the different types of wood" and "name all the different names for water" and so many other nerdy variants of I-spy. Russ even compiled a playlist on his phone of perfect Talya and Russ road trip songs.


Road trip time with my trusty Batman suitcase!

I never realised a car could help me to live life as much as this new car has, being higher off the ground it is a lot easier for me to get in, as it is also higher it is easier for Russ to get the wheelchair in/out so he is more inclined to want to go out. 

The car even has butt warmers, these help to keep my back and bottom warm which helps with pain, stiffness and inflammation. I only discovered this 2 months ago and would have made all the long road trips and day outings better if I knew earlier!

I have been to Sydney 3 times on bucketlist adventures for the Dixie Chicks, Royal Easter Show and Vivid. We never would have gone to Sydney via road if it weren't for this car, our old car wouldn't have made it and only option would have been to catch the train which is double the time. 

This car has brought so many beautiful memories and I look forward to more with Russ thanks to Betty our ix35.

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Saturday, July 30 2016

I am sure by now you have heard of Pokemon Go, the gaming phenonemon taking over the world.

If you haven't you might be living under a rock, as it is this game that was released about 3 weeks ago and has so many people playing and socialising just to play the game... heck it is even tricking you into doing exercise!

My husband started playing the day it was released here in Australia, and I only started playing it 7 days ago (and I am already up to level 15, half a level behind my hubby who has been playing for 3 weeks).

When I was younger I loved watching Pokemon on TV and even played on my gameboy advance, so when it was released I knew it would be pretty awesome to re-live some pretty fun childhood memories (afterall, you're never too old to be a kid).

But two of the reasons I was so delayed in signing up and playing Pokemon was 1. I have a bit of an addictive personality 2. I can be pretty competitive but 3. It is hard for me to get out and go walking/driving on my own and I didn't want to be stuck at home feeling down and disappointed that I was missing out, which in the end I was feeling that way anyways so I created and account and started playing.

Boy what fun it has been this past week though!

We went away (my husband and I) for our wedding anniversary and stayed close to where my family live, so we got to go Pokemon hunting with my siblings (which was a lot of fun) and we even went to Port Macquarie for the day where we went for a massive walk (4km in total) and my husband pushed me in my wheelchair, then we got home on Wednesday and went for a 3km walk through the botanical gardens here in Coffs Harbour (there is so many Poke stops and pokemon there).

But the highlight for me has been waiting for my husband to come home each evening and we go searching for an hour or so for the Pokemon, it gives me something to get out of the house.

It has become a fun thing that my husband and I can share and do together, and we are having so much fun!

HOT TIP: Before you start playing do your research (google search) for articles on tips, tricks and resources to help you play. I wish I had of done that before I started playing so I could fully understand how to get the most out of the experience.

But over my week of playing, I have come across some ways to help you not only play better but also to play safely.

#1. Find a friend to be your Poke' buddy
Not only is there safety in pairs, but it is more fun to experience the hunt and search when you have someone you can share your excitement with. I also find it is best if someone is driving and the passenger is the one catching the pokemon and poke stops so that the driver can focus on the road. I have become quite skilled in catching pokemon on two phones at once! 

#2. You will find more pokemon in more populated areas
While I am fortunate to have 3 pokestops and a gym within 500m walking distance from my house, there isn't always a lot of pokemon readily available to catch (I have so many bats and rats)... but if I head down towards the Jetty, the Mariner or even the botanical gardens I find there are a lot more pokemon to find. And the pokestops often have lures too, which brings out more pokemon.

But the more people in one spot also brings out more pokemon, so get a bunch of friends together and carpool and go for a hunt together.

#3. Use caution and common sense when playing especially at night
There are certain types of pokemon that only are found of a night or in bushland or in dark creepy places (like a cemetery)... but if you are deciding to head out of a night to play use common sense.
Some tips to playing safely at night:
[1] Take a torch with you, as the torch on your phone might not be the brightest
[2] At least be in pairs, or make sure someone knows where you are if you insist on going out alone
[3] Keep a watch for cars and traffic, don't use your phone when walking into traffic

#4. Invest in a portable phone charger
The game chews through your battery, so it is best to have a back up charger in your handbag or backpack (or fanny pack if you prefer) to help keep your phone juiced up. Last thing you want is to be stranded without a phone, or you finally find that Pokemon you have spent days hunting and BAM your phone dies *insert loud cries here*. To avoid disapointment and for safety keep a backup charger at hand. I think you can pick up powerbanks from any electronics store from about $30 onwards, just make sure it is fully charged first before heading out!

#5. Unless you plan on battling your Pokemon get rid of unessential items
When you collect items from the Pokestops you not only receive Poke Balls (which you need to capture the little creatures) but you can also get eggs to hatch, potions, berries and other items. If you're like me and don't plan on battling your pokemon, simply delete the potions from your backpack so it allows more room for the important things like poke balls! Berries are handy to keep so don't throw them away (I will explain about the berries next).

#6. Berries can help you to catch a pokemon
You will find that some pokemon are easier to capture than others, and you think you are safe and have caught the creature but then he escapes from the ball and you have to try again. Sometimes if you feed him berries, it will make him easier to catch... thus also saving your poke balls (as you don't want to waste too many). Here is a screenshot below of me feeding berries to help make this Eevee easier to catch!

#7. Capture as many Eevee's as possible
Everytime you capture a creature you get specific candies that you can later use to evolve that creature. The more of the same creature you catch (and later 'transfer' back to the professor) you earn candies. It takes 25 Eeevee candies to evolve Eevee, but did you know that Eevee can evolve into 3 (yes THREE) different characters? Simply rename 3 of your Eevee's Sparky, Rainer and Pyro respectively (and make sure they have better CP) and then when you have enough candies to evolve Eevee it can evolve into one of 3 creatures. My Eevee I named Rainer turned into Vaporeon, the one I named Pyro turned into Flareon and I am yet to evolve my Sparky into Jolteon (2 Eevee candies short).

   

#8. Capture every Magikarp you find
I know Magikarp is 'a pathetic fish that does nothing' but if you notice that to evolve him you need 400 Magikarp candies, it is because it will evolve into the creature Gyarados (the one on the loading screen at the start of the game telling you to be aware of your surroundings). So it takes a lot of fish to evolve him. Don't worry you don't have to keep them all, just click transfer and you can collect the bonus candies and it frees up your room for more pokemon. As you can see I only have 108 of the Magikarp candies needed out of 400... so collect away!

#9. Save your lucky egg for a bulk evolving spree
When you start getting lucky eggs, these are eggs that double your XP for the next 30 minutes (when used). So it is a good idea if you wait until you have a whole heap of creatures to evolve and do it all in that 30 minutes. Not only will you get double the XP (it is normally 500XP when you evolve a creature, but you will get 1000XP instead). This will help you to get up to a higher level quicker too! There are some more commonly found Pokemon that don't cost much to evolve such as the Pidgey's (12 candies to evolve), Weedle's (12 candies to evolve) and the Caterpie's (12 candies to evolve). If you come across these capture as many as you can and save to evolve in your evolving spree when using the lucky egg. 

Below I evolve my Ponyta into a Rapidash.

  

#10. Use the incense to draw Pokemon to your location
The incense gives off a scent that attracts Pokemon to your location and it only attracts them to your device (unless those you are with are using their incense too). You can pick up incense sometimes in Pokestops or when you go up a level (as a little present), or you can use real money to purchase coins to then purchase incense. It is best to use incense if you are going to be in the one area for a while either going for a walk or staying stationary, if you are in a car it might be a little harder for the pokemon to be drawn to you. When the incense is activated you have 30 minutes to use it and there is a timer on the screen, you also have this purple swirl around you. In the screenshot below you can see my incense is activated and that the timer is counting down. Sometimes you get lots of pokemon (even evolved forms that are hard to find) other times you don't get a lot of pokemon... it is mostly random but.

These are just a short list of tips and tricks I have used to not only play efficiently but safely, but you can google 'Pokemon Go tricks' for a lot more hints. But if you have any hints or tricks you have used and isn't mentioned above simply leave a comment below (or join the conversation over on our facebook page)

Most of all have fun but be safe!

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